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How To Unpack Properly At Your New House

August 26th, 2014

Moving house is time consuming and sometimes it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

However, if you have planned properly, you can save a lot of time.

We have written a lot of information and guides on how best to pack your belongings safely prior to moving house. Today, we are going to turn your attention to the best way to unpack when you reach your new home. Reading our guide below will speed up the unpacking process, ensuring you can enjoy your new surroundings sooner.

Before the day of your move, make sure you have cleaned, dusted and hoovered every room in the house. It’s much easier to clean thoroughly when you have space and don’t have to work around moving boxes and furniture.

When packing your moving boxes, we strongly advise that you label your boxes with the destination room in your new house. This is to help you when you reach your new house. When taking the boxes off your removal van, ensure they are all placed in the correct room in your new house. This should be easy if all the boxes are labelled properly.

Do not start unpacking any boxes until all the boxes are off the van and in the right room! Once you are happy all the boxes are correctly placed, you can start unpacking.

It is recommended you unpack all the boxes in one room before moving on to the next. Therefore, it is important you have done some planning and have a strategy for the order in which you are going to tackle the rooms.

It is best to start packing the bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms before you start working on the public rooms. Generally, it is more likely that you will need the items in these rooms more urgently and frequently than the items in the public rooms. This is especially important if you are unpacking later on in the day and are not likely to finish all the unpacking in the one day. The public rooms, garage and garden items can then be unpacked the following day.

Unpacking at your new house isn’t particularly hard or difficult but it can be made a lot quicker and easier with some planning and organisation. Following the simple guide above will allow you to settle in and enjoy your new surroundings quicker than you may think is possible!

Be organised when unpacking

 

 

Why Label Your Packing Boxes When Moving House

August 1st, 2014

Moving into a new house or flat is a time consuming and stressful task. However, being organised and keeping on top of things can help the process greatly. One step to make the move more manageable is to develop a system for labelling your boxes which will make unpacking at the other end so much easier.

The simplest and most common way to label your moving boxes is with a permanent marker pen and mark the outside of the box with the destination room in your new house. It is also beneficial for you to write the contents on the box so you can locate items quickly and easily. If the box contains a number of different items and it is too much to write all the contents on the outside of the box, you can number the boxes and keep an inventory in a pad to cross reference. Just make sure you don’t lose your pad!

It’s also easier to locate the boxes if you have marked at least three sides of the box. Labelling just one or two sides will not allow you to quickly identify the contents or where the box belongs. Efficient labelling speeds your move and your unpacking time. The sooner you are able to locate your possessions, the sooner you can settle in and enjoy your new home.

At some point during your move, your packing boxes will be exposed to the elements. It is therefore very important to ensure that the ink does not smudge or run in the rain or snow (this is especially important given the British weather!). The best to protect the ink is by covering the ink with a clear tape once the ink is dry on the box.

Although you may not think it as necessary, a marker pen is an essential accessory for moving house or office.

To buy a permanent marker for your move, click on the link below:

Buy Permanent Marker Pens

Permanent markers for labelling boxes

Do you pull your weight when moving house?

July 18th, 2014

Have you equally shared the burden of moving house with your partner?

As anyone who has planned a move will know, moving house is one of the most stressful experiences in life. But the question is, who is the most likely to suffer the stress in your house?

Research carried out by Confused.com has revealed the different tasks and roles assumed by the man and woman of the house when moving house.

Overall, the decision to move and where to move to is a joint decision for the majority of couples. However, this does actually depend on age. The research shows that as we get older, the more likely we are to consult with our partners with the younger generation (16-24 year olds) the least likely to make a joint to move house whereas 55% of couples aged 55+ will involve their partner or spouse when deciding to move house.

The results show that while men are happy to buy moving boxes and organise the removal company, they appear less happy to actually carry out the physical task of packing the boxes! Only 39% of men will take charge of packing boxes when moving house compared to 54% of women.

Men do however take the lead when it comes to dealing with the finances for the new house. 52% of men take responsibility for managing the money ahead of the move compared with just 42% of women.

However, responsibilities are more evenly split when it comes to informing current utility companies about your move and also organising the bills at the new house.

Whoever is taking responsibility for the tasks in your house, Big Brown Box has helped make the process of moving house easier with the Moving House Checklist. The moving house checklist outlines the main tasks which need to be undertaken and the people/companies you should contact and gives you the chance to sign off each task. This ensures you can share the load and the stress during your move!

To download the Big Brown Box moving checklist, click the link below:

Big Brown Box Moving Checklist

Use Corrugated Paper For All Your Packing

July 10th, 2014

Corrugated paper is great for use when packing boxes to move house.

Corrugated paper is a lightweight packaging material that is made with raised corrugated  flutes on one side and smooth kraft paper on the other. The raised corrugated flutes provide excellent padded protection against scratching and marring.

