14 Easy Tips To Avoid Moving House Stress
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According to polls and studies, moving house is one of the top 5 most stressful life events. And this stress is usually months in the making, with negotiating, endless paperwork, waiting on other people in your chain, packing and decluttering… Phew! It’s no wonder that by the time moving day comes around movers are already pretty frazzled. But although hectic, moving day is also very exciting and should be enjoyable.

By following some simple tips and avoiding potential pitfalls you can make the experience as smooth as possible and wave a cheery goodbye to moving house stress.


Before The Move

Make A Priority List

Putting it on paper, gets the worries out of your head and allows you to organise and prioritise. Once you can see what lays ahead, you can make notes and solutions beside each entry and start ticking off each job as you complete it.

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Choose Your Moving Dates Early

Once you know the day it’s happening, that can reduce some of the uncertainty and anxiety, it gives you something to aim for (even if it does have to move slightly due to latter events). Try to avoid holidays and Bank holidays as these days are always very busy, putting a squeeze on the availability and prices of removers.

Moving Day Checklist


Book Time Off Work

That’s not just for moving day, book some time prior to your move to allow you to declutter, do little repairs, start packing. The more you can get done well in advance of the move, the more prepared and relaxed you’ll feel as moving day draws closer. It will also mean you have time to deal with any extra issues that crop up.

Day Off


Declutter To Free Up Space

It’s amazing how beneficial decluttering can be for both your mind and your move. It doesn’t just empty loft spaces and overstuffed spare rooms/dumping grounds. It can actually feel like spring cleaning for the brain. Reducing the ‘junk’ you don’t want to take with you, or simply sorting it and packing things that are currently taking up more space than needed, will also make packing easier and cheaper.

You can read more here; 14 Tips To Declutter Before Your Move



Book Your Removals Company

Early birds catch the removal vans. Like many services there are peak times, some days of the week are busier and certain months are more popular for moving home. But those who leave it to the last minute will find they don’t get their first choice of company, end up paying more and certainly worry more. Avoid unnecessary panic. Companies like Armishaws allow you to pay a deposit to save your dates and offer flexibility should your dates suddenly change.

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    Get Packing Ahead Of Time

    Try and you pack everything you can ahead of time. Here are a couple of tips on packing to help keep it simple and worry free:

    • Start Early. The more you get done early, the more you’ll reduce last minute panic packing.
    • Pack the least used/important pieces earlier on, and the most important last. This also means those items can be last on/first out at the other end.
    • Put important documents together and label them clearly.
    • Pack by room – this will help should you locate items and help your removal team.
    • Label fragile items boldly – you’ll be calmer and your crew will be able to identify which packages need extra care.
    • Label boxes on all sides and the top, colour coding them by room helps find/sort things at a glance.
    • Ask your removers about their packing options and materials, good removers will take care of everything for you. Packing Services
    • Make sure freezers are ready for the move by cleaning and defrosting well in advance.

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    Do Your Homework

    Redirect post, cancel suppliers/direct debits, make sure everyone who needs to know has been told you’re moving. Then think of your new home, setting up suppliers, arranging a food/grocery delivery to arrive the day after your move… Get all those little paperwork jobs added to your master list and get them ticked off well ahead of the day.

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    Check The Weather 

    Make sure you keep an eye on the weather in the week before your move in case you need to take extra precautions. Although obviously in Britain our weather is about as reliable as a sundial at midnight.

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    Moving Day

    Have An Early Night

    If you’ve planned all of the above well, then you shouldn’t need to stay up until daft o’clock the night before your move. Waking up tired could make you irritable which could set the tone for the day, so get your head down at a decent hour the night before the move.

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    Ask For Help If Needed

    Many hands make light work, so don’t be shy, pressgang friends and relatives in to help out on the day. The more help you have, the less pressure on yourself to get everything done single handed. Having relatives look after children for the day and keeping them occupied can be a HUGE way to reduce stress (“Are we there yet?”, “I’m hungry!”, “I need a wee.” “Jacob says he’s going to stuff me in a box!”).

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    Plan The Van Parking

    Not all gardens and drives can accommodate a large removals van. That means they’ll be on the road, so make sure you’ve considered street parking. Officially you’re not allowed to place anything on a public highway (such as cones or wheelie) when trying to reserve parking. You can politely ask neighbours or put up polite signs asking people to leave space. Any potential parking or access issues should be communicated with your removers in advance.

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    Make Sure You Eat

    It is very easy to get carried away and forget to look after yourself on moving day, make sure you have a break! Lower blood sugar will mean energy levels will start to flag and make you ‘hangry’.  And no matter how strong your removals team is and how little lifting you plan on doing, it will still be a physical do, toing and froing, answering questions in one area of the house before being called to the garden… Have


    food handy to keep you going (high energy foods such as bananas, are a good idea) and pack more food than you expect to need in case of delays.

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    Clean As You Go

    It’s a lot easier to clean an empty house, if you can get into your property before the movers arrive this is an ideal opportunity. It gives you a chance to assess the state of the property before everything starts happening. This is your chance to check everything over and make sure no rubbish or mess has been left, and gives you a chance to sort it. There are also those that like to clean their old home before you go. This is a lovely gesture but if you do find yourself tight for time on the day, remember you’re not obliged to clean. Making sure you and your family get settled into the new house should be your priority and there’s no reason to feel guilty about that.

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    Unpack The Essentials First

    The first thing to reach for when unpacking is the essential items. You need somewhere to sleep, the means to make a drink, functional heating, light bulbs and window coverings. So just give yourself a quick arrival shortlist;

    • Sleeping
    • Drinking/eating
    • Warmth/lighting
    • Privacy

    After these essentials, any other packing should be seen as a bonus. You have plenty of time (years ahead!) to make your mark and start dressing your new home. A well earned take away is a far better reward for everyone on moving day than hanging a few pictures. The other reason is that if you start unpacking other items and then find yourself getting tired before the beds have been put together, you’ll still have things to do. If you have the four essentials covered, you can collapse into bed any time you like.

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    If you have any particular moving day questions or concerns, want some quick advice or a free quote,
    simply contact our friendly team and we’ll be happy to help.

    New home, new you! A big house move can be life changing in many ways. It’s certainly a time many people look at the way they’re living and make positive changes (“I’m going to eat more healthily.”, “I’m going to start jogging.”, “I’m going to cure my Netflix addiction!”). Many of us strive to ensure the way we live has less impact on the world around us and moving home is the ideal time to turn over a new, greener leaf. But before you get there, here are some easy ways to make moving home gentler on the environment.

    Use Recycled Boxes

    Lots of shops and companies pay for used boxes to be taken away. Rather than buy purpose made new boxes, look for somewhere willing to give you boxes for free. Sites like Facebook Marketplace often have listings of people giving away moving boxes after their move.


    Opt For Recyclable Materials

    If you are buying boxes, make sure they are made from recycled cardboard and that they can be recycled after your move. Avoid using plastic fastening tape as this can mean the boxes can’t be recycled, also most plastic tape can’t be recycled once removed from the boxes.


    Acid Free Paper

    Yes, many paper manufacturers use bleaches and acids in the production of paper. This is not only bad for the environment, it can be harmful to your items. Recycled, acid-free paper is better for wrapping breakable items.

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    Say ‘No’ To Plastic Bubble Wrap

    Another easy thing to avoid is plastic bubble wrap. There are now non-plastic alternatives easily available to buy. You can say no to bubble wrap altogether by using smarter packing tricks.

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    Smarter Packing Tricks

    Wrap fragile items in towels, sheets and soft fabrics. You’ll need to pack fabric items anyway so this is a handy space saving hack. You can also ask family and friends for unwanted fabric such as old clothes, sheets, etc and cut them up into smaller pieces to wrap items. Once your move is complete you can list them for free to other house movers or take the used material pieces to a recycling centre where they’ll be transformed into new fabrics and greener products.

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    Use A Greener Removal Company

    Not all removals companies share your environmental ethos. When choosing your movers, ask them about their green credentials. At Armishaws we’re proud to be market leaders in eco moving. As well as a host of greener working practises we have started a tree planting program close to our Somerset HQ. We’re not merely paying for trees, we’ve bought the land and are planting the trees ourselves. We’re committed to protecting both the trees and creating vital habitat for plants and animals.

    You can read more about our Armishaws Eco Pledge here…

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      Avoid Food Waste

      Ahead of your move, start planning meals and rather than restocking, using what you already have in the cupboards and freezer to avoid food waste. As the move date draws closer, stick to buying fresh foods, this will also reduce waste and packaging.

      Eat Your Food


      Buy Natural Cleaning Products

      When cleaning your old home before you go and new home as you arrive, use eco-friendly cleaning products. There’s now a huge range of environmentally sound cleaning products, some can be a little more expensive but shops like refill stores have some budget friendly options.

      Eco-Friendly Cleaning


      Start New Greener Household Habits

      Once you’re in your new home, start as you mean to go on by switching to greener products (like cleaning fluids, etc). It really is the perfect time to start afresh and became a more environmentally aware household. You can also switch to green energy suppliers, start composting, growing your own veg and a whole host of positive changes.

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      Upcycle Old Furniture

      If you have old furniture you don’t want to take with you or just want a new look for your new home, then upcycling furniture is a great option. There are plenty of chalk-based paints and products to transform furniture. The internet is a mine of furniture upcycling ideas and “How to…” videos. If you don’t fancy giving it a go yourself, there are groups up and down the country that accept furniture to train youngsters and special students to give furniture a new look and second lease of life. Some groups sell their new creations to make money for good causes or fund their students. Win/win!


      Don’t Give In To Landfill

      Most items can be given a second life. Old toys, crockery, bikes, electrical goods, that can all be reused or upcycled (there are companies that will strip electrical items of useable materials). If you’re letting things go, you can add a free listing on sites like; Freebay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace. Some items could go to charity shops, clothes and blankets can go to homeless shelters and there are charities that will take furniture, bikes, toys that run free shops for people and families in need.



      Check Your Traders

      If you’re employing a local trader to dispose of unwanted items when eco moving, check their credentials. Sadly, there are unscrupulous people that will take your money, take your unwanted items and rather than dispose of them properly, they’ll find somewhere to fly tip. Not only can this come back and haunt you (your items could be traced back to you and you’ll face a fine), but it’s costly to clear up and incredibly damaging for the environment. Check their waste license and make sure it’s legit (this can be checked online).




      Got any green moving tips you think we should know? We’re always keen to hear from others that share our green ethos and have new, exciting eco-solutions. If you do have some handy eco-hacks, tips, tricks or have questions about your house move then get in touch.

      If you want more house moving hints and ideas, our blog is written with the help of our house moving experts and a great free resource we’re happy for you to use which will hopefully help take away some of the worries and hassles often associated with relocating.

      Moving house is stressful enough for humans, but if you don’t understand the move at all and would rather be chasing balls, sleeping by the fire and barking at next doors cat, moving day can be unsettling. You can reduce their stress by following a few simple tips.


      Pack your pet’s favourite things last.

      There’s always the list of things that can’t be packed until the morning of the move; toothbrushes, phone chargers, etc. Make sure your pet’s most treasured items (food bowls, bedding, toys, etc) are also left until later. Your pet needs to feel secure and surrounded by familiarity for as long as possible, to shorten any period of turmoil.

      Dog In Box


      Car comfort.

      Think carefully about how to get your pet to your new home. If your new home isn’t too far away, you can drive them yourself or take a taxi; cats will need to be kept in a carrier for the journey, and dogs should be in a dog cage or secured by a harness.

      If you’re travelling further afield, be sure to make regular stops to offer your pet water and toilet breaks. For longer journeys, it may be a good idea to place your cat carrier within a larger dog crate containing a litter box and space for water for use during these breaks. Most dogs will also need to be given a chance to stretch their legs.

      Moving With A Cat


      Carry blankets and covers.

      For longer journeys, it’s a good idea to make the car a little more comfortable for larger animals like dogs and cats. Also blankets or coverings can be used to make cages or tanks dark for animals likely to be upset by light and motion.

      Sleeping Dogs


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        Have distraction techniques.

        For most animals, distraction principally boils down to food. As they say, give a cat a fish and you’ll feed him for a day, teach a cat to fish and he won’t bother because he’s lazy! But make sure you’re armed with rewards, treats, travel water bowls, tinned or dried food for mealtimes (if your journey is likely to still be happening at their usual feeding time), toys and familiar/favourite items.

