Oh great, another house move….

Moving house is one of the most stressful events you can undertake. And in the military, we do them more often than most. The preparation required before the packers have even walked through the front door fills you with dread, let alone the stack of boxes on the other side that prevent you from accessing any cupboards to put their contents away.

The to do list is extensive but the wonderful Lisa from Help for Movers has given us her top 10 tips to ensure your move is as smooth as it can be.

No two SFAs are ever the same

When you apply, see if there is a floor plan available so that, if necessary, you can arrange storage (at your own expense)


Ebay, Gumtree, car boot sales or charity shops are a good way to get rid of unwanted items.

Children’s Schools

Have you registered them and do you need to buy new uniform?

Your Car Admin

It is worth checking tyres/service/MOT and if required, get it booked in before you move.

Change of Address Notification

Set up mail redirection with Royal Mail at least a week in advance to ensure you don’t miss anyone or anything.


Don’t forget to tell them when you are moving out and where you are moving to so that it is all switched over in time.

Online Food Shop

It’s a great idea to order an online food shop, to be delivered to your new home, you won’t feel like shopping with all the unpacking to be done.

Borrowed Items

It’s a good time to start returning anything you have borrowed and retrieved items you have lent out.

Pre Move-Out Appointments

An absolute must! You will find out which picture hooks you need to remove and all the other jobs that will need doing to ensure you are not charged on move out.

Organise a Removal Day Survival Pack

Include a kettle, loo roll, cleaning equipment and the all important tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits for the removal team.

Please note, these points are in no particular order; in the words of Abraham Lincoln;

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”

Preparation is key!

About Lisa

Lisa Rogerson was almost born in the back of a removal lorry – her father worked for Pickford’s as well as having his own removal company and he drove her mother to hospital in a lorry when she went into labour! Lisa’s brothers both took on his business, so you could say that removals are in her blood.  Lisa is a military wife and currently on her 17th house and from her wealth of experience, has put together a guide for the run up to moving and the moving day itself. You can find the guide at Help For Movers.