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Moving Day

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Moving day essentials

Through our years of experience of helping people find their dream home, the Open Door team know a thing or two about how to make the all important moving day run as smoothly as possible.  

With so much to think about it can be hard to know where to begin, but our series of guides are designed to help you make the process as smooth as possible. 

Packing plays a huge part in moving home and you’ll want to start the process as much as 2 months in advance of the big day if you have a lot of belongings but have you thought about packing the essentials and having some things closer to hand on moving day?  

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Pack essentials separately  

Having easy access to any essentials on moving day will help keep everyone happy on the day you move. Your essentials box should be the last box you load onto the removal van or take it with you in your car. Put anything you’re likely to need the morning of your move and the first night of your new home into this box, so you don’t have to go rummaging through boxes to find your essentials. 


Having a kettle and tea bags handy for making a cuppa when you’re unpacking is just one of our top tips.. check out our other ideas for what to pack in an ‘essentials’ box below.  

You can also download our moving essentials checklist right here

  • Kettle 

  • Mugs/cups 

  • Coffee/tea, milk and sugar 

  • Toilet Paper 

  • Scissors or a penknife for opening boxes 

  • Washing up liquid 

  • Bin bags 

  • Can opener 

  • A dishtowel and a dishcloth 

  • All-purpose cleaner  

  • Cup or glass, plate and cutlery per person 

  • A basic tool kit with screwdriver, allen key,  

  • Phone charger 

  • Something for lunch or dinner  

  • Snacks (cereal bars, bag of crisps, chocolate bar) 

  • Drinks (bottles or cans of soft drink) 

  • An emergency first aid kit 

  • A torch and matches/candles in case of any issues with electrics  

  • Pyjamas and a chance of clothes, including a towel per person 

  • Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrush and hand soap 

  • A basic tool kit 

  • Important documentation and paperwork for move day 

If you're moving with children, then don't forget to put a few toys or books in there too, to help keep them entertained over

the course of the day.  

If you’re moving with pets, keep some pet food (and something to put it in) handy. 

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