Moving Home? Avoid These 7 Common Pitfalls
20th September 2019

Moving Home? Avoid These 7 Common Pitfalls

When moving home, you’ll notice that it is a difficult process to say the least.

You’ll find yourself wondering where to start, how to get from A to B, how long will it take and every step in between.

Making matters more difficult, you’ll be subject to hundreds of removals companies all claiming to offer you the best deals out there.

To help you avoid the costly mistakes involved when moving homes, you can find a list of the 7 most common pitfalls below:


Table of Contents

  1. Cheap vs Reliable
  2. Communication Along the Chain
  3. Get Quotes in Advance
  4. Not Every Day is Perfect for Moving
  5. Start Packing ASAP
  6. Save a Space
  7. Preparation is Key
  8. We Can Help You Avoid the Pitfalls

Cheap vs Reliable

The age-old saying of ‘It’s too good to be true’, is still applicable to this day, especially when it comes to moving to a new house.

Make sure that the removals company you’ve found are offering you a solid and firm deal, and that you know the contract in and out.

Cheap or illegitimate removals may end up in damaged items, a contract that is layered with traps which ends in you forking out hundreds more than you expected, or even with the movers not showing up at all.

Communication Along the Chain

The chain can get very long in the moving process.

It’s important that, when picking a completion date, that everyone agrees and that there is written communication.

This is just another area where delays can occur, so communication is key here to make for a stress-free and smooth move to your new home.

Get Quotes in Advance

Get a quote far in advance to ensure you can move to your new house when you want to.

August is one of the busiest months to move. It’s of paramount importance that you book your removals company at least 3-4 months in advance when moving in August, this will help you to avoid disappointment.

If you’re looking at moving at most other months, a minimum amount of time required is 4 weeks whilst the average removals date is booked in roughly 6 weeks to 2 months in advance.

Not Every Day is Perfect for Moving

Since 2007, August 30th has consistently topped the charts as being the busiest day to move in the UK. Dates toward the end of the month, like May 30th and April 30th, also tend to be far more popular to those planning a move.

Oh, and whatever you do, make sure you avoid Friday. Unless, of course, you like competing for removals company and enjoy being stuck in traffic.

With 27.7% of movers picking a Friday to move since 2007, moving on a Friday increases your chance of the removals truck getting stuck in traffic and not making it on time. This can cause a domino effect which leads to the whole move being rescheduled.

Your best bet is to move on a weekday in January or February. This means that the removals truck is much less likely to be stuck in traffic and moving day can proceed as planned.

Start Packing ASAP

Not ready on the day of your move? Sadly, this has been known to happen in this process.

Make sure that you are fully packed by the time of moving day. You can keep ahead of this by setting deadlines for specific rooms and leaving enough extra time should it be required at the end.

It’s difficult to know how long it will take to pack away everything in your home, and this is where removal companies can help you by giving you advice.

You don’t want to be caught out when it comes to moving day.

Save a Space

With everything piling up on top of you, things begin to slip through, and one of the most common is forgetting to reserve a space outside your house for the removals truck.

You can do this in any number of ways: inform your neighbours, park your vehicles outside and move them when the truck arrives or even just using some traffic cones (not normally at hand however you can always use your bins instead).

Preparation is Key

Large furniture and appliances will take the most time to get onto the removals truck.

It’s a good idea to learn how to take apart the large items early on, so when moving day comes you can either take it apart really quickly or have it apart ready to be put straight on the truck.

This small step could be the difference between moving today or tomorrow, as sometimes items are so tricky to move or take apart, no preparation has been had, and they have to be moved to another day. Preparation is key.

We Can Help You Avoid the Pitfalls

Moving Home? Avoid these 7 common pitfalls; avoiding these mistakes is not always as easy as has been made it, so make sure you talk to GoodMove and allow them to advise you on the best route possible.

GoodMove is a professional and highly-regarded removals company based in Essex which is accredited by the British Association of Removers.

With over 35 years’ experience handling removals in the UK and internationally, we have built an enviable reputation both locally and abroad.

We also offer a range of flexible storage solutions for each of our customers via our secure storage units based at our site in near Colchester.

To find out how we can get your move underway and avoid a nightmarish start to life in your new home don’t hesitate to call us today.

Alternatively fill out a quick quote form and we will be in touch shortly.