Our Guide to Moving House

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Moving house and packing up is never an easy job. Some say that moving house is one of the most stressful events you'll ever go through!

So Box Depot have put together some handy hints and tips to make your move as smooth as possible ...

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As Soon As Possible


Working a room at a time, get rid of clutter/junk that you won't be taking with you to your new home. Be prepared to be surprised/horrified at the amount of rubbish you'll create! Either sell your unwanted items or dispose of them in a responsible manner. Don't forget the stuff you have in the attic/basement and shed/garage! This is often forgotten until the last minute. You may find that there are a lot of unwanted items in the attic or garden shed - this is the ideal time to dispose of them.

If you have larger pieces of furniture or appliances that are still in good-ish condition, but which you simply have no more use for, give it away. Some charities will take furniture, but phone first to check. If you're in the Dublin area, check out Dublin Waste for details on waste management.

Doctors, Dentists & Opticians

If you are changing area, research new practices to join and let your current GP know you are moving. Liaise with your hospital if you are undergoing regular treatment.


If you are changing area and have school-going children, notify the current school's head teacher of your child's leaving date. Once the new school has been sorted out, order new school uniforms if needed.

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A Month or More in Advance


Begin at least 2-4 weeks before your move. Start with things that you will not need immediate access to. Label boxes with the details of their contents (try to be specific) and the room in which they are to be placed at the new address. Remember, the heavier the item to be packed, the smaller the box should be. Do not overstrain boxes, or your back!


Try to start using up the food in the freezer unless you are moving a short distance and are sure that any frozen food you do take with you will not defrost or denature during the move. The last thing you need is food poisoning when you are trying to get settled into your new home!


If you need accommodation during the move book your hotel/B&B well in advance, especially if the move occurs during the summer/holiday season.


Make arrangements to book pets into a kennel/cattery etc or for friends/relatives to take them during the move. Arrange for the transfer of your pet's records to the new vet if necessary.


Get it serviced, especially if you are going to be going on a long journey to your new place.


If you are ordering these new for your new house, confirm the correct delivery dates and address.

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2-4 Weeks in Advance

Contact Businesses You Use

Contact your insurance agent to transfer property/car/medical insurance to your new address.

When organising dental and medical records, don't forget medicines, prescriptions, eyeglass prescriptions and vaccination records.

Contact any clubs or associations for information on transferring or ending your membership.

Contact any utility companies such as Bord Gais, ESB and An Post to transfer your bills, TV license and services to your new address.


If you have young children, arrange for a babysitter to watch them on Moving Day. Older children may be a valuable helping hand during the move and may actually want to be of assistance.

Return Borrowed Items

While you were sorting out the clutter/junk, you'll probably have come across things that you've borrowed. Remember to return library books, DVDs or anything else that you have borrowed or rented. Also, collect all items that are currently being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothes, shoes, watches etc.

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2 Weeks Before Moving Day


Make final packing decisions. Clean and clear your home, including basements and attics.

Dispose of flammables such as cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemicals, aerosol cans, paint and poisons such as weedkiller in a responsible manner.

DIY Tools

Drain all the oil and fuel from your lawnmower and power tools to ensure safe transportation.


Plan meals that will use up all the food in your fridge, freezer and larder.

Change of Address

If you haven't already done so, begin to notify people of your change of address.


Think about all your indoor/outdoor plants. If you are not taking all of them, consider giving your plants to a friend or local charity. Remember that plants that are growing in the ground will be expected to stay by the new owners of your home, unless by explicit prior agreement.

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One Week Before Moving Day

Employers, Past and Current

Don't lose track of outstanding employee benefits, such as pension schemes, and don't forget to notify your current employer of your move now.

Items on Loan

Return borrowed items from friends and neighbours and get back anything you have loaned that you want returned.

Window Cleaner/Newspapers/Milkman

Settle and cancel outstanding local supplier accounts. It is a thoughtful idea to leave details of these local suppliers for the new owners of your home, as well as details of bin collection day etc.


It is sensible to change the locks on your new property as you have no idea who has a copy of the existing keys. So organise a locksmith to change the locks on the day you move or shortly afterwards.

Loose Ends

This is your last week to tie up loose ends. Check to make sure you haven't overlooked anything.

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Three Days Before Moving Day

Survival Kit

Pack a bag with a change of clothes, and essential toiletries. Don't forget to keep your mobile phone charging cables close at hand, as these are easily misplaced during all the upheaval.

Include a survival kit for your new home: toilet paper, paper towels, lightbulbs, torch, scissors, candles, screwdriver, pliers, allen keys, matches, utility knife, tape, cash and a note of important numbers such as estate agents and solicitors. Put this box in the boot of your car within easy reach.


Do last minute laundry. If you plan to store for an extended period, keep back some clothes for the opposite season.


