How to Make Moving House Less Stressful



Even the most organised person will find moving house exasperating; the seemingly endless sorting, packing, cleaning, and reorganising of pieces of furniture you will need to either dispose of or take with you. Plus, you will not realise how much clutter you have unless you start arranging your things into boxes.

However daunting a move in the United Arab Emirates may be, there are many ways to make it less stressful. Following the tips below will turn your moving stress into a tolerable relocation.

How to Make Moving House Less Stressful

  1. Start early. It is never too early to start planning for your move, especially if you are relocating internationally. Moving between Emirates will require at least 3 months to plan, from looking for new accommodation to finishing the formalities in your current home. Create a timeline and a checklist of all the things you need to do before, during and after the move. Decide which furniture you don’t need to bring. If you are moving in and around the UAE, in which the apartments or villas are usually rented partially furnished, you might want to sell your sofa or your fridge or donate them. Check with moving companies, such as Allied Pickfords, as early as possible, too. You can ensure you freight schedule, particularly during peak seasons, if you book early.
  2. Secure your expensive jewellery and valuables. First and foremost, you want to make sure all your valuables are intact. Ensure you won’t go misplacing precious pieces while reorganising. You can secure them in a jewellery box, gather them together in a ziplock bag, or roll them in a towel that is easy to carry and pack in your bag.
  3. Label your boxes. Whether you are packing by yourself or you have the whole family packing with you, be sure to label all your boxes to avoid confusion. Do not seal them just yet as you might want to take something out or put something in at the last minute. The idea is to know which boxes belong to who and what room. Remember to make an inventory of the items you packed in each box, too.
  4. Pack an overnight back and a first aid kit. This could be an extra shirt, toilet paper, a bottle of water, crackers, medicine, etc. Take this as your survival essentials, so pack it with your carry-on luggage. Take on your person your original documents like passports, certificates, visa clearances, etc.
  5. Start repairing any minor damages to your property. You probably have an un-dated deposit cheque with your landlord. To avoid paying extra, start fixing the minor problems in your current apartment rather than have them add extra fees on top of the repairman’s for the inconvenience. Fill in the holes and start removing adhesive hooks on the wall.

Remember plan early to avoid unnecessary cramming when your moving day comes. Be sure to prepare your kids, too. Arrange to get all their school documentation to avoid disruptions in school. And talk to them about the move, so they can prepare and obtain friends’ contact details to stay in touch.


Moving house in the UAE can be as exhausting as anywhere else in the world. You can make it less challenging by hiring a reliable moving company to help you handle the stress. Contact Allied Pickfords to obtain a free no-obligation estimate.