Moving House Tips: Common mistakes to avoid

Moving house is both an exciting and daunting time. Whilst you may be bursting with anticipation to get into your new place, the actual move itself can be rather stressful, however, so long as you plan, that does not have to be the case.

One of the major mistakes home owners on the move make is not thoroughly planning their move. By creating a detailed plan well in advance of the actual move, the process will be hassle free and you will be successful in tying up all of your loose ends, avoiding as many mistakes as possible. There are several moving house tips to avoid making the most common mistakes.


As part of that plan, created a detailed inventory of all of your belongings and list what boxes or bag they are in. You use wither a notebook, a scrap piece of paper, your phone, tablet or computer, so long as you remember where! Doing this will help to ensure you pack and move all of your possessions efficiently and can act as a reference point if you’re struggling to locate things. Can’t find your kitchen utensils? No problem, just head to the inventory! You can even colour code the list and boxes if you wish to be super organised.


When you do make the big move, avoid making the mistake of hiring the wrong sized removal van, not only is this inconvenient and frustrating but it can also cost you money and with the average cost of moving house standing at £8,451.49, this is extra expense that you don’t need. By creating that inventory we spoke about, you should have a better idea of the size of van you’re going to need. Hiring a van that is too small will cause a host of problems on moving day whilst hiring one that is too big will mean wasted money on a larger vehicle.

Packing for a holiday is stressful, so packing to move house is never going to be a walk in the park and whilst it may seem a good idea to cram as many things into one box as possible, it’s not. The general rule is that it’s best to pack boxes no heavier than 20kg, forget about saving space, if you’re unable to lift without a huge struggle then you leave yourself and fellow movers vulnerable to injury.


In further regard to your possessions, be sure to insure your most valuable items during relocation. Ask your chosen moving company what their liability insurance covers as in many cases, basic liability insurance may not be enough if a mover happens to break something like a computer or television etc.

It may seem obvious but a lot of people actually do forget to notify the relevant bodies and people of their change of address. It’s wise to inform your change od address to financial institutions and employer in advance of your move. Doing so in advance will help to prevent any important bills or documents getting lost in the post, or failing to arrive at your new address once you have completed the move. Mark this on your calendar, put it in your diary or leave a note in your phone to notify those relevant at least two weeks prior to the move.

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