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How to Prepare for a House Move

How to Best Prepare for your House Removal

In need of a House Removal?  Plan your relocation as early as possible to simplify the procedure. Not certain where to begin? With our moving tips, you can easily pack your belongings and relocate.

Planning a Move: When to Do It

If you want to have a smooth move, start getting ready for it about two months prior to your scheduled move-out date if possible. That’s a lot of time to organise your home, clean each area, and pack efficiently. Before hiring movers or purchasing packing materials, create a relocation plan and checklist. A general timeline of activities will save you from feeling hurried and unprepared on moving days. Consequently, the sooner you begin preparing, the better!


Moving is a great time to get rid of stuff before you start to pack your items. Sort through your belongings room by room and give or discard whatever you no longer need. By donating or giving away you can make a real difference to these who are in needs. Additionally, you will also significantly reduce the time and effort needed to unpack your belongings and you will save money for packing materials.


Set Your Budget

Moving may be expensive, but establishing the volume of items you’ll be moving and any other expenses will help you to set-up a budget. The cost of a full house removal vs DIY move is something to consider when planning your budget. Having a sensible budget in place before you move can prevent you from spending more than you are able to handle.


Choose Between Hiring Professionals or DIY When Moving

Once you’ve determined your budget, you’ll know if you can afford to employ a professional house removal company or if you’ll conduct a DIY move. If you need to hire movers, now is the time to look into the best removal company. Before making a selection, compare quotes from few firms. On a do-it-yourself relocation, obtain quotes for van rental and moving equipment. Make sure you hire a right size van and don’t forget to sort out parking permits (if needed). Recruit friends and family members to assist you with packing, loading and unloading.


Get In Talks with Professional House Removal Companies

It might be difficult to pick a moving company, but finding the right one is crucial for a stress-free way to move. Before choosing a mover, research and gather recommendations. Contact at least three removal companies to request quotations. Ask them about services they can offer, insurance, equipment and type of vehicles they use. Discuss your requirements, their availability and clarify payment terms. Make sure that quotes are detailed and include all services you require. Remember to carefully read the contract before finalising to ensure you understand all their terms and conditions, and any potential additional charges that may apply.


Get Your Packing Supplies

Now that you have a clearer notion of how much stuff you need to relocate, you can go ahead and purchase packing materials. Remember to estimate the quantity of supplies based on the size of your home and the number of items you have. You may find a variety of online packing calculators to assist you to determine what you will need for your move. In order to gather necessary supplies, here’s a list of essential items you should consider to purchase:

Cardboard boxes:

  • Small boxes for heavy items like books or small appliances
  • Medium boxes for items like kitchenware and electrics
  • Large boxes for lightweight, bulky items

Plastic boxes provide better protection for delicate items compared to cardboard boxes.  They are also water-resistant, refusable and they are less likely to break.

Additionally, some moving companies offer plastic boxes rental services, which can be a convenient option for those looking to use them for their move.

Packing Paper to use for wrapping delicate items and providing cushions in boxes.

Bubble Wrap to provide extra protection for fragile items like glassware, ceramics, electronics, small appliances, fragile decorative items, etc.

Packing tape to secure boxes. Investing in high-quality packing tape is a wise decision when preparing for a house removal. This will reduce the risk of boxes accidentally open during move which could lead to damage to your belonging.

Labelling Supplies: permanent marker for labelling boxes with their contents and destination room. You can also consider colour code stickers to easily identify boxes by room.

Furniture Covers to protect furniture from dust, dirt and damage.

Mattress Covers to protect from dirt and moisture during the removal.

Stretch Wrap or plastic wrap to secure drawers, cabinet doors, etc.

Ziplock Bags to keep small hardware pieces, screws, and bolts organised.

Moving blankets to wrap your furniture and prevent them from damage during transport.

Garbage Bags to pack a wide range of items.

If you think to pack efficiently on a budget without compromising the safety of your items, make sure to check out our article on the site for more information how to save money on packing materials.

Hiring a professional removal company

Hiring a professional removal company to pack your items can make your move smoother and stress-free. They know the best techniques to ensure your items are secured properly. Professional packers are trained to handle items with care and companies often offer insurance for your belonging. This will protect you from financial losses in the event of a mishap. When you’re packing yourself, usually, the movers will not be responsible for any damage that may occur inside the boxes.


How To Pack Correctly

Underestimating the volume of belongings is common, so starting early and proceeding gradually can make all the difference. Identify essential items you’ll need in the first few days after the move and pack them separately. Important papers, a moving day kit and an open first box containing the necessities for the first few days in your home and should be on the top of your packing list.


Prioritise packing less frequently items first. It’s best to avoid mixing items from different rooms to make unpacking easier later. Don’t use thin and flimsy boxes that would not support the weight of the items being transported. Reinforce the bottoms of your boxes with strong tape to avoid break during the move. Also, make sure that your packed items are not too heavy. If you cannot easily carry them yourself, reallocate some items from these boxes. Here are some other tips:


  • When packing fragile items, ensure they are well-protected. Clearly label the box ‘fragile’ for careful handling.


  • Pack only washed clothes to avoid potential odours. The same rule applies for kitchen appliances; clean them before packing.


  • Fill in all empty spaces in the boxes to prevent items from shifting during transit.


  • Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top


  • Take photos of each peace of furniture you want to dismantle. Alternatively, a video can be an option.


  • Place all screw, bolts and other small parts together in a labelled bag.


  • Leave hanging clothes on hangers but still protect them.


  • Protect corners of your furniture and cover them with blankets or furniture pads.


  • Make sure any bottles are closed properly to prevent unnecessary leak


  • Label boxes by its contents and room



If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to a very successful, smooth and stress-free move into your new home. When you need a full-service move where you don’t have too much time to-do-it-yourselves, definitely hire movers to pack your goods. To learn more about Pack & Go Removals, check our about us page.