Ensure that al the keys to your new home are going to be available. Similarly, make sure the new owners of your home will get all their keys too!

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Two Days Before Moving Day


Empty, defrost and clean your fridge/freezer.


Make sure any packets, bottles or jars are sealed (with sealing tape if necessary!) to prevent spillage during transportation.


Pack valuables and documents and put in a safe place. Make sure you keep important documents like passports, driving license, jewellery and money with you during the move.

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One Day Before Moving Day

Food and Drink

Arrange for refreshments for Moving Day, bearing in mind that your cooker may be disconnected. Moving is hungry work, so pack teabags and coffee (and the kettle!), milk, juice, biscuits, fruit, cheese, or something easy and filling to eat.


Plan the evening meal for Moving Day. It may be easier to eat out, or have a takeaway delivered. Don't forget your celebratory bottle of champagne!


Prepare your plants for travel by making sure they are well watered and secure in their pots.

Mobile Phones

Make sure you fully charge your mobile phones - and don't forget to pack the chargers when you're done!


Ensure you have detailed directions of how to get to your new property (if you don't know already!). Put it on a piece of paper - it will be invaluable for others who may be transporting your belongings.


Clean your house from top to bottom before you walk out the door for the last time. It is a nice gesture, and hopefully the person you are buying from will have done the same for you. A note wishing your buyers luck in their new home also creates goodwill.

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Moving Day!

Moving Out

Strip your beds. Keep the bedding in a box that will travel with you so that you can easily pull it out for the first night. It is also a good idea to pack some towels with you so you can have a bath/shower at the end of the day.

Meters: Make sure you take your own readings of the gas and electricity meters at both your old and new homes.

Since you may wish to clean your new home before your belongings are brought in, make sure to pack your vacuum cleaner last.

Make a Final Inspection of your home before you leave. Check that all windows are securely closed and water, gas and electricity supplies are switched off. Keys, together with any documents relating to the property or equipment remaining should be left at a nominated point or with a nominated person.

Moving In

Make a First Inspection of your new home to ensure that everything you expect to be there is indeed there.

Unpack your belongings and place the boxes in the appropriate rooms.

Make up the beds as soon as possible so that you have somewhere to sleep - at the end of the day you will be too tired!

Remember to put your valuables and important documents somewhere safe in the house.

Open your bottle of champagne to celebrate your new home!


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Icon for delivery_box_1I'm not sure which box I need. Can I call in to see the boxes before I buy?

Buying online is very convenient, as even though our listings are as comprehensive as possible, sometimes there is no substitute for seeing the products "in person"!

It is possible to call into our shop and buy when you get here ... just double-check our opening hours!

Icon for delivery_box_1Are these boxes as good as brand new boxes?

Absolutely! We have a rule at Box Depot: If we wouldn't use the box to move our own households, we don't stock it!

The boxes you receive may have been gently used once, or they may be brand new overruns, misprints or customer returns. They may also have a label or two on them... and could even have some handwriting on them. But for the purposes of packing them for moving house, or to ship an item, they are great!

The suppliers of our used boxes are manufacturers, distributors and retailers that use high-quality boxes only once.

Whichever boxes you order from us, you can rest assured that you are getting quality boxes that are substantially less expensive than brand new boxes and are therefore a fantastic eco-friendly choice!

Icon for delivery_box_1I only need one or two boxes?

That is absolutely no problem at all. All our boxes are sold individually.

You can even decide to call into our shop to collect your box to save on shipping costs!

Icon for delivery_box_1I need a large quantity of boxes?

That is absolutely no problem at all. Just phone us at 01-4507272 and we will be able to discuss pallet quantities and prices with you.

Icon for delivery_box_1Can I buy Custom-Made and/or Branded Boxes?

In an ideal world, everything would be brand-new and never used! But then the planet would not be in the Climate Crisis that it is now!

All the cardboard boxes offered at Box Depot are once-used recycled boxes (because we think it is the environmentally responsible thing to do).

Many businesses do not realise that their customers also care about the environment and might prefer that goods are sent to them in stronger boxes that are eco-friendly and sustainable.

Buying once-used recycled cardboard boxes is an easy, cost-effective way of businesses showing they are an eco-friendly company that cares about sustainable packaging.

Icon for delivery_box_1I've moved house and unpacked. Can I return the boxes I used?

Congratulations, not only on your eco-friendly decision to buy once-used cardboard boxes, but also not wanting to fill up landfills with cardboard boxes!

You are welcome to drop any boxes back to us at our shop. Unfortunately we are currently unable to pick them up from you.

However, you could always consider friends or family who are in need of boxes? Or flattened cardboard boxes are brilliant in the garden at keeping down weeds! Or you could bring them to your local Recycling Centre that accepts corrugated cardboard!


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