Find helpful advice for your move:

Popular Moving House Questions

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
19th January 2017

If you’re still feeling flustered by the prospect of moving house then sit back, take a deep breath and have a nosey through our most frequently asked questions. You’ll see that you’re not alone and that it’s nothing you can’t handle with the help of Compare My Move.

This article will cover the following points

When should I book a removal company? How much does a removal company cost? When do I collect the keys for my new home? Should I clean my house before moving? How can I move heavy objects downstairs? What should I do if it rains on moving day? How do I disconnect my gas appliances? What should I do if I am moving with Children? What if something is damaged during my move?

When should I book a removal company?

Book your removal company as soon as you know you’re moving out date. Don’t sit around, look lively. If you’re selling then you can jump to it on the date of completion or if you are renting then you can aim to book the movers on the day your tenancy ends. The removal companies tend to book up pretty quickly so be sure to give plenty of notice.

How much does a removal company cost?

As with anything, the cost of the removal service can vary. It will naturally depend on how much stuff you have and how far you will be travelling. Generally, a house removal will be in the region of £400 for a small, one-bed flat and over £1000 for a 4 or 5-bed house. The price needs to be carefully considered. As experts in home removals, we strongly view hiring a professional company as a big fat must.

When do I collect the keys for my new home?

Key day is an exciting day! You should be able to collect the keys for your new home on the day of completion when the funds have been received by the selling party’s solicitor. It’s likely that the keys will be ready for you by about 2 pm but it can take longer for the ol’ bank to clear your funds.

Should I clean my house before moving?

It’s certainly possible to move house yourself, but it takes a lot of time and effort that not a lot of people have when they have their work and lives to think about. Hiring professional movers will save you a lot of time and stress by taking care of the whole process and minimising the risk of damage or loss to your items as they will be dealt with by professionals.

How can I move heavy objects downstairs?

With great difficulty… Jokes! But with great care of course. It goes without saying that you can’t do it alone, you will need to recruit friends, family or neighbours. Even this isn’t the best option. The clever choice is to rely on a professional removal company to take care of this for you. These guys do it every day so it’s a piece of cake to them. If you have super-heavy items then the removal company may use a stair climber to shift them up and down the stairs.

What should I do if it rains on moving day?

Once you have finished cursing the universe for literally raining on your parade… Compose yourself and crack on. Dress sensibly in a raincoat and boots. You will need to be mindful of items left in the rain for too long and take extra care when shifting electronics to the van. It’s also a good idea to use plastic sheeting to protect some of your things during the move. Most of all, just stay focused on the task at hand. It’s just a bit of rain, it never hurt anyone, you can do it.

How do I disconnect my gas appliances?

And you thought we didn’t have an answer for everything! Gas appliances are to be disconnected by a professional licensed gas engineer. You may think you can do this yourself but ask yourself… Is it really worth it? You really shouldn’t try to do this yourself so be sure to call out an engineer ahead of your moving day.

What should I do if I am moving with Children?

Well, the first thing you should do is check out the Compare My Move article on Moving with Children. There is a load of great tips on there to help you out. The main points are to let your children be involved in the process where it’s practical to do so. It may be a good idea to have them stay with a family member during the actual loading of the van though.

What if something is damaged during my move?

Accidents happen and although preparing yourself for moving day, following clever packing tips and using a removal company will minimise the risk of damage, it can still happen. If it happens to you then just be sure to take pictures of any damaged items and get in contact with your removal company. If they packed for you then they will have insurance and should be able to compensate you.

Last updated on Monday 13th November 2017