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        Update your pet’s details.

        Once the move is complete, don’t forget to update your pet’s details. Pet passports and microchip IDs will need to be updated with your new address and you should ensure that your pet is registered with a local vet as soon as possible.

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        Don’t clean or replace bedding.

        One temptation is to get your dog/cat a nice new bed for their new home but resist (defer) that urge for now. Smells are hugely important. Familiar smells, like their bedding, will reassure your pet that it’s in a safe space. So, avoid buying all new bedding or washing existing bedding ready for the move. Keep the familiar smells, you can soon wash or replace their old bedding once they’re settled.

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        Plan rest points for your route.

        For long journeys, map out rest points along the way for animals that need exercise or aren’t used being used to confined small spaces. Letting animals out at motorway service stations obviously has serious safety issues, as well as being loud and potentially traumatising. Check your route in advance and look for handy stopping points just off the main route, where it’ll be quieter and safer to give your furry friends a comfort break and a run if needed.

        Moving With A Dog


        Create a safe, quiet space.

        When you get to your new home, unpacking your pet’s prized possessions should be one of your top priorities. The most important thing is to find a safe space for your pet to explore or place cages, tanks away from all the noise of moving and where they won’t get knocked. Find a room empty of boxes. unpack your pet’s bedding, food and toys, secure all windows and other possible escape routes and let them settle but make sure you pop in so they know they haven’t been left.

        Don’t let your pet out of their carrier or cage until the door to the room is closed. You may want to make a sign for the door to ensure that your movers don’t accidentally open the door to your pet’s ‘safe space’.

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        Check boundaries are secure.

        Before you let your dog, cat, tortoise or alligator loose in the garden, make sure you’ve checked all the boundaries are secure. Your new neighbour possibly won’t want your pet entering their garden unannounced and you certainly don’t want them to be able to get out and onto unfamiliar/busy roads, but any animals will feel compelled to mark their new territory.

        Moving With Cats

        1. Congratulations! You’re on the move. Moving home is a really exciting time… Right up until you suddenly start thinking just how much there is to do!! But don’t panic, at Armishaws we’ve been helping people move since 1973 and our teams have plenty of packing tricks to get prepared ahead of moving day.

        Here’s our top 11 tips to help you begin packing for your big move.


        Prepare A Safe Place

        “Now where did I put that…?” The last thing you need is to be hunting for that document/passport/important address in a house rapidly filling with packed boxes. So before you do anything, set aside a safe place where you can place a box/document folder that won’t get moved when all the other boxes are being shifted from room to room. Then when you do need an important piece of paper, you won’t spend hours searching every box.

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        Declutter To Reduce Items

        There’s no point taking things you don’t need/want at your new home (you’d be amazed how many people pack up and move things they no longer want!). Moving home is the perfect time to clear out unwanted items. Prepare to be a bit ruthless, but also be green. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, rather than let things go to landfill, there are lots of more environmentally friendly alternatives. You could make money on unwanted stuff or let someone else give it a second life by selling or giving them away on websites like; Freebay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree.



        Pack Early, Panic Less

        Packing can seem a little daunting, also there is a thought that you don’t want to pack too early in case you need things. But the earlier you start the better. Have decluttered, you’ll now have an idea of what’s left and what rarely gets used (but you still need). The more you can get done early on the better, then once the move is finalised, you won’t find yourself running short of time and packing badly in a rush.

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        Least Used Items First

        Start with the least used things. Loft spaces, outbuildings, winter/summer wardrobes, spare bedrooms… Make a quick shortlist of stuff that you can happily temporarily live without ahead of the move and get it packed.

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        Consider Shapes & Weight

        Some items are really easy to pack because of their shape. Books, CDs, DVDs, boxed collectables, etc. You’re not going to read every book or play every album between now and moving day, so get them boxed. Not only are they easy to do, they tend to be heavier boxes so should be at the bottom of any pile.

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        Don’t Over Pack Boxes

        Remember that every box will need to be moved. Possibly by you. Even if you have a removal team on the day, you will probably find yourself having to move boxes between rooms as you pack so don’t overdo the weight.

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        Don’t Under Pack Boxes

        Don’t leave empty space at the top of boxes. When you come to stack them you could find that area crumples which can lead to items getting damaged as the boxes lose their structural integrity. Worse still you could find yourself under a box avalanche! Use blankets, sheets, towels or paper to fill boxes to the top.

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          Size Matters So Box Clever

          Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes and try not to cram too many items into a box, it’s safer and easier to have more light boxes, than less boxes that are incredibly heavy. By keeping your boxes within a reasonable weight range, you won’t injure yourself or find boxes splitting. Safer for you and your items.

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          Leave Fragile Items Until Last

          This means there’s less time for those boxes to get knocked and that they’ll go at the top of any piles. It also means you’ll have practised your packing skills on less fragile items before you tackle delicate or breakable pieces.

          Fragile Packing


          Call In The Pros

          If you’re worried about packing, simply don’t have the time (or inclination), call in the experts! Our teams are trained to pack fragile belongings with care, using recyclable cartons and materials. Our vehicles are fully equipped with purpose made protective covers for dining tables, soft furnishings and white goods. We can supply heavy duty bed and mattress protector bags. Packing services can range from entire contents to just your fragile items, so if there is one area you don’t want to tackle, let Armishaws do the hard work for you.

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          Plan Your Food Shopping

          It’s so easy to overlook food. Plan ahead, rather than re-stocking, start using remaining food to avoid having to take it with you. Top Tip; do a grocery shop online arranging delivery at your new address the day after you move in, so you can at least have the basics at your new address, giving you one less thing to worry about or squeeze into an already busy week.

          Eat Your Food


          Environmental Packing Tips

          Boxes and packing materials are easy to buy, some companies can deliver. Our teams only use recycled and recyclable materials, such as a non-plastic alternative to bubble wrap. We always urge people to use environmentally friendly materials, reuse old boxes, many companies pay for boxes to be disposed of and are happy to give away boxes to people moving home.
          After your move you can recycle boxes by offering them to others or taking them to a recycling centre. Armishaws offer a free cardboard box recycling service to help reduce waste and give our movers one less thing to worry about, so they can concentrate on turning their new house into a home.

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          Moving house can be stressful time with so many plates to spin (and pack!), so food shopping and planning might not be at the top of your to do list.

          Apart from perhaps boxing up the slow cooker (last used two winters ago) and dusting off the cake mixer (you only think of when watching Bake Off), and clearing out that corner cupboard no one looks in, most of us leave the packing the kitchen until the last minute. But that can bring its own headaches (and stomach rumbles).

          In the run up to your you can by simply planning meals, shopping wisely and inspecting the cupboards (“There’s a Marathon bar in here! They don’t even make those anymore!!”) you can reduce food waste and the amount of heavy food you have to take with you.

          Avoiding food waste is also better for the environment. You can also donate to food banks. Less for you, more for someone else who might need a helping hand. Win/win!


          14 Tips to Avoid Food Waste When Moving Home

          Plan Pre-move Food Shopping

          Once your removal company is booked take a good look in your cupboards, fridge and freezer so you know exactly what you have left and plan what needs eating. Although taking your cupboard essentials with you is a possibility, eating up what you have could save you some time with one or two less boxes to pack and un-pack at the other end.

          Moving Day Checklist


          Get Creative With Leftover Food

          Set your own Masterchef challenge with perishables goods in advance of the big moving day. It’s a fun way to try new (experimental?) dishes of your own concoction. Get the children making pizzas with those tins of tomatoes, or baking cakes to use up open packets. Moving can be stressful time for them too and having some fun activities in the lead up can really help!

          As the big day approaches, start to limit the food that you buy and avoid putting long lasting products in your basket.


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          Only Buy the Essentials

          Cut down on the big food shops prior to moving day and stick to the essentials. If you’re uber organised you can create a meal planner and only buy things you need to create those meals that also use up existing food in the cupboards.

          Food Waste


          Buy Fresh Food Before Move Day

          Avoid buying frozen food, tins, packets where possible and switch to only buying fresh foods. It’s not only good to help reduce food waste and avoid over stocking ahead of the move, it’s also healthy.

          Eat Your Food


          Start Making Packed Lunches

          Be a legend in your own lunchtime. If you usually pop out at lunch to buy food, switch to preparing a lunch to help empty the cupboards, use up overlooked food (I remember that cous cous!) and save some cash. Easy to make meals like pasta bakes and soups can use up lots of ingredients that are quick to create and easy to reheat at work.

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          Donate To A Food Bank

          If you’re clearly going to have food left you know you won’t be able to consume and don’t want to take it with you, donate to a local food bank. Many small shops and supermarkets have areas to donate food for people in need. Make sure to check items you can’t donate. And don’t forget to check the expiry date in case that packet of Hobnobs have been around longer than you think!

          Food Waste


          Have Your Own Great Bake Off!

          Eat your heart out Paul Hollywood! Literally!! Those packets of pink icing, flour, cake decorations, marzipan, hundreds and thousands of opened packets you really don’t want to be packing and taking with you. Get baking and treat everyone in the office to a cake day. You’ll be the toast of the HR department. You could even charge for cakes and donate the proceeds to charity.

          Moving Tips


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            Make Munchies For Moving Day 

            Moving home is hungry work, so if you have things left in the kitchen the day before you move then prepare food to keep you going. Whether it’s a quick meal that you can eat hot or cold or a number of high energy snacks, making sure that you have food to hand can only be a good thing. Particularly if you have kids moving with you (especially teenagers!). Make sure that they have plenty of treats to keep them happy. It will not only offer a few minutes peace, it can reduce cranky, hungry, hangry youngsters. And don’t forget drinks.

            Removals Tips


            Try A Little Tin-derness

            Tin food can be bulky and heavy. It also keeps for ages, so check the dates, work out what you really need kept handy (pet food, family favourites and regular items) and get the rest boxed up and out the way. This will free up space for getting to grips with the rest of the food cupboards.

            Food Waste


            Have A Date Night

            Take an evening to check the dates on all the food in your cupboards. Yep, when was the last time you did that?!? People are often surprised at just how long some food has been lurking, hidden behind the peppercorns (unopened) and dried lemongrass (ditto). The worst offenders are spices. That time you were going to start cooking curries from scratch (you never did and that was 7 years ago!), the spice rack that was a wedding present and has never spiced up the marriage dinner plates. Those emergency tins of soup you bought when you were nearly snowed in (2014!!). Check dates and either bin it or send it to a museum!

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            Prudent Packing Preparations

            Ah yes, the three Ps; Prudent Packing Preparation. The last thing you want to find as you’re unpacking is spilled food, opened jars, Marmite covered everything! While packing sauces, packets, jars and bottles take an extra second to check the lids are secured properly. Also, if you’re packing your boxes yourselves, make sure you reduce room for movement and wrap all breakable food containers. Shield glass containers with extra padding and look for anything that could go pop (home-made drinks, fizzy bottles, squeezy containers).

            Food Planning


            Don’t Forget The Drinks Cabinet!

            Ah yes, limoncello, Sorrento 2002, the ouzo someone brought you back from Greece (still unopened), that mulled wine you bought one December and have forgotten about every Christmas since. So much booze, so few parties. Well there’s no time like the present! Give your old home a proper send off and have a party to help say goodbye to all those spirits in great spirit. It’s also a nice way to raise a glass to your neighbours.

            Removals Tips


            Moving Day Fish & Chips

            Ah yes, the nation’s favourite, fish and chips! It’s a moving staple, a great way to say hello to your new home and have an easy tasty meal on moving day once the removal team have gone (seriously, make sure they’ve left the premises, our crews can smell a large cod, chips and battered saveloy from 100 yards!).

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            Book A Food Shop Delivery

            Ok, you’ve done the good bit, you’ve reduced the cupboards this end, donated to food banks, fattened colleagues with cakes, got all the neighbours tipsy (“Sarah from across the road was doing karaoke… With the microwave!!”) but what are you going to eat week one in your new home?!?

            Get organised in advance and book a food shop of essentials to arrive the first full day in your new home. It not only means you can feed everyone, but you can also get some of those other ‘must-have’s’ delivered (loo roll, hand soap, washing up liquid, etc) that you might not want to pack up and bring with you.

