Whether you’re moving from one street to the other or clear across the country, the key to a stress-free move is preparing and planning in advance. When taking on the mammoth task of house moving there are several things you need to keep in mind to ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. Here are our top 14 do’s and don’ts for moving your home.

Do get a quote early – You have the date of your move and the excitement is growing. If you are going to use a moving company then it is advised that you make your booking early. Start off by getting several quotes and selecting the best person for the job. Book your movers early enough for you to be able to get the rest of your home sorted out and packed up before they arrive. Always try to avoid last minute bookings as this could affect your end price.

Do start packing your goods early – The last thing you want to do is rush through the packing with everything going on around you. Take your time and pack your goods properly.

Don’t try to move heavy items yourself – To avoid serious injury it is never advised that you try to move larger heavy items alone. Trust the services of a moving company to help.

Do use plastic wrap – Plastic wrap is perfect for covering bedding and couches to avoid any undue damage during the move.

Don’t use plastic on wooden furniture – This is especially true if you are moving over a longer distance. Wooden items may bleed and cause damage to the item.

Do use durable, double wall corrugated board cartons – The more durable your boxes the less chance you have of them falling apart while carrying goods around.

Don’t buy or use single wall cardboard boxes – These types of boxes tend to fall apart during the move and make it difficult for the movers to carry.

Do ensure that all the plumbing and plugs to washing machines, fridges, and other household appliances are disconnected before the movers come.

Don’t leave valuables lying around – Especially smaller items which could be easily taken.

Do ensure that you have snacks and cold drink or water available throughout the move.

Don’t pack everything away – Always make sure that you have a few household essentials as well as an emergency kit including phone chargers available. You never know when you would need them.

Do ensure that you take out fully comprehensive insurance with your insurance company or through the movers.

Don’t forget anything behind – Always try to do a walkthrough of the home once everything is moved out.

Do make sure that if you’re moving to a complex or estate that they allow trucks in.

Do relax and try not to stress – This may be difficult but try to keep calm during your move but try to avoid getting worked up over smaller issues.