Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Tips For A Greener House Move

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When moving house, you will have a to-do list as long as your arm of things to remember. From remembering to pack the kettle to reminding yourself not to forget the goldfish, your mind will be filled with all kinds of little details in the run-up to the house move.


You will be looking for ways to save time too, and you will be looking for ways to save money. By thinking of tactics for each, you will do much to ease your stress levels. But when it comes to things you might want to save, not least your sanity, remember the world around you. House moves aren't always eco-friendly, but it is possible to do your bit to save the world if you think green while moving.


Here are our tips for a greener house move.



#1: Eat or donate the food in your fridge


Did you know that food waste is responsible for harming our environment? When food is thrown out it eventually makes its way to the local landfill, where it releases toxic methane gas as it decomposes! Remind your children of that fact when they next try to throw away the green vegetables from their plates! And remind yourself of this too when you're preparing to move, as you might be tempted to discard some of the food from your fridge if you don't have time to eat it all. Now is the time to make more meals with the food you have available, and you could freeze them too, as you could take them with you to your new house. You could also donate some of your foods to a good cause, such as a homeless shelter or to a neighbour in your street who would appreciate the donation.


#2: Dispose of your unwanted household items responsibly


After decluttering your home before your move, you might have a lot of items that you don't want to take with you. These could be things that have become broken over time, or that you no longer need if you're stocking your new house with updated items. The last thing you want to do is throw these items into the trash, especially if they are potentially harmful to the environment. Instead, take the appropriate items to the local recycling centre, sell them, or donate them to a good cause. Alternatively, hire a house clearance service, as they will dispose of your waste items in a responsible way. 


#3: Choose an eco-friendly removal company


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When researching removal companies, don't only focus on price. Search for those companies who use low-emission EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-Friendly Vehicles) vans. Many companies are going green now, not only to protect the environment but to remain competitive too, so favour those who are eco-friendly over any company that might pollute the atmosphere. 


#4: Pack responsibly


The more cardboard and plastic you use while packing, the more you might be tempted to throw away later. This will do the environment no favours, as you no doubt understand, so try to solve this problem. For one, you might want to look around the house for alternative things to use, such as items of clothing that can double up as packing material. Look online for eco-friendly packaging too, as you can buy bio-degradable boxes and bubble wrap, which is far greener than the alternatives you might consider using. And if you are using traditional cardboard boxes, don't don't use multiple boxes when fewer will do. Try to be efficient with your packing, and get as much as you can into each, so long as they can bear the weight.


#5: Commit to an eco-friendly clean


You will probably spend time cleaning before your move, as you will want the house to look presentable for the people who will soon be moving in. However, think of the environment when you're cleaning and think of the health needs of the new home buyers too. If you use toxic chemical cleaners, you won't do the world or the new residents any favours, so use green products before you leave. You can probably find some of them in the supermarket, although to save money, you can also make your own using these natural cleaning recipes




So, as you move home, don't leave chaos and destruction in your wake! Be mindful about everything you do, and think green about each aspect of your house move. And think the same when you get to your new home, as some of the suggestions we have given here can also be used throughout your daily life after the moving process has finally ended. 





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