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Tips for moving house. Moving tips. Stressbusting tips for moving day -everything you need to know



Most of the time we move out of the old house and into the new house on the same day.

There is however, good argument for moving in on the following day instead, creating a 2 day move.

If you can get the keys to your new house the day before your stuff arrives, you have a great chance to clean everything first, or put in new carpets/flooring etc….

It’s so much easier to clean and add new flooring into a space when the house is empty, and then when you put all your stuff into the house you can be sure you’re happy with the state of the house first (think kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, carpets etc…)

It may well be worth paying for a 2 day removal service for this very reason.



Decluttering your home is a massive job in itself, and this is a job only you can do.

As such, why not take the strain off a little and get the removals to do what they are best at – and that’s to pack everything up for you.

For me, its a no-brainer for so many reasons: –

  • They will be insured for any breakages
  • They can do this SO quickly! (it’s great to watch the experts in action!)
  • It usually doesn’t cost a lot (a lot less than I imagined it would cost), and when you are talking about the cost of moving I think it’s an expense that’s well worth it.
  • It frees you up to oversee everything
  • They supply all boxes and packaging which will save you time and expense



I always suggest going around your home and taking photos of your valuables and breakables before they get packed up.

If for any reason things get broken, damaged or lost during the moving process, at least you have a record of them. (Just quick snaps on the camera on your mobile phone will be good enough).

TIP – It’s worth doing this anyway for things in your house, as it can help with insurance claims if you get burgled or there’s a fire etc…. – I use the home inventory in my Home File for this



Take a look behind your living room TV…

What do you see?

Chances are it’s a mass of wires and plugs – working perfectly for you but confusing to say the least.

A really great tip is to get some coloured stickers** and stick the same colour to each socket and each end of the cable – so that you can easily set everything technical up in your new home.

To go one step further – why not take a photo of the setup so you can have a visual reminder as well.



Moving when you have children can have its own set of issues. Children often don’t want to move as they like routine and are unsure of the unknown.

If you get them involved in the process and excited about the move then it can take this uncertainty out of the equation.

Get them to pack their own box for the move, and remember to pack this into your car on moving day (the last thing you want is for this specific box to go missing…).

In it you can have things like: –

  • Favourite teddy / doll
  • Book to read
  • Bedroom items to create their own space asap
  • Nightlight / reading lamp / torch
  • Toys
  • Photos
  • Change of clothes and bedtime clothes
  • Bathroom bag

You can then get them to unpack this themselves which will help them feel right at home immediately.

There’s nothing worse than getting to a new house and having to open all the boxes to find the night light they won’t sleep without….



In a similar vein to packing a special box for each child, you should also think about packing a box for you on the first night.

Consider adding things like: –

  • Corkscrew – you will probably want to raise a glass in the new house!
  • Batteries
  • A torch
  • Tea / Coffee / Milk
  • Snacks
  • Radio
  • Screwdriver set**

– basically anything that you feel you will need pretty much immediately on arriving at your new home.

This will make the first night a lot easier.

TIP – as with the childrens box(es), pack this in your car as well so it doesn’t get lost, and is easy to grab as soon as you arrive.


Moving tips to help prepare before moving and on moving day itself. Moving house tips and tricks


By now, following all these tips, you should be pretty well packed now.

Next up are things that will really help on the admin side of things if done prior to your move….

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  1. john billows Jul 11, 2017 at 12:37 am #

    Me and my family are moving next month and are dreading moving all of our stuff to the new house. I like your tip to consider moving some of the heavier furniture into storage when you move. That why you can worry about it later, and it won’t get in your way when moving everything else.

    • Chrissy Halton Jul 12, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      Glad it helps! – good luck with the move!

  2. Ryan Gow Mar 16, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    Almost complete moving house checklist. Sorting out items first can help to know the number of boxes that will need. Always keep valuable items with you no matter how reliable the removals company.

  3. Nicole Brooks Feb 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    These are definitely good tips! 🙂 I am planning to move to another apartment soon and the fact that I live alone with my two dogs makes me think that I will forget to do something or I will not really do it that good. I need your tips! Thank you for sharing this with me. Lately, I am spending time reading more tips about what not to do when move house.:) I found them quite funny! Here is one infographic that I am even planning to print an put on my wall before the move:

  4. ecobox Nov 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    These kinds of amazing tips and ideas can really make your move stress free.

  5. Chrissy @ Organise My House Jun 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Great idea Nicholas – thanks for adding!

  6. Jasper Aug 17, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    Often, relocation is a daunting task. But, with innovative and humorous ideas, you can make it stress-free. When you choose a professional moving company, you don’t have to worry about your belongings and heavy luggage. Pack some clothes in a colourful box for your children, it will keep them engaged and will be a matter of fun. Counting your luggage and boxes is your task; you must take care of it carefully.

  7. Packers and Movers in Kolkata Apr 28, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    house moving is not an easy task it need lot of effort into it to make the home shifting a smoother one. or we need to contact a reliable packers and movers company.

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