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The Art of Unpacking

Unpacking is often one of the most forgotten about elements of a house move. People are typically either too excited or too stressed by the move itself that they often overlook this critical step. If done correctly, it can be the key to a truly pain-free move.

We recently relocated a client from the US to a stunning new home in Richmond which was found for them by our Search Team. On move-in day, we were faced with over 80 boxes! Using our tried and tested method, we managed to successfully unpack each and every one in under eight hours, with every item neatly ordered and put away ready for our client’s arrival that evening.

Here is my step-by-step guide on the art of unpacking:

Before move-in day:

  1. Think ahead and plan the day before it arrives so you can ensure it runs as smoothly as possible. If you are going to be in the house unpacking all day, this is a good time to schedule any deliveries as you know you will be there to receive them. You should also order your groceries, food, cleaning products and any other items you might require on your first night so you have everything you need. Top tip – remember to order rope and tape as you’ll need these to neatly dispose of all the empty boxes

  2. Plan childcare (and pet) cover for the day – unpacking is not so fun for the little ones so make sure they are kept entertained (preferably elsewhere!) for the day so you can focus on the task at hand

  3. Pack your boxes in an orderly fashion and label each one – this will help speed things up when they arrive at your new home as you’ll quickly be able to sort through them in the most orderly fashion. Also use this as an opportunity for a Spring Clean – dispose of things you are never going to wear or things you really don’t want to bring into your lovely new home

  4. Try to arrange for the house to be fitted with internet access and any other telecoms ahead of the move so all of this is working on day one

On move-in day:

  1. Dedicate one room in the house as the ‘storage room’ for the day – this is where you will keep all the boxes and affiliated ‘mess’ so you can contain the untidiness to one zone in the house. Within this, allocate a ‘debris corner’ which is where all the rubbish and empty boxes will be kept, out of the way and all in one place. This makes it much easier at the end of the day

  2. It is often overwhelming to think about doing the whole house in one day, so pick two rooms you are going to tackle first and just attempt them to begin with. People often prioritise the children’s room and the kitchen or office depending on requirements

  3. Crockery and kitchenware can often be a little dusty if it’s been kept in boxes for some time and handled by movers, so it’s advisable to put all of this straight in the dishwasher for a quick spin on arrival

  4. Give yourself regular breaks – it’s not feasible to do it all in one straight go and you’ll get agitated and frustrated with yourself if you try this. We recommend two hour shifts with short breaks in between to re-energise. Make sure you stay hydrated and well-fed. Unpacking is not for the faint-hearted so you will need your energy!

After move-in-day:

  1. Once everything is nicely packed away, arrange for the empty boxes and rubbish to be collected. The council will normally dispose of bulky items every two weeks and most of it will be able to be recycled. You can flat pack your boxes using the rope and tape you bought earlier!

  2. Last but not least – CELEBRATE! With everything neatly packed away and ordered perfectly, now you can truly begin to relax and enjoy your new home after a hard day’s work.

Alternatively, let us take the hard work off your hands! Our Settling In Team have years of experience and would be delighted to help with your move.

Get in touch by contacting Beatriz Garcia-Martinez on +44 (0)20 7244 4485 or beatriz.gm@SPpropertygroup.co

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