Moving house can be a stressful experience, and there are so many different things that you’ll need to take into account. Many people are found to be worrying in the weeks leading up to the move, feeling anxious that there’s something that’s been missed during the move.
We understand and we’re here to help. We’ve scoured all sorts of different moving house tips and checklists to bring you the ultimate list of moving and packing tips. We want to make it as easy as possible for you, which is why we’ve brought together lots of useful tips to help you get moved as easily as possible.
We’ve broken down all of our tips to make it as easy for you to understand as possible. We know that you might just want to double-check you’ve got everything sorted, or you might be starting from square one. Either way, we’re confident we’ll be able to help. We’ll be covering:
We hope to give you plenty of useful information to make your move as easy and seamless as possible. If you’re looking to move, we wish you the best for the new home and hope for many happy memories for you!
Moving and Packing
Moving is a huge part of someone’s life. It’s the moving from one property to the next, preparing to make many more happy memories and progress through life. There’s very little that will change things up in your life as much as moving, which is why it’s important to get it right.
The process isn’t an easy one. From end to end there are a lot of things you need to be aware of and to do to effectively move, which is why we’re here to help.
Getting the Process Started
There are a few things you need to think of here, such as:
• How will you afford the new property?
• What’s your plan with your current one?
• What sort of property are you looking for?
If you’re buying a new property, it’s one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s so important to do things properly all the way through. You may wish to consider using a mortgage broker who will be able to advise on the best rates available and ultimately save the most money for you.
If you have or own property currently, will you be selling up? A lot of people sell their old home to use the equity as part of the deposit on the next house, but some people keep hold of older properties to rent them out. Either is a great choice, and it all comes down to your personal preference.
If you’re currently in a rented property, or you’re looking to move into a rented property, then you have a whole different kettle of fish to think about. You’ll need to think about where you’re moving to if you can afford the rent if you can afford the initial security deposit and more.
You’ll also need to think about the current property you’re in. Will you get your security deposit back, or are you expecting to lose this? Do you need to provide notice that you’re moving to your landlord? There are a lot of unknowns in moving, so it’s crucial to check through your tenancy agreement and make sure you’ve got everything together.
Companies You May Need to Help You
Moving your personal belongings isn’t an easy task when it’s a house full. By that same reason, there are many things that you’ll need to take into account to make sure you’re getting your stuff to the new house as safe as possible.
There is also the legal side of things and other types of companies you may wish to hire to help you. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones:
A solicitor is a vital part of your moving process. They’ll help instruct and coordinate the movement of funds and ownership when moving between properties, helping everything to go through as seamlessly as possible.
Hiring a solicitor is very, very important. If not done, there is a risk that the sale of the property isn’t done correctly and can cost you heavily, so it’s crucial to find one. There’s plenty out there, and they should be easy to find by searching online.
If you’re renting, you may wish to hire a solicitor or the help of legal personnel to read through your new contract. They’ll be able to look through and confirm if there is any risks or clauses within the contract you should be aware of, giving you peace of mind in knowing the contract is right for you.
You may wish to consider using a removals company to help with moving. Most people will have a lot of belongings, such as sofas, tables, beds and many more large objects that aren’t easily moved without a large truck or lorry.
Removal companies are a great way of ensuring everything is moved from the current property to the new one safely. They often work closely with you to move on the day and help to make everything move seamlessly. With their expertise and experience, a removal company is one of the best ways to ensure a safe transfer of your belongings during your move.
Moving Cleaning Company
When moving into a new property you’ll want the excitement and ‘wow’ as you walk through the door. There’s a lot of work to get everything in and sorted and you’ll want your new home up and running as quickly as possible.
You may wish, however, to hire a cleaning company. They’ll be able to perform a deep clean on the new property to help remove any dust or marks from the property to bring that new home feeling and keep your excitement. When moving into a new property you’ll not want to spend time cleaning and dusting, therefore a cleaning company is a great fit to help you on the big day.
Packing By Room
When it comes to packing, there is a lot to consider to make sure you’ve got everything all packed away. We’ve broken down the packing by room to help you make sure you’ve got everything and to make it easy. Before packing, there are a few tasks that you’ll need to undertake to make sure you’ve got everything you need.
Before you start the packing, there are a few things you need to consider first of all.
• Are you definitely moving?
• How much is there to move?
• Do you need any help with the packing?
• What can be packed now, and what needs to wait?
