40 Simple Things You Can Do to Make Moving House Easier
Moving house can be overwhelming, everyone knows that. Luckily, there are many things you can do to make the process easier on you, your family, and your pocketbook! To simplify what is probably one of the most stressful times in your life, we put together this list of 40 simple things you can do to make moving house easier.
These tips range from hiring a professional mover to clearing out things you don’t use, so bookmark it or Pin it for your future reference! Even if you’re not moving house right now, we’re sure you will at some point in your life, and you’ll be looking for some helpful tips when the time comes.
Simple Things You Can Do to Make Moving House Easier
1. Hire Professional Movers
This seems obvious, but if you have belongings to move that take up more than one room, you should hire professional movers. By hiring movers, you’ll reduce your stress before, during, and after your move. You can get custom, detailed bids for movers in your budget by clicking the button below.
2. Label Boxes on More Than One Side
When you’re moving, we bet you’ll label your boxes on one side. But what happens when they’re stacked up or packed tightly in a moving truck? If you want to avoid moving all of your boxes around to find one specific box, label your boxes on more than one side. We suggest labelling your boxes on the top and at least two sides. This tip will definitely make moving house easier on you!
3. Create an Inventory List
You can also number your boxes and create an inventory list. That way, no one (other than you) can see what’s in your boxes. You’ll also be able to tell easily if you’re missing something, as you can check off each item on your list when your boxes are delivered to your new home.
If you’d like to print out an inventory sheet, check out this one we made! You can either download an A4 PDF or save the spreadsheet to your Google Drive.
It’s also a good idea to consider what you’ll need to tackle once you move into your new home. We recommend this first home checklist.
4. Use Different Coloured Tape
Pick up a few different colours of duct tape and use them to colour-code your moving boxes before they go into the moving truck. You can cross-reference your colour coding system with an inventory list to really optimise your moving process.
Use different colours of tape for each room in your house, and let your moving team know where each colour should go. That will everyone avoid confusion on the day of your move.
5. Pack Your Boxes Like Groceries
When you’re packing up your moving boxes, you should pack strategically. Start with the heaviest items on the bottom and work your way to lighter items. Think of packing boxes like packing groceries in a bag. You wouldn’t want your fragile figurines getting squished by your books, would you?
6. Mark Your Boxes Well
If you’re packing fragile items (or even if you’re not), mark which way is “UP” on each box. That way, you won’t end up with squished belongings when you get to your new home.
7. Hire an Estate Agent
Hiring a professional estate agent is the easiest way to make the process of finding a new home or selling your home go smoothly. Sure, you could always try to go the route of a private sale, but an estate agent can help accelerate the process of selling your home. They have the know-how to sell your home at the price you want. You can also hire an estate agent to help you find a new home to buy or let.
When you request estate agency services on Bidvine, you’ll get custom bids from professional estate agents who are ready to help.
8. Hire a Home Stager
This tip goes hand in hand with hiring an estate agent. If you really want to get top dollar for your home (who doesn’t?), you’ll want to hire a home stager. Many estate agents have connections with home stagers, but if yours doesn’t, don’t worry!
You can hire a home stager to make your home look perfect for buyers, as the average buyer’s tastes probably don’t directly align with yours. Get custom bids for home staging on Bidvine!
9. Let HMRC Know That You’re Moving
Depending on your job or tax situation, you may need to let HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that you’re moving. Check out this page to learn more about when you need to notify HMRC of a change of address.
10. Set up Mail Forwarding Through Royal Mail
When you’re moving house, you should be sure to set up mail forwarding through Royal Mail. This is super helpful in case you forget to change your address on any of your accounts. Which reminds us, remember to change your address with your bank, as well as any companies you get mail from.
You don’t want your mail to accidentally fall into the wrong hands, so it’s best to cover your bases and forward your mail (for a couple of months) even if you think you’ve changed your address everywhere. Royal Mail can forward your post to anywhere in the world, not just addresses in the UK. Check out this link to learn more about mail forwarding with Royal Mail.
11. Take Photos of Your Empty Home Before or After You Move
This tip ticks a few boxes. Taking photos of your empty home before you move in is a great way to preserve your memories. It’s also the perfect way to protect yourself from potential liabilities that may arise during the course of living in your home. If you’re renting a home, we bet you’ll have to pay a security deposit. You’ll want to have photographic evidence of your home in order to get that deposit back when you move out.