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            Armishaws have helped hundreds of families move across the UK, Europe and beyond and have a wealth of moving tips and handy hints. Check out our other blogs or contact feel free to email us any quick house move queries. We’re happy to help.

            If you would like to chat to a member of our friendly team and discuss your move, then get in touch today. We understand that no two moves are the same and can help design a removal quote that is right for you.

            Or we can just swap recipes!

            To borrow the words of Robert Burns, “The best removals plans of mice and men often go awry”, (he was a very moving gent). You’ve happily marked all your boxes, stacked them in your new home, then as you start to unpack them in order, you realise all the labels are on the top, under other boxes and you can’t read them. “Doh!”

            Yep, labelling boxes really does seem like a simple task but there are a few handy hints to make sure you get it right to make your move flow like the words of the afore mentioned Mr Burns.


            Buy The Right Equipment

            Start by purchasing some labelling equipment. Some large sticky-back labels and a thick black marker pen are a good starting point. If you want to be uber organised, use different coloured markers or card to colour code specific rooms. Having labels makes them easy to spot, rather than simply scribbling words in biro straight onto the cardboard – which can be hard to read (and it’s surprisingly tricky to write on a corrugated box).


            Position Your Labels Strategically

            Always stick your labels in roughly the same area on each box. This will make labels really easy to find. You should also place labels on the side of each box; when boxes are stacked on top of each other, you won’t be able to see labels placed on the tops.

            Moving Labels


            Plan A System That Works

            Although there are definitely wrong ways to label boxes, there are also various right ways. The key is to find the way that will work for you. Some people like to label by item, some label the item and room (always preferred by removal men as they can see exactly where it’s going at your new property). Some people like to have it colour coded, by either pen, sticker/label or even coloured tape. Whatever system you choose for labelling your boxes, keep it consistent e.g. don’t jump from colour coding to words, as it can get confusing to remember after several weeks of packing or confusing for anyone helping that doesn’t know your system/s.

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            Make Sure It’s Obvious

            You can come up with a brilliantly complex but efficient system in your head. But if that stays in your head others might not follow your plan. Your labelling system should be easy to understand, so that anyone that picks up any box will know exactly what it is and where it’s going without having to cross reference your perfect spreadsheet and code of such ingenuity that Bletchley Park would be left scratching their heads and looking puzzled.

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            Prioritise Labels/Boxes

            It’s also a good idea to add a mark or a sticker to those boxes that contain important, most needed items. Toiletries, loo roll, lightbulbs, curtains to cover children’s’ bedrooms, bedding, tea bags, mugs and of course the kettle! This will tell your removal company to keep these boxes at the top and safely placed in one space making sure they are first for you to find at your new home so that you can find them when needed.

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            Clearly Label Fragile Items

            Finally, always make sure that your fragile items are clearly labelled. Any reputable removal company will take the utmost care of your possessions anyway, but labelling boxes that are fragile will help provide that extra bit of reassurance that your goods will all arrive completely undamaged and heavier items aren’t placed on top unknowingly.


            Breaking valuable items and losing everyday possessions are among the things that worry us most about moving house. But, the good news is – along with hiring a top quality removals firm – you can take the stress out of moving by packing and labelling your boxes properly.

            Those that forget or choose not to label their boxes while packing may find themselves surrounded by a sea of boxes and no idea where to start when they get to their new properties.. Imagine having to search through a mountain of cardboard cubes just to find the kettle. In short, labelling your boxes can save you a lot of aggravation when you get to the other side.

            This will also help your removal company to unload your boxes into the right rooms, preventing your kitchen cutlery from ending up in your bedroom and your toiletries sitting in the living room. This will make things a lot easier for you when you start to unload your possessions – saving many unnecessary trips up and down the stairs.

            Happy labelling!!

            Let’s be honest, although many employees and clients don’t like change, it is a big advantage to help keep things fresh, and improve costings, space and efficiency. Many businesses would prefer to relocate to help save money and resources. But what can be done to make the move faster and easier?

            Planning an office move from one site to another can seem a lot like moving to a new house. To reduce lost sleep and precious man hours you need to make sure everything is organised and planned. So here’s a few simple tricks to help reduce the impact for your staff, customers and productivity as our experts lift the lid (and several large boxes!) on how to make your business move more efficient with a simple office move checklist.

            Starting Planning Early

            Most people underestimate the time it takes to pack goods securely and safely, especially something with a large inventory like an office. Never wait until the last minute as the packing will be rushed, and items are more likely to be damaged. It is better to make sure that all of your items are wrapped up safely and securely, and that every item is accounted for (and well labelled!), rather than wait and pack so fast that you have to cut corners and do a bad job at bubble-wrapping your computers, or favourite mug.

            Leave the vital elements (such as customer facing sales teams, vital IT systems, etc) until last so you can trade as usual for as long as possible.

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            Assign Storage Space For Your Move

            Create a space where the elements of your business you can get packed and ready can be stacked ready for your removals team. You can then make steady progress in the run up to the big move and reduce the amount of items needing to be packed last minute.

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            Arrange For Key Departments/Personnel To Work From Home

            In recent times there has been a massive shift to people working from home. For some companies it was vital in order to keep operating during the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. There are online services that can reroute incoming calls to your teams’ mobile phones or landlines. Video conferencing can allow departments to communicate for meetings. The key is to work out what you need to ensure the least disruption for your customers (they’re the ones that pay the bills) so they are kept unaware of any chaos happening as you move lock, stock and HR department.

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            Print Box Labels For Staff To Fill In

            If uninstructed every member of staff will have their own way to mark boxes (often badly) or worse still, not mark boxes at all. You’d be surprised how many companies overlook something that with hindsight seems obvious. Print out labels of exactly what a box contains and where it is to go at the other end. This will make life easier and quicker for your removal team and simpler to find what you need when unpacking. Be sure to mark all sides of the boxes as then if some are covered, it saves time picking up and moving other packages to try and find the details. It’s also good to number and print and inventory of exactly how many boxes should be where, then you can soon spot if a box is mossing or has been placed in the wrong location.

            Pack Tech Separately

            Computers should be wrapped separately in thick blankets or bubble wrap. Also, ensure all data and information is backed up, either online or on a physical drive, just in case a computer is lost or broken in transmission. With printers, remove the cartridges, tape down covers and follow specific instructions for moving machines since improper moving may void warranties. The more valuable the item, the more care you should take with it, and with computers, tablets, or technology that could easily break it’s best to take extra precautions. We recommend computers/tech, should be placed in their own separate box (one for each) and avoid placing items on top if possible.

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            Create Spreadsheets & Checklists

            Checklists are a great way to avoid mistakes and be prepared for any eventuality. Think about an stacking/unpacking plan, for example; what needs to be opened first, putting heavy items at the bottom of piles with lighter on top to avoid damage, what will have to be set up first at the other end…. Although packing this way takes a little more time, unpacking will be quicker and a lot more efficient. It can take even more time sorting through boxes in no structured order. If you do label your boxes, then use a checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything. A ‘Big Move Spreadsheet’ is a great way to create an inventory (for each room/office/department), set timelines, assign tasks, and create a running order for the day.


            Call In The Experts

            Yes, you could save time and money on your move by doing it yourself, but you could lose more of both through loss of productivity. An expert removals team will know exactly what needs to be done and in what order. While your company is unique to you, the logistical problems of planning an office move is something experienced removals crews will have seen before and a good team will help save you time and money.

            • Shorter time spent pack and loading.
            • Know exactly what to load where for easier unpacking and setting up.
            • Know how to pack items to prevent/reduce potential damage and breakages.
            • Do all the legwork, do you really want Duncan in accounts risking his bad back?
            • Navigate any problems or unexpected issues.

            At Armishaws our experienced, trained crews really have been there, done that and wear uniformed T-shirts (plus photo ID). They’re all background checked and experts at what they do. We’ve moved porcelain manufacturers, shops, IT companies, even homes and private offices at Kensington Palace. Send us a quick enquiry for a free survey.

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            Be Prepared That There Will Be Issues

            “The best laid moving plans of mice and men…” Even the most meticulous planning can hit snags but it’s important to not get annoyed at every little thing that goes wrong. Listen to your removals team, they might not know your business, but they do know removals and how to avoid issues before they occur. Give them as much information as possible about access, parking, fragile items, etc. You should also look at insurance coverage for your belongings. Whether you’re overseeing the entire move, or just packing away your items, it is important to not let it get the better of you. Be organised, keep to your plan, and if anything changes or doesn’t go your way, then just take things one step at a time, and you’ll find seemingly big problems are simpler and easier to overcome than you think.

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            Make The Most Of Your Move

            It’s a great marketing opportunity so have a press announcement ready for local and trade press to get some free advertising. Invite valued customers, suppliers, contacts, press to an opening ‘do’. It’s a good way to meet face to face, renew and strengthen relationships and wow people with your new improved premises. Use social media to spread the word, send out a newsletter, temporarily change your email footer… It’s a big deal, you don’t get many chances to shout about the inner workings of your company so plan ahead to make the most of this big, exciting event.

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            Thank Your Staff

            Studies show that staff who feel part of a team and appreciated achieve better results. Moving is a big upheaval for them too. It’s interrupted their work, altered their commute, changed their daily status quo (“My new desk isn’t as close to the window/coffee machine/pot plant!”). A little thank you can go a long way.

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            To summarise our

            Office Move Checklist

            • Start planning early.
            • Allocate storage space for the move.
            • Plan for key staff to work from home.
            • Print box labels for staff to fill in.
            • Pack tech separately.
            • Create a task checklist.
            • Get a professional removals company.
            • Be prepared, there will be problems (so don’t panic!).
            • Tell your customers, use it as a marketing tool.
            • Remember to thank your staff.

            Just because it’s not your ‘forever home’, doesn’t mean your rental property should feel like someone else’s house. There are some easy ways to make your mark and inject your own personality on what might be a fairly dull and characterless colour scheme.

            Here are a few easy and cheap ways to make your rental property feel more like home:


            Check Your Contract

            Some landlords will allow you to paint, re-carpet and remodel, others will insist the property is returned in exactly the state/colours when you moved in. Before you start on any renovations, decorating, additions, always check your contract or speak to your landlord or letting agent before making changes.

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            Upcycle/Makeover Your Furniture

            If you’re bored or simply don’t like the current décor, you don’t need to buy new, you can give your existing furniture a makeover. The internet is full of great ‘How to…” videos, tips and ideas. If you’re renting for the first time and haven’t started getting furniture yet, second-hand stores, charity shops, car boot sales, Facebook Market place are all good hunting grounds for older furniture you can upcycle and really make your own.


            To Nail or Not to Nail

            Remember to check your contract before hammering nails or drilling screws into the walls but if the answer is no, no problem. There are other ways to add fixings to your walls or ceilings now without destroying them in the process. Pop down to explore your local hardware store or supermarket and you’ll find stainless/hole-free alternatives that won’t lose you your deposit.

            Choose A Colour Scheme

            Most rental properties are usually a blank canvas, with white walls and some neutral flooring, it gives you the opportunity to put your own stamp on it. Light coloured walls and flooring are great for opening up the space but adding colour and patterns back in will bring warmth and personality into your new home. Try a statement piece of furniture as your centre-piece, this will be a good place to start decorating. Once you have chosen your focal point you can work colours and styles around it.

            On the other hand, your new property might already have certain unchangeable qualities, like a brightly coloured wall or a certain style/period. Don’t fight with what you have, as this can sometimes work against you. Try to incorporate the colour/style you want into the textiles you choose or try finding items that match with the style/period of property.

            Adding Plants Can Change The Feel of a Room

            Plants are a great way to liven up a room, especially if your property doesn’t have any outside space. High or low maintenance, take your pick! Bringing the outside in doesn’t need to be hard work, and they are great for softening up any space. No matter what type of property you live in, you can find plants to suit your needs. For example, if your property is lacking in light there are many types that will suit low light settings. Or if you are looking for some plants to brighten up your bathroom, try plants that thrive on a bit of humidity.

            Plants are also good for the body too and help improve the quality of indoor air. Why not try growing some herbs for the kitchen too, these can make great fresh ingredients to add to your cooking!


