General Tips & Moving Advice

On this page you will find all of our moving advice learned from our many years of experience in the house removals business. We want to help make your move as simple and as stress free as possible and have provided this page as a reference containing all our best moving advice. When you book with us we will provide bespoke moving advice for any items that require it and will let you know how best to prepare for the day of the move.

Get in touch with Bedford Removals. We’ll quote you a price for your move and advise you from the start of the process. If necessary, one of our staff will call on you to look at your house, availability of access and the items you need to move. We’ll remind you of things like your garden shed or any other items you may have forgotten about. When we have the required information you will be given a price for the removal and a date for the move may be booked.

Packing Tips

Some of these may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many people forget them when they have so many other things related to the move on their mind.

  • Only use Professional Removal Boxes
    Remember the boxes are protecting all your possessions. Do not be tempted to use just any box!. Also be careful not to buy cheap, low quality boxes. Chances are if you are buying them online the will not be professional removal boxes even if they are advertised as so, they would be to heavy to post. We also see a lot of (home mover packs), again be careful of the quality. Bedford Removals can offer to provide all the Packing Materials within your quotation if you require. Both our packing materials and packing service can offer new or used professional removal boxes.
  • Make Lists and Label your Boxes
    Make up a list to help you to record what’s in each box. Devise your own system but keep it simple and ensure that it will allow you to easily identify where everything is packed. For example you could use numbered labels and cross refer these to a list or notebook. In other words you could have a box numbered “6” and a reference to this in your notebook listing the contents of box number “6”.
  • Don’t Overfill!
    Please ensure that you do not overfill your boxes and cartons, remember that they have to be lifted. The removal men are fully trained but they are not supermen. Also, boxes that are overfilled may break under the strain.
  • Don’t Under fill!
    This may seem stupid after the previous tip but partially filled boxes may collapse if heavy items are placed on top of them. Try to distribute your things evenly in the available boxes.
  • Ensure that you have Sufficient Packing Material
    It is essential that you have plenty of paper, bubble wrap, cartons and containers. You will also need lots of adhesive tape.
  • Beware of Fragile Items!
    When packing your valuable and fragile possessions please remember that newsprint will rub off and does not protect belongings very well. Use Bubble Wrap for Glass, Ornaments, China and all delicate items . The boxes holding these items should be clearly marked as “fragile”.
  • Consider a Box Marking System
    You may want to consider writing the boxes contents and also what room it is from. For example Bed 1, Kitchen, Dining Room. This will allow our staff to place the Boxes in the appropriate room.
  • Take Care with your Soft Furnishings
    Ensure that you don’t place heavy items with sharp corners on top of sofas and otherupholstery. These can be damaged quite easily if you do this.
  • Pack Ahead
    Start packing two or three weeks in advance. Keep only essential items aside until the last day or two.
  • Small Items
    Boxes are preferred to bags for small items. Bags are easily torn and difficult to stack.
  • Suitcases and Luggage
    Where possible use your suitcases and other luggage to pack some of your things.
  • Don’t Pack Important Documents
    Remember to keep important documents aside. This will obviously include any documents related to the house sale and your removal.
  • Paint and other Liquids
    Ensure that any paint or other liquids is contained in leakproof containers. Pack in plastic bags before placing in boxes to minimise the effect of any spillages.
  • Food
    Food should be removed from cupboards and packed before the move. Ensure that all caps and screw fittings on jars and bottles are secured.

General Tips

  • Children
    If you have young children it would be advisable to look for baby sitters while the move is taking place. You will be stressed enough without trying to look after the kids.
  • Pets
    If you have pets you should consider what is to happen to them on the day of removal. It is generally better that they are removed from the premises before the move takes place.
  • Fridge and Freezer
    Remember to defrost your fridge and freezer no later than 3 days before your move or not at all. Ideally you should run the contents of these down over the last couple of weeks before you go.
  • Appliances
    Kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers or washing machines that contain water should be drained and allowed to dry before removal.
  • Garden Tools and Equipment
    Ensure that any petrol driven equipment is cleaned and drained of fuel well before the move.
  • Evening Meal
    You should make arrangements for your evening meal in advance of your move. You don’t want to be trying to cook whilst the place is in turmoil. However people can get short tempered when hungry so arrange a take away if necessary.
  • Painting and Carpet Fitting
    It goes without saying that it is far easier if you can get your decorating and carpet fitting done in advance where possible.
  • Lamps
    Remove all lamp shades before the move.
  • Beds
    Most beds require to be dismantled before they can be moved. Consider this and plan accordingly.
  • Lifts and Parking
    If you need to use a lift or if parking spaces are a problem ensure that you get these organised beforehand.
  • Flat Pack (Self assembly) Furniture
    Self assembly furniture does not usually move well. Make arrangements to have this dismantled before your move. You should also arrange for someone to reassemble it at your new home.
  • Plants
    If you have plants you may want to consider leaving these with a friend or neighbour. Some plants are delicate and may be affected by dust and paint fumes. It is better to leave these until you are settled in.

Administrative Matters

  • Telephone, Gas and Electric
    You should ensure that you have read your utility meters before leaving. You should also have made the appropriate arrangements with the utility and telephone companies for transfer of your services.
  • Essential Items
    Keep all your essential items together in a suitable box for the day of the move. These will include things like your credit cards, keys, wallets and mobile phones.
  • Medication
    If anyone in the household requires regular medication or items such as asthma inhalers ensure that these are kept safely aside. Remember that you may be working in dusty conditions.
  • Your old House
    Should your old house be getting left empty for a period ensure that everything is turned off and that you pass the keys on to the estate agent.
  • Scheduled Deliveries
    Remember to cancel your milk, newspapers and any other items that are delivered to your old house.
  • Television Supply
    Should you subscribe to any satellite or cable television services arrangements will have to be made to get this transferred.


