Are you about to move house? Planning an environmentally friendly house move might not be on everyone’s list of priorities but it could actually save you money and time. Packing, cleaning, transporting, storing and unpacking a home can all be streamlined. Not only will this cost you less but you will also be helping the environment as fewer resources and energy will be consumed.
BAR Services have been helping the UK removal trade move people from home to home for the past 40 years. We source the best quality products and are able to sell them at favourable prices because of how many we buy. Now with the internet, we can sell self-mover packing box kits. Using our experience here are 5 top tips to plan an environmentally friendly house move.
Planning Your Environmentally Friendly House Move
Sounds obvious to say make a plan. I know. But many many people get this wrong and then order the wrong amount of boxes.
Planning ahead can create the opportunity to get a better price. At BAR Services our best prices are available when purchased more than one month in advance. You may be able to negotiate the same with your van and storage space hire.
Take time while packing
Not only is it a pain driving back and forth, when moving house, it’s not very eco-friendly. If you pack smart, you can significantly reduce the number of trips you will need to take saving time and money. Every item you pack is a potential storage option, so take your time and play Tetris with your belongings. For example, wrap your cutlery in tissue and put those inside a pot, use suitcases and handbags for clothes.
Donate what you don’t need
Why move stuff you don’t use anymore?! A move presents a perfect opportunity for getting rid of the things you no longer use and recycling them. We are all guilty of hoarding things that we don’t need, so why not make a donation pile and either drop them off at a local charity shop or arrange for charities such as The British Heart Foundation to come and collect free from your door. Remember, less driving means a more environmentally friendly house move.
Try using plastic protection alternatives
At BAR Services we have alternatives to plastics, including paper protection and even quilted covers. These are much better than single-use plastic which is very harmful to the environment. If you need to use plastic sheeting when moving house, make sure you store them somewhere safe to use them again or to lend them to someone you know. Remember to reuse as much as possible and if you need to discard plastic, please make sure to recycle it correctly.
There’s no better feeling than giving your new place a good clean, but try to avoid harsh, environmentally toxic products that are dangerous to marine life. Try using eco-friendly cleaning products such as Method or Ecover, all made with biodegradable formulas.
Reuse Reuse Reuse!
If you do purchase boxes, plastic covers or quilted covers make sure you store them away somewhere safe so that you can reuse them. Boxes can retain their strength and be used up to three times without weakening. So store them somewhere safe and dry and save yourself some money as well as the planet.
Make your environmentally friendly house move easy
Moving house doesn’t need to be “the most stressful day of your life”. Planning your packing in advance and buying good quality products will remove a great deal of stress from your moving plans. At BAR Services we can supply you with full packing kits and help you prepare for the big day.
Visit our self-movers packing kits in the BAR Services shop and do your bit for the planet with an environmentally friendly house move.