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              Rugs & Throws Are Quick, Cheap & Colourful

              If you are struggling with a boxy room or draughty flooring, try experimenting with textiles to make your home as cosy as possible. If you aren’t able to paint your walls the colour you’d really like, why not try a wall hanging? Textiles are easy, non-permanent and you can take them with you. It’s also a simple way to transform any sofa or chair. Try purchasing some rugs too, these will cosy up any hard flooring and help to keep it feeling warmer in the colder weather.

              Textiles are also a great cover for any pre-furnished properties; especially old looking sofas. Try layering some throws and cushions, these can easily modernise or hide any tired furniture and are cheaper than buying a whole new suite!

              Use Lighting To Set The Mood

              Lighting can make all the difference in your rental property, a top tip is to try to avoid any bright white lights as these can make rooms feel cold and uninviting. Try using warmer white bulbs to add a cosier atmosphere. Also, why not experiment with a variety of different lamps, fairy lights or even candles as they don’t only add ambience to your property, but also allow you to control your use of electricity a lot more easily.

              Get Personal With Photos & Art

              Photos are one of the easiest ways to personalise your new home, as we’ve all got old ones lying around and you don’t need much to make them look nice either. Get some textured, colourful frames or simply a cheap pin board will do to display all your old snaps. Art doesn’t have to be hard to find either, it is a lot cheaper and more accessible these days with an abundance of online print sellers.

              It can also be easy to make. You don’t need to be Rembrandt to try splashing paint onto a cheap canvas. Once again, there are ideas and videos online so give it a bash! The result will be so much more personal than anything you can buy, and it’ll be truly unique.

              Add Smaller Details

              Ornaments are another fun way to make it ‘you’. Once again, charity stores, junk shops and car boot fairs are good hunting grounds. You can always find smaller items to makeover, spraying items gold, yellow or neon can really add a bit of kitsch fun and colour drama. Go for it, you’ll be surprised with the results and it’ll get your creative juices flowing.

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              December is a busy month and coupled with moving home, it can easily feel like a logistical nightmare. If you have booked in your house move near Christmas, you are probably wondering how you can make it as simple as possible for yourself and your family. Here’s our top tips to make sure both your Christmas and removals go to plan.

              Plan ahead for the move and C-day.

              Sounds obvious but planning is what will get you through the festive season, while also allowing yourself to enjoy it too. But be realistic, don’t expect that everything will be It’s A Wonderful Life perfect on Christmas day, just make sure you have the basics in hand. A good place to start is to get your removals and packing company booked up first and work from there, if you set the date early it will allow you plenty of time to sort the rest. Professional packers will help relieve some of that pressure as packing can be massively time consuming.

              That includes the food.

              For most, the main Christmas event is the food, but it’s understandable that fridge might not be as well stocked as usual. Check opening times of your new local shops (although the closer to Christmas you get, the longer the queues and less options). You could break with tradition and have a Christmas take away instead, an increasing number of restaurants offer a Christmas Day service and it’s another thing not to have to worry about this year. Or book a food shop to arrive the day after your move, ensuring you have everything you need for the big dinner, along with key home and kitchen essentials (soap, toilet roll, etc). And don’t forget the Brussel sprouts!

              Be prepared for bad weather.

              Weather is unpredictable especially around this time of year and you don’t want to be caught out. Snow and ice are just some of the possibilities that can make moving heavy items dangerous. Make sure you have plenty of salt and a shovel to hand if the weather does get icy. You’ll also need warm, durable clothing accessible too, so bear this in mind when packing. A simple solution is to have a bad weather box ready, just in case.
              And if you’re moving to a house with a log fire, wood burner or oil powered heating, make sure you are stocked up, removal boxes don’t burn for long!

              Don’t forget furry family members.

              No, we don’t mean Uncle Keith, and although it’s one more thing to squeeze into an already busy festive schedule, make sure pets don’t get overlooked when there’s so much going on. Moving home can be a stressful time for animals too. Strange new surroundings, smells, people, loud noises, car travel… Set time aside for your furred or feathered friends during your Christmas removals to get them bedded in and ensure they still get the exercise they require. If you can throw in a new toy and occasional distraction, even better!

              You can read more tips on Moving With Pets here.

              Keep some simple decorations handy.

              The last thing on your mind is probably decking the halls but after you’ve taken care of the essentials, you’ll still want to feel a little bit of Christmas cheer. In fact, having a slightly ‘less is more’ rustic/minimalist approach to Christmas decorations can make it feel even more unique and special. Pack a box of the Xmas must haves, a mini tree (or inflatable one), a few baubles here and there, eco-friendly tinsel or hangings, just enough to make one room the hub of your festivities. You don’t need your home dressed from head-to-toe to make it feel Christmassy, some simple touches and festive lights will work wonders!

              Make sure your new house is secure.

              Security can be a big issue especially at Christmas time, and with so many distractions and expensive items sat under the tree it can make you an easy target for criminals. Make sure you keep your home secure and your valuables out of site. A basic tip for your new home is to get your curtains up early, making it harder for anyone to see in, a simple deterrent.

              Don’t pack the presents!

              That might sound counter-intuitive, but if you can, arrange to leave gifts and presents with a friend or family member. This is especially important when moving with children (in particular if they know it’s the big guy that brings the presents down the new chimney, not Mum, Dad and the removal men). Not placing them in the van will keep presents away from any bumps, stop them being spotted stop them being seen (Santa myth busting disaster!), stop them getting mislaid (even worse!) and help keep the magic of Christmas alive. Just remember to go and get them before Mr Claus is due to drop by.

              Take time to relax and enjoy it.

              No, those pictures aren’t going to hang themselves, but the walls will still be there after Boxing Day. You’ve had a busy time, it’s your Christmas too and you deserve a well-earned break to enjoy the time with the rest of your household. There’s no denying that moving can be a bit stressful, tempers can get frayed, words may be said, sometimes loudly, so take time to reconnect, remember why you put yourselves through it in the first place and we hope you enjoy this magical first Christmas in your new home. So from all the Armishaws’ team, we wish you a successful move and a very merry Christmas wherever you’re moving to.

              And if the worst comes to the worst…

              Descend on family members instead!


              There’s a lot to think about when making the decision to buy a new home, you want to make sure you’re picking the right one. So if you’re a first time buyer or not well practised in the art of house hunting, here are some of our tips on what to look out for when picking out your new home…

              THE PROPERTY

              There are many things to check for when walking in to view a house and it can be slightly overwhelming trying to remember everything. So here are some of the main points important for you to think about during your viewings:

              • Size; Seems like an obvious one but thinking about what kind of space you require from your new home is important. Measure room sizes and consider your current furniture and where you could fit everything in.
              • Mould; This is a big one as mould can be a sign of larger and most likely expensive problems, you don’t want to miss this. Check walls and ceilings for damp spots or marks and pay attention to smells as all of these can be indicators of mould. Don’t forget to check behind large furniture items as these can be masking issues too.
              • Electrics; Turn switches on and off to test electrics and look for obvious wiring issues around the property. Again electrical issues can be expensive so check with the estate agent what the age of the wiring is – you don’t want to get caught with a bill like this as soon as you have moved in.
              • Plumbing; Test taps for hot water and pressure, you can quickly gather a lot about the boiler by trying this. Don’t forget to ask about when the boiler was last serviced and how old it is – these are really important questions as boilers can be pricey to replace!
              • Structure; Often people forget to check the outside of the property but this can be a great indicator for any structural issues. Are there cracks in the walls? Or damage to the roof that could be an issue? Also consider the standard of the guttering when viewing the outside of the house, you should be able to tell fairly quickly how well it has been maintained.
              • Doors & Windows; Open and close all doors, windows, cupboards etc. check they are functioning and most importantly secure!

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              THE LOCATION

              This is just as important as the property itself and the checks to take are easily forgotten, so follows these tips to make sure you don’t get caught out!

              • Neighbours; If possible visit the property and surrounding area at different times of day to get a full picture of the property and surrounding neighbours. It may be that the property is quiet and peaceful during the day but most people are usually out or at work at this time, so it could be a completely different story at night. Lookout for busy public places nearby, like clubs or bars, that might be louder later at night.
              • Amenities; Think about what you might want nearby from day-to-day. Is the nearest corner shop within walking distance? What are the local schools like? Are there any nice local eateries or pubs in the near vicinity or would it require you to take transport? If you are unfamiliar with the area, why not spend some time walking around to get a real feel of the place.
              • Traffic/Flight Paths; If you need access by car, try driving around the property’s area at different times of day to assess the traffic around your potential routes. Listen for noise pollution around your home too, if you can visit the property at different times of day to listen for traffic noise or if the property is in line with any major flight paths.
              • Parking; If applicable, check the parking situation for the property – does it have allocated parking? What is the on-street parking like? Are there any restrictions or will permits be required? If there are permits required you might want to check the pricing on these to weigh up your options.
              • Transport; If you require public transport, check routes and links nearby to the property. If reliant on public transport you might find that a lack of it could be a big determination on the property area you are looking at – it might not be right for you.
              • Direction; If you are looking at a property with a garden an important one to consider is which way the property is facing and where the sun will be throughout the day – it might determine how much sun will reach your garden.
              • Obstructions; Another thing to think about when viewing is – are there any potential obstructions on the property? Things like large trees or building work nearby that could impact directly on your property. Large trees can be potential hazards in bad weather which you will want to avoid. And find out if there is any planned building work nearby that could affect your home as this could impact on traffic, access, parking and many other aspects.

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                THE SALE

                You may not have confirmed your decision yet but think about what might come next if you do. Buying a house can be a stressful process at times and you want to make sure you are prepared.

                • What’s Included; It’s good to check what will be included in the sale, most commonly any white goods or appliances that appear in the house. Some things may surprise you that won’t be included in the sale so it is always useful to check.
                • Previous Owners; Ask the estate agent what the situtation around the current owners is. Is there any chain that you might need to be aware of? Why are they moving? These could help gain you useful insight into the property and the selling process which will be the next step for you.

                If you keep these main points in mind these tips should help you to make a well informed decision on your potential future home. Remember to take your time with the viewings, don’t feel you have to rush and ask loads of questions.

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                Moving house can be an exciting time and no doubt the first thing most of us want to do is unpack everything to try to start to make it feel like home. But unpacking can become chaotic if you don’t have a plan in place, knowing where to start and how to manage it will help you to settle in as quick as possible. Follow these steps below on the best way to unpack your new home:

                CLEANING & PREP

                Not the most fun start to kick off your to do list but the best thing you can do once in your new house, is to clean it. Unfortunately you can rarely guarantee the state of the property you are moving into so it is always recommended a good deep clean prior to unpacking. Especially if the house has been sat empty collecting dust, without all your belongings in the way cleaning will be a lot easier to do. A good idea before moving is to pack a box of essential cleaning products so you don’t have to go rooting through all your packing to find them. For a more in depth guide on where to start with cleaning see our blog post on Cleaning Advice for Moving into a New Home.

                After cleaning a good idea is to make sure you have divided up the boxes into the right rooms, if it is all in one place that will make it seem like one major task – seeming unachievable. For your own sanity, the best way to work is room by room. This way you will break it down into small tasks, feeling accomplished each time you finish a section of the house. This will also help you to plan; your new home is different to your last so placing and organisation will need to be rethought in this first stage.

                THE ESSENTIALS

                When packing up your old house, if you followed our previous blog on How to Reduce Moving Day Stress, you will have packed some essentials together in one box or bag. This is a great place to start. Just to get you through the first day and night, you will need things like toilet roll, hand wash, a change of clothes and maybe some coffee too (!). It might also be a good idea to keep some basic appliances in this kit also – items like the kettle and some basic crockery and cutlery will definitely come in handy on that first day.

                In the chaos of a house move things can frequently go missing, so it is useful to dedicate a draw or a safe place for all those important documents/spare keys etc. to keep together so they don’t get lost. Do this early on so you don’t have to worry about it when your house is in full unpacking mode!

                LARGE ITEMS

                Now we begin the real unpacking, and it’s best to start with larger items like beds, sofas, larger appliances/white goods (fridges, washing machines etc.) and dining tables as these will determine the basic layout of your rooms, and make a huge difference when starting to organise your unpacking. Getting these items assembled and laid out will make a visible dent in your pile, so getting this done first will have you well on your way. And you will thank yourself at the end of that long first day when you don’t have to worry about making the bed up!


