Moving house might be one of the most stressful things you can do, but it doesn’t have to be! If you follow our 5 Tips on Moving House below, you can take some of this stress away!

For many, a house move signals months of panic, stress, and lost sleep. You’ve got to move furniture out of your house and into your new home, deal with estate agents, solicitors, surveyors, and everything else that comes with it adds to the pressure!

Packing carefully, planning, making the most of self-storage, and staying organised will keep you efficient and sane during your move. Without further ado, here are our key tips for moving home:

1. Pack Proactively

This is important to make moving house as stress-free as possible! If you’re in a medium/large property, or have a lot of items in your house, then packing can take up a huge amount of your time. The last thing you want to do is leave this until the last minute and have to rush around finding boxes, wrapping valuable items, and getting everything ready to go. 

No need to worry, though; we’ve put together some handy pointers to keep your packing on track…

Moving House Packing Tips

  • Pack ahead of time; make sure you pack the items you don’t need to use during the move as early as possible (these include ornaments, some of your clothes, books etc.).
  • Carefully label every box. Make sure that you accurately label every box to make unpacking and finding items as easy as possible (tip: use stickers or colourful tape to indicate which boxes belong to which room, e.g. red tape = kitchen goods).
  • Wrap all fragile goods carefully! During a house move, your boxes will be moved a number of times and often stacked on top of each other, so make sure to use plenty of packaging to prevent any breakages.

If you’re not already stocked up, you can pick up your packaging supplies from us. Simply fill in the online form or give us a call on 0800 999 5881. You can also submit the self-storage contact form today to receive our 12 Top Packing Tips!

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2. Don’t Rush

When it comes to tips for moving house, this one is not to be overlooked! Moving house stress – it’s real, and it’s likely to hit you if you don’t plan your house move step-by-step. If you leave everything to the last minute, you will likely rush around to prepare everything in time. In fact, for some, moving house is so stressful that even with plenty of time, you may still rush as you try to manage work, family, pets, friends, and more on top of the move!

Whether you have months or weeks until your move, try to remain calm at all times – this will give you a clear head, helping you find a straightforward solution to any problems.

3. Store Your Furniture

Unless you’re one of the lucky few that can time moving out of their old home and into their new house perfectly, chances are you will have a period in which you’re between houses. This may be a day or two, but it can be up to a month or more for some. If you find yourself in this situation, then the big question is this; what do you do with all of your furniture?

This is where we can help! As one of the leading providers of safe and secure storage units in London, we can help you store your furniture until you’re ready to move into your fantastic new home. We have self-storage units in Islington, Bayswater, Victoria and Pimlico, so visit our website or contact our team to learn more about how we can support you during your move.

4. Manage Your Timings

Fail to prepare and prepare to fail – this old saying is never more relevant than when you’re moving house! The key to being prepared is managing your timings, and this is most important for the following three areas:


As we mentioned above, be proactive with your packing and ensure its scheduled and planned out in plenty of time before the move occurs. Try to time your packing schedule so that you complete your packing of essentials just before you vacate your current home for the last time.


Whether you’re using self-storage or moving straight into your new home, make sure to time your furniture removals so that you aren’t rushing around at the last minute trying to source a van or removals company to empty your house. If you leave this too late, you risk paying more than you have to for speedy removal. Emptying your house ahead of time will ensure you are well prepared.

Moving Your Furniture Out of Self-Storage

So, you’re storing your boxed items and furniture in a self-storage unit, and you’ve just got the keys to your new house; what now? You could empty your storage unit in one day and fill your house with everything that you own, or you could do this room by room throughout many days/weeks (depending on how much time you have) so that you can allocate time to placing your furniture and items exactly where you want them.

Giving you the space and time to do this in an efficient, calm way. Our flexible storage means you can extend or cancel your storage when you need to.

5. Create a Moving Checklist: Key Tips For Moving House

This is one of the most important tips for moving house. A house-move checklist is a great way to keep yourself on track. Make a moving house checklist into an organiser folder, a to-do list, a series of notes, or whatever works best for you.

List everything from packing, removals, planning the move, emptying your storage unit, important dates and anything else you can think of that you must remember to complete for a successful house move! We recommend doing this before you begin preparing for your move to make sure that you don’t forget anything important.

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If you would like more information on how Metro Storage can help you with any and all of your storage or packaging needs, then contact our team at 0800 999 5881 or