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Planning a move? Here are some top tips on how to make it hassle-free

Posted on March 4, 2024 by Peter Donaldson
Planning a move? Here are some top tips on how to make it hassle-free

Moving house is more stressful than most other things that people deem to be stressful, such as divorce or broken relationships. This is a fact that has been supported by research. Therefore, it’s important to lower the stress level during this time as much as possible by following certain tips.

In this way, we’ll reduce the level of stress that we go through during such times to safe levels. At Isis Removals, we do our best to inform customers and readers to enjoy a successful relocation. Likewise, the following are the top tips that you can use to make moving house a hassle-free affair.


  • Start Way Before the Moving Day
  • Moving with Children and Pets
  • Make a Moving Checklist
  • Decluttering and the 3 Rs
  • Label Boxes and Create an Inventory
  • Leave the Bathroom and Kitchen Last
  • Check Your Insurance Policy
  • Take Pictures of Anything You Dismantle
  • Work with Removal Professionals
  • Assemble a Moving Survival Kit

Start Way Before the Moving Day

For some reason, most people would want to leave all the moving tasks for the final week before the relocation. Such reasons may include that you may still need to use many of your items, you don’t want your house cluttered with boxes, or you want to avoid interfering with the pets and children, etc.

However, you can pack non-essentials at any time while packing smaller items you may not need to use weeks before the moving day. Start with these ahead of time to lessen the job on the day – you can consider using storage to move packed containers out of your home.

Ideally, you’ll give yourself at least three months between planning and moving day. This provides you with plenty of time to organise and deal with any issues that crop up. And when we say start now – we mean today. There’s always a task you can deal with, even if it’s searching for a reputable moving company.

Moving with Children and Pets

Children and pets can face a lot of stress during the move. So, it would be a great idea to arrange for their care before that day before the moving day. This can significantly reduce how much they’ll be affected by the move. Also, moving with kids and animals has a few more hurdles.

We won’t go into massive detail about it now, but you’ll need to find preschools and schools for your little ones. This means vetting any prospective learning/care facilities immediately to discuss enrolment and securing a place. You can read our in-depth article covering this in more detail.

If you have a cat, dog or other domestic pet, there are additional steps to consider. First, book an appointment with your vet for a checkup and tips on the relocation. They’ll advise how to prepare and transport your furry friend to reduce travel anxiety.

Make a Moving Checklist

Here’s something you can start today – creating a moving checklist. This will be your master plan for the entire relocation, and you will revert to it as you complete each task. You can read one example here – feel free to add and remove anything irrelevant. We also suggest using a blank calendar to plot your moving timeline.

We suggest breaking larger tasks into smaller action points. This helps reduce the overwhelming feeling that comes with organising a move. You can also assign duties for specific days or weeks with your calendar. It also gives you a birds-eye view of the relocation.

Having an inventory of all your belongings may seem daunting, but it’s worth it. It helps with organisation and a move free of hassles. You can also refer to our previous blog that outlines how to contact people before and after your move.

Decluttering and the 3 Rs

Decluttering is a phrase that often comes with an audible groan – it’s unlikely to be named the most popular task. However, several items in the house may no longer be useful. You can get rid of so much clutter or junk by selling, donating, or recycling stuff that is no longer useful to you and, therefore, doesn’t need packing.

Let’s introduce the concept of the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  • Reduce: start being proactive about what you buy and the type of packaging that comes with each item. For example, avoid single-use plastic wherever possible. Take a break from purchasing new things until you move.
  • Reuse: test it out if there’s an alternative use for something. One savvy example is turning an old butter pot into a pencil case. You can also keep any screws in an old container or zip bag when dismantling furniture.
  • Recycle: Oxford has many recycling points – you can find the locations here. You can also consider donating items to a local upcycling project.

It’s possible to declutter sustainably to free up space in an eco-friendly manner. You can also lower your relocation costs by reducing the number of possessions.

Label Boxes and Create an Inventory

You’re likely to use different boxes for different categories of your belongings. For instance, some boxes may contain national insurance numbers, passports, or certificates. These should have a particular system of marking to avoid any unnecessary mix-up. Also, ensure you separate any documents and valuables – if possible, take them with you during the journey.

