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Surprising Stats About Moving In The UK

You might expect that if you’re someone who moves a lot throughout their life, you’ll gradually gain experience and become better at handling the process. Although this is probably true to an extent, we’ve heard from many people that moving doesn’t really get much easier.

We tend to accumulate more and more possessions over time, and as our lives change the circumstances of our moves will vary and the same lessons can rarely be applied again.

It certainly helps to have the help of a removals and storage company like IMG Removals so you can at least take your mind off worrying about your items while they’re in transit between properties. Something else that might help you put your move in perspective could be learning a bit more about statistics for moving in the UK. Some of the following might also come as a surprise.

• Approximately three quarters of moves in the UK are by people staying in the country, while the remaining quarter are international removals for people emigrating to live elsewhere.

• Each year, approximately 4-5% of the population will move to a different city or county in the UK.

• London is still quickly increasing in population density. On a yearly basis, nearly 200,000 people move from elsewhere in the UK to live in London, while only 25,000 move the opposite way.

• Fridays and Saturdays at the end of each month are typically peak time for removal services, especially in the autumn. Sundays during January and February are generally the least popular times of the year to move.

• Most people move a total of eight times in a lifetime. Between the ages of 18 and 30, people will generally move the most, probably three or four times.

• In an average month in the UK, around 100,000 households will move into a new home. In January 2017, more people moved than any month since March the previous year.

If these statistics have got you in the mood for planning your move, there’s no time like the present and the sooner you can get organised, the better. Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements and we’ll be more than happy to provide some advice.

Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

Before you start

You don't need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don't need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages.

  • Make a priority packing list
  • Take some time to sift through your belongings and have a clear-out. You can make up a box for charity and if you've time, hold a car boot sale or log onto an online auction, then put the proceeds of your sold goods towards some re-decorating or a new carpet.
  • Calculate how many boxes you will need and get these well in advance. Find boxes in a variety of sizes. Think about what else will be useful, such as strong tape, bubble wrap, and self-seal bags for keeping nuts and bolts together. Save old newspapers for lining boxes.
  • Don't completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move.
  • Use sturdy packing boxes, particularly for heavier items, or your belongings may end up strewn all over the pavement. Boxes made from corrugated cardboard are stronger than regular ones. You can usually find these at supermarkets, off-licences or large retail stores, but make sure that they are clean.
  • Check that your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.
  • Put all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols, into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff.

Think ahead

Unless you travel light, you won't be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it's worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you cross the threshold of your new home.

  • Pack an 'essentials' box for the first night in your new home and carry it with you. Instant access to coffee, tea, snacks, cups and a kettle may be welcome soon after you arrive. As will plates, utensils and a kitchen cloth.
  • Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family, and make sure that there is enough toilet paper and toiletries for everyone.
  • Other useful items that should be kept close to hand are a torch, a first-aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, and re-closable plastic bags, along with a small tool kit.
  • If possible, finish any laundry well before you move to avoid packing damp clothes. Keep a separate box/bag for dirty washing.
  • Make sure the boxes containing items you need the least are loaded up first.

Sensible packing

Spend some time considering how you are going to pack your possessions. Books are easy but heavy, valuables need careful wrapping and will take time, and some furniture may need to be dismantled.

  • Start early. Packing always takes longer than anticipated, particularly when you start reminiscing over old photographs stored in the attic or you realise that you need to dismantle the wardrobe to get it downstairs.
  • Begin at the top of the house and move downwards. If you have an attic, it's a good idea to sort it out first.
  • Always pack heavy items in small boxes. It will make transporting them easier. Also, keep the weight of all boxes to a minimum to avoid any back injuries.
  • Pack one room at a time, clearly labelling each box with details of its contents and the room to which it belongs. Clearly label boxes that contain breakables and also those that are load-bearing and can be stacked in the van.
  • Keep all boxes for each room together. This will save time unpacking.
  • It may sound obvious but pack heavier items on the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  • Wrap items individually and place in a box that's been lined with several layers of newspaper and a sheet of bubble wrap. Any breakables should also be wrapped in bubble wrap. Use clean tissue or wrapping paper for the first layer to prevent newspaper print leaving marks. Pillows and blankets are also useful for wrapping valuables and protecting furniture prone to dents and scratches.
  • Pack important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, and keep them in a safe place.

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