How To Plan And Prepare For A Successful House Move


Planning for a successful house move can be challenging. It takes time to bring all the components together and execute on them. 

That’s why we’ve written this post. Planning and preparing for a house move might seem complex, but it’s something you can do with the right approach and advice.

Get Started Now

If you’re planning on long distance moving, get started now. Don’t wait. The weeks and months before the big move will pass quickly, and you don’t want to get to the moving date without having first done adequate planning, packing, and organizing. 

Most people recommend starting this process at least two months before your planned moving date. This way, you have enough time to do all the things you need to do, particularly if you have a lot of possessions.

Start in your house by throwing out all the things you don’t need or don’t plan on bringing with you. Getting rid of these helps to free up space tremendously and prevents moving day itself from being such a hassle. 


If there are items that you want to keep or don’t want to throw in the trash, recycle or sell them. Make it a fun project to use proceeds from the sale of belongings you no longer need to fund your removal or real estate agent costs. 

Work Out How You’ll Move Everything

The next step is to work out how you’ll move everything. If you live light and only have a handful of possessions, then you might be able to fit everything in your car. However, if you have a family or want to move more stuff, then it makes sense to move it in a van. 

Many companies now offer off-site storage to give you more flexibility. You can keep items in a secure unit until you’re ready to move them to your new destination. It’s something that can take a lot of the stress out of the process, particularly if there is a delay in leaving your old house and moving into your new one. 

Gather All Your Supplies

The following step is to gather all the supplies and equipment you’ll need to pack everything. Moving companies can do this for you, or you can do it yourself. The choice is up to you.

Usually, you’ll need the following:-

  • Cardboard boxes, plastic tubs, or wooden boxes

  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning material

  • Scissors

  • Marker pens to write the contents of each box

  • Tape

If you want to move larger items, like grand pianos, it’s best to ask professionals to pack and wrap these. Making a mistake could cause these items to suffer damage during transit. 

Label Everything Room By Room

Lastly, you’ll want to pack everything in labeled boxes and organize it room by room. This approach is the most efficient because you know where to take all the labeled boxes once you arrive at your new address. 

On top of this, you’ll need an essentials box or bag. This contains everything you need for the first 24 hours in your new property if you don’t get a chance to unpack immediately.