Readings essential moving house tips

Moving house is often a challenging time. From putting your home up for sale and waiting for potential buyers to receiving or making an offer, followed by completion and eventually the move, it can be a long old process!

It’s easy to see why many people believe moving can rank up there with divorce and bereavement as one of the more stressful things in life, but there are definitely some things you can do to make that transition a little easier.
We’ve had rather a lot of experience of house moves over our time and are always happy to help advise on some of the best ways to make it run as smoothly as possible. So we’ve put together a list of Readings essential moving house tips to hopefully help make things more straight forward.

The Move

Firstly, when planning a move, make sure you’ve picked a reliable removals firm. You could get recommendations from friends and relatives and get several quotes so that you know you’re getting a good deal. You should also check that the removals team come with the relevant insurances to cover your goods while they’re in transit.

Be prepared in advance for the removals team and dismantle and unplug anything that needs it the day before. This way, when the team arrive, it will be a swift process getting things loaded up.

It’s often a good idea to not have any children or pets under your feet during a move, so see if there is someone who would be prepared to have them for the day as it will make things quicker and easier.

Also, remember to colour code the rooms of your new home and any boxes that need to go in them, so everything will be put where you want it. Failing that, just buy a big marker pen and mark the boxes clearly!


It’s a good idea to round up any spare keys before you leave – so have a scout around and see if any neighbours or family members have them.

Likewise, when you move into your new property, you may want to look at changing the locks as it could be difficult to know who has had any spare keys to your property in the past.


It’s always nice to ensure that your home is left in a good condition once all your stuff has been taken out, so when you’re packing, leave the vacuum and some cleaning products to one side to have a quick spruce up before you close the door for a final time.
It would be good to think that the previous owners of the house you’re moving to might do the same, but if you’re unsure, perhaps look to get a cleaning firm in to do a deep clean before your stuff goes in.

Do your admin!

Make sure that all of the relevant people are aware that you’re moving. It might be useful to make a list of all the obvious ones, such as bank, utility providers, doctors, schools and employers, several days before to ensure you don’t miss any out. Also bear in mind that you might want to get your post redirected by Royal Mail.

Thinking about your next Purchase/Sale/ Let contact us!

If you’re planning a move and would like to find out more about some of the best ways to do it, then get in touch with us today-we’d love to hear from you!