Made from 80% recycled material, corrugated paper is an environmentally friendly alternative to bubble wrap as can be reused or recycled when you’re finished moving.

The corrugated paper roll is extremely flexible and can be used for packing the vast majority of household items. When packing large items such as wooden furniture, corrugated paper can be used as a cushioning layer of the surfaces. The paper roll can also mould around awkward shapes such as tables legs to ensure the entire surface area is well protected.

If you are packing items such as CDs or small picture frames and wish to wrap the items individually, corrugated paper rolls can be used to wrap around the entire product and will protect against damage when packing in boxes.

Another way to use corrugated paper is to interleave between items to provide a cushioning layer. This is a great way to pack fragile or delicate items which are prone to breakage including crockery and items made of glass.

When you are finished packing your items into boxes, you can ‘scrunch up’ the corrugated paper to fill any spaces in your boxes. This prevents the items from moving within the boxes when in transit to increase the level of protection given to your items.

The corrugated paper comes in a 75 metre roll. Click the link below to buy your corrugated paper rolls today.

Corrugated Paper Rolls

Corrugated paper rolls

Furniture Covers For Moving

July 1st, 2014

Furniture covers offer great protection when packing or moving

Polythene furniture covers are essential if you’re moving house or placing items into a storage unit. Designed to cover sofas and armchairs, protective furniture covers provide an inexpensive yet safe way to protect expensive items of furniture.

Uses For Furniture Covers

The furniture covers are made from heavy duty polythene which will not rip or tear easily to ensure that your armchairs and sofas are protected from moisture, dirt and dirt when moving house or placing the items into a storage unit. The covers are also ideal for use when decorating as they offer more protection than using dust sheets.

The single armchair covers are also perfect on small items of furniture such as side tables.

How to Fit The Furniture Covers

Before you use the covers, we recommend preparing your sofas/armchairs for maximum protection. Firstly, if your cushions are detachable, you should turn these upside down.

Although the covers are made from heavy duty polythene, it is also important to ensure there are no sharp edges exposed. If the structure of your sofas/armchairs can be seen (e.g. wooden arms or metal legs) then we advise to cover the ends with some bubble wrap to avoid any damage being caused to the cover.

To make it easy for you, the polythene covers are open at one end. This allows you to slide the furniture in. Once your furniture is fully inside the cover, the open end should be sealed securely using packing tape.

Buy protective polythene furniture covers online from Big Brown Box today.

Polythene furniture covers

 

Guide to hiring a van for moving house

June 13th, 2014

Are you looking to hire a removal van for your moving day and not sure where to start your search?

If you are carrying out your home or office move by yourself, hiring a vehicle is more economical and practical to move your belongings than using cars. Therefore, Big Brown Box has put together a handy guide on hiring removal vans.

There are many different aspects to consider when hiring your van. It is easier, less time consuming and cheaper if you hire a van big enough to ensure that you only need one trip. This is especially true if you are moving a long distance between houses/offices.

However, hiring a big enough van is not quite as easy as it sounds! Estimating the size of van you need to move is tricky. To gain a better understanding of the van you require, get a quote from a removal company and ask them the size of van they intend to use for all your stuff. However, bear in mind that as the vans get bigger, driving licence requirements change so while the removal company may have a driver qualified to drive a larger van, you might not have the appropriate licence. Therefore, you may have to hire 2 vans or make use of cars alongside the van.

Once you have identified the size of the van you need, get quotes from a selection of van hire companies. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right company for you:

  • What level of insurance is including in the price?
  • Do you get breakdown cover with the van?
  • Do they offer unlimited mileage?
  • If there is no unlimited mileage, what are the mileage charges?
  • Do they run any special offers at weekends?

To make the most of your removal van, it is important to pack it properly. This also takes some planning – plan the position of each item like a jigsaw. Larger items of furniture like sofas and wardrobes should be placed in first and strapped against the front wall.

When it comes to packing boxes, we always recommend heavy duty, double walled boxes. These are sturdy and can be stacked on top of each other to maximise space. Boxes containing heavier items should be on the bottom layer with lighter boxes on top. This limits the chances of your possessions being crushed.

Once all the packing boxes are in place, fill in the gaps between the box stacks using your soft furnishings including rugs, blankets and cushions. Make sure everything is secure before driving off!

Happy moving from Big Brown Box!

Moving House Tips For First Time Movers 

June 4th, 2014

Are you about to take the plunge and move out of your parents’ home for the first time? Are you looking for a way to ensure your first home move goes as smoothly as possible?

Moving house is always an exciting time but those who have experienced it before will also know that it can be an extremely stressful time.

Moving out from your parents’ house, whether it is to have your own space, move away for college/university, move in with friends or with a partner, is a time of your life you should look back on with fond memories so it pays to plan the move properly.

If you’re about to move house for the first time, check out our moving house tips for first time movers.

