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Chiswick is a fantastic place to move to for those with a sporty mindset. From the myriad of small, local Rugby Union teams all the way to the University of London boat club, which has many accolades to its name, including Olympic gold medal winning members. Combine this with the Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre, and you’ve got a London suburb for those wanting to keep fit and have fun.

With the location settled, let’s get on with the move. There’s many things to take care of when planning a family move, and packing is one of the more strenuous tasks. It’s a simple job at its core, but with all the different types of item to pack and unpack it can become a nightmare. With these tips, I hope to make it just another task on the road to a better and more prosperous life.

Get the right pieces of equipment and how to use them

Lets start with the tools of the trade. There’s two types you’ve got to think about; packing tools, and unpacking tools. Packing tools ensure you get your possessions to your new home in one piece, unpacking allows you access to them at the other side.

You’ll need two kinds of storage devices – sturdy moving boxes, and heavy duty bags (rubbish bags being the most effective). The bags will be for storing your clothes and other floppy items, like tea towels and bed linings, and the boxes will be for everything else. You’ll want bags for the fabric items, because they’re more space efficient, and their contents don’t really need to be packed with much care, there’s no danger of them breaking.

For the more fragile and valuable items though, you’ll have to take more precautions. Get lots of bubble wrap and packing paper, and put them to good use. Wrap the breakables in the bubble wrap, every piece needs at least two layers. Then use packing paper to stuff into the open spaces of the box, so there’s less space in the box for items to bump into each other – these two materials should ensure that everything stays together.

Get some heavy duty packing tape and labels too. Packing tape will make sure the boxes stay closed for the duration, and the labels are necessary so you know where everything goes, so you don’t lump something fragile in with the heavy items.

At the other side, you’ll need a box cutter or a knife, to aid the opening process. Exercise caution when using them, so you don’t damage the boxes contents and you don’t damage yourself. You may also need some scissors to get through the tightly bound bubble wrap.

Loading and the danger of overloading

When packing the boxes, be careful not to overstep the weight limit for each box. If you overload them, it won’t matter how sturdy it is, chances are the bottom’s going to split open, and as a result, so will everything in the box. By using a little common sense, you’ll be able to tell what a sensible box load is.

Once everything is packed, loading everything into the transport is the next step. Take great care when lifting the heavier boxes, and ask for help if it’s necessary. And make sure to check that everything is securely fastened via elastic or a storage rack before setting off.

If you follow these steps, as well as exercising some common sense, all of your valuables will remain in one piece, so they too can take their place in your new home.