We understand that house packing can be tiring, time-consuming and not always an enjoyable task. However, practical tips and advice can save your sanity as well as your most fragile possessions.
Handy Tip: the more you get rid of, the less you have to pack and unpack! So treat this as the perfect opportunity to have a good clear-out.
The key to moving with ease is organisation and notification by informing the correct people of your move. Also ensure your home insurance is covered from the day you move in to your new home.
Packing Tips Checklist:
• Make a priority list
• Start packing early
• Calculate how many boxes you’ll need and ensure they are sturdy
• Pack room by room starting from the loft and label
• Don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move.
• Think ahead, pack an ‘essentials’ box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you i.e. cups and a kettle.
• Prepare an overnight bag
• Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, along with a small tool kit.
Who to notify you’re moving:
• Services / Utilities: Water, Gas, Electric, Telephone, Post Office, Cable / Satellite / Internet, TV Licensing
• Health: Doctor, Dentist, Optician
• Motoring: DVLA, Breakdown Recovery, Vehicle Registration, Vehicle Insurance
• Financial: Bank, Building Societies, Credit Card Companies, Council Tax, National savings and premium bonds, Employer, Insurance companies, Pension Company, Inland Revenue, Social Security, Solicitor
• Others… Friends / Family, Subscription, Milk/Paper Delivery, Sports Club, Library, Schools / College
• Remember to take meter readings for electricity, gas and water – while you are checking these it is also worth making sure the heating, phone and intruder alarms work at your new home.
• You can take your old provider with you if you are happy with your current energy supplier. You can simply transfer your account from your old home to your new home. Check an old bill for more information.
• Or, alternatively you can use this as an opportunity to change suppliers and reduce your bills.
• If you are unsure whether to stay with your current supplier or change, it is recommended to stay with your existing supplier until you know the energy usage in your new property.
• Remember… Changing energy suppliers is easy, and moving home is the ideal opportunity to make the switch.
Making your new home to suit your tastes and fixing minor damages is undoubtedly a stressful and expensive process. Remember… The first and foremost way to make it your own is to Do It Yourself. To avoid a home improvement nightmare follow our essential guide to DIY preparation.
Once you’ve chosen the paint and the wall paper your existing sofa may now look a little shabby, wrong shape or colour. Look at our furniture tips and don’t forget to order your sofa today. Order it early and your sofa will arrive in time of your newly decorated room.
• Plan – Think the job through, make difficult decisions and colour-scheming
• Budget – Decisions will often depend on the size of your budget
• Start a file – Collect paint colour charts, wallpaper and even fabric samples to help you decide
• Plan your time – Time is the free ingredient of any project
• Get Organised – Create a to-do list and list of importance
New Furniture Tips
Questions to consider:
• Which style will suit the room?
• What size of sofa will fit?
• What can I afford?
• Who is using it and what is it made of?
• Does it come with a guarantee?
Remember… Try before you buy!
Most furniture is handmade to your specific requirements – remember delivery lead times will vary.
Most retailers can provide a delivery date once you know your exact order and your post code.
No need to PANIC… If you are working to a tight deadline, some retailers have an extensive range of “Express Delivery” upholstery with the same high quality, just with a shorter lead time.
Top Tips for Energy Saving
1. Change a bulb
By changing all the light bulbs in your house you could see big savings. Switch your regular light bulbs for energy saving bulbs as these last longer and use less energy.
By fitting inexpensive draught excluders and/or buying a jacket for your hot water tank can make a big difference. Although cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, maybe expensive (but worth the investment) these would help too.
3. Use what you need and turn off what you don’t
For example when boiling a kettle avoiding filling it to the top, only boil enough water for your needs i.e. enough water to make yourself a cup of tea.
When charging your mobile phone or laptop ensure you switch off the charger and unplug the power supply when the battery is full. Leaving the power supply plugged in can continue to bleed your electricity.
The list can be endless for example when you don’t need to use your towel rail, turn it off. This is all common sense and with a bit of discipline you will notice the difference and save energy.
Wash your clothes and save money by cleaning them at a lower temperature e.g. 30 degrees. Also try to avoid washing half loads efficiently use your washing machine and wash full loads only.
These same golden rules apply when using your dishwasher!
5. Check your thermostat
Wear more layers or a cozy jumper and turn down your central heating by 1°c. Reducing the heat in your home can reduce your heating bills by up to 10%. As well as setting your hot water thermostat to 60°c/140°f.
6. Avoid leaving your appliances on Standby
Many appliances when on standby, use only slightly less power than when they in full use.
10% off a typical household bill goes on paying for lighting, leave the room turn off the lights!
7. Energy Efficient Appliances
Look out for products with the “Energy Saving Trust Recommended” label, as these will be products that are tested and reviewed as the most efficient in the market. You may pay more but you will also get more and save pennies on your energy use!
Ensure the cold air doesn’t escape from your freezer by making sure your door seal is performing correctly. By defrosting your freezer and making sure the ice doesn’t build up by no more than ¼ thickness this can increase its energy efficiency.