Tips & Tricks

What to expect on moving day (and how to make the process go smoothly)

Moving home can be a notoriously stressful process to go through. So much so, in fact, that some studies have found it to be more stressful than going through a divorce. Thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be this bad – if you know what to expect, you can take important measures to prepare yourself, and make the whole thing a lot more manageable. 

You’ll have an early start

There will be a lot to do on your moving day, and you’ll want to start early. Try to get things started on a nice note – get up 20 minutes before you need to, and have a coffee or tea, and a nice quick breakfast. You’re going to be active throughout the day, and you need energy to fuel all of that activity. 

Checking over the packing

By the big day, you should have finished pretty much all of the packing, apart from your bedding, toiletries, and maybe some other little bits and pieces. Once you’re up, you can pack those last little bits, and make sure that everything is totally ready to be moved out.

Start loading the vehicle(s)

Next, it’ll be time to start loading up your belongings to take them to your new home, or to storage if there’s a gap between your move-in dates. If you’ve booked a removals service like Bright Movers, then you’ll just need to direct the removals experts on which bits need moving. If you’re doing it yourself, then you’ll need to pack your car or van yourself, hopefully with the help of some friends and family! 

Final checks

Once everything is loaded up, you can quickly check the rooms over to make sure that everything has been packed. You may choose to do a deep clean, but that’s also something that might have to be left for another day. 


Next, if you’re moving straight into your new place, you can start unloading your belongings into your new home. When packing everything, you should have labelled all of the boxes, so that you know what belongs in what room. You probably won’t want to unpack everything on the same day – it’ll likely take at least a few days, maybe even a week until everything is up and running in a somewhat orderly fashion.

Sit down and relax

Once everything has been unloaded, you can put the kettle on and relax. It’ll likely have been a pretty stressful process, but it’s nearly over by now. You can watch your first film in your new living room or bedroom, and get some much-needed sleep. 

Obviously, every move will be slightly different, and this list can barely even begin to accommodate the multiple different elements that you’ll likely have to take care of for your moving day. That being said, no matter how hard it is in the moment, it’ll be over and done with before you know it, becoming little more than a memory, tinged with feelings of hope and new beginnings.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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