How about some really useful moving house tips?

moving house tips

People usually move house for exciting and happy reasons – a new job, a new baby, or a  new adventure. The actual move itself, however, can be quite stressful for everyone concerned.  While we can’t promise to make your move a – well – moving experience, we can assure you that our comprehensive list of moving house tips will help you manage your move successfully.

Moving Companies

With so many moving companies to choose from, it’s important to select one that you feel confident enough to trust all your belongings to.

Here are a few important factors to consider:


moving company insuranceNo matter how experienced and careful your removal company, there is always the risk of things going south. You usually have a choice of several insurance options, from all risk to goods in transit and storage insurance which should cover you against fire, accident, hijacking, storm damage and dents, among others.


This is largely dependent on how much stuff you need to move, and how far it has to go. If you have particularly fragile items, such as sculptures or paintings, they may need special – and more costly – packaging. If items need to be dismantled before packing, this can also affect the cost. If you’re on a budget, try and do as much as you can yourself.

Here’s a great cost-saving, moving house tip:

Moving at the end or beginning of a month is usually more expensive than moving mid-month Click To Tweet so try not to plan your move for a peak time if at all possible


If you’re packing up an entire house for an international move, most removal companies will take about three days. When packing for a more local move, the time required is generally shorter – but it’s important to get a definitive time commitment from your movers. You need to know how long it will take them to pack up, and when your things will arrive at your new home.


Moving house tips the scales as one of the more expensive things you will do in your life! So many expenses crop up that you may not have been prepared for, so here are a few things to factor into your moving budget:

Furniture removal

This is always more expensive than you think it’s going to be, so make sure you get quotes in plenty of time so that you have the chance to set money aside or shop around. On-the-day additional costs may also occur, such as surcharges for petrol and toll fees. When moving house, tips for the people doing the physical packing and moving are also common, so allow for this in your budget.


There is usually a deposit to be paid to the municipality for your electricity supply – unless your new house has a pre-paid meter, in which case you will have to buy enough electricity to see you through the first week or so while you settle in.


When thinking about everything that needs to be done before moving house, tips on successfully relocating your pets aren’t always at the top of your list! But moving can be just as stressful for your animals as it is for you, and is often more expensive than moving your furniture – especially when moving internationally. You may have to have your animals microchipped and vaccinated before they are allowed into their new country, and there may also be quarantine regulations.

Moving Boxes

If you want to pack up most of your things yourself, remember that owner-packed boxes are not generally covered against damage by your removal company insurance. But, if you’re planning to move them yourself and just leave the bigger items to the professionals, then it shouldn’t be a problem. You can go here for great deals on packing boxes that are ideal for moving house.

Tips learned from experience include this one:

Use smaller boxes for packing heavy things like books – otherwise you won’t be able to lift them!

Change Of Address

You may know where you’re going, but you need to let other people know as well! In addition to notifying friends and family of your change of address, you will also have to notify your bank, medical aid, and anyone else who may send statements and accounts to your home address.

Do these ones first:


If you’re moving within your municipality, you can simply transfer your electricity and water accounts to your new address. You need to give the municipality about 30 days’ notice. If moving house tips you over into another municipality, you must cancel your existing utilities and reapply for them in at your new house. Your estate agent can often help you with this.


It’s usually possible to transfer your existing landline number to your new address provided you’re staying within the same exchange area. This can take time, so make sure you give plenty of notice – 30 days at a minimum. Moving to a different area means you can either take over the number from the previous owner of your new property or apply for a new number.


This is one of the most important moving house tips! We are so used to being connected to the Internet that any disruption can be really unsettling – not to mention inconvenient!

There is no need to change service providers unless you are moving internationally, in which case you will need to give at least 30 days’ notice (depending on your contract). If you are moving within South Africa, you can simply notify your service provider of your new address and the date from which you will be living there. You will then need to ensure that there is an ADSL or fibre connection at your new property.


Your car and household premiums are calculated based on where you live, the kind of security you have and where your car is parked at night. Your insurance company needs to know when any of these things change so they can recalculate your premiums. If you’re downsizing, you may no longer need as much household insurance, which could reduce the amount you have to pay.

Label And Sort

Even if being organised doesn’t come naturally to you, you have to make a superhuman effort when it comes to moving house. Tips to help you streamline your move include:

Throw Away Or Donate (Purge)

It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulate when we stay in one place for a while! You don’t really need 40 plastic storage boxes! Be ruthless – donate or ditch everything that you don’t use regularly, As a general rule, if you haven’t used it or worn it in the last two years, you don’t need it! Click To Tweet

Find It And File It!

moving house filing systemPut all your important documents in one file and take it with you when you move. Birth certificates, marriage documents, passports, university degrees….moving house tips don’t get more important than this one!!

Label and categorise

If you’re packing some or all of your own things – label, label, label!! There’s nothing more frustrating than tripping over and ripping open 20 boxes in the dark at 6 am to try and find the teaspoons so you can make coffee! Labelling and categorising your things may take time initially, but you will be so grateful when it comes to unpacking.


Insurance can replace things, but it can’t replace memories. So if you have valuables that you don’t feel comfortable putting in the back of a removal truck – such as jewellery, photographs and other precious trinkets – pack them up carefully and take them with you.

Plan Ahead

The purpose of these moving house tips is to not only get you ready for moving day but also to make settling into your new home easier and less stressful. This is why it’s important to plan ahead to once the move is over.

Here are a few points to ponder:

Space In Your New Home

Is your new smaller than your old one? Make sure you sell the furniture that’s not going to fit before you move. If you have fewer cupboards in your new bedroom, thin out your wardrobe as much as possible to avoid having to try and squash everything in.

Security Matters

It’s important to feel safe in your new home, so make sure your alarm system is working and you know where all the keys are to all the doors and security gates. Hanging curtains or putting up blinds as soon as possible will give you much needed privacy and security.

Window Coverings

While we’re on the subject of moving house tips in general, and window coverings in particular, Enjoy privacy and security by using temporary paper blinds. Click To Tweet These are perfect for those first few weeks while you’re settling in, and will actually last much longer if you need them to.

Benefits of Paper Blinds

  • Easy to install – no tools required
  • Can be cut to fit any window
  • Inexpensive
  • Stylish
  • Light and portable – easy to bring with you to your new home

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Read this for some really useful packing tips, and if you’d like to know more about using temporary blinds to help with security and privacy while you’re settling in, please chat to us.

Good luck with your move!