Taking photos of the home you’re moving out of will also protect you from liabilities, as you don’t want to get blamed for something that comes up after you move out.
12. Sort out Things Before You Pack
Before you start packing, try to sort out your belongings. At the very least, make sure they are not scattered throughout your home. If you can make sure that your kitchen-related items are in your kitchen and your bathroom-related items are in the bathroom, you’re off to a great start.
Then, you can start to sort out what is rubbish, what you’ll donate, what you’ll sell, and what you’ll keep.
13. Hire a Skip to Get Rid of Rubbish Before You Move
Clearing out junk from your home before you even start packing will help you keep calm while you’re moving. Consider hiring a skip if you have the room outside to clear out trash and rubbish from your home.
Anything that has to go to the landfill can go into the skip, and you can keep everything you’re moving inside your home. Before you hire a skip, check with any appropriate governing body to see if you’re allowed to (especially if you live in an apartment).
14. Hire a Skip to Move Your Belongings out of Your Home Before the Big Day
Some skip companies can provide a skip for materials other than rubbish. If you want to accelerate your moving process, you can hire a skip for outside your home in the days or weeks leading up to your move. Then, you can move your belongings into the skip at your own pace. On the day of your move, the skip company can pick up your skip and move it to your new home.
Moving some of your belongings out of your home before you actually move can make it easier for you to pack the rest of your belongings or decide what you want to donate.
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15. Keep Your Things Straight
If you end up hiring two skips, make sure you keep them straight! This goes back to our tips about labelling boxes and marking them clearly.
You don’t want to end up throwing out what you meant to keep or keeping what rubbish, so it’s important to clearly label everything, including things you think are obvious! When you’re moving and stressed out, it’s better to have everything laid out, labelled, and prepared ahead of time to save yourself from freaking out too much on the day of your move.
16. Hire a Rubbish Remover
If you don’t have enough rubbish to fill a skip but still want to get rid of some rubbish before you move, hire a professional to take care of it! When you hire a professional rubbish removal service, you can rest assured that your rubbish will be taken to the right place. This will save you from having to figure out where to bring your trash and belongings that you no longer need.
17. Donate Things You Don’t Use
It can be tempting to simply throw out everything you don’t want to bring with you to your new home. But, take some time to sort through your belongings and pick out things that you can donate to a local shelter or charity. You’ll be doing a great service to those less fortunate and clearing out your wardrobe or bookshelf at the same time.
Many charities offer pick-up services, so look into that if you want to donate your lightly used goods! Charities often look for lightly worn clothing, books, and even children’s toys.
Some charities in the UK that accept donations of goods are the British Heart Foundation, Oxfam, British Red Cross, Refugee Action, and Cancer Research UK. If you’re looking for a different charity, just do a quick Google and you’ll be able to find many more charities that need your help.
18. Hire a Domestic Cleaner
Wouldn’t it be nice to move into a perfectly clean home? That sounds like a pretty good idea to us, which is why we suggest hiring a domestic cleaner to clean your new home before you move in. Some letting agents or sellers will take care of this for you, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to show up to your new home with your moving truck and find the floors and walls covered in grime.
While it’s smart to hire a cleaner for your new home, we also recommend having your home professionally cleaned before you start packing and after you’ve moved your belongings out. Cleaning your home before you start packing will hopefully help clear out rubbish and mess before you begin to pack. And cleaning your old home as you’re moving out is a nice courtesy to whoever is moving into your home!
9. Set up a Bit of Your Home Before You Move In
If you’re lucky enough to get your keys a few days before you officially move into your new home, try to bring a few things over. You can put up a shower curtain and get the rest of your bathroom ready so that you can have a nice shower after you’re all moved in. We also suggest bringing some plates and silverware to your new home so that you don’t have to go digging for them when you move in and are quite hungry.
20. Hire a Pet Sitter on the Day of Your Move
Do you have a pet who loves to be in the way whenever you’re doing something? That seems to be the case with many pets, so hiring a pet sitter on the day of your move is a smart choice. A professional pet sitter can take care of your furry friend while you’re moving your belongings! You can get custom bids for pet sitting on Bidvine, so submit a free request today.
