There always many things to do when you move home. Below are a few tips that will help.
In an ideal world we would still have all the boxed our goods came in, but in the real world this usually isnt the case. Make sure all leads and cables (and reassembly instructions) are packed together and again, use those labels! Also make sure you defrost any fridges or freezers in advance to avoid mess and ensure safety when these are moved.
Water all plants a day or two before the move so that youre not creating hazards with leaking pots. Shallow boxes are useful for small plants and a bin liner over the top of larger ones can be a simple way to prevent damage during relocation.
Sheds can often contain items that are not easy to pack such as sharp and strangely shaped tools, as well as flammable and toxic liquids and paints. Have a good sort through the shed and garden well in advance. Carefully dispose of anything you dont need, drain fuel from any petrol run machinery and secure other liquids, wrap up well (ideally in materials that wont melt or corrode) and mark any packaging very clearly so the removals firm knows what it contains.
Food and drink
Ideally, run down all supplies of food and drink that could spoil in the run up to the move, especially frozen goods. For things you are moving make sure containers are secure and sealed - use plastic bags, tape and Tupperware and wrap and pack glass containers carefully. Use this is a good excuse for a takeaway on the eve of your move or if youre really organised you can prepare packed lunches! (although remember no fridge to keep them in!)
Lights and other wall fittings
Dont forget lampshades and any wall light fittings if you are taking those with you. Be sure to turn off the electricity before trying to dismantle them. Also when you look around a room and think its empty youll probably find youve forgotten things like coat hooks which youre so used to looking at they have become part of the house!
Beds are generally fairly easy to disassemble but be sure you know how to take them apart (and put them back together!) as this is likely to be one of the last things you dismantle but probably one of the first things you will need to use the other end! Good quality furniture like wardrobes will also be fiddly but can come apart.
Flat pack furniture not so. This can be notoriously tricky to move as may have been glued together in parts and generally cant be taken to pieces. If it can be, ask a representative of your removals firm to assist you the other end in putting it back together or how best they would recommend moving whole pieces.
The author is a specialist in removal companies and Home Information Packs