Stress free moving day

Rebecca Arkell | August 26, 2015

Moving house can be a stressful time but being organised will help reduce the stress. If you have children and/or animals, dropping them off at a friend/family member’s house can really reduce the stress of moving house.

Current house

Being organised is the key to having a smooth moving day. Make sure that your movers have access to your new home, whether that be giving them a key to the new house or having someone there to meet them. It would also be helpful for your movers to have a copy of the floor plan of at least your new home. With this they can see what rooms furniture and boxes need to go into.

While you are moving keep keys and important documents on you at all times. You don’t want to lose these, as they’re difficult to get replacements. These documents include:

  • Deeds
  • Ownership papers
  • Passports
  • Driving licences
  • Birth certificates


Before the movers leave, have a walk around the house and make sure you haven’t left anything behind. Look in all cupboards and hidden areas of your house you could of missed. It is also a good idea to check that the gas, electricity and water supplies are all switched off at the mains. The buyers of your house will want to move into a safe home.
As you are leaving check windows and doors are correctly closed and that no one will be able to get in without a key.

New house

Before you start unpacking double check that everything that was agreed to be left there, i.e. fittings and fixtures, are still there. If they are not contact your solicitor as soon as you can. Also make sure there are no serious problems that were missed out during the survey. If you find any then contact your surveyor as soon as possible.

Once you’ve checked the house it’s time to begin unpacking. It’s best to start with the most needed items first, these include:

  • Most used kitchen appliances
  • Clothes for the next day
  • Bed linen
  • Bathroom essentials
    • Face wash
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Towels

Storage rooms

If you decide that you don’t want to have all of your boxes in your new house on your first night and want to keep them somewhere else renting a storage room is the perfect solution. Storage rooms will allow you to gradually move items into your new house without completely cluttering your house. A cluttered home, and overwhelming amount of boxes can increase your stress levels.

There are a few key points that you should remember on moving day. Having a phone on you at all times gives you quick access to call anyone in case of an emergency. It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day and have a range of refreshments for you and the movers. You can put out some sandwiches, cakes, and other little snacks. Take photos of your furniture in case they get damaged during the move. If you have moving insurance, then you will be able to claim for the damages.

To make moving day as stress-less as possible be as organised as you can. Plan the day ahead so you know what time you will need to leave. Also get as much of the packing done well before moving day so on the day you can get up pack the last few things, pack the moving truck and get going.

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