You’ll thank yourself later if you note where each item came from (room) and group them in an inventory. Individual boxes and bags should also be labelled appropriately with this information. We suggest downloading a home inventory app rather than a paper document. They’re easier to update, and you can send the entire list to your preferred mover and insurance provider.

Leave the Bathroom and Kitchen for Last

Here’s a packing hack that most people don’t know and most moving companies forget to mention – tackle the bathrooms and kitchen last. These are the two rooms that are used most in the house. This helps you use your current house or apartment until the last day without unpacking the toothbrushes and kettle.

It will help if you create a running order of rooms to pack and organise. Here’s a short list of potential rooms to tackle – you can amend this to suit your needs:

  1. Garden and outdoor storage spaces.
  2. Garage, loft, and indoor storage cupboards.
  3. Spare bedroom and dining room.
  4. Kitchen and bathrooms.

You can also split this list in two and tackle the non-essentials first. Then, return to your list during the final week before your move. This lets you pack things you don’t use daily to keep the momentum going.

Check Your Insurance Policy

Insurance is something people often assume is okay if they have coverage. Most good removal companies typically have Standard Liability Insurance, but you can’t guarantee it applies to your belongings. There tends to be a value threshold that governs where a mover’s insurance limit ends.

If you’re unsure about this, read the terms and conditions section of the removal provider’s website and contact them for clarification. For people with insurance, contact your broker and update them with your relocation plans. They’ll cover any gaps in your coverage and highlight things to consider.

Please note that many insurance policies have a clause that denies claims for DIY relocations, so be mindful of this. Many brokers will state the need to work with a professional moving company to avoid any problems with submitting a claim. If you’re struggling with insurance matters, contact our team – we can arrange this for you.

  1. Take Pictures of Anything You Dismantle

Now for some hands-on packing and dismantling tips – don’t trust your memory. Putting certain things back once dismantled can prove to be tricky. So, a great idea is to take pictures of anything you think might give you a problem putting back together. Also, download the manual from the manufacturer’s website if it’s still kicking around.

Remember when we mentioned the home inventory app? You can save images when you’re saving items per room or category. This streamlines your inventory and allows more wiggle room for saving photos and notes.

Work with Removal Professionals

Most people underestimate the task of moving house. As a result, they assume that they can do it without getting help from a professional company. Such people end up with a lot of work that results in stress. A removal company can be of great help in reducing stress and ensuring you have a successful experience.

Another point we need to reiterate is your insurance coverage. We mentioned this earlier, but it’s worth highlighting again. Read your current policy thoroughly – a clause often stipulates using a reputable moving company.

Also, while DIY relocations are cheaper on paper, if you overrun your deadlines, you may rehire the moving van again, not to mention another day off work. And if you drop a box or objects collide during the journey, you must submit a claim or replace yourself.

Check out any prospective movers on Google for their rating – look for 4.5 and above average. Also, BAR (British Association of Removers) accreditation and a Quality Policy suggest higher competency and customer service.

Assemble a Moving Survival Kit

Creating a survival kit will make unpacking and settling in more straightforward. Pack things such as tea bags, kettles, and water filters should be set aside so you can easily reach them when needed. You can keep all essential documents and valuables in this bag or container.

It will help if you keep this kit travels in your car to your new home. This prevents any problems in the unlikely event the moving vehicle is delayed. Otherwise, ensure it’s the last item in the removal van and the first one out.

Isis Removals – Making Moving Hassle-free in Oxford

With decades of collective experience with moving people, we know how challenging it can be. That’s why everyone at Isis Removals goes the extra mile for our customers. We prioritise providing the highest standards for every removal and storage job.

Moreover, we’re with you at every step of the way, including preparation and aftercare. That means you have us in your corner, and we encourage you to contact us if organising and planning becomes daunting. We’ll send you prompts and reminders to keep you on track.

Click here to begin an assessment – we’ll create a free, no-obligation quote. You can also contact us to discuss our moving services in more detail.