                Now we get into the rooms, and doing this one by one will help you to keep from feeling overwhelmed. The bathroom is a great place to start as one of the most essential rooms in the house – along with the kitchen. It is also an easy place to begin as there usually isn’t as much to unpack as you don’t have any furniture to contend with.


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                  Next is the Kitchen, probably one of the largest tasks, so a good one to tackle early on. Start with the appliances – your cupboard organisation will most likely depend on where you place your white goods and counter top appliances. For example, you probably want to co-ordinate your kettle with your mugs/tea/coffee cupboard, it’s good to keep certain things within reach of each other.

                  Assessing the space within the cupboards is also something to bear in mind before putting away, as bottles and glasses will need shelving with certain heights and crockery is usually stored in a large cupboard altogether. But a good way to plan this out is to layout in front of the cupboards what you want together and where, as it’s easier to move around and re-organise outside the cupboards than when they are packed away.


                  As the start of the lesser essential items to unpack, clothes usually take up a lot of space and time to organise. So to begin with split your clothes into seasons, this will most likely determine which clothes you use the most and where you want to store them. Pack your least used items at the bottom of drawers or the back of the wardrobe and then keep your most used at the top, making them easily accessible. Lost some space in the move? Try using vacuum packing to store those off season pieces, this will help maximise space for your most currently used items.


                  Again these are usually non-essential and decorative items so leaving them till the end is a good strategy to keep them from getting ruined in the moving in process. They can also be a nuisance when trying to move any larger items as they can bunch and buckle making the process a lot harder. So once you have finished moving everything into the new house and moving around to where you want them, then you can place any carpets and rugs down – leaving till the end will also help you to avoid having to clean them again.


                  Probably the best part of unpacking, and therefore a good one to leave till the end – like a reward at the end for all your hard work. Decor can be done over time, so if you focus on the functional items first you can spend time to decorate later on. Instead of rushing to do it all at once, you can see what space you have left to work with, allowing you to place more thoughtfully.


                  Follow these tips to efficient unpacking and your house will be feeling like a home in no time! For more help and information on packing and removals why not call us on 0800 917 1015 or view our Removals page for a detailed breakdown on the services we offer.

                  As if you don’t already have enough to do just to get moving, you also have to tell everyone about it! (When will the madness end!?!). Don’t panic, the list isn’t actually as long as you think, it becomes even easier if you break it down. Getting organised is easy with a simple change of address checklist to make sure everyone who needs to know has been informed as in some instances it is a legal requirement to update organisations or documents (driving license), while some suppliers might invalidate a contract if you haven’t told them of a change of address (although most do give a little leeway). 

                  So pens at the ready, deep breath and here’s a quick easy checklist to get the job done. 

                  1. FRIENDS AND FAMILY

                  Although this may seem very obvious, informing your close friends and family about your move is important. Whether it’s through social media, or good old-fashioned mailing, you should keep everyone updated as to what’s going on, so that they can change their address book information. Image if they travel from far away to surprise you and find you’ve moved miles away. They also should be able to get a hold of you easily. It is important to keep on top of it.

                  2. EMPLOYER

                  It’s best not to assume your employer will ask for your new address. You need to tell them your new location in case they send our payslips, important documents, or need to get information to you in an emergency. If you are starting a new job, make sure you have the house’s address handy for when you need to fill in forms, or piece of information.

                  3. BANK

                  You will need to inform your bank or building society about your change of address as soon as possible, and this may be a convenient time to transfer to a branch closer to your new home. If you have any savings accounts, investments or pensions, don’t forget to update your details with them too. You don’t want to miss out on any statements or pieces of information, and there may be better alternatives, which can be discovered after a simple hunt around.

                  4. DVLA

                  Failure to update your Vehicle Registration Document (V5C) and/or your driving licence can carry a fine. Plus your license is often used as a form of identification when proving your home address, so updating all vehicle related address logs is vital. In the event of being pulled over by police, you would need to present your license which should correlate with other forms of identification to prove your identity.
                  You should also inform your car breakdown service in case of emergency.

                  5. INSURANCE

                  When you tell your car insurance company about your change of address, you may find your premiums change because of the new postcode, and there may be a charge for changing your address. Shopping around for cheaper quotes will help save you money, and you should check your current home policy and whether it still offers adequate cover for your belongings when in transit between your old and new property. This should all be checked before the move, and it will save you time and money.

                  6. POST OFFICE

                  You should ask the Post Office to redirect all your post to the new address, so you receive everything you should. It takes more than a few days to set-up, so you should organise this in advance of your move. There is a charge, but it is worth it and is important to do.

                  7. ELECTORAL REGISTER

                  You are required, by law, to be on the electoral register, and you need to be included on it to vote. You receive your polling card in the post to your noted address, so if this is incorrect you are unable to vote. This needs a certain amount of time prior to the voting day in order to be registered, so get it sorted straight-away, and get voting!

                  8. DENTIST AND DOCTORS

                  The dentists’ and doctors’ surgeries need you address information on record, and it’s important that they are up to date. It is also of great interest to know where the closest doctors and dentists are, so that you know how to get there with no real trouble, and so you can choose ones which suit you. A simple phone call should allow for the receptionist to sort the address change, and all your information on the system should be transferable, which is then sorted by your old and new surgeries.

                  9. PHONE AND BROADBAND

                  If you have your landline, internet, TV and mobile phone contract all the same company, this process should be rather easy. If not, it will take a few phone calls but will get everything up and running faster, and don’t forget to alter your TV license too. It is important to sort this before the move, otherwise there will be a wait once in the new house.

                  10. ELECTRIC/GAS

                  You will need to contact your utility suppliers in advance of your move to settle any outstanding bills. You can keep your current supplier but may be able to save money by shopping around and finding a local, cheaper alternative.

                  11. SCHOOLS, COLLEGES Clubs

                  If you’re staying in the same town and your children will be attending the same school then their records should be updated, along with any clubs, groups or teams they attend. Schools need to keep accurate records of how far their pupils commute. It’s also the primary emergency contact address.

                  Moving home certainly isn’t something you do every day and can be a little bit daunting. In fact, moving house often appears in top 5 lists of most stressful life events. Having the right removals company in your corner can make all the difference between a happy, “They took care of everything for us.” kind of move and a “THAT WAS THE WORST DAY EVER!” nightmare experience.

                  Here’s a quick Q&A of how removals could and should help you.


                  What does a removals company offer?

                  A good company will give you knowledge, skills and of course plenty of safe hands on the day. They should also provide financial security (should anything go wrong). Floor coverings, recyclable boxes, padded furniture covers, a dedicated coordinator so you have a single, constant point of contact, storage options (if required), cover for your possessions while in transit, but mostly experience. Every move is different, there will always be something unexpected but a reliable experienced team will have seen it all before and know every solution.

                  Removals Advice


                  How to choose the right company for you.

                  You need to find a company that can offer you the flexibility and security that suits you. Don’t get just one quote. Equally, we wouldn’t recommend going for the cheapest (do you really want to entrust all your possessions to someone based on how cheap they can do the job?). Can they provide all the services you require? Are all their staff trained and go through a background security check? Work out what matters and ask those questions.

                  Find more tips on choosing the right removals company here.

                  Removals Van


                  What to consider.

                  Size and budget can also matter. A man with a van can be perfectly adequate for smaller moves and is a better lower priced solution. If you have precious items, a larger move, want to be 100% confident you won’t be let down, a larger, more experienced company could be better.

                  Alternatively, you might want a company that share your green credentials. Some movers are taking great steps to reduce their carbon impact and make your relocation more environmentally friendly, ask them about their eco-credentials.
                  Or you might require specific services, make a list of exactly what you need;

                  • Packing
                  • Overnight storage
                  • Short/long term storage
                  • Furniture assembly
                  • Cover for possessions in transit
                  • International shipping services
                  • Specialist handling
                  • etc

                  Removals Planning


                  Are video surveys ok?

                  Yes, in a modern world video surveys are perfectly acceptable using smartphones or tablets. You can still speak to the removal company on the phone to find out more about their service. And of course do your research about any company before signing on the dotted line.


                  What to look out for.

                  A good removals company will have the right accreditation. We always recommend using a company that is a member of the British Association of Removers. This means they must adhere to a strict code of working practises that protects clients, staff and takes account of things like good environmental practices. It also gives you greater financial protection should anything go wrong. But do your research. A company might claim to be a BAR member but by checking the BAR website or making a quick call you can be sure.

                  Removals Company Advice


                  Do your research.

                  It’s always good to be recommended a removals company, that way you’ll know they have delivered good service to someone who’s opinion you trust. If you can’t get a personal recommendation, then check out prospective companies online. While there are a number of websites offering to give ‘Removals Reviews’ these are paid platforms and removals companies can pay to get positive reviews. So check independent review websites like Trustpilot, Which or even Facebook. Don’t merely look at scores, but read reviews, see what people are saying and importantly how a company responds. This will give you a good indication of whether they’re the right fit for you.

                  Moving Day Planning


                  Should I pay upfront.

                  No. A good company won’t ask you to pay the entire amount weeks prior to your move. You might be asked to pay a small deposit to secure your dates and many companies require full payment the day before your move, but you should never pay huge sums way in advance. If you do feel you’re being pressured into paying, then find a company that feels more comfortable to deal with. It’s your move. Your money. A good removals company will respect your custom and treat you accordingly.

                  Should I Pay Upfront?


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                    Choosing the services that suit you.

                    Financial security should a given, so you know you’re getting what you pay for and a team will turn up on the day, so be sure to ask what assurances they offer. You’re paying for your move, so what do you want for your money? Packing services, furniture disassembly/assembly, security checked staff, overnight quick storage, long-term storage, experience of international removals (these are a whole different kettle of poisson). Some companies will have different areas of expertise so make sure they can supply the right service to suit your exact needs.

                    Removals Planning


                    How can I make my move easier?

                    Get organised early, otherwise you could end up losing sleep over how much still needs to be done. People can underestimate the time it can take to pack goods securely and safely. Never wait until the last minute and make sure that every item is accounted for. Labelling boxes means you or your movers can deliver them to the right room and you can see exactly what’s inside by creating an inventory of boxes. Computers and technology should be wrapped separately, and all data should be backed up. Take extra precautions for items with a screen to ensure they won’t get damaged or broken in transport. Making checklists is another great way to avoid mistakes and be prepared for any eventuality. Having an idea of which rooms furniture will be going to can speed up the move, as the removals team can place everything where requested and save you from moving it around later.

                    Removals Help


                    How much does a removal cost?

                    The general price of a removal depends on the size of property/number of rooms (and therefore the amount of items to be moved), outbuildings, extra services (packing, assembly, storage, etc), distance between properties, whether your team will be required for multiple days… Some items may need specialist care when packing or unloading. All these will affect the price. A good removals company will give you a bespoke quote based on your exact needs, charging you for the service you need, not simply pricing it on a one price fits all basis.

                    Removals Costs


                    What are the most vital things to go on my checklist?

                    Decluttering, informing people of change of address (including your driving license, car insurance, etc), planning/acquiring packing materials/boxes, assessing what you need to move, checking loft/outdoor storage areas, creating a room by room inventory, checking access to your property (are there any roadworks planned, parking issues), informing/cancelling service suppliers. You can then create an order to get things done in the countdown to your move.

                    Removals Checklist


                    What can go wrong?

                    Removal teams not turning up on time, or even at all (we do hear of crews simply not showing up because they got a better paid gig). Damaged goods (not uncommon when entire house loads of things are being transported, some of which may not be as well wrapped as they should be). Vehicles breaking down. Vehicles being too big to gain access. Most problems can and will be avoided by a reputable and experienced removals company. One problem we sometimes find is clients aren’t always totally honest about things. The more you tell your removals in advance (especially things that might be problematic), the better service and easier the move will be on the day.

                    Moving House Mistakes


                    How can I save money?

                    Do your own packing, ask friends and family to help, hire your own van (check your driving license to see what you’re qualified to drive), buy your own packing materials, reduce the amount being moved be decluttering your house, plan food shopping (through our blogs you’ll find a number of articles that can help save you money. Smaller moves can be done without a large, professional team but you should give yourself a little more time to plan. A good removals company will save you headaches, they bring experience/knowledge to negotiate problems and provide financial security as well as peace of mind.

                    Moving Costs

                    When moving into a new home, it can be confusing and annoying thinking about where to start cleaning. With so many other tasks to undertake when trying to settle in, it is necessary to allocate time for a thorough clean of your new home. It is useful to keep the less important items in their boxes, or place all of your items into storage, until you’ve had time to properly prepare the house.