21. Set Aside What You’ll Need on the Day of the Move
If there’s anything you know you’ll need on the day of your move, like forms or booking confirmations for a moving truck, set them aside! You’ll want to have these documents handy while you’re moving house, so put them in a marked file folder or envelope and make sure you know where they are. You don’t want to run into any issues with your moving company or cause yourself any extra stress because you can’t find the papers you’re looking for.
22. Pack a Box with What You’ll Need on the First Night
We already suggested setting up your bathroom and kitchen a bit before you move in, but you don’t always have that choice. So, you should remember to pack a separate box with everything you’ll need on the first night in your new home. You’re not going to be unpacking all of your boxes on the first day, so it’s smart to set some must-haves aside.
In your “first-night” box, pack sheets, towels and other bathroom necessities, enough place settings for your family, and even a board game. It’s likely your cable and internet won’t be set up in time for your first night in your new home, so you should have something fun to do!
23. Pack the Things You’ll Need the First Night in a Clear Box or Crate
To be sure that your “first-night” box doesn’t get lost in the rest of your moving boxes, we suggest using a clear box or crate. Packing your necessities in a clearly different box will help you find it when you’re looking for it. It will also help you find what you need easily without wondering if you forgot something.
24. Pack an Overnight Bag
Unless you’re really on top of unpacking, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to unpack all of your clothing and fill out your wardrobe as soon as you move in. So, it’s smart to pack an overnight bag for each member of your family. Pack enough clothing for a day or two and include your necessary toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo.
25. Pack a Box of Your Valuables
To make sure your valuables are as safe as possible, pack them in a separate box and keep it with you throughout the moving process. You want to protect your valuables and sentimental photos in case something happens to your moving truck or any other issue arises. Keeping your valuables and heirlooms safe while you’re moving house can save you from a lot of stress during the move.
26. Keep Your Important Papers with You
This moving house tip is similar to the previous one, as you don’t want to risk losing your important papers during the move. Keep an envelope or box full of your passports, birth certificates, and other crucial documents in it while you’re moving. You should keep this collection with you while you’re moving house in case something happens to the rest of your belongings.
27. Pick up Free Boxes
Many grocery stores have spare boxes laying around, so why not head over to your local Waitrose or Tesco and ask? Moving boxes may not seem like a huge expense, but if you have a lot of belongings, the total cost can grow very quickly.
If you have a friend who has recently moved house, you could also ask them if they have any boxes laying around. You may be able to pick them up for a far reduced price!
Whichever route you go, we suggest hiring professional movers to transport your belongings to your new home. Having someone else lift and transport your boxes will save you a fair amount of stress during the moving process.
28. Use Boxes You Have in Your Home
Do you have a pile of boxes in your home that you’ve forgotten to recycle? Don’t get rid of them just yet! Boxes like shoe boxes and those from Amazon are perfect for packing up your smaller belongings.
You can fill up a shoebox with cosmetics or even socks, it’s up to you. Use your shipping boxes from Amazon or wine boxes to pack up books and DVDs, just be careful not to overfill them. Boxes full of books can get quite heavy, so you should try to use a box with handles for books or magazines.
29. Use Everything You Have to Pack Your Belongings
It may seem obvious, but remember to use your suitcases or other travel bags to pack your belongings! You can use them for clothing and shoes, as well as books or DVDs. Really, anything that you can fit into a suitcase or duffel bag is perfect.
If you have any reusable shopping bags lying around the house, you can fill them up, too! We suggest using them to transport any food you have left in your home or larger kitchen utensils. You can also put your pots and pans in them, separated by towels or dishcloths.
30. Keep Your Similar Items Together
Again, this may seem obvious, but when you’re moving house, all you’re focused on is getting everything into a box. To save yourself stress in the future, try to keep similar items together while you’re packing. Items that belong in the bathroom should be packed with other bathroom-related things, for instance. Basically, don’t pack your pyjamas with your leftover groceries.
31. Wrap Your Fragile Items with Clothing or Towels
Okay, so this tip goes against the previous tip (keeping similar items together). We get it. But you don’t want to risk your plates and glasses breaking because they weren’t properly protected.
When you’re packing fragile items, you should wrap them up and protect them with towels or other soft materials. You can also use crumpled newspapers to protect your fragile goods and then recycle them as you’re unpacking. We want you to be able to unpack your wine glasses and plates without finding broken glass or porcelain anywhere!