  1. Use a moving house checklist. Moving house involves organising and coordinating a number of processes and people. Therefore, it can be very easy to miss something which may be crucial in your move. The easiest way to plan for the move is to write everything down using lists and tracking your progress. To help you with this, use our moving home checklist.
  2. Combine your belongings. If you are moving in with friends or with a partner after living separately, it is easier and more cost effective if you combine your belongings. Picking the best of your belongings means that you can sell the ones you don’t want to keep and also save money on packing boxes and removal fees by having fewer things to move.
  3. Consider opening a joint bank account. When moving in with a partner, a joint bank account can be used to cover household bills and other shared expenses to make life easier. Paying a percentage of your salary into a joint account also helps to minimise potential arguments about money.
  4. Pack your items carefully. We recommend using heavy duty moving boxes to pack your items. Buying a range of sizes of boxes means you pack carefully, minimising the cost of packing and moving. Generally, you should pack heavy items into smaller boxes and lighter items into large boxes – this means that the box does not become too heavy to carry. Once the boxes are packed, seal with packing tape and label the outside with the contents and the destination room in your new house.
  5. Give yourself time to settle in. Buy a bottle of bubbly and look out some takeaway menus for your first night. You may still be tense after the move and may find yourself arguing with your roommate/partner more than normal. This should settle down quickly and you can enjoy your new home.

Check out our other moving house tips and guides >>>

Top tips for moving into first house

Looking for moving boxes in Edinburgh?

May 30th, 2014

Do you need to buy cardboard removal boxes and packaging for moving house in Edinburgh?

If you’re moving house or flat in Edinburgh, Lothian and struggling to find quality removal boxes and packaging accessories then look no further…Big Brown Box are here to help!

Whether you’re a moving from a flat in Fountainbridge or a mansion in Morningside, we have a home moving kit containing all the boxes and packaging you need.

Big Brown Box’s great value home moving kits contain a range of strong, heavy duty packing boxes along with packaging accessories including bubble wrap, packing tape, furniture covers and marker pens.

If you need to additional packaging accessories including cardboard wardrobe boxes, foam wrap or paper packaging, these can also be delivered to any address in Edinburgh or the Lothians

What if I need the boxes quickly?
We always recommend ordering your packing boxes 2-4 weeks before your move.
However, we understand this isn’t always possible.
Don’t worry if you have left ordering your packing boxes until the last minute – we despatch orders placed before 3pm Monday – Friday the same day and will have them delivered direct to your door anywhere in Edinburgh and the Lothians on a next working day delivery service.

To buy packing boxes in Edinburgh, click the link below:

Packing Boxes For Moving In Edinburgh

Packing boxes in Edinburgh

Use bubble wrap to relieve exam stress

May 20th, 2014

Are you stressed about end of term exams?

Get yourself some bubble wrap to pop away your anxieties.

The University of Leicester students’ union have announced plans to introduce anxiety relieving activities including popping bubble wrap for students who are stressed about upcoming exams.

Michael Rubin, president elect of the students’ union, said ‘we know how stressful exams can be, and supporting students when it comes to mental wellbeing is a top priority for the students’ union’. Therefore, the union is planning ‘bubble wrap stations’ where students can relax and pop their stresses away.

The university students claim that popping bubble wrap is a better form of relaxation than traditional relaxants such as meditation or yoga.

It’s not just students in Leicester that can relieve their anxieties by popping bubble wrap. If you’re a stressed-out student elsewhere in the UK, don’t fret, Big Brown Box can help you!

We stock a range of bubble wrap that comes in lengths of 10 metres (only £3.25!) or we have 100 metre rolls available for those of you who need serious relaxation! You can even choose whether you’d prefer to pop small bubbles or large bubbles!

With our next day delivery service in the UK, you won’t have to wait long for your stress busting bubble wrap!

So go on, get yourself some bubble wrap today:

Stress Relieving Bubble Wrap

Use bubble wrap to relieve exam stress

The complete flat moving kit for students

May 16th, 2014

Are you finished your exams and ready to pack up your student flat for summer?

With summer fast approaching, it’s the time of year when students will be finishing their exams at universities and colleges across the UK and preparing to pack up their flats or accommodation to move home for the summer.

Packing up all your belongings can be stressful for anyone but it’s especially hard when you’re stressed about end of term exams and moving away from friends to move back with parents! That’s why we have made it easier for you.

Big Brown Box have put together the student home moving kit which contains everything you need to pack up your things quickly and easily.

In total with the student kit, you will receive 9 heavy duty packing boxes which are perfect for packing and protecting books, folders, files as well as DVDs and other possessions. There are also accessories such as bubble wrap, packing tape and a marker pen so your boxes are sealed securely and the box contents can be marked up which makes unpacking much easier.

Whether your moving across town or to the other side of the country, Big Brown Box can deliver your moving boxes anywhere in the UK on a fast delivery service.

Order your moving kit today and make the process of moving back in with the parents a bit less painful!

Student Home Moving Kit

Student home moving boxes and accessories