Moving Tips

1)  Clear out unwanted goods

  • Visit each room in your current house and ask yourself – take or pass on?  Box up the pass on” items for a charity shop or hold a garage or boot-sale once you have enough items.
  • Start at the top of your house and work downwards.  A loft can be cleared weeks in advance, so start early and sort as you go.  (Think ahead to the unpacking stage and pack for where your going, not where you are).
  • You will now have a rough idea of how much will be coming with you, so calculate how many boxes you will need (per room, then total).
  • Vamosvan can supply all the strong double walled packing boxes you’ll require, or alternatively you may wish to source and use your own boxes and that’s fine too. (Strong double walled boxes are best, so asking at off-licences and supermarkets will often give you access to the stronger ones you’ll need.)
  • Buy-in plenty of strong black sacks, packing tape, masking tape, marker pens and self-seal bags for screws from disassembled furniture.
  • Save your newspapers and bubble wrap and packing supplies from any parcels you receive in the meantime.  

As you start the sorting and preparation process, you’ll start to spot items you want to keep but aren’t going to need before the move.  Start packing them to spread the workload and reduce rushing and stress.

  • Confirm dates with your mover

2) Once your removal Date is confirmed

  • Advise the moving company about parking restrictions at both addresses
  • Organise a contact number and give this to your mover in advance of your move
  • Run down freezer contents
  • Contact carpet fitters if needed
  • Book mains services for disconnections
  • Cancel all rental agreements
  • Notify your doctor, dentist, optician and vet
  • Notify your banks, credit card and insurance companies
  • Notify your telephone company and ISP
  • Arrange to re-route mail
  • Notify TV Licence, passport, car licence and registration offices[/dt_list_item image=""] Notify all your creditors
  • Clear out the loft
  • Plan where things will go in your new home
  • Arrange minders to look after pets and very young children on the moving day
  • Find and label keys for your purchaser
  • Send change of address cards/emails to friends/relatives
  • Separate valuable items and important documents ready for you to hand-carry on moving day
  • Take down any light fittings
  • Pack your box of essentials for your journey and when you first arrive

3) Packing Tips

Good packing means...

  • Wrapping items carefully.
  • Using sturdy cartons that fully close.
  • Making sure of a firm pack, that will not rattle, bulge outward or bend inward, with box lids closed and sealed.
  • Boxes must be sealed closed with parcel tape, top and bottom and stackable.
  • Use small boxes - for books, LP’s, CD’s and wine etc,as these are very heavy.
  • Small flaps, then large - When taping up a box fold the small flaps in first and then large flaps, tape with three strips. Fill the box so it is flat when shut.
  • If it fits, pack it - The general rule of thumb on packing is; if it can fit into a box or bag then it should be packed. I know it sounds simple, but if you use this rule you cant go wrong.
  • Don’t cram each box so full it barely closes – this can cause breakages from crammed items and result in dangerously heavy boxes.
  • Label each box - Using a marker pen, clearly label the top of each box with a brief description of contents and the destination room. Fragile boxes must also be clearly marked.
Hazardous Items -
  • Never pack flammable items, including gas canisters, which for health and safety reasons are not permitted.
  • Pack sharps, shed contents, spillable items and noxious fluids such as bleach and paint separately in extremely strong boxes.  Mark these boxes with where they need to be put and with a warning about the contents. Draw arrows showing which way up the box should be kept to avoid accidents.
  • Wrap breakables individually, using other items you need to pack to help with this, e.g. use your towels, pillowcases, tea towels etc as safety wrapping.

Glasses & plates - Always pack glasses upright and plates on their side.


Carefully wrap china in sheets of clean newsprint paper. Place crushed newsprint paper or double layer of bubble wrap in the bottom for cushioning. Wrap each piece individually then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of paper. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row on edge.

Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no unfilled spaces. Add two or three inches of crushed paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a level base for the next tier. Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level. Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls can make up a second layer. Wrap and pack in the same way as larger items.

