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Packing Materials When Moving Home

You’ve decided that you’ll be packing your precious possessions yourself. So where do you start? Well, for a start you’re going to need boxes and whatnot to transport your items from your old home to your new one. So what will you need?

 

Several different sizes of boxes for a start. Make sure that they are still easy for you to handle without doing yourself an injury. Rule of thumb: If you can run with it while trying to survive the Zombie Apocalypse then it’ll probably be safe enough to carry without putting your spine out.

 

Next, you’ll need packing materials: packing tape, bubble wrap packing paper…

 

There are several options available to you. The DIY, recycling “green” option. Your local supermarket and off license may end up being a treasure trove for previously used boxes. Speak to the customer service agents or store managers. Even your local corner store may be an excellent source of free or near free boxes. Bottle Store boxes are particularly handy for moving fragile items, since a lot of them already contain a variety of packing materials and are reasonably strong to accommodate booze bottles which are considered fragile. Choose boxes that are in excellent condition, that have not gotten wet or mouldy.

 

Start collecting your daily local and national newspapers for your packing paper. It may even be wise to ask your neighbours for their old newspapers. Scrunching up sheets of newspaper works wonderfully well as batting to protect your items in their temporary home in the box. It is also a bit more fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly.

 

Your next option is to order what the cool kids call “packing kits” online. Companies generally offer several packages based on your needs, that contain a variety of sizes in terms of boxes, packing materials and other assorted bits and bobs you didn’t even know you needed. What is nice about it is that often you can build your own kit. The delivery times are fast (always a bonus when getting ready to move) and generally reliable. It is a no muss, no fuss option.

 

You have the option of bubble wrap, tissue paper, newspaper offcut reams, foam rolls, void fills, box sealing tape, corrugated paper rolls and bubble furniture covers to protect your furniture from the moving process. It’s a good way to avoid scuff marks and some protection to the fabric.

 

All that remains is for you to make the choice, or even combining the two options in a way that will work best for you.

 

Now that you’ve got everything ready to be packed up, consider opting for a cheap man and van service to save on house moving costs.

 

 

Viking 36” Induction Cooktop Review

Viking Induction Cooktop Review

The Viking Induction Cooktop works by using some cool science – induction. The induction heats your pots and pans without the concern of connecting gas or electrical stoves and tops. Due to there being no heat or flame coming directly from the cooker, the risk of fires and burns are significantly reduced.

When a section of the cooktop is active, it is only the pots and pans and certain materials that you place upon it that will heat up when placed on the activated section, therefore meaning that they are much less likely to melt other plastics and so on that get too close to the heat.

A common question about pots and pans

Will I need new pots and pans is the question. Now, another great thing about induction cookers is that most everyday cookware companies have products that will work with an induction cooktop such as this very one I am reviewing. So, you may well need to upgrade your pots and pans however, it is best to double check them firstly. In order to test your cookware to see if it is good for induction cookers, simply find a refrigerator magnet and see if it attaches to the bottom of the pot. If it does then you are in luck – the pot will work with the induction cookers. In the case where by it does not attach to the bottom of the pot, then yes you will most likely be required to purchase a new induction ready pot.

viking cooktop led lights

viking cooktop led lights

14 Best Vacuum Cleaners You Can Buy

A good vacuum cleaner can make what is normally a boring and arduous task somewhat more bearable. Our Best Vacuum Cleaner round up has all vacuum types covered – bag less, bagged, cordless, upright and cylinder vacuums.

We have reviewed several brands which include the likes of Shark, Miele, Vax and Dyson. All the models reviewed in our round up have been fully tested by our husband and wife team.

For each vacuum, the round up includes short summaries of the team’s full reviews, however, you can read them to see further details and lots of before and after photos from each appliance.

What is the best type of vacuum cleaner?

There are really two main choices that need to made first off. That is selecting between a bagged model or a bag less model. Next, what do you need, an upright or a cylinder vacuum?

Another consideration is if the vacuum cleaner has been cordless or not. Cordless vacuums are the latest in trend features at the moment. However, although they may been easier to move around without having to worry about the cable, they do tend to be less powerful than corded vacuums.