32. Use a Rubbish Bag to Pack up Your Closet
You’ve probably seen this tip all over Pinterest. It’s pretty simple and will save you from having to take everything out of your closet only to fold it up and put it back in your new closet.
To save yourself a lot of effort, try using a rubbish bag to transport your clothing on hangers! Take a rubbish bag and bring it over your hanging clothes from the bottom, while they’re still in your closet. Bring the bag as far up as you can, hopefully to where your clothes meet the hangers. Then, use an elastic or ribbon to keep the hangers together and bring the bag to your new home! You can put the hangers on your new closet rod and remove the bag to unpack your clothing. It’s as simple as that.
33. Make Sure Boxes Are Full
Don’t risk accidentally breaking your belongings while you’re moving house! You want to make sure your boxes are packed full when you’re moving house. If they’re not, crumple up some newspaper and use it to fill the empty spaces.
Some moving companies will only move completely full boxes, as it reduces liability for broken items on their end. If you don’t want to end up moving your own half-full boxes, be sure to fill them up to the top!
34. Rent a Vacuum Sealer
When it’s packed up, your clothing can take up a lot of room. This is especially true when you live in the UK, as we all have jumpers and sweaters to spare. To lessen the space that your clothing takes up when you’re moving house, we suggest renting or purchasing a vacuum sealer. You can use it to pack your clothing while moving or even to store your out-of-season clothing when you don’t need it.
35. Keep the Hardware from Anything You Uninstall
If you’re taking any lights or shelves from your home, make sure you keep the screws and bolts when you take them down. You can keep them together in sandwich bags or with packing tape.
Take photos of how each piece is attached to the wall before you take them down so that you remember how to put them back up. Keep all the hardware together to make the installation process easier on yourself when you move into your new home.
If you want to hire a professional to take care of any lighting installation projects you have in your new home, submit a free request on Bidvine. You’ll get custom, detailed bids from professionals in your budget and timeline.
36. Take Pictures of the Back of Your Electronics Before You Move
Putting entertainment systems or other electronics together can be quite confusing. That’s why we suggest taking photos of the back of your electronics before you pack them up. You want to be able to see how the cords were attached so that you can replicate the set-up in your new home.
Would you like to hire a professional to mount your TV in your new home? You can submit a request on Bidvine and get custom bids for TV mounting within your budget!
37. Keep Your Electronics’ Cords Together
When you’re uninstalling your electronics, remember to keep the cords for each device together. You can use some duct tape or an elastic to attach them, it’s that simple. Then, store all your electronic cords in one box or bag, labelled by the device. When you get to your new home, you’ll be able to sort through them easily and set up each room in your home without the hassle.
38. Pack Your Seasonal Clothing Separately
If you’re moving house in the summer, you won’t need your winter clothing right away. The same goes for moving in the winter. So, pack your seasonal clothing in separate boxes or suitcases and keep it in storage until you need it. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with too much unpacking right off the bat, so it’s smart to divide and conquer.
You can use a vacuum sealer to reduce the space your seasonal clothing takes up in your new home if you’re short on space, too. Just put the sealed bags under your bed or in a closet until you need them!
39. Don’t Buy Groceries Right Before You Move
You may be tempted to stock up on groceries before you move, but this will only force you to move more things! You should focus on depleting your existing food stash before moving house. Heat up those meals you’ve had in the freezer for a while or make some soup, but we do not recommend buying too many fresh groceries in the week or two leading up to your move.
When you’re settled into your new home, you can go out for a big shop and refill your fridge and freezer. If you have non-perishables that you don’t want to bring to your new home, you can also donate them to a local charity or soup kitchen.
40. Give Your Friends and Family Pizza and Beer
Last but not least, remember to treat your helpful family and friends with a meal at the end of your moving day. They’ll appreciate the thought and you’ll appreciate the warm meal, so it works out for everyone!
We hope you take our tips to heart and use them to simplify the process of moving house! We want you to be on top of your moving game when the time comes.
Further Reading on Moving House
- Moving Homes: Tips and Tricks
- Top 6 Myths About Buying a Home
- 10 Great Ways to Add Value to Your Home (With Costs!)
- Free Printable Moving House Checklist – Don’t Miss Anything!
- How Much Does Moving House Cost? How Can You Save Money?
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