Moving House – Top Ten Tips

November 25, 2009 at 11:01 AM 20 comments

So, you’ve just found your dream home on, what next? Chances are you’ve only a matter of weeks until you have to move your worldly belongings from A to B.

It’s a huge task and is justifiably known as one of the most stressful things you can do. But with careful planning your move doesn’t have to make you want to tear your hair out.

So, we invited expert mover Claire Hose, from MoveMinder, to give us her top tips when moving.  She oversees many moves for other people and knows how much additional organisation and hard work goes into a successful move.

Follow Claire’s top tips for a stress free move.

Tip 1 – Be organised

Create a ‘To Do’ list and keep any important information together in a file.

As soon as you know you are moving, start planning by writing down what you need to do and when. Obviously not everyone is that organised but for your own sanity try not to leave it more than 3 weeks before the big day.

Tip 2 – Choose the right removal company

There are different options here depending on your budget and the size of your move. For larger households, as a general rule, look for BAR (British Association of Removers) registered movers or recommendations from friends. Get at least three quotes and go with the one you feel is best suited to your move, rather than the cheapest. If you only have a small load and just want a man and van, ask around for recommendations to avoid the cowboys. Check on insurance and don’t be tempted to go without.

Tip 3 – Don’t leave packing to the last-minute

This is a trap that a lot of people fall into simply because they can’t face starting such a mammoth task. Breaking it down into achievable parts can make it a lot less daunting. Take each room separately and start with books and CDs (use small boxes for these), and other items you don’t use that often. Alternatively, get the movers to do it all for you – they can sweep the entire contents of a house into boxes in a matter of hours!

Tip 4 – Ikea bags are a movers best friend

Well, maybe not BEST friend, but they’re pretty good for any of the odds and sods that don’t really need to go in a box. Zipped laundry bags, also known as refugee bags, are good for moving linens, clothes, shoes and other non breakables.

Tip 5 – Don’t forget to label your boxes

It sounds obvious but so many people forget. Put the labels on more than one side so you can see what’s what when they are piled high. If you’re really organised make an inventory of what is in each box, especially if some things are going into storage.

Tip 6 – Does your furniture fit out of your old house and into your new one?

Again, sounds obvious but it can catch you out. If you got it in then you should be able to get it out but flat pack furniture you built yourself is often the biggest cause of grief. Leave yourself time to disassemble and check with the movers if you need to get a window removed, they should know someone who can help.

Tip 7 – Create a room plan for your new home

Do a rough sketch idea of where furniture will be placed in each room. You can always move it again if you want to but it saves time umming and ahhing while the movers struggle under the load.

Tip 8 – Label your electricals

If you have a hundred wires going into one device use sticky coloured labels or number each part to match one end to the other.

Tip 9 – Essentials boxes

Pack the kettle, tea, coffee and milk last, unpack first. Know where your bed-clothes and duvet are (see next tip). Keep remote controls, phones, mobile phone chargers and any other items you are likely to lose but need in the same ‘bits box’ so you know for sure where they are. Keep valuables and important papers with you.

Tip 10 – Make your bed as soon as possible

You’ll appreciate it at the end of the day when you don’t have to do that one more thing before you can relax after a long hard day.

Claire Hose is Managing Director at move management company, MoveMinder Limited,

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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Olly  |  November 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Great advice that will really help make one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do that much easier.

    I recently moved house and used Moveminder. They’re a really professional service that took all the stress out of moving and helped make my house a home before I had even moved in! There were so many things I had not thought of and wouldn’t have had time to do – I couldn’t recommend the service highly enough…

  • 2. Emilie Reymond  |  November 25, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Fantastic tips! I am moving hopefully next month and have just printed this page to get started… Thanks

  • 3. Rick Edwards  |  November 25, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    If only I read this last weekend!

    I didn’t realise how much stuff I had and completely underestimated how long it would take, not too mention the stress of it all.

  • 4. kaye  |  November 25, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Just read this in time for my upcoming move, I would never have thought of half of the ideas above.

    These tips are invaluable. Thank you very much.

  • 5. Helen  |  November 25, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    I also recently moved and used Moveminder, they were incredibly helpful, friendly and approachable for even the most random questions!
    Would definitely recommend using them for a stress-free move!

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  • 7. removal boxes  |  January 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Good post and some great tips!

    Packing at the last minute is a nightmare i wouldnt recommend!

    Remember though at the end of everything you need to recycle! stuff like can be reused or made into cool things so dont chuck them away or leave them outside to rot in the rain!

  • 8. Moving House  |  March 12, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Great advice that will really help make one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do that much easier. I am moving hopefully next month and have just printed this page to get started… Thanks

  • 9. Anthony Foster  |  December 13, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    A very well written article. There is not enough quality on blogs about the stresses of moving house. This one should be printed and given out by estate agents!

  • 10. Chicago Moving Services  |  April 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Moving is a tedious task. Movers are always keen to know about safe and sound moving. The tips given this article are very good and should be followed by the movers. Thanks a lot.

  • 11. amber  |  April 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    If you are moving to or from an apartment, it requires lots of consideration specially in budget and of course the things to bring and not to bring to lessen the load and the financial agendas!

  • 12. Manchester letting agents  |  May 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Shame the blog isn’t a bit more prominent on the website, some good tips there!

  • 13. john  |  January 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Hi great blog I run a man and van service in Norwich you wouldnt believe the amount of people I move who do little to no preperation before the day of the move, I moved a lady just before xmas and she was trying to pack individual plates and crockery into my van it was only going into storage but boxes are essential part of moving it saves time and in the long term man hours thus reducing the removal bill! I specialise in small removals and and light haulage work moving on average 3 people per week you can save huge amount off the cost of removals by contacting your local man with a van a search on google will find you the best man with a van!
    If you use a man with a van service a good tip is to check they are fully insured whilst your belongings are in there care there are a few operating without the hire and reward and goods in transit cover not to mention public liabillity insurance but if you ask them a legitimate service provider will be happy to show you proof of insurance. So if you happen to be reading this blog and your in norfolk feel free to ask for a quote and proof of insurance have a great 2012 and I hope all your removals go well for you! happy new year all

  • 14. removals company  |  June 22, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Very nice tips discussed for moving houses minimizing the risk. What should be in our mind at the time of moving houses is well discussed here.

  • 15. Household Clearance Devon  |  July 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    There are some really good points here, such as writing fragile on boxes and using proper packing materials to protect your things. If you want to make your life simpler and to make sure that all of the right steps are taken to look after your goods then you could use a professional company. They can even help with Household Clearance Devon, Cornwall and many other regions of the UK.

  • 16. London Removal Services  |  August 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Choosing the right moving company is very necessary to make moving an enjoyable process. There is a need to make proper planning for every thing at an initial level. You have mentioned the good points about all the process to make moving enjoyable.

  • 17. EL alt  |  October 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    What kind of bags are these Ikea bags? Where can I find them and how useful are they for packing when moving? Labeling boxes is the most important part of your move. When boxes are labeled it is easy to identify items, which makes your move smooth.

  • 18. Nakliyat  |  October 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Great advice that will really help to make moving easier.

  • 19. Moving House Storage  |  February 11, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    You have given nice tips for easy and stress free moving. Its a well written and very helpful to those who want to move there house.Thanks for sharing.

  • 20. Paul Demaris  |  April 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Great advice ..
    I have 25 years removals industry experience & it’s amazing to see how badly prepared people can be for such an important task .
    It’s good to see sound simple advice out there to guide people, Good Job :-)


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