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10 top tips for a stress-free move

We list 10 top tips to help you have a stress-free move.

10 top tips for a stress-free move

Moving house is regularly listed as one of life’s most stressful events, so it is important to do all you can to make sure it does not become an overwhelming experience. Here at reallymoving.com, we want to do all we can to make the transition to your new home straightforward, so take a look through our tips on how to have a stress-free move.

Tip 1: Hire reputable conveyancing solicitors

It is your conveyancing company that will be handling all the legal aspects of the property transaction, so it is important to ensure you are receiving a service from a professional conveyancer to make the process as easy as possible. Hiring a reputable conveyancing solicitor will help to make sure your move goes to plan and runs to schedule.

You can get conveyancing quotes from companies that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council of Licensed Conveyancers through reallymoving.com, so you can be confident that the company you are using will have the knowledge and experience to help give you a stress-free move.

Tip 2: Budget

There are many outgoings to consider when moving house and to reduce the stress during this time it is important to budget you expenditure to ensure you can cover all the important costs. It may be worth using a moving cost calculator in advance of your move so you can work out an estimate of how much your move will cost and budget accordingly.

To save money during your move, be sure to compare costs for conveyancingsurveying and removals to find the best price for a top quality moving service.

Tip 3: Take your time

Giving yourself plenty of time will allow you to organise a schedule to ensure you designate sufficient time to complete each item on your task list and collect all the necessary materials you will need for your move.

Beginning this process as soon as possible will give you time to purge any unwanted possessions, so you only take what you need with you to your new home. You will also have time to make a full inventory for each packing box to simplify your unpacking.

Starting early with your preparations will help to make sure you don’t exhaust yourself trying to fit too many tasks into a short space of time. If you want a stress-free house move, it is best to pace yourself – don’t leave it all to the last minute.

Tip 4: Be flexible

With so many different parties involved with moving house things will not always go to plan, so it is important to be flexible to changes during this time to keep stress levels down. By getting started on your tasks early this should give you some breathing room to re-think how to temporarily progress if you do meet any obstacles.

It may be worth having a backup plan and a list of the jobs you have to complete, allowing you to bring forward other tasks if something gets postponed so you keep up your productivity.

Tip 5: Create a document box

Store all important documents, such as passports, house deeds, wills and insurance papers in one box or file to ensure easy access. This should then be placed somewhere where you will not lose it.

It may also be a good idea to create electronic copies of important documents by scanning and saving them onto a computer.

Tip 6: Use our moving checklist

It pays to be organised during this busy time, so take a look at our moving checklist for a comprehensive guide on what you will need to do and consider, and at what stage you will need to do them, when moving house.

Our checklist will help make sure the entire process of moving house runs smoothly, right up until you are settled into your new home.

Tip 7: Visit your new area

If you are moving to somewhere you are not familiar with, visit the local neighbourhood and have a walk around the area. This can make the transition to your new house less overwhelming and you can begin to feel at home in your new town.

It will also allow you to find the closest shops so you will know where to go to stock up on necessities during your first few busy days.

Tip 8: Pack a moving day survival kit

Before your moving day make sure you have packed a moving day survival kit of essentials. This should contain necessary items that will get you and your family through the day unscathed, such as toiletries, phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks and provisions for hot drinks.

It is important to have easy access to the supplies that will keep you well-fed and hydrated on this busy day, and that you have everything readily available so you can fall straight into bed at the end of it.

Tip 9: Hire a professional removal company

When you are moving house you are placing all of your worldly goods in the hands of your removal company, so make sure the company transporting your belongings is professional and experienced. Inform them of the requirements you have and organise with them a pre-move visit to your property, so when they arrive on the day they are fully prepared.

A professional removal company may also be able to provide a packing service, which will save you both time and energy in the lead up to the big day.

All removal companies partnered with us are Ombudsman regulated and follow our strict Code of Practice, so when you get your removals quotes through reallymoving.com you can be confident of their quality. It is also advised to read customer feedback before selecting a company.

