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Your Complete Moving House Tips Guide!

Moving house doesn’t have to be stressful. TLC Removals have compiled the ultimate moving guide featuring 15 of the best moving tips to successfully move house, the main do's and don'ts to remember, and a room by room packing guide.

 1. Book a Removal Company

 

Once you’ve decluttered your personal belongings and have a rough idea of what you’ll be taking, now you should book your removals company. You could attempt to do it yourself, but it would be a lot of added stress and time.

The removal company will have many years’ experience of carefully packing, handling and loading delicate and heavy items so they arrive safely at your new house. 

2. Declutter your Belongings

Decluttering is essential to do every now and then, but it’s even more important before moving house. Before even attempting to pack, you should decide what to sell, donate or throw out. By decluttering, you'll also keep your removal costs down too.

You’ll be glad of it come moving day and believe us, the removal guys will be glad that they don’t need to shift your lava lamp, inflatable chair and broken down computers.

3. Pack as Early as Possible

Once you compare surveyors, get conveyancing quotes, and set your moving date, then it's time to start packing. 

Make a start on packing as soon as you can. Get together a plan of action with a room by room checklist of how you will pack along with all of the packing material you’ll need.

4. Create an Inventory

Creating an inventory helps you to keep an eye on all your belongings to make sure nothing is lost throughout the whole moving house process. Following a moving house checklist will also help.

Your removal company can create an inventory for you if they have been hired to pack your belongings so this is also worth considering.

4. Create an Inventory

Creating an inventory helps you to keep an eye on all your belongings to make sure nothing is lost throughout the whole moving house process. Following a moving house checklist will also help.

Your removal company can create an inventory for you if they have been hired to pack your belongings so this is also worth considering.

5. Start Packing Least Used Rooms

A good starting point will be rooms and items you use the least. The spare bedroom, garage or attic are usually easy places to start. 

Leave everyday items until the day before the move and keep any essentials items such as medication separately.

6. Arrange your utilities early

It’s important to set up your utilities such as council tax, gas and home insurance early when moving house. Not only will this save you a lot of stress once you’re moved in, but you will have more time to settle in and relax in your new home.

To save valuable time and money sorting your utilities out, make sure you use Just Move In. They will save you up to 8 hours of administration time setting up utility services. 

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7. Use Quality Materials

Usually, you’ll be able to buy quality packaging materials from your removal company, but you’ll be surprised what you can get for free.

There are a plethora of different boxes you can get from removal companies along with the correct packing materials. You will also need packing tape, bubble wrap, zip tie bags, labels and marker pens.

8. Label Properly

You should label boxes with the room it’s going to and a brief summary of what’s in the box so there’s no confusion when you’re unpacking.

If you don’t want to write a short novella on the boxes you could consider using coloured stickers/labels to help categorise rooms.

9. Keep Cupboard Doors Open

By keeping your cupboard and cabinet doors open in the days up to and on moving day will give you the chance to see that you have packed everything.

This way, you will be able to see that you have everything or if you have left anything inside. You can do the same with the kitchen drawers.

10. Pack a Survival Box

Pack the things you use every day and night in a separate bag and keep this with you at all times. Items such as medicine, face cream, toothbrush, toilet roll, change of clothes, phone chargers etc will all come in handy.

11. Take Photos

Photograph the wires at the back of your television or any other electronic sets ups. This is a great way to keep track of what goes where when you’re putting everything back together in your new house.

You can also take photos of any wall displays, ornament placement, or shelving setups in your current home that you are fond of and wish to recreate in your new place.

12. Visit your New Area

You'll know your new home inside and out after your property survey, but what about the neighbourhood? Once the removal company is booked and you’ve started packing, go and spend the weekend in your new area, checking out the local pubs and shops.

13. Update your Address

It’s a good idea to start changing your address with companies or organisations like the bank, the doctor’s surgery and dentist 2 weeks before you move.

It is a good idea to start this with companies or organisations like the bank, the doctor’s surgery and dentist 2 weeks before you move. You can also divert any mail going to your old address with the Royal Mail for a small fee.

14. Check Council Tax Band

Many people will forget about taking care of their council tax when moving house. If you’re moving to a new area, you’ll need to set up a new account. Check with your local authority for more details about your council tax band.

15. Register to Vote

Many people will forget about taking care of their council tax when moving house. If you’re moving to a new area, you’ll need to set up a new account. Check with your local authority for more details about your council tax band.

Do's and Don'ts to Get You Started

          Specialists for Special Items

If you have any items that need extra care when handling, such as antiques, pianos or valuable artwork, then your removal company will be trained to help.

Professional movers have the experience needed to transport these items safely.

          Don't Overload Boxes

One of the most common mistakes when packing is overloading boxes. If you reach a point where the box is half-full and starting to get heavy, then top it off with pillows or towels.

          Get Creative with Packing

If you are using a packing service from the removal company, they will supply the boxes and materials. If you’re doing the packing yourself, get creative. Use laundry baskets, suitcases and large hold all bags to make the most of space.

          Don't Leave Empty spaces

Use packing paper, small items or towels to fill empty gaps in boxes. You could even use kitchen paper, tea towels or old rags. The idea is to keep your items securely in place during transit.

         Pack Room by Room

A logical way to pack is doing room by room. Start with the rooms you use the least such as the garage, shed and spare bedroom. Pack items that are out of season first and keep out items you’ll use up until moving day.

          Don't Forget About Non - Allowable Items

It’s important to know what your removal company will class as non-allowable items. Hazardous items like propane cylinders, paints, paint thinners and fireworks will not be allowed on the removals truck.