1 Never use newsprint to wrap fine china.
2 Don’t try to get rid of your children’s favourite things before the move – even if it makes it easier. Kids sometimes have a hard time dealing with the change of the move itself.
3 Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.
4 Ask the sellers to show you the location of the electricity, water and gas meters.
5 Make sure you know where the most important fuses for the electric system are and also the location of the stopcock for the water supply.
6 Get your emergency kit in the house first thing. During the moving process, there are many, many opportunities for minor first aid issues. Make sure you have your first aid kit in a known place.
7 Find all the smoke detectors and test them all. If you don’t feel the home is adequately covered with them, install some more as quickly as possible. Similarly, make sure there’s a fire extinguisher on every floor.
8 Avoid Fridays and bank holidays when removal firms are in high demand and will be stretched (and may charge more). For a less stressful move, opt for off-peak times such as mid-week.
9 Compile a fact file for the people who are moving into your property, such as instruction leaflets and service information for the heating system and appliances you're leaving, together with details of rubbish collection, recycling schemes and so on.
10 Use brightly colored storage tote boxes, one for each person. Let each family member fill theirs with items they'll want 'right away' in the new home -- a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, keys, kleenex, and travel cosmetic case, and so on.
11 Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
Use cheap paper plates in between kitchen plates to help protect them