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Removals Day and How to Handle It

Ask those about to move house what they are most apprehensive about and you can bet their answers are going to be the same: removals day! Removals day can be one of the most stressful aspects of the moving process if you’re under-prepared. The combination of packing the car, talking to your removals men, handling the kids and getting some sort of order going once you’ve arrived at your new house can all get way too much!

However, with proper preparation removals day doesn’t have to be a struggle. In fact, it can be quite pleasurable when everything’s prepared in advance, and you enjoy the excitement of knowing you’ll soon be starting a brand new life with your family.

Why not follow these handy tips for a stress-free moving day that’ll get you on the road to your new house quietly and efficiently?

Many hands make light work: There are so many tasks to do on removals day that you can’t possibly do them all yourself. Invite friends and family round (bribe them with snacks if necessary!) and ask them to chip in – not only will you feel supported and not alone but you’ll also have the added benefit of extra help should anything go wrong. Handymen are very helpful, as there are invariably a range of fiddly jobs that need doing on removals day.

Pack in advance: You really don’t want to be packing on removals day, except any last minute items that you simply need to throw into a bag, such as toiletries. If you continue packing on the last day you’ll confuse yourself as to what you’ve packed, what you haven’t packed, and what you may have accidentally left behind. Pack in advance and colour code the boxes, so your removals men can simply walk in and carry out everything, knowing precisely what needs to go where when you arrive at the new property.

Pack a survival kit: Once you get to your new house you’re likely to be exhausted. You’ll most likely want a brew, a snack and a place to sleep for the night. That’s why it’s important to pack a survival kit which contains everything you need for the first few days in your new house. This should include a kettle, cups, snacks, takeaway menus, alarm clocks, bedding, toiletries, cutlery and everything that’ll make your life that little bit easier. Maybe some champagne to celebrate too!

Arrange for pets to stay with relatives: Most pets cope very poorly with change, particularly cats, and can get very stressed out with the hustle and bustle of moving day. Although you can incorporate them into the day’s events – by locking them in an empty room with plenty of fresh water and food and putting them in the car last – it can be easier to leave them to relax at a friend or relatives for the day. That way you know they’re safe, and don’t have to worry about them escaping through an open door. offers free quotes for a range of moving related services such as removals, conveyancing and energy performance certificates, along with detailed advice and information to help your entire house move go as smoothly as possible.