Pre-house move planning – PART 2



Pre-house move planning – PART 2

In our first article in this series, we highlighted a few questions you should consider asking your seller… just to make life a little easier once you’re in your new house. This time we’re focusing on the preamble to the dreaded ‘P’ word… Packing. It has to be said, a little pre-packing planning goes a long way.

Top Ten Pre-Pack Planning Tips

Once you’ve poured a glass, cleared your mind of day-to-day concerns, and decided to think about packing, that’s the time to grab a pen and paper and start making the next list. Get the pre-packing planning just half right, and you’ll make the whole process A LOT smoother on the big day. So, what should you be thinking about? Here are some thoughts…

  1. Declutter first – seriously. Yes, it’s a daunting job, but remind yourself that the more you declutter now, the less you’ll have to pack. Imagine how much lighter you’ll feel if you can ditch a quarter of what you currently have. It’s so worth it.
  2. Buy packing boxes in a variety of sizes – And when you do pack, don’t use the big ones for books!
  3. Also buy bubble wrap, strong tape, small bags, marker pens and packing paper (newspaper does an excellent job too) – And buy a bit more of each than you think you’ll need. When you’re in the packing groove, you don’t want anything to break the flow.
  4. Check your contents insurance will cover you for loss and breakages whilst you’re on the move – You can tell your insurance company your new address at the same time. Oooh, it’s so nice to tick two boxes at a time, eh?
  5. Pack hazardous and corrosive materials separately – No explanation needed.
  6. Pack an Essentials Box for your first day/night – Think of it as a weekend bag for a house. This will include things like a kettle, coffee, tea etc. Plus plates, cutlery, cleaning cloths and washing up liquid. And don’t forget to pack a spare LOO ROLL!
  7. Pack an overnight bag for everyone else too – You know, washing kit, towels, PJs, fresh clothes etc. Even a hair dryer, if that is an essential.
  8. Consider adding a tool kit, first aid kit, torch and rubbish bags in your essentials box – Or at least make them part of an Essentials Box B.
  9. Make sure your Essentials Box(es) and overnight bag(s) are easily accessible – In fact, we’d recommend you transport them in your own car, rather than the removal van.
  10. Never lose sight of the fact that this is all in aid of something great – Because believe us, at times you’ll lose the will to live. Nothing’s forever, as they say. Hold onto that thought.

Hopefully the above has given you a few ideas, perhaps even prompted you to think about things you hadn’t yet thought about. And, as we said before, if you have any top tips yourselves, please do share them with us. Part 3 – Top Ten Packing-Beware Tips – coming next!

Pre-house move planning

Pre-house move planning

Pre-house move planning – PART 1

You’ll find that the weeks leading up to your big move will mostly consist of lists. Things to do. Things to pack. People to tell. You will become the most expert list maker in the world. So, to get you in the mood, we’ve compiled three top ten lists to kick things off. Here’s Part 1… this stuff is easy to overlook, we hope it helps!

Top Ten Last-Minute Questions to Ask Your Seller

You have a million things to remember, but it will really make your life easier, post-house move, if this information is easily to hand. Check with the agents, therefore, that the sellers are leaving the following details for you.


  • Back to basics… where is:


  1. a) The main stopcock?
  2. b) The gas meter?
  3. c) The electricity meter?
  4. d) The water meter?
  5. e) The thermostat?

Sometimes these things are obvious, but you really don’t want to be tackling a water leak when you don’t know where the stopcock is. Don’t feel it’s daft to ask. You’ll feel dafter in an emergency if you don’t know.


  • Who currently supplies:


  1. a) Gas?
  2. b) Electricity?
  3. c) Water?
  4. d) Broadband?
  5. e) Telephone?

A lot of this information is often supplied in the Seller’s Information Form, but if they’ve missed off answering those questions, it’s worth getting the agent to ask for you. You don’t want any of those utilities cutting off because you didn’t know who to pay…

  1. What day are the bins collected? What are the recycling rules? – A bit of forward planning will help with the unpacking mess.
  2. Do any surfaces need special cleaning products, e.g. granite worktops? – Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. You fell in love with the house, and you want to keep it looking sparkly!
  3. Does the seller know where the kitchen and bathroom tiles came from? – If you’re planning on some redecorating, make it easier on yourself.
  4. Does the seller have any old tins of paint in the same colour as the walls? – As per the above point, but definitely with gold baubles on! It will make touching up possible in some rooms if you know the exact colour and brand.
  5. Does the seller have any instruction manuals or warranties on electrical items? – A lot of information is on the internet, but if it’s easily to hand it will save time.
  6. Does the seller know where any fixed furniture came from, e.g., kitchen cabinets? – Again, if you’re planning on some redesign work, it will just make life easier to know.
  7. Where can we buy an emergency pint of milk? – You can never underestimate the usefulness of this information. And there’s no reason why it shouldn’t include a bottle of wine too.
  8. Where can we get our first night takeaway? – This needs no explanation!

And if that hasn’t got you thinking and planning, then we don’t know what will. If you have any top tips yourselves, please do share them with us, though. Who knows, it might just make someone’s next move that little bit smoother. Part 2 – Top Ten Pre-Pack Planning Tips – coming next!