Moving home is an exciting time but it can feel incredibly overwhelming. From the packing, organising and paperwork, as well as finding a great removals company, it can be hard to know where to start.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our top tips, learnt from almost 20 years in the industry. Whether it’s guides, lists or advice, we’ve got all the information you need to keep stress at bay.
Moving house takes organisation, and with so many things on your mind at once, there is bound to be something you forget. Whether it’s something important you need to remember or something that is merely a nuisance to have forgotten, writing a ‘to do’ list will help you to avoid missing things out. Have a look at our moving guides for help and advice, and download our moving home checklist.
Keep a notebook handy (including by your bed) so that you can capture those chores that you might otherwise forget. There does seem to be a lot to remember, and writing them down can help control your stresses.
Moving in together for the first time
If this is your first big move, and you’re moving in with a partner, you may want to consider opening a joint account. This will be easier when it comes to rent or mortgage payments, as well as bills. Compare the available joint accounts to get the best deal.
Often you’re likely to end up having two of everything if you’re moving in with someone else, so it’s worth getting together to decide what you have, or making two lists and comparing them. This means you can donate/recycle/sell unnecessary second items, and by minimising your stuff you’ll save on moving costs.
Choosing a moving date
The date of your move is dictated by the contract completion date. Plan well in advance for this date, as removal companies and cleaners can be hard to come by at short notice.
Before exchanging contracts, check the agreed date is suitable for you. Common choices include:
- Friday - this gives you the whole weekend to unpack, but ensure all your services will be switched on as a weekend without power and heating is a poor way to start life in your new property
- School holidays - allows the kids to get used to an area before starting a new school
- End of the month - which means there is usually a bit of spare cash around for those extra expenses
- Bank holiday - the extra day can be invaluable
Choosing a removals company
Choosing a removals company will make a huge difference to the experience of your day. Spend time doing some research by looking at user reviews of companies, and always make sure you compare quotes to get the best price!
You can have a look at our guide on how to choose a great removals company
and don’t forget that many removals teams offer a packing service. So if you’d rather pay a little extra to have your items packed professionally and efficiently, especially if you’re on a deadline with your move, this can be a life saver.
Clearing out before you pack
The best way to save money and time during your move is to clear out as much of your junk as you can! The fewer items you have to transport, the cheaper your move will be. If you are trying to move on a budget, you can have a look at our top tips to save money on your move.
Clearing out can not only be cathartic, and make way for necessary new items, but it helps you assess what you have and what you need. It also means unpacking at your new home is likely to be more pleasant (and it’ll stay tidy for longer!) as transporting items you’re not really sure about means they’ll inevitably sit about using space and creating clutter. We have some really great articles on how to purge your possessions.
Remember, you can sell, donate or recycle unwanted items, but it’s also worth asking friends and family if they need any of the things you’re clearing out. One man’s rubbish, after all…
Packing comes down to organisation – make sure you have all your packing boxes (we recommend buying these from Depaul
, where your money will be spend supporting homeless teenagers) as well as tape and bubble wrap.
If you’re worried about packing your valuables, we have a series of videos to show you the best way to pack glassware and other items.
You can also check our ultimate packing guide
for the rest of your packing concerns, breaking it down by room so you know when and how to pack, as well as the best way to label and organise them once you’re packed.
Another option when you’re packing is to put your boxes together based on which room they’ll be unpacked into in your new property. That way each box is clearly labelled and can be placed in the appropriate place to be dealt with later.
Whether you’re leaving rented accommodation or a previously owned property, you’re going to want to leave it in a good, clean condition.
If you don’t clean your rented property, you may not get your deposit back in full, and if you have sold your property and leave it in a state, your buyers may complain or ask for the cost of professional cleaning.
The more time you give yourself, the less time will be spent furiously cleaning on moving day. If you’re particularly busy, you could hire a professional to clean once your boxes are all out of the way, which will be easier than trying to clean around items.
Stagger your move
Coinciding the purchase and sale of a house move - or ending a lease on the purchase date - is popular, but you may want to think about staggering this by completing your purchase a few days before you make your sale. This offers significant help when moving house:
- Get urgent deliveries - you may wish to get new items, such as washing machines, installed before you bring the rest of your belongings
- Get connected - a few extra days can ensure your phone, broadband, electricity and gas are connected
- Home improvements - if you leave it longer before you move into your new house you can arrange for home improvements to be completed in the interim
If you do need to stagger the dates, you may need to get a bridging loan - you should talk to your mortgage provider about this.
On the day
The more prepared you are, the less you’ll have to worry about on the day of your move. We know that your moving day can be busy, tiring and stressful, so have a look at our Moving Day Survival Guide infographic with lots of reminders for what to pack to keep kids distracted, and to make sure you have everything you need.
Pack a case for your first few days, so you know you have the clothes you’ll need for work, along with any chargers and electronics, medications and toiletries and personal valuables that you’d be worried about losing.
Paperwork is another one that gets easily forgotten, but on the day of your move the last thing you want is to be scrabbling around to find certain files or documents. Keep any important documents (especially ones related to your move) close at hand.
Moving is tiring work, and you absolutely do not want to be pulling open random ‘kitchen’ boxes looking for the kettle. Put aside a box with the kettle, cups, coffee and tea, and some snacks. If you’re incredibly organised and know you’re likely to be hungry, you could prepare a cooler with sandwiches, cold drinks or other items. Making sure your moving team are fed and watered is likely to make the process go a lot more smoothly too!
Unpacking can be a tiresome task and if you’re moving into a larger property, it can feel overwhelming. Know that it’s not all going to be done in one day, and always make sure to get your bed put together first (and keep bedding aside), so at least you’ll know you’ll have a good nights’ sleep in your new home.