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Moving Checklist: What to Do Before, During, and After Your Move


Moving house can be an exciting yet daunting experience. There are many things to consider, from packing your belongings to changing your address. To help you make the process as smooth as possible, here is a guide on what to do before, during, and after your move.

Moving Checklist: Before the Move


  1. Plan and Organise: Start planning your move well in advance. This will give you plenty of time to gather packing supplies, schedule movers, and make arrangements for your new home.

  2. Declutter and Downsize: Moving is a great opportunity to declutter your belongings. Shed possessions that no longer serve a function in your daily routine. Reducing your belongings now will significantly simplify both packing and unpacking tasks.

  3. Gather Packing Supplies: You will need a variety of packing supplies, such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper. Start gathering these supplies a few weeks before your move.


Packing supplies

Label Your Boxes: Labelling your boxes clearly will make unpacking much easier. Use a permanent marker to label each box with its contents and the room it belongs in.

Pack Room by Room: Pack one room at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Start with non-essential items and work your way up to the essentials.

Protect Fragile Items: Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or packing paper to prevent them from breaking during the move.

Create a Moving Checklist: Make a checklist of all the tasks you need to complete before your move. By utilising these strategies, you can maintain a sense of order and progress throughout the moving process.

Schedule Movers: If you are hiring movers, be sure to schedule them well in advance. Get quotes from several different companies and compare their rates and services.

Communicate Your Residence Change: Inform the post office, bank, and other significant organisations of your new address.

Plan for Your Pets: If you have pets, make arrangements for their care during the move. This may include boarding them with a friend or family member or hiring a pet sitter.

Moving Checklist: During the Move

  1. Be Prepared for Anything: It's always a good idea to be prepared for unexpected challenges during a move. Pack a survival kit with essential items like snacks, water, a first-aid kit, and a change of clothes.

  2. Communicate with Your Movers: Communicate clearly with your movers about where to place your belongings in your new home.

  3. Take Breaks: Moving is a physically and emotionally demanding process. Take breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge.

  4. Stay Hydrated and Stay Nourished: It's important to stay hydrated and nourished during a move. Stay hydrated by consuming plenty of water and maintain your energy levels by eating healthy snacks.

  5. Be Patient: Moving can take longer than expected. Be patient and try to stay positive throughout the process.

Moving Checklist: After the Move


  1. Unpack and Organise: Unpack your belongings and organise them in your new home.

  2. Clean Up: Once you have unpacked, take some time to clean up your new home.

  3. Change Your Locks: If you are moving into a new rental or purchased home, be sure to change the locks.

  4. Update Your Records: Update your address and contact information with all of your important institutions.

  5. Relax and Enjoy Your New Home: Take some time to relax and enjoy your new home.

The process of transitioning to a new residence can be both demanding and fulfilling. By implementing the strategies presented in this guide, you can transform the daunting task of moving into a smooth and enjoyable endeavour.

Remember to plan ahead, gather supplies, pack your belongings carefully, and communicate clearly with your movers. And most importantly, be patient and enjoy the process of creating a new home for yourself and your family.

Vans and Hands: Your One-Stop Moving Solution

At Vans and Hands, we understand that moving can be a stressful and time-consuming process. That's why we're here to take the burden off your shoulders and make your move as smooth and seamless as possible. We offer a comprehensive range of moving services to cater to your every need, from small moves to large-scale office relocations.

Our Services:


  • Office Moving: We specialise in handling the complexities of office moves, ensuring that your business operations are minimally disrupted. We'll carefully pack and transport your office equipment, furniture, and files, and set everything up in your new workspace to your exact specifications.

  • House Moving: Whether you're moving across town or across the country, we'll handle your house move with care and precision. Our experienced team will pack your belongings securely, transport them safely to your new home, and unpack them according to your instructions.

  • Small Moves: We understand that even small moves can be a hassle. That's why we offer our small moves service, perfect for apartment relocations, student dorm moves, or downsizing. We'll handle everything from packing and loading to unloading and unpacking, so you can focus on settling into your new space.

  • Student Removals: We make student removals a breeze, providing a stress-free and affordable solution for students moving to or from university accommodation. We'll handle the packing, transporting, and unpacking of your belongings, ensuring that your move is as seamless as possible.

Why Choose Vans and Hands?


  • Experienced and Reliable: Our team of experienced movers is trained to handle your belongings with the utmost care. We're also fully insured, so you can rest assured that your possessions are in safe hands.

  • Competitive Rates: We offer competitive rates for all our moving services, without compromising on quality or service. We'll work with you to create a moving plan that fits your budget and needs.

  • Stress-Free Experience: We take pride in providing our customers with a stress-free moving experience. We'll take care of everything from planning to execution, so you can relax and enjoy the process of moving into your new home or office.

Contact Us Today

Ready to make your move a breeze? Contact Vans and Hands today for a free quote and to discuss your moving needs. We strive to provide our clients with a seamless and enjoyable moving journey.

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