The process of moving house can be a difficult one. Through our 13 years’ experience as a law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation, we have developed an expert knowledge on accident avoidance and how to prevent damage to you and your property. Here you can find Accident Advice Helpline’s handy guide on the top 5 packing tips when moving house.
1. Don’t leave it until the last minute:
You should begin to organise your move before the for sale sign has even been plunged into the ground. Make a list of the essential things that you need to take with you, as well as the items that could be donated to charity instead of being discarded. This will make packing easier and quicker.
2. Start with the rooms you use the least:
Many modern homes do not include a garage or storage area so start with the rooms that you use least in the house. Pack everything away and this has the added effect of allowing extra space for storage for items from other rooms in the house.
3. Handle with care:
Set aside fragile items that may require more bubble wrap or packing peanuts. These delicate items should be handled with the utmost care and it’s important that the boxes are correctly and visibly labelled to avoid any mishaps.
4. Don’t overload the box:
Overloading the box can cause the bottom to collapse sending your precious family heirlooms crashing to the floor. Use a sturdy box and even then don’t overload the box. If the box doesn’t collapse you could still be leaving yourself wide open to a back or shoulder injury or, a repetitive strain injury from constantly lifting heavy loads or even a catastrophic slip, trip or fall when carrying a heavy box. The last thing you want is to arrive at your new castle in pain.
5 Enjoy your new home:
Once you’ve unloaded the boxes from the moving van it’s time to take a breather and enjoy your new surroundings. Get the kettle unpacked and put on a cup of tea. It’s important to relax and take a break after a stressful move, not only will this help alleviate the stress of unpacking and moving but will also help reduce the chances of an injury such as a back, neck, shoulder injury or repetitive strain injury as mentioned above.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s handy guide to moving home. You can look forward to more handy guides from us, including claiming compensation for an accident at work and road traffic accidents.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice