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Preparing for moving day? Here’s our top tips

It’s that time of the year where buying, selling and moving activity is at its peak. While there is a wealth of knowledge to be found online about moving home, some home movers can still feel apprehensive about how exactly to prepare for the big day.

Hopefully, by now, you will have dealt with the majority of the property transaction. You are ready to focus on transporting your possessions to your new home.

As moving is often referenced as one of the most stressful life events (after divorce) it’s important to take all preparations into consideration to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible.

Ticking off your checklist

You will want to be strategic from day one and start planning well in advance; this means creating a moving checklist. A checklist will allow you to keep on top of important tasks and itemise everything you need, encompassing all aspects of the move – from the moment you confirm the moving date, to when you finally settle into your new home.

It’s also useful to divide the tasks and set yourself weekly deadlines, crossing things off as you go. provides a comprehensive Moving House Checklist if don’t have the time to make your own. Covering the entire duration of the moving process, this checklist, or something similar, will enable you to keep track of even the smallest details.

Packing in advance

Packing will be an integral part of your checklist and is arguably one of the most time-consuming tasks when you move. So, after de-cluttering, you will need to start packing early – at least a couple of months in advance.

However, organising your possessions efficiently can help to save time. To begin, you will need the right tools and materials; such as packing tape, zip tie bags, labels, marker pens, bubble wrap, newspaper and various sized boxes.

Starting from the top of the home and working your way down – or, for those living on a single floor, from the rooms that aren’t used as often – begin rounding up your belongings, placing loose items in bags and boxing everything up in room order.

Packing one room at a time is the most effective method, as it allows you to unpack in the same manner without having to sift through numerous boxes.

Having a separate box for essentials – passports, birth certificates, bills etc – will prevent important documents from getting misplaced or damaged.

Removal or DIY?

Hiring a removal firm can also help to lighten the load – literally! It can be valuable to consider recommendations (from friends and neighbours) rather than the cost of the removal, that way you know you’re working with a reputable company.

If possible, try to find a firm that is local to your new home, as they are more likely to have knowledge anout parking and the local roads. In London, where there are lots of different parking rules and requirements, this is especially important.

Alternatively, you could rely on family and friends to assist you with the move, hiring a van and transporting the items yourself. This is cost-effective and will allow you to be in charge of your possessions. However, it may prove to be a little bit more stressful.

Survival of the fittest

You will want to prepare a survival kit containing the important items that you may need on moving day. This includes bottled water, toiletries, snacks and phone chargers. As you’ll be well into the moving process, it’s useful to have these necessities on hand and not stuffed into one of your many moving boxes.

While moving can be stressful – particularly if you’re also selling a home – taking these vital steps could make all the difference. After lugging boxes around, signing papers and receiving your keys, you can finally take a breather and enjoy your new abode.

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