These first few questions are important ones to help make sure you’ve considered things before the move. First of all, are you moving? This may seem like a given question, but a lot of people get caught up in the excitement of moving and start packing too quickly. Although it is exciting to get everything packed away, will you be living out of boxes for the next few weeks?
You’ll need to think about how much there is to move. Although you may think there isn’t a lot, it’s surprising how much there is when it comes to it! Take a look around your home and look at all the drawers, the cabinets and bookshelves of things. All of these items need to go into boxes, therefore there can be a lot.
This is a great question to ask yourself. It helps you to understand and truly appreciate the amount of stuff that you have when moving, helping to make sure you’ve got enough boxes to get everything from A to B. A lot of people miscalculate this and then try to cram the boxes as well packed as possible, which can cause damages.
Some people are self-sufficient and can crack on with getting everything packed, and some need help making sure they’ve got everything. There’s no harm in asking for some help if you need it, and it can save you plenty of time and hassle! If you have family members and friends available to help, make sure to talk to them and ask them for assistance. They’ll most likely be delighted to help you when it comes to it!
Once you’ve got a good idea of the amount there is to pack, you’ll be able to make some great headway into the packing itself. We’ve broken it down by room to help you get everything packed away in that room before moving on. This helps to avoid scattering or missing anything important!
When it comes to packing, there are essential and non-essential items. The essential ones are the ones that you need daily, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, and the ones that aren’t essential are the ones that can be packed away early. It’s important to split them out to understand what is essential and what isn’t, ensuring you keep things to one side until you need to pack them away.
Packing the Bedroom
Packing the bedroom is a tough room to tackle. You’ll have a lot of different things in here, many of which are hidden out of sight and plenty that you’ll need until the last day. Some of the essential items you’ll need to keep to one side are:
• Some clothes (if you’re moving soon, only keep a small handful to one side)
If you’ve got a week or so before the move, pack away most of the wardrobe. You won’t need to keep everything out, but just some outfits to keep you going until you’re into the new house. You’ll also need to keep any hygienic items out too, such as deodorant. If you use any hair products, keep these to one side as well. These last few items can easily fit in a final box when the move comes.
When it comes to packing, try to keep everything separate that you need to. For example, if you live with your partner, try to keep their bedside drawer contents in one box and yours in another. It’s a small thing to do, but it can mean lots of time is saved in the new property when you don’t need to search through boxes for who’s is what!
Wardrobe & Dresser
Run through your wardrobe and look at all the clothing items you’ve got. Make a plan for the next few days and understand what outfits you’ll be wearing before you move, giving you the ability to pack away most of the contents of the wardrobe.
This extends to anywhere else that you have clothes stored too, so make to sure to empty any areas of clothes in one go. If you can keep all your clothes together it makes for easier unpacking in your new home.
Some people have a side cabinet in their bedroom. There are usually ornaments that can be packed away, but inside there might be some useful stuff you may need. Take a good look through and see what needs to be kept to one side, what needs packing and what you can get rid of. Now is a great opportunity to remove anything that’s sat at the back of a cupboard!
Under the Bed
Most people have storage underneath the bed, which is often missed when packing. Make sure that everything is taken out and packed away early on to help make sure you’ve not missed anything.
Other Storage Areas
There are often other areas in the room that need to be looked at. A couple of these areas are:
• On top of the wardrobe
• Shelving units
• Bottom of the wardrobe
Once you’re happy with all of the room that you’ve packed everything away, you can now start to consider how easily you’ll be able to move the furniture out of the room.
Moving the Furniture
When it comes to moving furniture, you’ll need to consider what can be taken apart early and what needs to stay. A great example of something that needs to stay is the bed, as you’ll need this to sleep on. However, you can remove the general structure and just leave the mattress for a night or two if needed.
Things like the bedside table will be easily moveable as they’re quite small, however larger items, such as the wardrobe will need to be taken apart (if they’re not built into the walls). Some furniture can be taken apart and flat packed which makes it great to move out of your home with ease, however, some furniture is solid and can’t be taken apart.
If you’re using a removals company, they may be able to help get the furniture out of your home and avoid risking any damage to your property. It’s best to give them a call and make sure they’re able to help with this, but most companies will be happy to.
