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Moving home can be a daunting experience. We’ve pulled together a list of key hints and tips to help your move go as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Try to avoid moving on a Friday – if you do have delays with the financial transaction, you may have to wait until Monday to sort the problem out. This would mean having to pay for storage and another day of removal costs and your removal team may not be available the following week.

It's a good idea to meet with your removal company representative in person. That's why we recommend our pre-move survey, which gives you a chance to ask questions and feel completely comfortable with what's going to be happening on the day.

Remember, there are many other things for you to arrange, apart from the actual move, including:

  • final meter readings for electricity, gas, telephone
  • redirecting mail
  • tradesmen to disconnect fittings such as lights or cookers, or dismantle garden sheds, etc (your removal team cannot do this for you)
  • planning travel/overnight accommodation.

If you plan to take petrol-powered equipment, such as mowers, motorbikes or strimmers, make sure all fuel is drained and batteries disconnected in preparation for moving. Again, your removal team cannot do this for you.

If you are packing by yourself, make sure you use suitable, strong boxes – ‘double walled’ boxes are best. Never make the boxes so heavy that they can’t be lifted safely. If a box gets heavy as you’re packing it, start filling it with lighter items, such as bed linen, towels, cushions or soft toys. Use smaller boxes for books. Visit our Materials page or contact us for information on the types of boxes available at Shore Porters.

Self-assembly furniture isn’t designed to be taken apart and reassembled. Bear in mind that no matter how experienced your removal team is, this type of furniture won’t always reassemble perfectly after a move.

Use packing tape to seal the bottom and top of your boxes.

Label your boxes clearly, preferably along the tape. Mark which room they should be moved to.

Download our Moving Guide

Self packing
with BAR

If you prefer to do your own packing, we can, in conjunction with BAR Services, supply a range of mainstream and specialist services.

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