                    The Surfaces

                    Make sure to check for any surface damage, especially to the walls and floors in your new home, as repairing these will be easier before you’ve moved new things in. Necessary repairs can be made in good time and ensuring that the house has been checked prior to moving is a useful way to know exactly what needs to be changed or removed. Check for any loose nails, screws or hooks that are protruding from the walls and floorboards, and remove any that are unnecessary or a possible danger. Test all light switches and sockets to make sure they are all in working order and dust each room to remove any dirt that could be in the corners, windows or doors.

                    Cleaning Your New Home

                    The Bathroom

                    The bathroom is an area that will need a good clean before you move in, and you might not have any idea where to start with your cleaning. You should make sure every area gets looked at- be prepared for some touch-up work to stop you from having to do it at a later date, it will more than likely escape your mind if you don’t do it straight-away. Cleaning any extractor fans can remove dust and help the fan work more efficiently. Apply grout cleaner early, and allow time to soak in. Use a specialised cleaner to rinse the toilet and scrub the bath to remove any dirt. Vacuum the floor to get rid of loose hair and dust before mopping.

                    Bathroom Cleaning

                    The Kitchen

                    One area that may get neglected is the kitchen, so make sure you allocate enough time for kitchen cleaning. There are plenty of things that are likely to not have been cleaned for a while and will therefore need attention. The oven will require a big, thorough clean, as will any other appliances that came with the house. Table tops and microwaves will need disinfecting, which wouldn’t take a lot of time, but could make a lot of difference. Ensure you remove any loose dirt from the floors by vacuuming or mopping. The kitchen is likely to be one of the dirtiest areas upon arrival and will need require proper planning and time to get the job done properly. Making a meal in the kitchen quite soon after moving in is a great way to fill the air with new smells and leave your mark straight-away.

                    Kitchen Cleaning


                    One of the last areas you should ensure is cleaned is the bedrooms, as they don’t require as much cleaning as the other areas but need a dusting and wash prior to moving into. If there is built in furniture, give the individual shelves a clean and pay attention to windows and window sills, as these are likely to have been missed. Finish by giving the floors a proper rinse and mop. You want the bedroom smelling nice, so make sure you have your incense, sprays and candles ready to let loose on the left-over aromas and cleanse the air.

                    Bedroom Cleaning

                    Carpets & Windows

                    If you have carpets in the house, give them a deep clean sooner rather than later so that you don’t have to try and navigate around furniture and accessories once properly moved in. Carpets aren’t cleaned very often, and making sure they are looking nice, as well as free of marks and germs, is an important part of a house cleanse. One part often forgotten is outdoor windows. It is easy to do the insides, but the outsides are a different ball game. If you haven’t got the kit required to give the windows a proper wash, find a local window cleaner.

                    Cleaning New Windows


                    Moving home is the perfect chance for a clean start with all your old cleaning habits, including the products you use. Most of us are making important environmental decisions/changes about the products we use. Avoiding chemicals, reducing the packaging we buy, more awareness of what may go down our drains, more sustainable foods . You can make big changes by switching from chemical-based cleaning solutions and opt for tried and tested, traditional greener choices such as sugar soap, refillable bottles, etc. Eco products are often gentler for the environment and your home but just as tough on stains and dirt.

                    Eco-Friendly Cleaning


                    You should now be ready to move into your new home. A good clean is essential to ensuring you move in feeling happy. Getting settled into a dirty home and putting off cleaning can take away the excitement of a move, so doing it first is always ideal. Planning your deep clean is essential, but it is important to have fun- it is a great way to get all family/friends involved in the move.

                    The bad news is, international removals are tricky to deal with. The good news is, once you’ve made the move, no more British weather!

                    To help you start planning, here are some easy tips to help you prepare and plan your international removals;



                    Some documents must be produced in order to enter your new country, the .Gov website has great advice and information for most European countries. The most common requirements are;

                    • Valid visa
                    • Visa (usually obtainable via the country’s UK embassy)
                    • Contract of employment/means of self-sufficiency
                    • Work permit
                    • Health insurance
                    • Marriage certificates
                    • Birth certificates

                    Removals Visa Assistance


                    Removals Documents

                    It’s not just you and your family. Your possessions and even your removals company need to be properly documented. Across Britain and the EU, removals companies must carry a ECMT International Removers Certificate in order to transport household possessions to the EU.

                    In most cases you also need a complete inventory of everything you are moving completed which must be completed in the language of your country of destination.

                    Ask our team for more details…

                    Removals Customs Declaration



                    Life has two constants, paying tax and the BBC showing Dad’s Army reruns. You will need to register to pay tax in your new country, in most cases this must be done before you start earning, in some cases you can’t earn unless you have a tax number.

                    You will need to inform the UK tax office of your departure by filling out a P85 (available online). If you still have savings, property, investments in the UK you should complete an R105 to be given to those institutions, banks, etc, holding or overseeing your interests.

                    Paying Tax Overseas



                    Most EU locations will not require your pet to go into quarantine, but you will have to provide proof of;

                    • Microchip (21 days prior to your move)
                    • Rabies vaccination
                    • Pet passport
                    • Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)


                    Sleeping Dogs



                    Continuing to bank with your UK branch could result in higher costs and poor currency conversion rates. In some companies you will be required to provide a number of documents to open a bank account including;

                    • Photo ID or passport
                    • Proof of address
                    • Contract of employment
                    • Proof of working visa

                    Overseas Banking



                    Companies such as France and Spain have excellent healthcare systems. These are owned by the state and partly funded through private healthcare. Requirements differ from country to country (months of residency, earnings, dependents) in order to apply for national healthcare. In most cases you will also needed extended private health insurance in order to gain a healthcare ID number.

                    Further details are available on the .Gov website

                    Overseas Healthcare


                    Call In The Experts

                    According to experts, moving house is one of the most stressful life events. Make that an international move and things can get even more tense. You should choose a company with;

                    • An ECMT international removals license, they simply won’t be able to remove you with it
                    • Dedicated Removals Coordinator – A single point of contact who’ll work with you through the duration of your move.
                    • Experienced teams – International moves are trickier so you need calm heads hat have seen it before.
                    • Container storage systems – Things can go wrong, there can be hold-ups, pick a mover that can secure your items for you if needed.

                    But don’t panic yet! Armishaws have been helping people move overseas since 1973 and yes, international removals do bring different problems. Having an experienced team take charge of your international relocation can make all the difference.

                    Armishaws Removals & Storage, Large and Small house removals, with short and long term storage


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                      Hands up, we’re all guilty of holding onto things we don’t need or have been putting off a long promised clear-out for too long. Moving home is the perfect time to finally get it done. There’s no point paying to move things you don’t want that will take up space in your nice new home. Be prepared to be a bit ruthless. Also go green, rather simply sending things to landfill, there are plenty of websites you can list things to give them a second life (ebay, Freecycle, Facebook) one man’s junk is another man’s upcycling project!



                      You will need to notify all Government agencies of the changing of your address, as well as any clients, friends and others who may need to contact you in the future. This is a simple but very important part of moving, as it can result in confusion and the loss of contact with many significant people, who you may need the help of and vice versa, in later life.

                      We Have Moved


                      It is best to do as much research as you can about the country you are moving to, to give you as much knowledge of the culture, the local area, the amenities, routes/transport etc. There are a wide variety of guide books and language classes available for those who want to embrace the new location. It is important to know the locations of banks, hospitals, schools etc, especially when in a country where the language isn’t your strong point.

                      Moving Day Planning


                      If moving with children, you will need to find them a school in the local area. Do you want them to go to an English school, if there is one, or a local school in an attempt to integrate them into the new culture? Much will depend on the age and needs of the children, and what they would feel comfortable doing.  It is advised to arrange and contact schools prior to moving, so everything is in place, meaning one less thing to think about when trying to settle in.

                      Finding Schools Overseas


                      Although it may seem like there is a lot to do, the sooner you can start the better. Taking the time to find out what you need, and preparing well, minimises any stress and will help things run a lot more smoothly. Very soon, you will be enjoying your new life in a new location.

                      Armishaws offers UK, European and Overseas removals, to help make the moving process as simplified as possible, allowing you to focus on other, important things. Since June 1999, we have held the coveted BSEN 12522, the first and only recognised quality standard specifically aimed at furniture removals for the benefit of the private individual. We take pride in ensuring that the customer is completely satisfied and offer a first-class service, from initial contact, to shipping and transportation of possessions. For free advice, and a quotation, call 0800 917 1015 today.

                      We could sugar coat it, but the simple truth is moving overseas does come with extra worries, paperwork and challenges. That certainly doesn’t mean it can’t still be a positive and yes, enjoyable experience. With the right removals team and company behind you, this can still be a wonderful start to your new life in Spain.

                      To help get you started, here’s a quick guide covering the most frequently asked questions;


                      How much does it cost to move to Spain?

                      It really does all depend on the size of your move; distance, size of property, volume of items, time of year, type of services required (storage, packing, etc). These will all affect the cost of your removal.

                      Overseas Banking

                      Will I need a specialist international removals company?

                      Yes. Your removals company must have an ECMT International Removals Permit (European Conference of Ministers of Transport). An experienced removals company will know how to navigate the customs regulations. They’ll also have a network of contacts and agents in the various ports and cities.

                      It’s worth getting more than one quote for your removal, you’re about to pack all your worldly goods into a van and let a stranger drive off with them, cheaper is definitely not better. Find a company you trust, that is the right fit for you and that makes you feel comfortable about their service.

                      Read more here; How to choose a removals company…


                      What paperwork will I need for my Spanish removal?

                      You must have a visa and work permit to move to Spain. If you have agreed a new job, your employer should have applied for your visa once you signed your contract (check with your employer). You will still have to apply for a visa which can be done via the Spanish embassy.

                      You’ll also need to obtain a ‘foreigner’s identity number’ (N.I.E.), this can be done in Spain, which is slower, so enquire at the embassy when applying for your visa.

                      Finally, you must have a valid passport.

                      Other documents that you should keep handy in case they’re needed and to help speed things up are;

                      • 2 passport-sized photos
                      • Birth certificate
                      • Marriage certificate
                      • Medical documentation (including dental and immunizations)
                      • University degree(s) and qualification(s)
                      • Police background check

                      Spanish Visa



                      What documents will I need?

                      As well as personal documentation, you’ll also need a full inventory of items you’re moving, this will need to be completed in Spanish. You might also be asked to produce your work permit and visa alongside the inventory. There is no tax import for most goods, however you may be liable to pay tax on single items valued above €3,000.

                      There are restrictions on items such as firearms and even plants. These items require further documentation which you should ask your removals coordinator about prior to your removal.

                      Customs Forms

                      You’ll also need to register – El Padrón

                      El Padrón is the Spanish population register, once registered you’ll have many of the same rights as a Spanish citizen including healthcare. Without registering you will only receive healthcare if you have health insurance. To register you’ll need;

                      • Photo ID (passport, etc)
                      • Proof of public or private healthcare
                      • Proof of sufficient funds to live (such as bank statements and/or contract of employment)

                      El Padron

                      What documents are required for pets?

                      If you are taking a pet with you when moving to Spain, you will need to show proof of;

                      • A microchip (fitted at least 21 days prior to your move)
                      • Rabies vaccination
                      • General certificate of health

                      At present, as long as all the above are produced, there is no quarantine period.

                      Dog In Box


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                        Do I need to register to pay taxes?

                        Yep, no matter where you’re moving to, there will always be a taxman. In accordance with Spanish law, you’re required to pay Spanish taxes the moment you start working. Before leaving the UK you should check with your tax office to see if you’re required to fill out a P85 form which is a declaration that you’re leaving the UK and paying taxes in your new country of residence. If you still have UK savings or interests, you should also complete an R105 which should be passed on to any banks or institutions that are holding your funds.

                        You can find further information at the .Gov website.

                        Paying Tax Overseas

                        Do we need health insurance?

                        Spain does have a state founded health system, similar to the UK, however some documents require further health insurance. Having your own health insurance can also help avoid waiting times for procedures, although it’s worth noting Spanish hospital waiting lists are a fraction of those in the UK.  You must be registered on El Padrón.

