Our experts’ guide to stress-free moving

We spoke to our specialist removals partner Bishop’s Move and asked them to share their golden rules for what to do when moving house - based on over 165 years’ experience in the removals industry.

Golden rules for moving house

Moving home is widely recognised as one of the most stressful experiences you can have. Preparation is daunting whether you are moving just around the corner or relocating to the other side of the world. Our moving guide from the experts at Bishop’s Move should help take away some of the pain. Remember: good communication with your removals company, estate agents and solicitors is key throughout. 

10 moving home tips and tricks

1. Decide on a moving date and stick to it.

You can then work towards this date and it will help you to stay organised and aware of what needs to be done where and when.

2. Get packing.

Start at least two weeks before the move, but earlier if you can. This gives you time to properly ‘spring clean’ and declutter. This is a good opportunity for a clear out so you only take what you actually want and need.

3. Choose a removal company.

Do some research, read reviews and ask for recommendations. Don’t leave it too late to meet with them, as they might be busy on the date you need.

4. Update your utilities.

Sorting out your gas, water, electricity and council tax bills tends to be quite stressful. Tackle these tasks early on to get them out of the way.

5. Keep talking.

Liaise regularly with your removals firm and estate agents to ensure everything is running smoothly towards your moving date.


6. Visit the post office.

Arrange for post to be forwarded to your new address and make sure that all final bills are paid.

7. Label all your belongings/boxes.

Use a colour system that helps you, for instance blue labels for breakables, green labels for living room etc.

8. Protect floors.

Put old blankets down on the floors of your new property to put all your boxes on to prevent marks or scruffs.

9. Look after your personal possessions.

Put all valuables and personal documents, like passports or jewellery, in a safe and secure place and carry them yourself to your new home on moving day

10. Lock up and leave.

Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you go.

Enjoy a Smooth Move.

Following these guidelines will go a long way to keeping your move as stress free as possible. And if you move with McCarthy Stone’s Smooth Move service you can trust us – and Bishop’s Move - to be there for you every step of the way.

“The Smooth Move service was so good, all we had to do was walk out the house, they did everything, if you leave a dishcloth on the side, they even pack that. I was delighted.”
Sheila Waters, Scott Place, Lichfield

Our service has been fine-tuned with over 165 years’ experience in the removals industry. We aim to ensure that customers’ needs are met and exceeded – giving them a move that is stress-free! We want to be like a friend to our customers, so we are there, side by side, every step of the way.”
Bishop’s Move

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