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Moving House Hints & Tips

We are all working towards the smooth completion of your house sale and/or purchase.  Here are some useful Do’s and Don’ts when moving house that will help – some are obvious and some not so please take a few moments to consider if you have already covered these considerations.

Remember to start thinking about packing early by collecting as many boxes and as much bubble wrap, tissue paper newspapers, cardboard, wrapping and padding that you can – somehow there never seems to be enough!

Four weeks before moving

  • Confirm the date when you’ll be
    moving in
  • Book time off work
  • Decide whether you are going to move yourself or use a professional removal company. If you are using professionals, gain several quotes and compare prices. If you’re moving yourself, ask some friends to help you
  • Contact your telephone and utilities companies to tell them about the move
  • Have a clear out of anything you do not really need
  • Consult our packing checklist to make sure you’re prepared

Two weeks before moving

  • Tell your local authority
  • Arrange with the Post Office for your mail to be re-directed
  • Start packing things that you will not use before you move



One week before moving

  • Pack everything apart from things you will definitely need between now and the move
  • Confirm your move with utility companies
  • Confirm all the details with your
    removal company
  • Put important or valuable items in a safe place (passport, driving licence, birth and marriage certificates, etc)

The day you move

  • Pack a box of essentials to help you through the first day in your new home (kettle, tea bags, coffee, toilet paper, snacks, spare lightbulbs, etc)


  • Start early – packing will always take longer than you think!
  • Protect your valuables with bubble wrap
  • Clearly label boxes with fragile items and load them into the van last
  • Take extremely delicate items with you in the car
  • Write which room the boxes are going to on the labels
  • Consider how you will move valuable items such as antiques, computers and pianos - you may need a specialist removal company to help you
  • Keep your stereo speakers away from the television as the speakers contain magnets that can damage it
  • Put one or two heavy items in each container so that they weigh roughly
    the same



  • Before you lift a box, test its weight. Put it down straightaway if it is too heavy
  • Keep your survival kit close at hand – tea, coffee, biscuits, and kettle!
  • Finally, a spare pair of hands could be useful so ask someone to help you on the day of your move

Who to tell

  • Utilities
    Water, Gas, Electricity, Telephone (landline & mobile), TV Licence, Cable/ Satellite/ Internet Companies

  • Financial
    Banks, Building Societies, Investment Companies, Pension Companies, Credit Card, Loan Companies, Council Tax, Insurance Companies (Home, Travel, Life, Pet), Inland Revenue, Employer

  • Motoring
    DVLA, Vehicle Insurance Company, Motoring Association (AA/ RAC/ etc)

  • Others
    Friends and relatives, Magazine and newspaper subscriptions, Schools or colleges, Sports or social clubs

  • Health
    Doctor, Dentist, Optician