Making your move as smooth as possible

Thu 18 Oct 2018

Congratulations, you’ve had your offer accepted and ready to make the move to your new home – an exciting time!

However, the actual moving day can seem very overwhelming and can often creep up on you faster than you expected. There are a lot of things to do in a short period of time and making sure that everything runs smoothly can sometimes feel an impossible task.

That’s why our Leaders experts have put together a list of top tips to make your moving day seem like a everyday simple task and help keep the excitement you have for your new adventures lying ahead.

Be ready in advance


A few weeks before you move take some time to sift through your belongings and have a big clear-out. Box up bits and pieces for charity or sell them online on sites such as eBay or Gumtree.

No more food shopping

Don’t do a food shop the week before you move otherwise you’re likely to end up throwing away lots of food. Instead, work your way through your freezer and tins of food.


Defrost your fridge/freezer at least 24 hours before you move.             

Organise a babysitter

If you’ve got young children it may be worth organising a babysitting or nursery place for the day – it will mean you can concentrate fully on the move which will speed things up.

Book kennels/cattery

Not only will it be stressful for your pets on moving day but it’s also dangerous with furniture and boxes being carried around so book them into a kennel or cattery for a couple of days.

Plan parking

Whether you’ve hired professional movers or you’re moving yourself you will need a parking space as close to your new front door as possible. Check there is room in advance to avoid problems on the day and reserve a parking spot if you can!


Hire professional movers

Get them to do the packing

It often doesn’t cost much more to get the movers to pack everything for you too. They will do it much faster than you ever could and won’t spend hours reminiscing over old photo albums.

Number your boxes

Number the rooms in your new house and boxes accordingly and then when you get there you can stick paper on each door with the corresponding number. This will help the removal workers no end.

Sketch a floor plan

Decide roughly where you want each piece of furniture to go and then give the floor plan to the movers – this will help you to avoid lots of heavy lifting after they’ve left.

Moving yourself

Packing prep

Make sure you’re prepared and purchase strong tape, bubble wrap, and save old newspapers for lining boxes.

Use your suitcases

Make the most of baskets, laundry bins and suitcases to cut down on the number of cardboard boxes you need.

Label the sides of boxes not the top

So you can always see what belongs where even when the boxes are stacked on top of one another.

Freezer bags

When you dismantle furniture, use sealable freezer bags to store nuts and bolts and sellotape them to the relevant bit of furniture.

I never would have thought of that…             

Pack overnight bags

Pack bags for each member of your family as if you’re going away for a weekend and keep them somewhere close to hand, such as the boot of your car – don’t forget toiletries!

Insurance for the move

Check that your contents insurance, or your movers’ insurance, will cover damage and breakages during the move.

Take photos of electrics

This will help you remember what wires connect to what.                      

Pack an essentials box

Keep a box to hand with a kettle, tea, coffee, milk etc., phone chargers, house paperwork, contact numbers, snacks, drinks, sellotape, scissors, toilet roll and a vase (someone is bound to send you flowers).

Cleaning products

You never know what state your new home will be in, so keep some cleaning products to hand and try and wipe down all surfaces before the movers arrive.

Prep the beds

Setting up the beds should be one of the first things you do in your new home so you don’t need to worry about this later – this is especially important if you have children!

Food delivery

It’s a good idea to order a food delivery for the first or second day in your new home so you don’t need to worry about doing a big food shop when you have boxes to unpack

On the day        


There are always hidden costs on moving day – paying the movers, buying food for lunch, getting a taxi back from the van hire place. Plus, you may not know where the nearest ATM is so always keep cash to hand.        

Mobile phone

Make sure your phone is fully charged on the day of your move.

Light bulbs

Take some light bulbs with you – you never know what the previous owners will take with them and the last thing you need is to be in pitch black on your first evening.

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