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Top tips when moving house

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Let’s be honest, moving home is nobody’s favourite thing to do. It’s commonly known as one of the most stressful events in your lifetime. So, whether you move home often or not, moving house can certainly be overwhelming.



No matter how stressful it may seem, don’t let moving get the better of you. We’ve created a list of essential tips to help the moving process go smoother, so you can tick them off one by one and hopefully you’ll be less stressed and more organised.


1. Inform the right people of your move


If you happen to be renting, you must remember to hand your notice of intent to leave to your landlord or estate agent. You should also check how long your notice period is to ensure you’re not breaching your terms and conditions. You should also be sure of your moving date before giving notice.


2. Declutter


Now you’re moving home, take this as an opportunity to declutter any unnecessary possessions. Then you should be sure to book a removal company like us. If you’re not sure where to begin with booking a removal company, you can fill out our online quote form and we’ll take it from there. When it comes to decluttering, you can donate things you no longer need to charity and then begin packing non-essential items as you go so that you’re also preparing for moving.


3. Make arrangements for children and pets


Whether you have children or pets or both, you may need to make certain arrangements for them before your move. With your children, you may need to confirm their new school or inform their current school of your new address. If you have pets, you may need to organise kennels or other arrangements for them to stay whilst you’re moving home as they can get in the way on the day.


4. Keep your details up to date


When you move home, there are many places where you’ll need to change your details. Think about who you will need to notify before you move and make a list. Moving to a new area? You’ll need to register with a new doctor and dentist, so keep this in mind when updating your details. We’ve also made a list of all the people who will need your new address:


  • Council

  • Employer

  • Utility companies

  • GP & Dentist

  • Phone and broadband provider

  • Banks

  • DVLA

  • TV license

  • Inland revenue

  • Electoral roll

  • Insurance providers

Remember you’ll need new home insurance in your new property too!


5. Check out your new route


If your new home is quite a way away from your old home, you may want to check your car is serviced so that you have no unexpected problems on moving day. You will also want to check your new route and whether there are enough places to stop for fuel and breaks.


6. Pack early


Once you have a moving date, you should start packing at least two weeks in advance. As moving day gets closer and closer, you will want to ensure all your belongings are packed up. Packing in advance means you will be calm enough to mark up boxes in an organised manner and ultimately helps on moving day. Remember to clear out your cupboards and defrost the fridge/freezer with enough time.


7. Keep an eye on your valuables


Ensure you’re keeping your valuables like important documents and paperwork in a safe place, preferably away from the chaos of packing. Any documents you may need for moving should also be kept with any other important so that you can easily find them on moving day. Important documents you should keep close to you when moving:

  • Tax papers

  • Birth certificates

  • Marriage certificate

  • Passport

  • Driving license


8. What to do the day before moving


Even though the day before your move can feel extremely stressful, make sure your phone is fully charged and that all your essential items are in a clearly labelled box. Be sure to confirm with your removal company that everything is in place for the move and double-check your route.


If you are moving home and need a reliable removal firm, contact Home Moovers today!


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