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Relocation: What should I do before my movers arrive to pack?

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You’ve probably must have heard many removal stories from friends and family, either they have been lucky enough to find a trustworthy removals company to do the job, or have decided to take on the challenge themselves and it’s been a total disaster.

The entire process of relocating to a new home or office requires a lot of organising, budgeting, and attention to detail to ensure the move runs as smooth as possible.

If you’re planning a big move, then the best advice is to start preparing well in advance, especially before the movers arrive.

We’ve listed the top more important things to do before your removal company arrives!

Organize your home

This is your opportunity to declutter and sell or donate all the items that are no longer useful to you. This will help to simplify your move and will save time and money that would be required to pack and ship those items to the new premises, only to be disposed of anyway.

List the items that can not be moved

Most removal companies will ship generic items such as furniture, appliances, books and glass, but items such as plants and food may not be suitable for loading onto the moving truck.

Make alternative arrangements for those items, or give away to friends and family to avoid waste.

Create an inventory

Create a detailed list of all the items you will move. This will help when you’re organising your stuff once the move it over. You can create a separate list for each room to make it easier when you are trying to locate items to use.

Spring clean

A big move is a perfect opportunity to give all your appliances and furniture a good clean as a lot of it would be covered in gathered dust over time. It’s always a good idea to strip the bedding and furniture cover pieces and back them separately to prevent damage during transit.


Labels are a good idea to use as they will not only help you when trying to find items, but it will also help the removal team, as they can see clearly what the contents are in each of the boxes.

All of the above preparations will be very handy on the day, but will matter the most is if you could be present during the moving process. You’ll be able to provide invaluable assistance to your removals team.

Ross Glew

Your removal men were a pleasure to work with - I have no hesitation in highly recommending your company.

Pete Green

The removals guys are exceptional & will go above & beyond to help your move go as smooth as possible. I recommend them as much as I can.

James Frost

The service from first contact was excellent. Your staff are supportive & extremely helpful at all times. We would certainly use you again!

Shradha Brown

Just wanted to say thank you to your team for providing such an excellent service. They were extremely efficient, helpful and made the move so much easier for my family. Please pass on my thanks to all and I shall definitely leave positive reviews about the service I received and recommend you to all of my friends and family.

Jyoti Patel

The service provided by Bell and Sons was second to non. The removal men were so friendly and so accommodating. Moving house is a stressful process, we can 100% say that the actual move day wasn't. The removal men from Bell and Sons took away all the stress. Fantastic service and I would highly recommend them. We have personally used them four times now and never had a problem.