Packing the Living Room
The living room is part of a home that people tend to spend most of their time. It has a lot of large furniture but can have lots of hidden belongings that are hidden away. Fortunately, not everything is essential and the majority of things can be packed away. Some things you may wish to leave out are:
• The TV
• A couple of DVD’s
• Games console
• A couple of board games
The living room is home to a lot of niceties which aren’t all essential. However, in the days or weeks leading up to the move, you don’t want everything to be packed away and inaccessible as this can cause boredom. Keep out a few things that will keep you entertained and ensure you’re happy with your entertainment.
If you have a side cabinet in your living room, chances are it’s full of different stuff. It’s a great time to go through and see what’s needed, what can be packed away and what can be gotten rid of. Take the opportunity to sort through the cabinet and give it a good clear out.
If you have some bookshelves or a cabinet with shelves in it, you may find there are lots of ornaments or things in it. Make sure that any fragile ornaments are packed away safely for their journey and anything that isn’t needed is packed.
You may have games or books on these shelves you’ll want to keep to one side to keep you busy in the evenings, so be sure to keep these items to one side.
If you have a footstool or ‘puffy’ in your home, it may have storage space in it. You may have some belongings stored in here, which will need to be packed away during transportation. Take the time to look through what you’ve got and what’s needed, if it’s something you’ll want to keep.
Other Storage Areas
You may have other storage areas, such as:
• TV cabinet
• Chest of drawers
• Coffee table drawers
• Under the sofa
• On the mantlepiece
Take a thorough look all around the room and see if anything is outstanding that needs to be packed away. You may find lots of hidden memories, as well as lots of things that you can get rid of. Have a good look around and see what you can empty and get packed away now to save any last-minute panic.
Moving the Furniture
The living room is home to a lot of big furniture. Although some of it could be taken apart and flat packed, there are a lot of items that will be large and need to be handled with care. Some items that may be able to be flat packed are:
• Chest of drawers
• Shelving units
• TV stand.
It’s important to check whether they are, as you’ll be able to get them boxed up in advance. If they aren’t, they’ll need to be transported as they are. This is where a removals company will be able to help get them from A to B.
One more thing to consider is any pictures on the wall. You’ll need to take these down and make sure they’re safely packed away to avoid damage, especially if they have glass frames.
Packing the Kitchen
The kitchen doesn’t usually have much furniture inside the room, but don’t let that fool you. The high number of cupboards are full of all sorts of different things, from plates and bowls to glasses and bottles. These are all fragile things too, which makes packing the kitchen especially difficult.
If you’re moving very soon, you may wish you consider moving all the items and contents out of your cupboards. However, if you’ve got a week or two spare, some of the essentials you’ll need to keep out are:
• Plates and bowls for each person
• Cutlery for each person
• Drinking glasses
• Enough food for as long as needed.
The kitchen is a funny room to try and pack away. You’ll have food in your freezer and food in the fridge that needs to be taken care of to prevent it from going off, as well as many cupboards full of utensils. Let’s first start with the cupboards and the pots and pans.
Cupboards and Drawers
You’ll need to be careful to make sure nothing gets damaged. If you’re packing plates and bowls away, make sure to pack them in a box together and try to fill the box as much as possible. The less risk there is of the contents of the box sliding around, the less risk there is of them breaking. If you have any old newspapers, screw up the pages to fill and gaps to provide a bit of a bumper should the box get bumped.
For all other items, make sure they’re packed away following the cupboard they came out of. It’ll make your unpacking experience so much easier and it’ll help you to keep the old habits whilst in your new kitchen!
Emptying the Fridge and Freezer
When it comes to the food in your kitchen, make sure you’re not buying too much food. In the week leading up to your move, try to use up the food that’s in your freezer. This will help to minimise any waste and gets your fridge empty much easier. For the weeks leading up to the move, think about the food you’ll be buying and what you need. If you can minimise the amount of food that needs to be kept in the fridge, the better. This will help you to keep any wasted or spoiled food to a minimum.
If you’ve got some food left in your fridge, you can always put it in a cool box whilst you’re moving. This will help to keep it cool ready to go back in the fridge!
Moving the Furniture
There isn’t often any furniture to move, other than maybe some stools from a kitchen. The tough things to move any utilities, such as a dishwasher and a washing machine. These need extra care taken as they are very heavy and can easily cause damage to the floor if not done properly, which is why it’s important to tackle them safely.
A washing machine will need to have some transit bolts that will need to be inserted into the washing machine. These are crucial to keep the drum in one place and not moving around when in transit, so make sure these are done!
