Moving home can be a stressful worrying time. There’s so much to do in so little time, that’s why we’ve created this handy moving guide to help you remember all the things you need to do before, during or after you’ve move.

  • Book a survey before buying
  • Check out the area depending on your circumstances; schools, doctors, dentists, commute
  • Choose a reputable removal company (BAR or RHA member)
  • If you’re downsizing, take the appropriate amount of furniture
  • Think about your pets; dogs, cats and fish can get stressed with moving too
  • Buy packing materials (boxes, tape, bubble wrap, paper)
  • Give yourself plenty of time to pack as this could be the most time consuming of all
  • Concentrate on one room at a time leaving out major essentials needed until move day
  • Make sure sufficient tape is used to seal the bottom of the boxes
  • Adequately wrap fragile items with bubble wrap/paper
  • Ensure boxes are closed down flat and sealed
  • Clearly label boxes with room/content details
  • Clear loft/storage areas
  • Dispose of anything you do not want
  • Take down curtains/blinds
  • You may want to plan where your furniture will go in your new home
  • Keep important things you need to one side (keys, wallets, handbags)
  • Try not to book carpet/flooring fitters at the same time as the removals
  • Fridge/freezers will generally be the last item loaded, pack food on the day (do not defrost)
  • Find out who will be disconnecting washing machines, cookers, etc
  • Ensure all items are packed and ready to go when the move begins
  • Reroute your post
  • Notify telephone, broadband, sky, doctor, DVLA, passport office, insurance, TV license, bank
  • Make sure you have the appropriate transport for pets (fish can’t be taken in their tanks)
  • Plan for parking/access for the removal van
  • Create a safe environment for the movers (pets/children are at risk whilst moving boxes, etc)
  • Get settled, you’re in and most of the hard work is out of the way
  • Unpack carefully and in your own time
  • Enjoy your new home!