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Moving Tips


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Moving house is an important and potentially exciting event in your life. At Orbis Moving, we will do everything to make it a hassle-free experience, offering additional packing and storage services and advice, whenever necessary. We hope that this list of Moving Tips we have compiled will help you prepare for the move.

Prepare Ahead

When moving your house to and from Bournemouth, you will have to organise many things ahead of time. Make a list of the things you have to do. Get enough packing material, think about all your belongings and furniture that you want to move and the items you need to leave behind. If you have small kids or pets, for example, you will also have to organise care for them.

Moving Boxes

You may have already bought your new house, but to get the removal process going, it is essential to get moving boxes and other packing material. You can choose from a wide range of quality boxes and another packaging when you contact your nearest Orbis Moving office, or you may decide to get hold of moving boxes from shops or self-storage facilities.

Communicating with Your Moving Company

It is essential to choose a professional moving company in Bournemouth that is willing to help you whenever you need advice, and with whom you can communicate easily. Establish the date of removal well ahead, discuss anything you need to know and confirm the removal again a few days before the moving day as well, to avoid any misunderstandings. At Orbis Moving, we always aim to provide advice and information our customers need, so do not hesitate to contact us. Each customer is also assigned a moving coordinator available 24/7 for any queries.

Access for the Removal Van

Think about how the moving van can access your current and future home, advise your neighbours that the van will be parked outside your house, and get any necessary permits. In some cases councils need 10-14 days notice in order to arrange parking suspension, so check in advance and make sure you are prepared. We are here to assist, so in case you need us to handle that on your behalf, please contact your moving coordinator.

Decide What to Take and What to Leave Behind

You won’t necessarily want to take everything with you, especially if you are moving internationally. Make a list of everything you want to take with you – It is also helpful to have an inventory when you are unpacking, and it is a requirement at customs when you are moving abroad. About the items you are not taking with you – don’t just throw them away. Ask your friends and relatives if they want anything, give the things to charities, or organise a garage sale.

Think About Your New Home

Draw up a map of your new house. If it is smaller than your current home, for example, you would definitely want to leave some things behind. Valuable advice is to start packing based on how you are planning to unpack in your new home. This will make your moving in much easier. Another useful advice is to colour code the rooms at your new place and mark the boxes with the relevant colour on the packing day. It is going to be much easier to segregate the boxes at your new home with this in mind.


You can either order a professional packing service from Orbis Moving, which is highly recommended if you are moving abroad, or if you have many valuable and fragile items, or you can decide to pack yourself. If you prefer to pack yourself, you should start packing your items a few weeks before the removal day and go through everything systematically. Label moving boxes clearly, and pack essential items only in the last few days. Don’t put too many or too few items into one box and do not pack books or heavy items into large boxes, making them too heavy for the removal men to carry.

Notify Gas, Electric, Gas and Water Companies in Advance

As you are changing address, you will have to notify these companies, banks, relatives and friends to send your mail to your new address. Notify your employer, and if you have any kids, you will have to take care of changing schools as well.

Do Not Pack Personal Documents, Jewellery and Money

You might need these items during the moving process, or while they are in storage. Don’t pack items that you will or might need right after you move in, or always keep track of where you are putting them. Same is valid for keys, food and medicine.

Research the Area Where You Are Moving

If you are moving to Europe or overseas, it is very important to get to know as much about the new country as you can, before moving there. This way, the transition will hopefully not be stressful for your family and you. Even if you are moving within the UK, it is advisable to get to know as much about the new area and the neighbourhood as you can.

Be Present on the Moving Day

To ensure that everything goes as planned with the removal team, it is important to be present on the removal day. If you are unable to supervise the moving process, please arrange a friend or relative to let the crew in and check the property after loading. We will always advise being present on the delivery to give unloading instructions, check all items and boxes and sign the job sheet on completion.

Check Your Old Home Once More

Check that you haven’t left any items behind. Also turn off gas, electricity and close all the windows.

Happy Moving!

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