What Do I Need To Buy When Moving House – Ultimate Checklist
Moving to a new home is an exciting prospect but it also involves a lot of hard work. To do the job properly and safely takes planning and preparation. Here are some things you might want to buy to help the move go smoothly.
Moving And Lifting
Even if you have professionals doing the move there will still be a lot of moving and lifting in preparation for the big day. To save your back, invest in tools to help move heavy items.
Sliders/ runners and lifting tools are reasonably cheap. A furniture dolly will make life easier for moving furniture and heavy boxes.
If you have lots of furniture that needs to be taken apart and reassembled you might find an electric screwdriver a worthwhile investment if you don’t already have one.
Packing can be one of the most time consuming parts of the move but it’s worth doing it right. Boxes of various sizes can be bought easily and cheaply online.
Get an assortment of sizes including smaller ones for heavier items. If you fill an enormous box with all your books you won’t be able to lift it.
When it comes to more delicate items, there are various ways to protect them such as using Bubble wrap. You can also find biodegradable paper based packaging as a more environmentally friendly option.
Make sure you label everything so that the contents can be identified even when the boxes are stacked up. And always label anything that needs extra care such as fragile, liquid or flammable contents.
Adapting To Your New Space
Unless its your first home, you will probably bring a lot of the essentials with you. However, some things might not suit your new space.
For example curtains might not fit your new windows or large furniture might be too big if you are moving from a large to a small property and so you might need to buy more suitable alternatives before or soon after you move.
Looking After Your Pets
And finally remember your pets. Cats or other small animals will need a suitable carrier. You can get a special pet seatbelt to keep the carrier secure in the car.
Dogs are easier to transport if they are already used to travelling by car. However they can become stressed by the removal preparations and some owners prefer to board them in kennels for a few days.