Packing the Dining Room
The dining room often doesn’t have much that needs to be packed away, but there’s still a good box full in most dining rooms. You may have a cabinet or side unit that holds things such as coasters, placemats and other condiments that aren’t in the kitchen. Whilst not urgent, there are some things you may wish to keep out whilst packing:
• One or two placemats
• One or two coasters.
Even if you’re moving, you may still have the table set up so you’ll want to keep the right tools out for eating a good meal. You won’t need to worry about ornaments or decorations for the table as these can be packed away, it’s just the things that you’ll need.
Moving the Furniture
There are a few bits of furniture in the dining room, and unfortunately, none of it is small or easy to manoeuvre. However, you may find that the dining room table and possibly the chairs can be dismantled and laid flat.
Dining Room Table
You may find that your dining room table is collapsible, or the legs can be detached. This is something that you may wish to consider doing to help make it easier to remove it from one house and into the next. It also helps to keep your table safe during transport, as it can be easily stored in a removals van without having to be stood up.
All Other Dining Room Furniture
For any other furniture, such as side units, these will need to be emptied and the belongings put into boxes. This will make sure that not only are the items from within the until safe during transport but also that the unit is safe itself. It gives you a great opportunity to look through everything and see what you could get rid of. It’s the perfect time for a clear out!
Packing the Shed/Garage
If you have a shed or garage, they’re incredibly useful spaces. However, they become very full of all sorts of different things and hold onto all sorts of bits and bobs that don’t have a home within the house. When moving it’s the perfect opportunity to have a sort through and clear out what’s being held in here, allowing you to get rid of anything that’s being held onto that doesn’t need to be.
Because these areas are often used for storage, there’s not a lot that is essential to hold onto. However, there are some things that you may need, such as:
• Any tools for deconstructing flat-pack furniture
• Anything essential for your car (such as oil etc).
There are a few things that may be deemed as essential within a garage or your shed, so it’s subjective to what you’re going to need in the next few days. Take a good think about what’s being stored and what you can pack away and what you don’t need at all.
Try to have two boxes, one for the things you need to keep and one for the things you’ll be getting rid of. When moving to a new property it’s a great opportunity to have a good clear out and get rid of anything cluttering up space, so be stern with what you keep!
Finding a Good Removal Company
When looking to move, you’ll want a good removal company to help you with your belongings. There are many different companies out there and some are fantastic. They’ll help you with everything and help to make the process as seamless as possible. However, there are some horror stories too.
There are several things you’ll need to do to make sure you’ve got a good removal company to help you. See our top tips below!
Finding the Removal Company
If you know of friends or family who has moved in recent years, ask them who they used for the move. They’ll be able to share the company that they used and give you their first-hand experience, allowing you to either pursue that company or stay well clear.
If you’re not sure of anyone who’s moved, or they didn’t use a removal company, using the web is a great way of finding different removal companies. An easy way to do this is to search for ‘Removal companies near me’ into a search engine, which will help to find a list of various companies near you.
Checking the Removal Company
You’ll need to make sure you check the company to make sure they’re reliable and trustworthy. There are several ways to do this to help give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve picked a great company to work with.
The first is to ask friends and family, especially if they’ve shared the name of a company they used. You’ll be able to learn about their first-hand experience from a trustworthy source to give you the confidence in what they say.
If you can’t learn from someone you know, there are plenty of people out there willing to share their experience. If you search online for the company and any reviews, there may be plenty that you can look through. This helps to give you a good idea of the sort of company you’ll be working with, should you pursue with them.
If you’re struggling to find any reviews online, you can always get in touch and ask the company themselves! Businesses are happy to help their customers, so give them a call and talk to them directly. You’ll get a good feel for the personality and the approach the company has towards you.
Choosing the Removal Company
So you’ve found a company you’d like to work with. Great! Now it’s just the small task of getting them booked in for the day. You’ll need to get in touch with them and arrange for them to book the day to help you with your move. It may sound great, but there are several things to check out for and be certain before committing:
• Are they available on the day you need them?
• Is their quote something you’d expect, or is it too high?
• Can the company get to your current and/or new property?
Sometimes, removal companies can get booked up. This isn’t through any fault of their own, but it’s important to make sure they’re free before you book them to make sure there’s no disappointment for your move.
