Some Other Moving Advice

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Moving house can be chaotic and, at times, extremely stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. Hiring a trusted removals company is just one of the many steps you can take to make your move as efficient as possible. Enjoy the excitement of settling into your new home by planning ahead to make your move that little bit easier.

Read through Compare My Move’s guides for expert advice on moving house and to ensure you know exactly what to expect when the process begins. This section contains all the information you need to successfully compare removal companies and tackle even the most difficult of moves. 

  • 1. What are the common moving mistakes?

    With years of experience in the industry, Compare My Move know all too well the common moving mistakes that often occur on moving day. It can be difficult navigating through the chaos and things often get lost or forgotten. However, with a little planning and preparation, you can easily avoid these common moving mistakes.

    From hiring unreliable removal companies to leaving things until the last minute, we go through the list of common moving mistakes people make before their removal. With the help of our experts, we'll explain each section in detail and provide some ways to avoid these potential mistakes. 

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  • 2. Moving house with children?

    Moving house can be stressful on its own, but when you have small children involved, it can be trickier. There's lots to think about, from the best schools in the area for your children to the local facilities that your children might need. Our experts talk you through the best way to plan a house move with children. 

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  • 3. Council tax and moving house

    Council tax is the tax that you'll pay to your local authority that will help pay for local services such as schools and rubbish collection. But, how much you pay will depend on where you live. When you move, you need to notify the Local Authority so you can register for council tax. Whether you rent or own your property, you will need to pay this tax.

    To ensure you know everything about council tax before you move, we've worked alongside our removals and finance experts to create a helpful guide explaining what the tax is, why it's vital and how it's calculated. 

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  • 4. How to move a bed?

    If you're not getting help from a removal company, you will need to learn how to dismantle your bed and pack it up safely. The steps included in safely packing a bed begin by packing the mattress, dismantling the bed frame, packing the bed and then moving it.

    Compare My Move's experts have put together a break down of each step to safely move a bed to your new home. We recommend hiring a professional and experienced removal company to take care of the heavy lifting and packing for your house move.

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  • 5. What are the moving house essentials?

    Amidst the chaos of moving day, it can be easy to forget things. However, if you plan ahead and prepare the essentials in advance, you’ll have everything you need when you arrive at the new house. Here are some of Compare My Move’s moving house essentials for you to explore, all agreed upon by our expert reviewers.

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  • 6. How do you deal with moving house stress?

    Moving house is a big milestone for many. However, although it’s exciting, it can also be incredibly stressful with 62% of people stating it was their most stressful life event. Don’t let the chaos of moving day affect your mental health. Simply read Compare My Move’s tips for dealing with moving house stress to get you started. We have worked alongside experts in their fields to ensure we provide professional, helpful advice to help reduce your moving anxiety. 

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  • 7. How to protect valuables when moving

    Moving house is often a chaotic time that can sometimes cause accidents and damage your items. To help you prepare, we've worked with our removals experts to create this article, listing a few precautions you can take to help you protect your valuables when moving. From creating an inventory to using high-quality packing materials, we have everything you need to know to help you protect your valuables during a move. 

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  • 8. Moving house etiquette

    It’s easy to forget that there's a common moving house etiquette that should be followed when moving out of a property. Many people will be unclear of what that is, but it’s still important to research and abide by it. When you're preparing your property for a move, remember that you should leave your it the same way as you'd expect your new house to be left. 

    Compare My Move have worked alongside removal experts to create an article explaining the basics of moving house etiquette. We explore house viewings and selling etiquette, as well as providing professional tips and tricks to help leave your home in good condition, ready for the new tenants. 

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  • 9. How to clean a house before moving out

    Cleaning the property is a time-consuming but essential part of any move, so make sure you’re not leaving all the work until the very last minute. Give yourself enough time to plan and prepare for the move and to ensure the property is clean and liveable for the new owners. From scrubbing the counters to removing watermarks, we have everything you need to know to get your home shining before you move.

    At Compare My Move, we’d always recommend that you tackle a clean on a room-by-room basis, to ensure no stone is left unturned. That is why we've worked with professional property cleaners to create an article providing expert advice on how to clean your home before a move. 

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  • 10. How to move dangerous goods

    Moving house can be overwhelming, but safety should be the number one priority when dealing with potentially harmful items. There are a number of things that could be classed as dangerous including items such as firearms, exotic pets or gas tanks. They may not be common items but it is still something to consider when planning your removal. 

