How to Move House


How do you move house? From finding a removal company to packing your belongings – move house with these 4 simple steps.

1.    Packing Supplies

  • Small boxes
  • Medium boxes
  • Large boxes
  • Industrial, heavy duty boxes
  • Wardrobe boxes
    • You can even create your own wardrobe boxes by using a large box and a metal or plastic rail (you can find these online). You can then attach the rail to the inside of the box to create a wardrobe box.
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts or old newspaper
  • Clingfilm or stretch wrap to protect your furniture
  • Marker pens
  • Labels for boxes

You will be able to find packing supplies online and in stationary shops. You can also ask in your local supermarket for boxes to be kept after delivery for you to collect and use to move house.


packing materials - tape, scissors, post-it notes.

2.    Packing Your Belongings

When it comes to packing there are a few tips you should remember.

  • Start packing early. The time it takes to pack varies hugely based on the size of your home and how many belongings you have. However, by packing as early as possible (a month or two before the move) you will not have to stress about packing in the days leading up to your move.
  • Start in the rooms you use least. This one is pretty simple, start packing the things and rooms you need and use least often (the attic, guest bedroom, Christmas decorations etc.)
  • Pack room by room. By completing one room at a time, you will be less likely to procrastinate and keep you organised. This will also help the removal company to know exactly which boxes belong in which room of your new home.
  • Declutter. Whether you sell your items online or donate them to charity, decluttering your home will make packing and unpacking an easier task.
  • Don’t over pack boxes. Try and keep your boxes under approx. 15kg this will prevent injury when it comes to moving your boxes and it will make things easier to carry.
  • Fill the gaps. Whether you use socks, packing peanuts or newspaper, filling the gaps in your boxes will keep everything in place while the boxes are transported and moved to your new home.
  • Clearly label boxes. While we do not recommend that you right the exact contents of each box on the outside of the box, you should right which room the contents are going to in your new home. You could also number each box and keep a separate list of the belongings contained in each box so that you can keep track of all your items.
  • Put heavier boxes at the bottom. While this may seem link common sense, it is important to put heavier boxes at the bottom of any piles to prevent any breakable items from being broken or crushed.


stacks of plates and bowls

3.    Hazardous Materials

In general, you should check whether your movers will transport hazardous materials. Hazardous materials may include:

  • Paint
  • Cleaning products which contain bleach
  • Pesticides
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes

When it comes to dealing with any hazardous materials, you should ensure that they are disposed of properly. There are many companies which will dispose of hazardous materials for you in an eco-friendly way. If you decide to take any hazardous materials with you, ensure that they are in their own box and securely packaged. These boxes should be well labelled and securely sealed.


pots of paint

4.    Preparing Your Box of Essentials

Keep a separate box of essentials for the first day or two in your new home. The box should include:

  • Tea, coffee, sugar…
  • Canned or boxed food if you plan on making your own food when you move in (a take-away is always a great alternative!)
  • Can opener
  • Toilet roll
  • Pyjamas and a change of clothes
  • Hand soap, shower gel, shampoo etc.
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush…)
  • Paper plates and plastic cutlery for the first night or two
  • Mugs for a cup of tea or coffee.
  • First aid kit
  • Instructions for any electronic appliances
  • Tool box
  • Scissors for opening boxes
  • Towels and a dish cloth
  • Pet food (if you have a pet)
  • Baby supplies (if required)

How to Move House

Now you know how to move house! Download our moving list to make sure you don’t forget a thing when moving house. Get in touch to find out how we can help you move house.

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