Make sure you’re happy with the quote, too. You may find that shopping around can pay off and help you to get a good price elsewhere, so don’t settle for the first quote if you’re not happy with it!
You’ll also need to be sure that they can get to your current property and the new one. Some companies only operate in a certain area, so if you’re planning to move from one end of the country to the other, make sure the company can help you with this.
Companies to Make Aware of Your Move
Several different companies need your address for various reasons. Trying to figure out all of the different companies that you need to update is a difficult task, which is why we’ve highlighted all the main ones below for you. Some you’ll need to make aware in advance and some you’ll need to let them know when you’ve changed address.
There are several different government bodies that you’ll need to inform of your move. Some things you’ll need to update them for are:
• Your driving licence
• The address that your car is registered to
• Your TV licence
• Your local council for electoral reasons
• Your local council for your council tax.
These are especially important. If they’re not done, you may risk getting a fine or overpaying for things that aren’t required any longer, such as council tax.
Insurers will need to know if you’ve changed address as quickly as possible. If you don’t update them on your address, they may not be able to cover you in the event of a claim so it’s important to have this kept up to date. Some things you may have insurance for are:
Home insurance (building and contents)
There are many different types of insurance out there, so it’s crucial to run through any paperwork you have and understand the different types of coverage you have. It’s not worth the risk of not being able to make a claim when you need them, so take extra care to make sure you’ve got everything.
Financial Companies (Such as Banks)
Banks will need to know your new address, from savings accounts to current accounts. You’ll need to make sure you’ve got all the appropriate information about your account ready before getting in touch with the bank, as they’ll need to verify it’s you. Some examples of companies you need to update are:
• Your current bank account
• Any savings accounts
• Any investment funds
• Pension services
• Other forms of wealth management.
If possible, contact these companies before the move to make them aware of when you’ll be moving and where to. This means they’ll be able to get your details updated for the new property when the time comes, rather than potentially having mismatched details.
Any company that provides a service, or sends you bills each month, will need to know your new address. Some of these companies will need to make changes to the service to ensure that they are providing it to the right house so it’s important to call these companies in advance. Some common examples are:
• Water supply
• Gas and electricity provider
• TV services
• Mobile phone bill
• Any memberships
• Any monthly financial agreements.
You may have something on finance, such as a car or a computer. These financial companies will need to also be made aware of any changes to your property to make sure they’re sending bills to the right place. The best way to find these are to take a look through your monthly bank statement and look at all the outgoings to see which ones are regular.
This also allows you to see if there’s anything you don’t quite recognise, giving you the chance to chase and see what the payments are for.
Some Final Moving and Packing Tips
There’s a couple of additional moving and packing tips we’d love to share with you. See below!
Have a Good Clear Out
Don’t keep hold of things that you don’t need to. Get rid of anything that’s just taking up space and you could do without! When you’re packing away your belongings for the move, it’s the perfect opportunity to sort through everything and have a good clear out.
Make a Checklist
Everybody has a different set of things they need to do when moving house. Make a checklist of things you’ll need to get done and make sure to tick them off as you go along. This helps you to keep on top of everything and keep your mind at rest during this time.
Don’t Leave Any Room in Boxes
If you’ve packed a box and it’s only half full, fill it up. It’s surprising how quickly and easily you can fill up the boxes and run out, so make sure to use them all up. It also helps things to stop sliding and moving around, so be sure to keep your belongings well packed and safe!
Use Old Newspapers as a Bumper
Fill any gaps in boxes with an old newspaper that’s scrunched up. It’ll act like bubble wrap and protect the belongings in a box from any gentle bumps on their journey to the new property.
Keep The Boxes Per Room
When you’re in the new property, the last thing you’ll want to be doing is running through all of your belongings and seeing what goes where. By having the right boxes for the right rooms, you can easily distribute the boxes out and tackle one room at a time.
Tape The Boxes
Your boxes flip over during transit, which is fine if there’s plenty of packaging to protect what’s inside the box. However, if they’re not shut properly, your belongings could fall out and become damaged. Tape the boxes up well to keep your belongings safe during their journey.
A final note from us…
Moving and packing can be a tough experience, but it’s a very rewarding one. The chance to move into a new property and make new memories is enough to make anybody nervous but excited at the same time. We hope that our tips and tricks have helped make the process easier for you to give you a smooth process when moving from one home to the next. The last thing from us is that we wish you all the best in your new home and hope you make many happy new memories!