How should I prepare for moving with Bedford Removals?

We cannot properly carry out the move without good access to your premises. Please ensure that you have spoken to your neighbours and where necessary, arranged to leave parking places clear. Also all walkways, pathways, stairs and passages should be clear of any obstruction to allow us free movement to your property. Finally you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. Feel free to contact us at any time if you need further moving advice or clarification about anything related to the move. On the day stay cool, calm and collected and your move will be completed with the minimum of fuss and stress.

Self Assembly System Furniture

This furniture is not designed to be moved in assembled form. PLEASE ASK US! for advice on whether it will need flat packing back into its original state as when purchased or delivered. Some units are movable with care but we can’t except responsibility for any damage to these items

If you are going to have a de-clutter and clear out, now is a good time. It may be easier to use our House Clearance Service than ordering a skip or to save on multiple trips to your local council tip. We are fully Licensed by the Environment Agency and are upper tier carriers.

At least a month before the move you also need to alert service providers etc.

Notify change of address to the following:

  • Business Bank accounts
  • Employer(s)
  • Bank accounts
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Vets
  • Telephone, Mobile/Landline
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Credit cards
  • Insurances
  • DVLA
  • Passport
  • Newspaper and milk
  • Send change of address cards to friends and family
  • Book post office to redirect mail
  • Inform tv and media suppliers

Security tip… When you move there is always the risk that junk mail delivered in your name could be used by criminals to obtain credit cards etc in your name. To stop this happening contact the Mailing Preference service on 0845 703 4599


Double-Check Work (new builds)

Most builders conduct a final walk-through shortly before you complete on your new home. This is the time when last minute details are noted. Many will have been taken care of before you move in. If there are any open items, check with your builder so that each item is attended to. A burned out light bulb, a chipped electrical outlet cover, or a spot of touch-up paint that’s needed are typical items that can show up during a final walk-through.

Know Your Home

Your new home can be a bit of a mystery to you until you take the time to get to know it. That’s why most builders conduct a new home orientation. This is the time when the builder will show you the location and operation of key systems and components in your new home. The builder will likely also explain warranties and provide you with printed and/or electronic versions of operating manuals and warranties.

This is the time to make sure you know where the electrical circuit breakers, water cutoff valves and other key aspects of your home are located and how to operate them.  Many builders also provide a record of the paint colors and brands, carpet and flooring choices and other decorative aspects of your home. It’s wise to file this information for future reference. Make sure you know where, when and how to change your furnace and air conditioning filters. Jotting down filter sizes is a great idea, too.

Learn to operate any and all systems — and save the manuals for them. This includes home security, home automation, home theater, garage door openers, water softeners, sprinkler systems, programmable thermostats, appliances and more.

Last, consider determining the best plans in case of a fire or other emergency. Locating these basic parts of the house and planning ahead will serve you in the future.

Make Your Vision a Reality

When you first looked at your new home, I am sure you imagined what it would look like with full paint, furniture and accessories. The first few months of living in your new home is the perfect time to bring that vision to life. Decorate your home in the manner you imagined so that you love it. You must make your home your own if you want to feel comfortable in it and proud of it.

Know Your Neighborhood

Your house doesn’t stand alone; it’s part of a whole community! So, don’t wait for your neighbors to come to you – go out and meet them. Your neighbors can become some of your closest friends. They can help watch your home when you’re away. The benefits are endless. Have kids? Your new neighbors may, as well. A playgroup or swim team may be up and running. Other residents may share your interests. Many a new home community has a vibrant club for movie buffs, travel aficionados, wine enthusiasts and more. Don’t find a group with your interest yet? Start one!

It’s also important to know your community for practical reasons. “Collect emergency information for the fridge — know the address and phone numbers of the nearest hospital, police station and fire station. If you have pets, it’s a good idea to know where the closest vet and animal hospital are located. The more you know about your neighborhood, the more assimilated you will feel.

Housewarming Party
Once you and your family are settled and feeling comfortable, celebrate your home with friends, family and neighbors. Show off all the hard work and effort you put into making your new home beautiful and unique. In addition, as a bonus, some people have been known to bring gifts to these parties.

You’ve moved all your stuff in, contacted the proper places and businesses, and taken the steps to make your new house a home. What’s next? Relax, of course! Enjoy your new home, neighbors and community amenities. Sit back, unwind and bask in the success of creating a home made just for you.

Before the move

Arrange to have young children and pets looked after by someone on the day of the move.

Arrange to have tea/ coffee and biscuits with kettle, cups and milk for yourselves and the hard working removal team.

On the move day

Take with you in your car all monies, jewellery and small valuables.

Keep all keys to your house ,garage and sheds handy and labelled for the new owners.

When the removers have finished do a walk round check with them to ensure nothing has been left that needs to be taken.


If you have opted to do your own packing then either use boxes provided by us, or ensure that they are double walled and strong enough. Industry standard removal boxes are very rarely sold online and delivered, so be careful and avoid the cheap so called ”home moving packs”.

Secure with removal tape top and bottom and never just fold the flaps over.

Mark with felt tip on the top of the box or on the tape itself as to the room it is going to and also mark clearly if it contains fragile items.

Don’t make boxes too heavy, it is often a good idea to have heavy items at the bottom and then fill with lighter or softer goods.

Ensure bottle lids are all tight and pack standing up.

Any knives or sharp items should be wrapped prior to packing to ensure they cannot protrude from the box and cause injury.

Last important tip… get a good nights sleep the night before the move with the peace of mind that comes from booking the right company for your move.

Moving Advice from Bedford Removals

Moving Advice from Bedford Removals