                        Spain Healthcare


                        Do I need to register my car?

                        In accordance with the DGT (Direccion General de Trafico), cars from non-EU countries need to be registered in order to drive on Spanish roads, this should be done before you travel; “The registration of a vehicle is a prerequisite for you to be able to circulate with it on public roads. You must register and affix the license plates before you can circulate with any motor vehicle.” Full details are available on the DGT website.

                        Driving In Spain

                        Can I use my UK driving license?

                        If you have a full, valid UK driving license, you can drive in Spain for up to 6 months, after which you will need to pass a Spanish driving test. The Spanish and UK governments are currently in talks to allow UK and Spanish passports to be fully recognised in either country (check the .Gov website for the latest updates).

                        Driving In Spain

                        Our Top Tip – Prepare a Travel Box

                        Have a secure case, bag or box where you can keep everything you’ll need for your overseas move such as;

                        • Documents (visas, health certificate, proof of earnings/employment, etc)
                        • Paperwork (removals inventory, in Spanish, removals contract, etc)
                        • Passports
                        • Printed copy of contact numbers (removals office, driver, family members, etc)
                        • Phone charger
                        • Water
                        • Sun cream, hats
                        • Medication

                        The box/bag should be kept handy at all times and secure and out of sight if you do leave it in your vehicle.

                        Removals Box


                        If you have any further questions we’ll be happy to help. You can contact our friendly team with any questions regarding Spanish removal tips and advice, from paperwork and packing to import restrictions and best road food (our teams have learnt a LOT about great Spanish food!).

                        Or if you’re getting ready to move and want a free no-hassle quote (we don’t believe in hard-sell), then drop us an email and we’ll arrange a time to come to you, or we can arrange a video call and give you an estimate online.

                        Moving house can be stressful, moving to an entirely new country is even more so! Here are industry experts lift the lid on Moving to France and give you a rundown of what you should do to prepare for your removal.


                        How much does it cost to move to France?

                        How long is a piece of packing string? There are a number of variables which will affect the price; The distance you’re moving (it’s nearly 1,000 from the northern most tip to south coast of France), size of property, total volume of items being moved. Even factors such as the time of year and type of services required (packing, storage, etc) will determine the price. We always advise getting multiple quotes.

                        France Removals Costs


                        Do I need a specialist company?

                        Your removals company will need an ECMT International Removals Permit to be allowed to transport your possession to France. An experienced company will already have a series of port agents in place who will help deal with aspects of your move. In most cases you won’t even see or even need to know much about the agents, but they’re vital to make the process happen.
                        Overseas moves are trickier, so make sure you use an experienced company, not only can they guide you, but a good company will get things done and take away the worries for you.

                        Should I Pay Upfront?



                        What paperwork do I need for my France removal?

                        You will need a visa and if working, you’re require a work permit prior to your move. There is a very handy, easy to use Visa Wizard on the French government website that covers everything from the price and documents required for a visa.
                        In general, the documents you’re most likely to need are:

                        • A valid passport (with at least 3 months left before expiry)
                        • Passport photos (for new documents)
                        • Proof of health insurance
                        • Financial proof of being self-sufficient/employed
                        • Work permit
                        • Certificates of degrees & qualifications
                        • Marriage certificate
                        • Birth certificate (children)

                        For your items in transport, you’ll also need;

                        • A full inventory and values (legally it is required in French) of your
                        • Signed “bon de non cession” – French customs form
                        • Proof of residence in France (lease document or utility bill)

                        France Removals


                        What paperwork do I need for my pets?

                        Pets from Britain are not required to stay in quarantine but you must provide proof of the following for your furry friends;

                        • Microchip (21 days prior to your move)
                        • Rabies vaccination
                        • Pet passport
                        • Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)

                        Sleeping Dogs


                        Do I need to register for tax?

                        There are two certainties in life, paying tax and licking your lips while eating a jam doughnut. IN France you’ll need to complete a 2043 form (available online) which then needs to be returned to the local tax office, Service des Impôts des Particuliers. This need to be done before you start working, your employer might be able to assist.
                        You also need to remove the hooks of the British taxman. You might be required to fill out a P85 form as a declaration that you are no longer a UK resident. If you’re keeping property or savings in the UK you must fill out a R105 to pass on to banks or institutions responsible for overseeing your interests.

                        You can find further information at the .Gov website; https://www.gov.uk/tax-right-retire-abroad-return-to-uk

                        Paying Tax Overseas


                        Do we need health insurance?

                        France has an excellent health system and infrastructure. This is jointly funded by the government and patient contributions. As a resident you must have health insurance and should be aware that some treatments have to be paid for in advance. You can apply for your family to be covered by the French healthcare system, ‘PUMa’ (Protection Universelle Maladie) after 3 months living in France. There are full details available on the .Gov website; Applying for French Healthcare

                        French Healthcare


                        Can I use my driving license?

                        You can use your British driving license for up to 12 months. After that you will need to take a test to gain a French driving license (having the wrong license will invalidate your insurance).

                        Driving In France


                        Can I take my car?

                        Yes. If you are living in France your vehicle must be formally registered plated with a French registration number. For this you will need;

                        • Certificat de Conformité/Attestation d’identification (equivalent of the UK MOT)
                        • A tax certificate
                        • Proof of ownership of the vehicle

                        All cars in France are legally required to carry;

                        • A warning triangle
                        • Hi-visibility vests for each occupant of the car

                        Also, it’s illegal to drive a car in France with any missing lightbulbs so it’s advisable to carry spares.

                        Driving In France


                        Can I take my plants?

                        No, as a non-EU country it is not possible to transfer plants from your British garden to your French garden. The general rule is anything requiring soil (including the soil itself) will not be permitted entry. Cuttings, seeds, cuts plants are permitted but must be presented at customs.

                        Moving To France


                        Do I need insurance for my possessions in transport?

                        Yes, we’d always advise you have your own insurance. A good removals company will have some cover but these are your worldly goods, so it really is best to put your own insurance in place to cover any eventuality.

                        Booking your removal with a member of the BAR (British Association of Removers) also gives you greater financial protection.

                        Moving To France Guide


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                          Beware of travel restrictions.

                          Trucks over 7.5 tonnes are not allowed to operate on French roads at the weekend. Trucks cannot travel on motorways between 10pm Saturday and 10pm Sunday. There are also restrictions on goods vehicles during July and August (holiday season). However, despite the restrictions our experienced teams have the know how to keep your move on track and on time.

                          Guide To Moving To France


                          What should I look for in my France removals company?

                          The right removals company will make all the difference between a leisurely drive to France knowing your move in is safe hands, and a nerve-jangling, “Where’s my furniture gone?!?” period of avoidable stress and upset. The key questions to ask removers are?

                          • Do you have ECMT International Removals Permit?

                          Without this, they won’t make it passed French customs.

                          • Are you a member of the British Association of Removers?

                          This gives you greater financial protection and ensures the company works to a number of required standards such as customer care, packing, staff training and care, environmental compliance, etc.

                          • Will I have a Removals Coordinator?

                          At Armishaws we provide every client with their own dedicated removals coordinator. We think it’s vital for you to have a single point of contact to work with you who understands the history and every aspect of your move from start to finish.

                          • Are there any extra charges?

                          The answer should be ‘No’. Once you have agreed all the services required, amount of goods to be moved, your Removal Surveyor should give you a complete price and outline any fees for visas, etc.

                          Armishaws Removals Truck, Ferry for European & International Removals


                          So, why move to France?

                          France is one of our most popular European removal destinations and after crossing the channel more times than we can remember and helping families start their life in France, we can see why! It’s famous for its slower pace of life (outside of Paris of course), but what else has France got to offer?


                          Hot summer days are a major pulling point for Brits wanting to move abroad, the South of France in particular is well known for long sunny days and a calendar packed full of activities and events! Whilst the French love new-build homes, British buyers prefer the more traditional village houses, farmhouses and country houses with more character and you’ll find plenty of choice to enjoy relaxing summers where life moves at a much slower pace.

                          It is good to remember that like the UK, the winters can be cold and wet, sometimes lasting long periods of time. Many people shut up their homes and businesses for the winter in search of warmer climates and a break after a busy summer so it can feel a little quiet! Make sure you stock up on good films and indoor activities for those truly cold and rainy days that are best spent inside.

                          Fine Dining, Fine Wines

                          We cannot talk about France without talking about the cuisine. Food and drink are cherished in France and so much of the country is given over to vineyards and farming meaning that every corner you visit will have something new to try.

                          If you are planning your move to France you have probably thought about all the culinary delights that will be on offer right on your doorstep from warm breads and amazing cheeses to more wines than you could ever need.

                          In the smaller towns outside the hustle and bustle of Paris, many places are closed on Sundays and Monday mornings. Make sure you stock up on groceries Saturday or you will be relying on raiding the cupboards at meal times.


                          If you’re moving to France and prefer a faster pace of life, you might find yourself on the slopes of the Alps taking advantage of all these beautiful mountains have to offer.

                          There is a real traditional charm to skiing in France with many of the resorts run by locals who know the area inside out. If you’re planning a move to France, the great transport links mean that it is really easy to get stuck in both on and off-piste. From the valley floor to the top of the highest ski pistes, there are some truly unbelievable sights to behold so it is well worth a visit no matter where you choose to live in France.


                          We have visited many regions in France moving the belongings of Britons looking for a new way of life and no matter what you are after, France seems to have it!

                          From miles of stunning coastline, beautiful countryside dotted with lush meadows and bucolic farmland, picturesque villages, charming towns full of history and beautiful chateaux to the very glamorous Cannes and Monaco to the south and of course the rolling Alps, there really is something for everyone.

                          If you prefer the busy and engaging life in the big city, you will probably choose Paris as your new home. However if you prefer to enjoy wandering around local markets and the draw of a friendly small-scale community, you will probably opt for a French village further in the French countryside and small towns.

                          Moving day can be tough on kids, lots of hanging around, being stuck in the car, spending so long away from a TV, saying goodbye to their bedroom. But you can make the day so much better for them with a few handy ideas and fun activities.


                          1. Get them involved in the move.

                          Packing boxes, helping declutter, clearing loft space, packing their own toys/books, keeping the work force fed and watered, if you can keep children involved throughout the whole process, particularly in the build up, then they’ll feel more invested and it can make the process seem less frightening.


                          2. Visit the new house with them.

                          Let them see the new house, look around their new room. Help them see it’s a positive exciting new start, as they’re sure to feel a degree of sadness about leaving their old house.

                          Moving Tips


                          3. Give each child their own special box.

                          During the packing process, let each child help by packing their own special box. Let them load their own things inside, help to close, seal and label it. Then during moving day tell them it’s their job to make sure their box gets to the other end. Arrange for their boxes to be among the last loaded so they witness it. Or if you use smaller boxes, they can load their own box themselves. Then at the new house the kids can help unload their boxes and place their own box in their new bedroom. Make sure the box contains toys and books they can play with straight away.


                          4. Get them to decorate their box.

                          If they are having their own special box, you could also get them to decorate it for extra fun.


                          5. The ‘Funny Faced Box’ Game.

                          Daft but wonderfully harmless. Take one random box and draw a funny face on it, remember to draw it on all side as you never know how it will be stacked. The game is then for the kids to find the Funny Faced Box. Every time they spot it during the move (as it’s going in the van, coming out, placed in its final destination, etc) they win a little small prize/treat.

                          Moving With Kids


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                            6. Let them ‘guard’ a box for the whole trip.

                            Give each child a small, secured box and make it their job to guard it for the whole move. It should be small enough to be able to sit comfortably in the car with them without taking up much room (roughly the size of a box of tissues, you can buy boxes in stationary/craft shops). Tell them there’s a very special item that they’re responsible for getting to their new room. Once you’ve arrived at the new house and they’ve completed their ‘mission’, let them open their box which can contain a small toy or bag of sweets as a reward for doing so well during the move.

                            You can add more elements to their mission (“Look out for enemy agents posing as removals men!”) as you go to keep them engaged and boredom at bay.

                            Child In Box


                            7. Make sure they see their things being packed.

                            It’s natural children will be worried about things being left behind. Dispel their fears by letting them see (and help) pack their more precious belongings and on moving day make sure they witness their boxes/possessions being loaded in the van so they know their things are safe. It can be a (VERY) long journey with a distraught child, convinced a favourite teddy/toy has been left behind.


