Hints and Tips

Moving home can be a daunting prospect…

Moving home consists of packing and transporting often thousands of different objects, each of different value, shape and size, from one location to another. Given the stress of selling, buying and renting homes, it’s no wonder that people often give little time to thinking exactly what will or will not be moved to their new home.

Planning your move

That’s why Movers Transport has produced this guide to help you prepare and plan for a smooth, efficient move to your new home.

The Schedule of Service

In most cases an estimator or surveyor will visit you in your home to discuss the details of your planned move. He or she will explain the services we provide and we agree with you exactly what’s to be included in the quotation, together with a detailed Service Specification of what will and won’t be included in the final move.

Service Specification

In order for us to arrange a removal there are certain aspects that need to be taken into consideration: how much requires moving, if packing is required, the time it will take and how far we need to travel. We can then arrange the appropriate vehicles, number of men required and packing materials to meet your requirements.

The Service Specification document is designed with you in mind. It is there to confirm the specific requirements of your move and help avoid those last minute niggles prior to moving into your new home.


Packing can be the most time consuming and frustrating part of any move. Many people often leave it to the last minute. Many people often leave it to the last minute only to find they don’t have enough appropriate boxes to do the job properly.

We can supply you with all the packing materials you need at a reasonable cost. According to your wishes we can do all, some or none of the packing.

If you agree for us to do your packing, the quotation will include the supply of labour and packing materials so all you need to do is relax and we’ll do the rest.

If you had intended to do all the packing but, for whatever reason, you haven’t had the time we will be glad to assist.

However, we would require reasonable warning (at least a day before) so that when the lorry arrives at your home, it will have the necessary crew and packing materials needed for the extra work. Secondly, we will need to make an additional charge for the extra work.


Even with the greatest care taken, no mover can guarantee that personal and cherished belongings won’t get damaged in transit. This is why all member companies must have insurance which meets BAR standards.

What to take

Decide what you want to take early on and make sure you discuss this with us before a quotation is provided. Do not put everything together in one room or area; this makes it very difficult for the crew to work and will ultimately slow them down.

If you can, try to remove anything that is not going to your new home before the moving day. If you can’t, then just identify the items clearly using the labels provided.

Special Items

Please inform us of any unusual items you wish to take with you. If necessary we can make special arrangements for plants, fine art, antiques, wine collections, IT equipment, or anything else you are particularly concerned about.

The Date

Arrange the date as far ahead as possible, but don’t guess. Keep us informed of any last minute alterations.

Mains Services

We are not permitted to tamper with mains services. Make arrangements with your gas and/or electricity companies well in advance. Also inform your telephone companies well in advance. Also inform your telephone company and Internet Service Provider and, if required, make arrangements to keep your old numbers.

Deep Freezers

It is advisable to run down stocks as much as possible – freezers are not designed to be moved whilst loaded. For long distance moves they will need to be completely emptied and for short trips the contents may be temporarily removed, packed in boxes and reloaded at the new home. However, please not that neither the mover nor most insurers will accept responsibility for any deterioration of the contents.

Carpets and Curtains

We will take down curtains and take up carpets by special arrangement (check your service specification), but will not fit them again in your new home.

Light Fittings

You should remove light fittings before the day as we are not qualified to do so.

System Furniture

This type of furniture is not designed to be moved in its assembled form. We will be responsible for dismantling these so please discuss these before the move. We can reassemble furniture at your request at additional cost.


Clothes and other light items may be left in drawers, but heavier items such as books, files or tools should be removed and packed separately.

Parking and Access

Please inform us of any parking restrictions at either location. This will enable us to make any necessary arrangements with the authorities to park.

Please also inform us of any difficulties we might come across gaining access to your new home. These might include narrow streets, overhanging trees, unmade roads, small doorways, spiral staircases, etc.

Multi-Storey Buildings

If you are moving to a flat or a multi-storey building please advise us if there is a lift, and if so, how big it is. We strongly advise that you make arrangements for priority use of the lift for the day wherever possible.

Spare Key

Sometimes the removal vehicle will arrive at your new home before you do. If you can, give the foreman a spare key so no time is lost waiting for you.

Maps and Plans

Please give the driver clear directions to your new home and a street map if possible. Also draw a floor plan of your new home and give it to the foreman so that everything can be put in the correct room.

Colour coded labels can also help to identify the correct location for items – speak to the estimator about this.

Children and Pets

Older children may enjoy the excitement of the move and should be included as much as possible, both during the planning and the move itself, to help them understand the reasons for moving and to reduce homesickness.

You might consider having younger children and pets looked after by a relative or friend while the move is taking place.

You can also download a pdf checklist to print off and keep. It should prove invaluable as you plan your big move!

Having read through our guide, please complete our 30 second quick quote feature above to see how cost effective we are.

For more information, contact our sales team today on 0161 442 9999, or send us an email.