Two months before you move

Draw up a list of your main possessions.

Decide what items you’ll take to your new home and where you will place larger items. A floor plan of your new home may help with this so try and acquire one; your seller may be able to sketch you a rough copy.

If you have items you don’t want to take, there are a number of ways you can get rid of them, including car boot sales, online auction sites and charity shops.

Six weeks before you move, clean out cupboards and place possessions in usable piles/larger rooms. Take a full inventory so you know exactly what you own.

Items you won’t want to take can be sold or given away – don’t forget removals companies quote by volume so the more you bring the more you pay.

If you’re relocating due to a job move, find out what costs your employer will cover.