The Secret To Success When Moving Home

Planning for your big move!

Moving home can be a very busy and stressful time of your life. To help reduce the stress of moving house, New Home Finder has done a lot of the hard work for you and has put together moving house guides packed full of information, tips and advice.

Ideally, you should start preparing for your move four weeks in advance to your moving date - especially if you have a lot to move. However, with more and more exchange and completions taking place in the same week - you may find yourself having to pack up your house sooner than you initally thought.

Whether you have weeks or one week until the move, take a look at our top advice for getting your house organised and ready to be moved.

4 to 2 weeks before moving day


Now is the time to have a good clear out. Decluttering is one of the most time-consuming stages of moving house so start this process as soon as you can. It’s also worth bearing in mind that removal quotes are calculated on the volume of items to be moved so there is no point being charged for items:

- You will never wear
- You have borrowed from friends
- That are broken beyond repair
- Are no longer of any use!

Be ruthless and remember the less you take with you, the less time it will take to unpack at the other end and the more money you save!


Even if you are using a professional removal company to help you move, you may still want to pack some items yourself before the move.

Start packing ahead of time as you never know how long it might take. Research suggests that it’s becoming more common to exchange and complete within the same week. If packing is left until exchange, there’s no guarantee you will be ready to move by the agreed completion date! You will also make a stressful situation even more stressful.

You can never have enough boxes so calculate how many you will roughly need and make sure you collect these boxes well in advance of the move. Boxes that are found in supermarkets and other shops are generally stronger and sturdier because these are made from corrugated cardboard. Strong tape and bubble wrap will also prove useful, as will scrap paper and newspapers. Removal companies will be able to supply you with boxes but there will be a cost associated with this.

Be mindful about heavy items and pack these in smaller boxes which are easier to lift and do not completely fill large boxes. Heavy boxes are far more difficult to lift and are also likely to result in breakages.

Ensure that your contents insurance will cover you for any damage or breakages that occur during the move. Self-packed boxes are not usually covered by the removal company so be careful what you pack.

For futher advice, read our article on how to pack successfully.

Tips for a well-packed house!

•   Start at the top of the house and move downwards. The attic is often the best place to start and may unearth many unwanted and unnecessary items.

•    Always pack heavy items in small boxes and keep the boxes as light as possible.

•    Remember to pack the heavy items at the bottom of boxes and put lighter items on top.

•    Pack one room at a time and label all boxes clearly with its contents and the room.  This will help ensure that the correct boxes make it to the correct room on arrival at your new house.

•    Wrap breakable items individually with tissue paper and bubble wrap and ensure breakable boxes are clearly marked.  Sheets and blankets can also be used to prevent breakages occurring.

•    Pack important documents e.g. passports, driving licences, birth and marriage certificates, together and keep them in a safe place.

•    There won’t be enough time to unpack all boxes on arrival at your new home so pack all essential items needed for the first night in one box – bedding, kettle, mugs, plates, cloth, tea & coffee and that all important bottle of wine!

Removal companies

More often than not, it pays to get the experts in and it’s vital you choose the company that’s right for you. Removal companies can pack up your entire house but there will be a premium associated with this. Alternatively you can do most of the packing and sorting yourselves but leave the heavy stuff to the professionals.

The British Association of Removers (BAR) is a good place to start. Removal companies that are members of BAR have strict minimum standards of conduct they must adhere to. This will prove invaluable in the unlikely event something goes wrong.

Reputable removal companies will get booked up weeks in advance so be organised and start to get quotes well ahead of your move date. It’s a good code of practice to get at least 3 written quotes before deciding on which company to use and remember to compare the quotes to ensure that the removal companies are all providing a like for like service. You need to read the fine print and ensure you know what is covered in your insurance.

Most people move house on a Friday so that they can unpack over the weekend without the need to take additional time off work. Enquire if the removal companies offer a discount on midweek moves.

Publish date: 16/04/2018

Publisher: New Home Finder