    If you have any potentially dangerous items to move, make sure you consult your chosen removal company beforehand and take the necessary precautions for a safe and organised move. 

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  • 11. How to declutter your home before moving

    Decluttering your home before moving makes the packing process go a lot more quickly and also ensures no boxes overflow. It can be highly therapeutic and will make your new home feel more spacious once you settle in. From meditation to planning ahead, we have the top tips to help you declutter.

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  • 12. How do you move house with a pet?

    Moving house can not only be stressful for the family but also the beloved pets. Moving with a family pet can be difficult if you don’t prepare in advance. Animals sense the emotions of those around them, meaning if you’re anxious, they will be too. However, there are ways to ensure a smooth transition, making them feel at ease.

    We've created the ultimate timeline for moving house with your dog and cat, including what to do throughout the week before your moving date. We've also included useful tips on how to move house with other animals such as your rabbit, fish and reptile.

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  • 13. Is it better to move house or extend?

    There are many reasons for needing more space in your house, from growing families to in-home offices. However, deciding which is more financially beneficial, moving house or extending, can be tough. An extension can help add value to your home as well as creating space, but the cost needs to be thought through. It’s important to know which option will benefit you the most, which is why we’ve put together this guide to help you weigh up the pros and cons to make the decision easier for you.

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  • 14. How to secure a new school place when moving house

    Finding the right school for your child can be difficult when moving, with a constant fear that you’ll disturb their learning progress and complicate the admission process. Planning ahead will make everything a lot easier for your house removals and will provide peace of mind that another item has been checked off the moving list. There are plenty of things that can be done before your move to secure your child's all-important place at a new school.

    From proving your address to explaining school catchment areas, we have worked with removal experts to ensure you're well informed about securing a new school place before your move. 

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  • 15. The best London movers

    Moving across London? Here at Compare My Move, we've put together a list of the best London moving companies, as chosen by you, the movers. These are the top reviewed London removal companies in our network of partners. That means they've all achieved top ratings by multiple Compare My Move users in London.

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  • 16. How to move a kitchen

    When it comes to moving house, a major task will be moving your kitchen appliances safely to your new house. These are some of the heaviest items you'll be moving, and will require special and attentive handling if you're moving them without the help of moving companies. 

    Compare My Move's experts have created this handy guide to talk you through packing up and moving your kitchen appliances. 

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  • 17. Guide to downsizing your house

    A smaller property is most likely going to cost a lot less than the house you currently live in. The average downsizer now sells their home for more than a £100,000 profit, £8,000 more than people in the same situation 10 years ago. Compare My Move's experts talk you through the process of downsizing your home. 

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  • 18. How to move house at Christmas

    Planning on moving house at Christmas? Christmas is an exciting time, but it can be quite stressful – and only made more so if you have to deal with moving. Delaying the move to after New Year's might seem like the easier option, yet brings with it the risk of market falls and paying higher VAT on estate agent and solicitor fees, which you definitely don't want.

    Our experts at Compare My Move have compiled a list of tips to help you make the move and ensure your house is sold quickly, while staying in the festive spirit. 

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  • 19. How to help the elderly move house

    When you’re younger, moving house is usually an exciting time as it either means a new job is waiting or that you’re starting the process of making your own family. This may not always be the case for an older homeowner, however, it’s still possible to make it an exciting process if you’re first considerate about their personal circumstances. 

    Helping your elderly friends and family move requires a lot of planning and consideration, but it can be relatively straightforward with some patience and preparation. In this guide, Compare My Move provides a few useful tips for helping the elderly move house, explaining everything you need to know to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible. 

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  • 20. Can I move house during the coronavirus lockdown?

    The latest government advice will differ depending on the area of the UK you live in but we are slowly seeing restrictions being lifted. The housing market remains open across the entirety of the UK, ensuring homeowners can still move house. During the process, safety precautions and social distancing must be adhered to, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But, unlike the first lockdown in March 2020, removal companies, estate agents, property surveyors and tradespeople can continue working. 

    Compare My Move has created this article to answer all your vital questions concerning this lockdown period. From whether it’s safe to move house to what you can do to prepare for the future, we have the necessary answers you need if you’re in the process of buying or selling property during the lockdown for COVID-19.

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