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Last Minute Moving: How to Move House at Short Notice

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
15th March 2017 (Last updated on Tuesday 25th June 2019)

Sometimes, things are just out of our control. This is enough to stress anybody out, let alone the uber-organised control freaks among us. Sometimes, there are circumstances that can result in us having to move house on short notice. Military families are required to just pack up and move on to the next place pretty quickly and some people find themselves in financial predicaments that mean that have to move ASAP. 

For others, there may be issues with landlords or perhaps work commitments or opportunities that require a swift relocation. Everyone will tell you how moving house is a lot of work, a busy time… and most people would be quick to tell you how stressful it is too…. But don’t listen to them… Listen to us. It is perfectly possible to move house at the last minute.

The key to any successful relocation is in the organisation. When you have less time to do it in than most, careful consideration and compulsive organisation are needed. To start, you will need to find the best removal company to make your move stress-free.

OK, so time is of the essence… use these tips to get super-organised and get moving:

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Just Get On With it

There is no use pining or moaning about whatever it is that has meant you need to move at the last minute. Stressing and moaning won’t do anything, you don’t have a time machine, it is what it is. If you continue to linger on it, you are wasting valuable time and then, when you do finally get to a point where you have accepted it, you are even shorter on time and it suddenly seems more stressful. It’s happened, you’re moving, so get on with it.

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Although it is usually advisable to book your removal company with plenty of notice, you can book them on short notice if necessary. The Compare My Move comparison service is so quick and within minutes, you can get up to 6 free, no-obligation quotes. You don’t have to spend time researching removal companies and scouring the internet for reputable and verified movers. We have already done that for you. All of our removal company partners have gone through a rigorous and strict verification process, so you can rest easy in the knowledge that you will only be working with professionals.

So many people would picture a ‘last minute move’ as throwing everything into black bags and loading their car and recruiting friends and family to pitch in … But that is the opposite of what you should do. When you have so little time to get organised, a removal company will make all the difference. They can take care of everything for you and will not be phased by the short time-frame.

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Choose a Full Packing Service

Again, if it’s ease you’re after and a swift transition, then opt for a full packing service from your removal company. They can come to your home and pack everything for you quickly and efficiently. You’d be amazed.

If you want your move to run smoothly and you would like to keep your removal costs down then, have a clear out. Gut your house, throwing out anything you don’t use, don’t need, don’t want. Be cutthroat about it. It means there will be fewer belongings to be moved which will save time as well as money.

Ask For Help

A removal company will seem like a Godsend. They will save you so much time and hassle, but there are other things that you may need help with if you’re short on time. Call in a few favours or just plain ask for help. 

People close to you who understand your predicament will want to help you. The removal company can take care of the packing and actually move you, but get your friends to help with the declutter and organising, ask them to look after children or pets. There are plenty of ways that people can pitch in.

Claire Watson, 28th January 2019
"Quick, efficient and friendly service. Everything was moved with care. Great value for money."

Keep Your Cool

The worst thing you can do is panic. It may be busy and a little chaotic but, as long as you remain calm and organised, nothing will seem like too much. The trick is ‘less haste, more speed’… Don’t rush anything, just work quickly and work smart.

Check out the Compare My Move Moving House Tips and our Guide to Decluttering there are some great tips that will help. You can also use our moving home checklist, but just adjust it to work with your own timeline.

Now, go, go go!