                            8. Keep familiar things handy.

                            The most important things to take care of when arriving at your new home are;

                            1. Sleeping
                            2. Drinking/eating
                            3. Warmth/lighting
                            4. Privacy

                            In the case of children, setting up their old bed, usual linen, bedside lighting, will give them familiarity and security in an otherwise new and unfamiliar room. Also make sure their windows are covered, if their old curtains will fit (even if it’s just a temporary measure), it’ll add another familiar element.

                            Kids Room


                            9. Add/invent games and tasks.

                            Along with painting and guarding boxes, you can make up all kinds of moving day games, such ‘old school’ driving games; “First one to spot a…”, who can make a Malteser last the longest, etc. The more you can keep the kids engaged and entertained, the happier everyone will be and the calmer your move will be in general.


                            10. Use digital distractions when needed.

                            Keep their digital devices charged and handy. There is nothing wrong with kids using tablets and devices for controlled periods (research shows it can improve coordination, problem solving and other cognitive skills), so don’t be afraid to keep them entertained with a bit of ‘tablet time’. If it helps kill boredom during what will be a long day, then it’s a definite win!


                            11. Stock up on snacks.

                            You certainly don’t want a car full of hangry children. Make sure you have plenty of snacks. There could be extra delays so make sure you’re well stocked for every eventuality and include some treats for prizes in games or rewards for helping. You could even give the driver a treat if he’s been a good boy (“Does Daddy deserve a biscuit?”). Or not.

                            Moving Tips

                            Moving home can be a difficult and stressful process for even the best practiced of movers, so it can be even more daunting if you’re moving for the first time.

                            It doesn’t have to be so daunting though. With a little bit of planning and some easy tricks, you can remove many of the worries of your first house move.


                            Write A Priority List

                            Sit down and make a priority list of things to pack. Even if you plan to travel light with little belongings, the chances are you won’t be able to unpack everything you own in the first day. It’s really important to decide what you will need as soon as you move in and keep it to one side. And remember, moving home is thirsty work so make sure you have the essentials to hand the moment you move in and don’t bury your coffee, mugs, tea, snacks, kettle, etc, under your library of heavy books.

                            Moving Day Planning


                            Plan Items In Order

                            The larger and heavier furniture items such as wardrobes, storage and beds are important things to get through the door early on so make sure they are top of the list. Plus moving and rebuilding heavy items of furniture will feel much easier earlier rather than after a full and draining day.

                            Items In Order


                            Eat Your Food

                            No, that’s not an instruction for broccoli dodging youngsters. In the lead up to the big day, think about food shopping. You don’t want to keep filling the kitchen cupboards and have to take it all with you. Start using up what you have (packed lunches, batch cooking, etc) and stick to buying fresh food you’ll use ahead of the big move. Also think of snacks and handy grub for the day, especially if you’re moving with children.

                            Moving Tips


                            Order Your First Shop

                            You’ve been wise, not brought a small supermarket worth of food with you, but now you’ve arrived the new kitchen’s cupboards are bare! No problem, before the move do an online food shop ready to be delivered the day after your move. You can then cook a celebratory meal, go on, you deserve it!

                            Eat Your Food


                            Declutter Your Home

                            We’re all guilty of a bit of hoarding. That stuff you’ve been meaning to take to the tip/charity shop/back to the friend you borrowed it from six months ago! Moving house is the perfect time to get rid of unwanted items, to lighten the load and start afresh rather than simply filling up your new home with your old junk.

                            You can get more Decluttering Tips here.



                            Don’t Leave Packing Until The Last Minute

                            Avoid being overwhelmed by packing all your belongings in one go, try and break it down into small manageable sessions to give you plenty of time before your move. By breaking your packing down to one room at a time you can really save on time, the bonus is that you should know which box needs to go where in your new home too, so make sure you label them!



                            How To Label Boxes

                            Seems such a simple task, “I’ll just write ‘Kitchen’ on top…” Nope! Sorry, our survey said… If you only write on top, when boxes are stacked you won’t see the writing. Mark the top and each side of boxes with item/types of items inside and the room that box should go in. If you really want to get organised colour code each label/box for each different room.

                            You can read more Labelling Tips here.



                            Pack Fragile Items In Multiple Boxes

                            When packing up your fragile items, don’t just place them all in one box, make sure you fill in the gaps to keep things secure! Use soft items such as clothing, towels and even newspaper to make sure that your fragile items will stay safe throughout your move.

                            Moving House Tips


                            Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

                            If you’re moving for the first time, chances are that you’ll want to do everything yourself and that is completely understandable. Everyone likes to be independent and optimistic. However, don’t be afraid to seek help. Whether it be from family and friends or a local trusted removals company, many hands make light work. Remember, your first house move should be an exciting time and something you enjoy.

                            Removals Help


                            If you have a move coming up and would like some help and more information on local removals, please get in touch.


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                              No move is too big or small with Armishaws removals. From a few boxes to a full load, our friendly and experienced team will ensure that your whole move from the initial survey to packing and transportation, goes smoothly.


                              If the thought of packing your belongings makes you feel overwhelmed, we offer a full packing service which can be added to your removals package. We can even help with just packing up your most fragile and breakable items, making sure that your items are handled with skill and care to ensure their safe arrival to your new home.


                              Want to get in and decorate first? That’s not a problem, we also offer residential storage solutions for short and long term storage! We have a clean and secure container system to ensure the safety and care of all your belongings until you’re ready to complete your move.

                              Contact Armishaws today to request a quote from our team with a wealth of knowledge in first time removals.

                              You’ve done it! You’ve found your dream home, dodged gazumpers, negotiated with buyers and sellers, survived the overwhelming fug of aftershave of smooth talking estate agents and now you’re finally on the move!

                              But you’d be amazed at the number of moves that are held up and come-a-cropper because of a lack of preparation. Moving day can be a bit stressful and for some emotional (saying goodbye to the home your children grew up in). To make things as easy as possible it’s best to get organised. If you’re ready in advance, if you ensure your moving crew have all the relevant information prior to their arrival, then it can make everything an easy-peasy removal wheezy!

                              So to get your show on the road, here’s a step by step moving house checklist to get you from A to B.


                              Book Your Removal Team Early
                              If you have not already booked your removals team, it’s best to book as early as possible. Certain days of the week are more popular for moving, the closer you get to your moving day, the more crews are likely to be booked already.

                              Moving Day Checklist


                              Read The Terms & Conditions
                              How many times have you clicked the “Yes I have read the terms and conditions box” without so much as giving it a glance? We’re all guilty. But do make sure you check the terms of your removal contract. It might require you to take care of certain things in advance, such as unplugging electricals, covering floors, removing light fittings. Many of these things can be requested in advance (if you want your team to remove curtains for example), but if you sign the terms and don’t make provisions you could incur extra charges so beware.

                               Moving Day Planning


                              Check For Access Issues
                              You’re used to driving up to your home and possibly no longer see issues. But do a quick recce of your existing home and new home to check for potential problems (tight bends, low hanging trees that will hamper large vans, parking restrictions). No problem is insurmountable and if your team know in advance, they can plan ahead to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

                              Removals Van


                              Protect Your Carpets
                              At Armishaws our crews carry carpet protectors but these may not cover against everything if your delivery access is muddy and you have new carpets. If there are carpets or floors you’re particularly worried about, prepare them before your team arrive with extra floor covering and protection. If a fitted carpet is to be moved, it will need to be prepared in advance by removing all the fixing strips and lifting the edges away from the gripper rods.

                              Protect Carpets


                              Disconnect Electrical Equipment
                              Arrangements should be made in advance to disconnect gas and electric cookers, light fittings, gas fires, washing machines and dishwashers. Curtains, shelves and anything fixed to the walls should also be taken down ready to move. Yes, your removal team can do it, but this will add time to the move (in extreme cases this could lead to extra charges, always check the terms of your contract).



                              Declutter To Save Taking ‘Junk’ With You
                              Most of us have a pile of unwanted or unloved items that we keep promising to sort out. Moving home is definitely the time to do it. You don’t want to be paying to take ‘stuff’ with you only to have to find somewhere else to store it or worse still, have it cluttering your lovely new home. Another top tip for your moving house checklist.



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                                Check & Clear Loft Spaces
                                Most removal companies are not insured to work in lofts unless it is boarded and lit with a safe fixed access. If your lofts are tight, not boarded, poorly lit you will need to move those items in advance. The last things your crews want is to not do the best job and as much as they might want to, they are simply not allowed to access those spaces (this is down to prohibitive insurance demands, not due to the staff themselves being unwilling).

                                Declutter Loft


                                Check Those Droopy Drawers
                                If you have any furniture you know is in a bad state, then get any repairs done before it’s picked up, carried, transported, placed on trolleys… It might not make the journey, so it’s better to do the repair before it goes through the stresses of moving house that could exacerbate any damage or structural weakness.

                                Broken Drawers


                                Ask About Drawers & Hampers
                                Some items like ottomans, chests of drawers, linen hampers can be moved still full. Check with your removal surveyor about these items during the survey, it could save you from unnecessary packing.



                                Disassemble System Furniture
                                System or self-assembly furniture is not designed to be moved whole and often does not go back together very well if dismantled. While your movers will do their best, they can’t guarantee that this type of furniture will move successfully either whole or dismantled. The best course of action is to take system furniture apart slowly and carefully in advance of your move and then reassemble it carefully once the move is complete.

                                Moving Furniture


                                Ensure Everything Outdoors Is Ready To Go
                                Anything you wish to take from the garden, shed, greenhouse or garage should be prepared in advance. Plants should either be potted or their roots contained in a plastic bin liner. Garden tools should be tied in bundles, and swings, climbing frames etc, dismantled and ready. Contents of sheds and garages should be boxed and items such as paving slabs cleaned and stacked.



                                Supervise Your Crew As They’re Loading
                                You or a trusted lieutenant should be present when the crew arrive to tell them what’s to be moved and to point out anything to be left. When the crew finish loading you should check to ensure that nothing is left behind.

                                Take Charge


                                Prepare To Unpack Over Several Days
                                It’s often impractical to completely unpack everything on delivery due to time and space restrictions. Decide what is most important and focus on those key items/boxes.

                                Moving House Tips


                                Make Plans For Valuables
                                Most removal companies will not be responsible for packing and moving items of jewellery, money, firearms or stamp collections as these can’t be insured. You will need to make alternative arrangement for these items (your removals company will probably be able to give you advice).

                                Moving Costs


                                Don’t Forget To Eat!
                                Yes, surprisingly people often don’t make provisions for food (“Oh, we’ll get something on the day…”), but sometimes the day doesn’t go smoothly. Before you know it, it’s six o’clock and the only sustenance you’ve had all day is a Mr Whippy from a luckily passing ice cream van. Make sure you have some food and water to hand, it’s likely to be a busy day and thirsty work!
                                Top Food Tip – Let your food stocks run down prior to moving to avoid taking too much food with you. And plan a food delivery for the day after your move to restock your new kitchen cupboards, fridge, freezer, etc.

                                Moving Tips


                                Get Insurance Cover
                                Recent legislation prevents the selling of insurance by unqualified persons. That means many removals companies can no longer sell extended insurance cover (at Armishaws we provide cover for goods in transit as part of our service backed by our own insurers).

                                It’s essential you ensure your goods are adequately protected throughout your removal and the total value of your belongings should be specified on the acceptance form. We also advise getting your own insurance cover for your move.

                                Removals Insurance


                                Book Container Storage If Needed
                                Your move might take place in several stages, you could be collecting items from multiple locations, you could be going into short term rental accommodation while waiting for your new home to become available. There are many reasons storage might be required, the easiest solution is to find a removals company that can also offer storage, that way you’re only dealing with one contractor for your entire removal. You’ll also often find you’re assigned the same crew for each stage of your move as they’ll be more familiar with your home and access.

                                Removals Storage


                                Book A Shopping Delivery
                                No, it’s not the time to buy a new pair of shoes. But when you do get to your new home, the last thing you want to worry about is ‘the big shop’. Plan ahead, before your move do a food and essentials shop online and arrange for it to be delivered to your new address the day after your move. You’ll have the fridge full, toilet rolls in place, cleaning products to hand and with the ability for everyone to sat fed and watered, a generally happy house. Annnnnnd breathe! 

                                Eat Your Food

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