Moving House Best Packing Tips and Hacks

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If you’re about to move house, or planning to in the near future, you might need some tips and hacks for packing up your home.

Moving house is a big moment in anyone’s life, and more and more people are choosing to move right now.

After the life we’ve led for the last year, many of us want, or need to move to a new home. We’ve spent too much time in our homes, and have lived with their flaws.

We’ve realised our current homes’ limitations and are keen for a change.

And many are taking advantage of the stamp duty holiday. What’s this? Read on.

Stamp Duty Holiday

  • The Stamp Duty Holiday will end on 30th June 2021. Up until this date, the tax has been suspended on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. The holiday was introduced to support those hit financially by Covid-19 and to support the property market.
  • From 1st July – 30th September 2021, there will be a staggered return to previous stamp duty rates. Buyers won’t pay any stamp duty on the first £250,000 of the property purchase price.
  • From 1st October 2021, stamp duty rates will return to normal
  • Online mortgage broker, Trussle, has a Stamp Duty Calculator, so if you’re concerned that you may not meet the stamp duty deadline or are likely to complete on a property following the deadline, you can use this tool to calculate potential costs before and after the stamp duty holiday deadline.
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Some of the facts around buying and selling homes are quite interesting.

For example, 1 in 4 four homes are now being sold in less than seven days due to a buying frenzy, as the stamp duty holiday acts as an incentive for buyers.

Indeed, online mortgage broker Trussle released research showing that the size of housing deposits have increased dramatically year on year. Due to limited spending options during lockdown, some people have been able to save more and increase their house deposit.

  • 87% of first time buyers can now afford a housing deposit above £15,000[1]
  • 76% of next time buyers now have a deposit of more than £25,000[2]

Moving House Top Packing Tips

So with all that in mind, many people are getting ready to move, or in the process of doing so right now.

Before I moved into my current home, I moved 18 times. Suffice to day I got pretty good at packing.

Here are some of my top tips for stress free packing up of your home when you prepare to move house.

  1. Before you start make a list of the essential items you’ll need access to on the day, like medications for example. You don’t want these to be packed away inadvertently and then require them in an emergency.
  2. Start by cleaning and decluttering. It may seem counterintuitive but you don’t want to pack anything unnecessarily. Throw out anything you really don’t need to take with you. You’ll save money on removals too.
  3. Donate anything you don’t want, hold a yard sale or start selling on eBay. You only want to pack the essentials.
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How long before a move should I start packing?

Everyone’s time frame when buying a house varies. Start packing early and make sure you give yourself enough time. The worst thing you can do is leave it too late and be up for nights on end packing before your move.

House moves can be stressful enough, and there’s a lot happening in the final weeks before a move, so do your prep and pack up well in advance if you can.

As you get closer towards moving date, you’ll want to start packing up; even if you’re using a removal service you need to be prepared.

How do you pack fast and efficiently for a house move?

Planning is the key to fast packing.

Make a plan of the items you’ll organise and pack that you don’t use.

Storage is a great place to start like your outdoor shed, the loft or spare bedrooms.

Create a plan on a spreadsheet or tool like Trello and decide in which order you’ll pack.

Put aside a few hours each evening to tackle a job. Tick it off when it’s done.

At the weekends when you have more time you can work on the bigger packing jobs.

What is the last thing to pack before moving house?

Pack up room by room, keeping your packing boxes there, clearly labelled.

Leave the kitchen until the last week, packing up the less essential items first.

Then on the final few days you can clear those that are left. Then do your bedding.

Even if you’re using a removal service, pack all your valuables yourself and keep them safe.

What’s the main thing to remember when packing for a house move?

If there’s one piece of advice I can give that will mean you have a smooth house move, it’s this.

Start your packing well in advance.

And don’t skip the decluttering phase. It will save so much time and money if you only move exactly what you need.

Plus, it’s a great way to start life in a new home, with streamlined belongings.

A true fresh start!

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

In collaboration with online mortgage broker, Trussle

Trussle is a free online mortgage broker, helping you wherever you are on the ladder. Its technology and expert mortgage advisers enable you to make better mortgage decisions in minutes, providing great certainty and speed about your home financing options.

See how much you could borrow or save in minutes. Whether you’re looking at homes for the first time, or you’re looking to remortgage for the fourth time.


[1] Trussle internal data on first time buyer deposit sizes collected March 2021

[2] Trussle internal data on first time buyer deposit sizes collected March 2021

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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