Top Tips for Moving Home

Moving home can be a very stressful time. Try and reduce the stress a bit by following this simple plan and the sooner you start planning the better.


Moving house is an excellent time to ditch the rubbish. Give yourself plenty of time to go through each room and bag up all those things you no longer need and take them to a local charity shop for someone else to enjoy. Any large items that you can’t move yourself can be left for us to take away after your move together with anything else you find you don’t want any more.

The Pre-Plan

Go through your whole house, including the attic and any outside areas and consider how you’re going to get everything packed up and make a note of anything that needs to be dismantled. Measure large items and make sure that they are going to not only get down the stairs and through doors but also through the doors the other end and up the stairs.

Breakable items will need to be bubble wrapped and packed securely in a strong box, soft items can be put in strong black bags. Consider folding up clothes and putting in a vacuum pack. Bedroom furniture, eg draws, bedside cabinets, etc, can be taped shut with the contents left inside. Be sure to point out to the removals guys that you want to keep those items upright so the contents don’t get messed up.

Packing Boxes

Once you’ve gone round your home, work out how many boxes and the different sizes you’ll need. Always overestimate just in case you don’t have enough and order them as soon as possible, preferably 3-4 weeks before your moving date. Try to order smaller boxes for heavier items and bigger boxes for lighter ones. When ordering boxes, include packing tape (together with a dispenser for speed and convenience), bubble wrap, various labels, a marker pen and coloured stickers.

You can also get cardboard wardrobes or you can use plastic refuse bags to transport your hanging clothes. Make a hole in the bottom of the bag and push the wire hook of the hanger through it, then tie all the hooks together to stop them sliding around and knot the bottom.

The Week Before

Work out the minimum you need to live with/on in this last week (food, personal hygiene, baby stuff, pet food, sleeping requirements, change of clothes, the TV, phone & phone charger and your computer) and get everything else bagged/boxed up. The more you can do yourself before your big day, the quicker and cheaper it’ll be to move.

Make sure you label everything clearly that you’ve had to take apart. Bag up screws and tape it to the furniture they belong to, put coloured dots on corners so you can match them together again successfully, coil and label any wires and cables.

As you box each room, mark the boxes with the contents and which room they’ve come from. You may also want to mark them with a colour sticker as to their importance of unpacking the other end. If you’ve got small children, you could ask them to draw pictures on the side of the boxes that relate to their contents or the room it’s come from – it’s fun and keeps them quiet! Remember it could take several days or even months to get sorted once you’ve moved so you’ll need to make sure you unpack your essentials first. Clean each room as you go along.

Let the removers know what your colour code system is so they can unload accordingly which will make your life a lot easier. They’ll appreciate that you’ve got everything organised and do their very best to make sure your well marked up boxes get placed in the right room.

Mark your delicate items with a fragile sticker and/or ‘this way up’.

Your valuables, including jewellery, important paperwork such as passports, wedding/birth certificates should be securely packed and kept in a safe place until your move. Consider taking these items with you on the day just in case you need to find them quickly.

Roll up carpets and rugs so the underneath is on the outside, tie them up securely and cover the ends with plastic bags to keep them clean.

Use this week to also have any electrical fixtures and fittings taken down such as ceiling lights so you can get them securely packed up as well. NB, we have a qualified electrician who can take care of that for you.

Disconnect your washing machine and your gas cooker (use a Gas Safe registered gas engineer for this).

Put packing tape ‘X”s on your mirrors and glass pictures before packing them to give them extra protection from cracking in the move.

If possible empty your freezer and defrost it completely. This should make it easier and much lighter to move.

The Day of the Move

At this point, you’ll feel like you’re living in a warehouse but, in theory, there shouldn’t be any last minute panics. The removals men will have their own system of packing the van so with your well labelled boxes, they’ll get everything moved for you quickly and efficiently.

Point out which items are to remain and/or taken to the recycling plant. This can be done on another day if you’re not in a chain plus any cleaning, painting, maintenance that needs to be done.

Enlist the help of any family or friends you’ve got in the area to help you unload the other end. If you’ve organised your essentials box correctly, you’ll be able to turn it a moving party in the evening, just make sure you’ve made your bed up before you start popping the corks so you can collapse at any time!