For a stress-free move it is vital to ensure you have hired professionals, as it is them who will be doing the work. If you are comfortable that the firms you have commissioned are efficient and skilled, you will be able to relax and let them get on with it.


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Tip 10: Treat yourself

During a house move, with the multitude of tasks that need to be completed it can seem like there is no time to relax. Although you may think that working through lunch time until late at night is a constructive way to spend your time, it is vital that you don’t neglect your needs. Make sure you are getting enough rest and not relying on quick ready meals and takeaways each day, or you will soon become weary.

Plan into your schedule evenings off to spend with friends and loved ones or have a relaxing night in with a book and a glass of wine.

Similarly, when you arrive, don’t try to unpack everything in one day, give yourself chance to relax after what is a very busy life event.

Comments (10)

  • Ashley

    posted on 24 Mar 2015

    Hiring a moving company is always a good idea, even for the small moves. It takes so much pressure off when you don't have to lift all those boxes yourself. Not to mention, you'll have the energy to unpack the essentials afterwards if you get help.

    Daniela Adams

    posted on 14 Oct 2015

    We are moving in two months, and I feel a little stressed out about the move. Thanks for your helpful tips, especially for the moving cost calculator. It's a really helpful tool. I agree with you, planning it ahead can really help you deal with it in an organized and calm manner.

    Paul Langley

    posted on 30 Mar 2016

    This is some really great advice for anyone planning a big move. I had never thought of packing a survival kit full of everything you'll need for a while after you arrive, so you don't end up needing to rummage through all of your boxes, but that is really clever. I also like your last tip, because in a situation that is inherently stressful, being able to relax is important. Thanks so much for writing!


    posted on 24 Jan 2017

    Do you know what's stressful? When you have a young family but don't own a house because you can't afford a deposit and because you are self employed. What is stressful is being forced to move house because your landlord is selling, 8 weeks notice to find another place in the school area. We have as much furniture anyone else. 2 years ago this happened to us and it's just happened today. Costs involved estimated at in excess of £4000 each time. That's £8000 of deposit money spent on removal costs. Not to mention the stress, short notice, the upset to the kids etc. The government have to recognise that families living in rented accommodation should not be forced to sign short assured tenancies of 6 months at a time. And before you ask why we didn't demand d a longer tenancy, well unfortunately due to the lack of rented accommodation , agents can call the shots. So we're at the whim of the landlords and it dosent matter how careful we are financially, if they are irresponsible we pay the human cost by losing another home. That's what's stressful. Perhaps you could suggest a few tips for those in our situation?

    Reallymoving response

    Sorry to hear about your situation, Richard. 

    Keep an eye out for the government's new Housing White Paper (due to be published soon) which is trying to help with these matters. If you feel your landlord has acted illegally, you can talk to the Property Ombudsman who can give further advice and information. 

    Specialty Moving Services

    posted on 19 Apr 2017

    Two weeks prior to your move, make your life easier by packing a suitcase of essentials for the whole family. These are things you will be using before the move and want to ensure don't get packed away too early.


    posted on 19 May 2017

    Thanks for this useful tips. It helps us during any types of shifting. It should be followed by everyone.


    posted on 9 Aug 2017

    Document box really common sense but ......Yes wish I'd read this article earlier. Am mid move and have important documents strewn over 3 children's houses. Bottom line is your health....Nothing else really matters.


    posted on 4 Feb 2018

    I so agree with Richard, same thing has happened to us (we don't have children but we still need to find somewhere local and suitable for me as a disabled person). We all need to live somewhere and landlords can call the shots and change your life on a whim. Hear, hear, for longer tenancies and greater security for hardworking families and individuals trying to live a peaceful life. Good luck to all in all in the same position.

    Aviv Movers

    posted on 9 Jul 2018

    Moving indeed is stressful. But, if you hire professional movers to do the big work for you, your moving will go smooth and easy. Thank you for sharing this great post!

    Wiktor Johnson

    posted on 11 Sep 2018

    Very well composed. Your blog was very helpful, we all are aware of the difficulties we face with moving be it for domestic or commercial purpose. And so hiring good removal company is very important.

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