Moving house can be a stressful experience. Finding the time to pack, fitting the sofa through the door, and don’t forget about the pets – or the kids.

Thankfully, you can take steps beforehand to ensure you are properly prepared for the big day. In this article, we share our expert advice on how to get ready for moving day.

Moving Day Preparation Tips

Make a plan

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, as they say, and there is no better way to prepare than writing down a plan. This doesn’t have to be overly intricate or even definitive, but the planning process will help you organise your thoughts and gain a full overview of what needs to be done and when.


Before you even begin thinking about packing, undertake a thorough decluttering exercise. That means being decisive about all those clothes you don’t wear anymore and the old ornaments that take up valuable room in your shed but never see the light of day. Decluttering might feel painful at the time, but you’ll feel refreshed and ready for a new start once you’re done.

Book a removals company

Moving companies alleviate the burden of moving day considerably. They’re seasoned professionals, and where you might see difficulties, they see solutions. Removal slots can fill up fast, particularly in the summer months. Find a company that suits your needs and book them ahead of time.

Slow but steady…

Packing can be a daunting task, particularly if you leave it until the last minute. By starting early and taking it one room at a time, you’ll chip away at it and soon the workload won’t seem so overwhelming.

Dismantle furniture

Sometimes the only way to get a bed down the stairs is to take it apart. Figure out what needs to be dismantled and do it in advance. Make sure you don’t lose any nuts and bolts by sealing them in a small plastic bag and taping it to an inconspicuous part of the furniture.

Call the utility companies

While most utilities companies provide some grace when it comes to moving, it’s worth notifying them well in advance. At the very least, this will save you a job when all you want to do is unpack and settle into your new home. 

Ask for help with dependents

Moving house involves the whole family, but that doesn’t mean you need to have your family around all the time. Small children can be a particular challenge, as well as a safety concern when moving large pieces of furniture. Ask a friend, aunt, uncle or grandparent to look after them for the day.

Consider pet well-being

You might feel anxious about the move, but that worry pales in comparison to the anxiety your pet might be feeling. Plan how you will introduce them to their new home – preferably using a small, quiet room at first – and set aside their favourite blankets, beds and toys to help them settle in.

Pack a first-night bag

The last thing you want to be doing when you arrive in your new home is diggingg around in the boxes for a toothbrush. Pack a bag with cosmetics, chargers, pyjamas, a towel, and at least one spare set of clothes.

Charge your electronics

Moving house can be energy-sapping – and we’re not just talking about your physical well-being. You might have to make several phone calls and use mobile internet more than usual throughout the day, so it’s best to ensure your mobile phone and accessories are fully charged the night before.

How to prepare for moving day: final thoughts

We hope our tips have helped lighten the moving-day load. Here at F V Removals, we have been helping our customers with removals across North London and Hertfordshire for over a decade. We’ve seen – and done – it all. If you would like to know more about our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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