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Moving House Mistakes

Zenyx Griffiths

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

18th Jan 2017 (Last updated on 18th Mar 2021) 5 minute read

Moving is a massive pain in the derrière. Well, the process of moving house at least. The end result is usually rewarding, what with the lovely fresh newness of your home. There’s also the exciting pondering over the soon to be new décor, discovering your new area and having friends round to show off your new digs. That’s all good and well, but, back to the main point… 

The ACTUAL moving is a stress, an inconvenience and an overall disruption to your perfectly balanced and organised life (yeah right). With belongings to pack, removal companies to hire, contracts to sign and mortgages to finalise, it can be quite easy to overlook parts of your move, especially on Moving Day.

Here at Compare My Move, we have years of experience in the removals industry and know all too well the common mistakes that can occur on moving day. From leaving everything to the last minute, to doing everything yourself, these are the common mistakes that can be avoided when moving house.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Bogus Removal Companies
  2. Not Labelling Boxes
  3. Clutter
  4. Every Inch Counts
  5. Packing Books
  6. Packing in the Loft
  7. Leaving Things to the Last Minute
  8. Going Solo

Book a Bogus Company, Get a Bad Experience

The removal company you decide to hire will be in possession of all your belongings as you move from A to B. For that reason, it is vital to ensure the people you hire are trustworthy, reliable and above all else, professional. Items can often be broken or lost during a move, and while that’s not always the removal company’s fault, hiring a reputable team of movers will seriously decrease the risk.

All our partner house removal companies here at Compare My Move undergo a rigorous verification process before being approved by us. Due to our high standards, we ensure that our removal companies have positive third-party reviews and are sufficiently insured. All of our partners must adhere to our strict code of practice and provide legal paperwork to prove they are a legitimate company. 

You may also need to check if they are registered as a company too, before handing over all your belongings. Most companies will publish their company registration number, which you can then check with Companies House. Although it is not required, membership to the British Association of Removers (BAR) is a good indication of a company’s reputation. Still, to be uber-cautious, it is best to choose your company through us as we have already run all those checks for you.

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Not Labelling Boxes

Many people forget to label or do not see the importance of distinguishing their boxes. Don’t play hide and seek with your possessions when it comes to unpacking. A mountain of anonymous boxes in your new home is a lot more stressful to organise than clearly labelled boxes organised into their respective rooms.

It is recommended that you label boxes by room, followed by listing its primary contents and whether it is fragile. That can sometimes feel like you are writing a sonnet on every box so to save time, you could consider organising your boxes with colour coded stickers.

Not Decluttering Before Moving Day

Why would you haul a load of items to your new place that you don’t use and probably never will again? You are already going to have so much to take with you, so you do not need another box marked ‘junk’ to worry about and unpack at your new place. Declutter your home before moving day by dropping off unused belongings at a charity shop or selling them yourself for a little extra cash. You never know, there may be someone out there who would love your Roland Rat plush toy or your inflatable pineapple chair.

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Every Inch Counts

'Said the Actress to the Bishop' …. Before the big day, you will need to know the measurements of doors leading into your new house, as well as the measurements of any large furniture. Take a measuring tape with you on a viewing and make a note of the results. Having this information will make your moving day a lot less stressful and will give you or your removal company plenty of time to disassemble any furniture that might be too large to get indoors.

Packing Books

It may seem like a good idea to keep all your books packed together in one box (especially as they tend to pack so neatly and compactly which is quite satisfying), but books are heavy so unless the Incredible Hulk is helping you move, no one will be able to comfortably carry said box. If you have a lot of books, pack them in several boxes to distribute weight and make carrying a lot easier. Or, even better, load your books into a suitcase with wheels.

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Packing in the Loft

Don’t be a wally and pack away your belongings while in the loft and then attempt to bring them down. Doing this can be dangerous as manoeuvring boxes through your loft hatch and carrying everything down on a ladder is like an impossible round in the Crystal Maze. Ideally, you should take items down first before packing to minimise the danger of injury.

Leaving Things to the Last Minute

Moving house means that you will have a million and one things to do. This can sometimes lead to leaving things to the last minute, whether it be hiring a removal company or even packing. As soon as you have a moving out date, start planning and packing. Ideally, you should find a removal company with Compare My Move as soon as possible to fit in with their busy schedule. Having an action plan set in motion will ensure a less stressful move and help to make sure nothing gets left behind.

Trying to do Everything Yourself

Don’t be a hero, it is very easy to underestimate the time, stress and effort that comes with moving house. Depending on the size of your move, you may think that you can do most of the work yourself. Why not request a moving house quote to get a better idea of what to expect?  

However, it is highly recommended to use a removal company to help you with the moving process, especially if you have a lot of stuff… and more often than not, you’ll find you have more stuff than you thought!

For those considering professional help, get free quotes from trusted removal companies with us and save up to 70% on your moving day costs. Our verified partners can help you with any and all aspects of your move if needed – whether it be transit only, dismantling and reassembly of furniture, or even comprehensive packing services. Be smart and book your removal firm now.

Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Marc Benger

Reviewed by Marc Benger

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Co-founder and director of Compare My Move, Marc Benger has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.