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Expert top tips for moving or renovating

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This list of top tips for moving home is going to help make, one of the most important but stressful times in adult life a lot easier. You need to plan every detail AND go to work AND look after your family. It can feel like it has overtaken your life, and it probably has. By the end of it you’ll be so sick of boxes and bubble-wrap that you’ll be having nightmares! Let’s not forget moving day, the day where everything seems to go wrong. The day where you need military grade organisation just to load a van.
Before you run off feeling even more stressed than you were, help is at hand! We can’t help you pack and we can’t help you paint the walls, but we can share some advice from the experts that will make your move or your current home renovation much easier!

Top tips for moving home

To do this, we spoke to a couple of our clients at our self-storage facility in Bournemouth whom, not only just happen to be professional experts, but also have been through it all. The ups, the downs, all the jitters and the joys, and they lived to tell the tale. Introducing Sam Burton of Sam Burton Electrical and Nick Pace. The two are very experienced in the property market AND have both moved and renovated their own homes whilst managing full time jobs and families.
We asked them each for their top 5 tips, and have combined them together to make one super helpful top 10 list!
In no particular order:

1. Familiarise – Sams top tip is: If possible live in your new home for a couple of weeks first before you start any major work. This enables you to know how the space works and how to utilise it.

2. Keep it light – It can be easy to try and squeeze as many things into 1 box as possible, it seems like it will be easier. Right? Wrong! You need to keep them light and easy to lift.

3. Bedding box – This is great advice. After a long and hard day moving, the last thing you want to do is spend ages searching for your bedding or pyjamas!

4. Keep calm – When it all feels too much just step away and take a quick break. Nick thinks it is best if you do not overwork yourself. ‘It’s only going to make it more difficult’.

5. Helping Hands – Rope in as many family members and friends to help you as possible. Just make sure you supply snacks, of course!

6. Be ruthless – When it comes to packing and sorting out your belongings make sure you aren’t keeping things you don’t need.

7. Sell or donate – Giving your un-wanted belongings to charity is a great thing to do, but if you feel like you can make a bit of money then upload your items to Gumtree for some extra cash!

8. Bit-by-bit – Sam is an experienced renovator, he says ‘if you are living there whilst renovating, try to do a couple of rooms at a time so you don’t feel like you’re living on a building site’.

9. Organise your boxes – When moving home make a list of everything you have packed and number the boxes/crates. This way, you know where everything is and you can account for any losses or damage.

10. Planning– This seems obvious, I know, but you need to ensure you are as prepared as possible. Keep hold of all the paperwork and organise them into one suitable folder. Keep this with you on the day so you can easily refer to anything you need during the move.

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Sams living space during the renovation

Any packing or storage hacks?

It can be easy to get free boxes from supermarkets or big stores, but are often false economy. Low grade cardboard boxes can damage your belongings and can be difficult to lift and store. That’s where A-Storage can help you out, visit our box shop here where we also sell bubble-wrap and other packing materials. A small investment will make your life much easier!
Nick says it is best to use bubble wrap to protect your items as sometimes newspaper ink can come off and stain your goods.
Don’t spend continuous hours packing. Start early, and pack little but often, it is more manageable this way and you won’t lose your mind!
Always write on the front face of the box. If you write on the top or bottom then you won’t be able to see what is inside, unless, you spend ages moving all the boxes…

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Sam’s living space after the renovation

Removals companies

It can be hard to find a reliable and affordable removals service, but Nick says there are plenty out there. When you do find one, be sure the insurance cover is valid and that it covers any eventualities. We highly recommend our friends A Man and A Van 24/7, but if you want to rent your own vehicle there are plenty of suppliers in Bournemouth.

How A-Storage helped.

We like to think we help anyone who is going through a stressful time, but don’t take our word for it, here’s what Nick and Sam had to say.

Q: What are the benefits of self-storage and how did A-Storage help?

Nick: ‘A-Storage is local, so it was ideal for us. They offer a very competitive price and it helped me store my belongings so I could de-clutter and re-decorate whilst moving home’.

Sam: ‘Having flexible access times was a big help and no other self-storage company in Bournemouth offered the same service, without extra charges! It allowed me more leeway when trying to schedule moving stuff in and out of my storage unit’.

As well as the points noted above, we offer a quick and easy sign-up process. Our prices are simple, no hidden fees or access costs. With the exception of storage insurance, you only pay what we quote you.

There you have it. Our top tips for moving home and renovating, from people who have done it all! If you’re thinking of moving to a new house or splashing some paint on the walls, we could help, call us on 01202 520038 or visit our website for prices and information.