Top Tips For Moving

Moving is statistically one of the most stressful life events there is. Here are some tips to make things go more smoothly when you make the move.

Set a moving date

Most people move on the day that contracts are completed and this is very often a Friday. If you have a choice on completion date, pick a midweek one; removal firms are less booked up and you’ll have a few days to get unpacked and settled in before returning to work rather than trying to cram everything in over a weekend.

Decide who’s doing the move

There’s no doubt that opting for the DIY move is cheaper; hire a van, rope in a few friends to help with the packing and you’re good to go. Alternatively, if you’ve lots to shift, pack it yourself and label everything, leave the actual physical move to the removal company then unpack everything yourself at the other end. If you can afford it, you could pay the removal firm to pack, move and unpack for you.

Choose the removal firm carefully

Remember that you get what you pay for. A good removal firm will send someone round to check out the move and quote you for it; this avoids the company turning up on the day only to find that the van they have bought is too small to accommodate all your possessions. Choose someone with a good reputation and if possible use a firm recommended to you by someone you know. Always get three quotes in writing before you make your final choice and remember to check that they’re fully insured for damage.

Organize boxes

A large firm will provide boxes and labels to you a couple of weeks in advance. If you’ve opted for a DIY move, you can often find boxes at supermarkets or buy some online.


Think about the parking situation at either end of your move. Is there enough room outside your house to park a van without causing inconvenience to your neighbours and likewise at the other end? Remember to check if a parking permit will be required and arrange one well in advance. It’s courteous to let your new neighbours know when you’re moving in and warn them that there will be a van parked outside for an hour or so.

Tell everyone that you’re moving

Make a list of everyone who needs to know that you’re going to be moving. This could include:

  • The Post Office
  • Your bank/building society
  • Your employer
  • Telephone and internet contracts
  • TV licensing
  • Your children’s schools
  • The local council
  • Doctor and dentist
  • Friends, family and colleagues
  • DVLA
  • Insurance companies

Pack in good time

Moving home is a great time to de-clutter so be ruthless and take everything you can really do without to the tip. Pack everything else carefully, remembering to clearly label anything fragile. It’s a good idea to keep important documents, jewellery and other small, valuable items in a separate bag and keep it with you. Label each box and box with its destination and any special instructions for the movers.

Make a survival box

This box should be last to go on the van and first off. Pack everything you’ll need for that day; cleaning products, kettle, cutlery, light bulbs, milk, snacks, flask of tea or coffee, toiletries and a change of clothes.

The big day

Brief your family on what they have to do and when. It’s a good idea to remove pets and children to a safe place so that they’re not under the removers’ feet. Be the last one out and check each room to make sure there’s nothing left that should be on the van. When you get to the other end and your new home, check that any fixtures and fittings you agreed on are there.

The day after

Read your meters and contact your supplier to make sure you don’t get a bill for the previous owner’s gas and electricity. It’s also a good idea to change the locks so that you know you’re the only one with keys. Contact your insurer to make sure that your home insurance policy is valid on your new property.

In conclusion

You can take the stress out of moving with a little planning and forethought. Once you’ve moved in and unpacked, take some time to check out some of the other posts right here on Renovate for ideas on how to decorate your new place or for top DIY tips!

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