Glassware, Stemware and Crystal

Glassware individually wrapped in paper turned upside down in the box with crushed paper around each glass. Stemware and crystal is individually wrapped with paper inserted into the goblet and around the stem. Each goblet is cushioned by a wrapping of bubble wrap and placed stem up in the box.

Ornaments & Figurines

Wrap ornaments and figurines with bubble wrap, then snugly wrap with clean paper. If bubble wrap is not available, use clean paper to wrap the article until it is adequately cushioned. Birds with long beaks or ballerina with leg in air the base should placed on a length of bubble wrap, then make a soft ball with another piece of bubble wrap to support the beak or leg then wrap.


After removing the light bulb, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately, in newsprint, and place together in a carton, filling spaces with crushed paper. Never wrap the lamp shade in newspaper. Carefully wrap each shade with clean paper, a pillow case or large lightweight towel. Shades can be nested inside each other, as long as they are separated by paper.

  • Bubble wrap - Only use the bubble wrap for ornaments, pictures, glass shelving, flat screens & electronic equipment if you don’t have the original boxes.
  • Use strong black bags for textiles such as duvets, linens and clothes. As you seal each bag, write the room onto masking tape and stick the tape across the bag so it’s easily visible.
  • Drawers full with clothes and other soft items - Folded clothes in wardrobes need to be packed in boxes. Light clothes can stay in chest of draws but please pack any make-up, pens and general bric-a-brac into boxes.
  • Bag up clothes where appropriate - Linen, washing and clothes that are not ironed should be packed into strong black or recycling bags.
  • Use suit cases where appropriate - Use your suit cases to pack clothing & shoes.
  • Leave clothes hung up where appropriate - Clothing that needs to stay hanging up can be left and they will be hung inside the removals vehicle. Just please make sure that the clothing can not slip off the hangar.
  • Use bedding or pillows- or anything soft etc to add extra protection to your fragile belongings.
  • Keep used screws etc in a safe box - When disassembling items keep screws, nuts and bolts, in a box that is easy to find.
  • Plants can go into a topless box - Dried flowers or house plants that don’t fit in a box can be packed into a box with the top open.
  • Tape garden tools together - Tape together in bundles of three.
  • Pack cold food last - (leave packing your frozen and refrigerated food until the very end (use a cool box or bag if available)
  • As furniture’s dismantled, put the nuts, bolts and screws into a self-seal bag and mark which furniture it’s for.  Dedicate a particular box for packing all of these bags into, adding in relevant screwdrivers, to make it easier at the other end.
  • Keep general, important documents together and in a safe place.
  • Pack two separate boxes: first hour and first night boxes;
  • First hour: kettle, cups, tea bags, coffee, milk, some biscuits and snacks.  Bottled water’s also a good idea in case there’s that pause whilst you wait for the key to your new house to be released to you (particularly if you’re towards the top of a lengthy chain).
  • First night: overnight items for your whole household, including toothbrushes, toiletries and of course toilet rolls.  Keep any essential medication for household members in a dedicated backpack or bag, kept on your person or with a designated, responsible adult.  A first aid kit should also be here.
  • If you have a baby or toddler, pack all of their first night essentials together to avoid stress on everyone – especially them

What Not to Pack

All stocks, bonds, currency, jewellery, furs, stamps, coins, securities, negotiable bonds, insurance policies, passports and valuable papers should not be packed for loading on to the vehicle. We suggest you move these items yourself in your car. Remember that all of your possessions are being loaded into the removal vehicle, for insurance purposes we cannot accept hazardous materials for shipment. Restricted items include:

  • Paints, thinners, oils and varnishes
  • Ammunition, Shotguns, Side Arms
  • Bottled gas, propane, etc.
  • All flammables, explosives and corrosives
  • Motor fuels and oils
  • Aerosol cans
  • Matches

4) On the move:

When loading, the rule is that the things you need least should be loaded onto the van first, whilst the things you need most are loaded last so they come off first.

Finally, do remember also to keep a folder of documents relating to the move on you, including relevant I.D.  Although they may have got to know you well over the moving process, most estate agents are formally obliged to request I.D. before they hand over the keys… then off you go, to unpack it all!