So they say that moving home is as stressful as planning a wedding, divorce and having a baby…well it doesn’t have to be if you plan well! You want the big move day to go smoothly – organisation is the key. Here are some tips to help you…

The first thing you can do in advance if you have a move date is prepare a ‘change of address check-list’ and start to let companies and friends / family know your new address and move date. Include service and utility companies, financial, health and motoring companies. Normally, there are two weeks’ notice between exchange of contracts and the completion date but this can vary, dependent on circumstances, so always check with your solicitor.

At least a month before the intended move date obtain several quotes from removal companies who have insurance for furniture in transit, ideally using personal recommendations. Compare prices and reviews. Ensure the removal companies are members of either the British Association of Removers (BAR) or the National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS). Don’t forget to obtain a cancellation policy in case the date for moving is changed at the last minute. Removal companies’ quotes depend on a number of things including what day you move, distance covered, the size of the load, value, risk and amount of furniture, who packs / unpacks and the ease of access to your property, are all taken into account so try to have all of this information ready to give to the company.

Thinking ahead is the key to success. You don’t need to leave everything to the day before the move. Consider what you don’t need to take with you, what will need careful packing, and that you are covered for potential breakages. Spend some time considering how you are going to pack your possessions. Books are easy but heavy, valuables need careful wrapping and will take time, and some furniture may need to be dismantled. Make sure your furniture will fit into your new property and colour code boxes for each individual room. Do a floor plan for the removers of where your furniture will go in the new home. Unless you travel light, you won’t be able to unpack everything in the first day, so it’s worth deciding what you might need easy access to soon after you cross the threshold of your new home.