House moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do, so this week we’ve got some more useful tips to help your move go smoothly and help you settle in.

Before the move

Label each packing box with the room that they came from – e.g. ‘kitchen’ or ‘lounge’ and a brief description of what is inside. Write directly onto the box if possible as labels can fall off and get lost. Write the room on the top and side of the box so you can easily see what the contents are even if it is stacked.

If you’re taking apart flat packs and other bits of furniture put the screws, bolts and allen keys into a freezer bag or envelope and tape it to the furniture with masking tape. If you’re concerned that it might fall off then label it and keep it somewhere safe instead.

On moving day

Protect your carpets and flooring with old blankets or flattened cardboard at both the old house and the new, particularly if the weather is bad as mud will get traipsed in and out.

Move your furniture in first, then the boxes – otherwise you’ll end up shuffling boxes around again to make room. It makes sense to put the boxes into the moving van first so that they come out last at your destination.

Make sure there are lightbulbs at your new place. Some people take everything when they move out and the previous owners might leave you with nothing! Pack a spare box in case and check when you arrive so that you aren’t fumbling around when it gets dark.

Furnishing your new home

Moving house can be expensive and if you’re moving into a larger place you might not have enough furniture to fill it – likewise if you are downsizing it you might have stuff that you want to get rid of. Sites like Freecycle have some fantastic furniture available for free and can also be useful if you have things you want to offload before the move – especially if people can come and collect it from you.

Council Tax Challenge

Did you know that up to 400,000 homes in England and Scotland have been in the wrong council tax band since the early 1990s? If you suspect that the council tax in your new home is too high then it is worth taking the time to investigate as you can get your band lowered and receive a backdated payout for any council tax that you have already paid.

You can start by looking to see what your neighbours in similar houses are paying for their council tax via the Valuation Office Agency or Scottish Assessors Association. You can then value your house online and convert it to its 1991 price – this useful Council Tax Reclaiming guide by Martin Lewis will guide you through the process.

Found this useful? Got any house moving tips to share? We’d love to hear from you!