Advice for Moving from a Flat to House

Advice for Moving from a Flat to House

 Moving from flat to house is a bigger change than you might have anticipated. So how can you prepare for it?

If you’ve lived in a flat for most of your adult life, then moving into a house is very exciting. You might have more rooms, more space, and now, more than one floor. Before you know it, you’re scouring John Lewis for a new super king bed, and looking for a mammoth 10-person dining table. But don’t get carried away!

Yes you have lots more space (you still can’t believe you have a separate dining room, living room, and kitchen), but you’ll need to carefully prioritise what needs to be bought.

Before you get too excited about moving into a bigger property, you’ll need to actually move in and get settled. There’s more things to think about than you might have first realised, which is why I’ve written this post for you. Here’s what needs to be considered first. 


Get Some Help

Moving home will always be stressful, whether you’re up-sizing or down-sizing. It might be easier to buy new things than it is to get rid of what you already have, but moving will consistently be a pain in the bum. 

Even if you don’t think you have that much stuff, you should consider hiring some professional movers to help you out. It’ll make a huuggee difference to your stress levels!

If you’re lucky, you might have a local man with a van who’ll be able to take all your stuff to your new property for you. There might be quite a lot of stairs to manoeuvre around (down the flat stairs, up the stairs in your house), so you’ll definitely need at least two or three people to help you. 


Start Looking (And Saving) For Furniture

Now that you have a house to furnish, you’ll probably need to get some more furniture. You’ll have most likely taken all your furniture from your old place, but you’ll be amazed at how empty your new house will look. It’s a good idea to start saving straight away so that you can buy all the new furniture, storage, sofas, and anything else you’ll need. 

I would 100% recommend looking at second hand furniture. Me and Jay pretty much filled our entire house with good quality, second hand furniture. It was mostly solid wood which is good for sanding down and re-varnishing or repainting, and we got it for better than half price compared to the shops. Our Oak Furniture Land coffee table was £250 online and we paid £55 for it from a woman who decided she didn’t like it but couldn’t return it. My office desk is from John Lewis. It was £225 online and I paid £90 from a woman who no longer had space for it thanks to a downsize.

To find affordable furniture, you should take a look in vintage and secondhand shops. We got lots of ours on Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. 


Learn Some Style Hacks To Keep Decor Affordable

Decorating a whole house can get expensive very quickly. You definitely won’t be able to do it on the same budget as your flat. To keep your decor affordable, and still looking nice, it’s worth taking a look at some style hacks. 

Instead of buying new carpets for all your rooms, you could stick with the flooring you have and find some good quality rugs instead. Take a look online to find some bargains and discount decor items.

If you have the time, you can try upcycling some pieces of furniture. It would be fun, and you could end up with a really nice looking piece of furniture for a fraction of the cost of new.

Moving from flat to house will be a really exciting change in your life. Use these tips so that your move goes as well as possible!


  1. September 26, 2018 / 5:41 am

    I agree with the man and a van comment. It’s cheaper to do it this way and if you’re in a flat you don’t really need to dish out the cash on full service moving. I run and I offer the same advice to clients.

    I want them to have the best experience they can get. So I tell them look say money with me as you’ll be buying so many new things moving into a house from a flat so it’s best to just use man and a van vs full service moving.

    • sarahaelsley
      September 26, 2018 / 7:01 am

      Thanks for commenting! I’m dreading moving out of my house when we come to sell because I know it’ll be a hassle. But services like yours make the whole thing much easier.

  2. September 26, 2018 / 7:07 am

    Oh wow that was fast! You’re on top of your blog! Services like our make things easier. That’s the point! It’s amazing how much business we actually have come in when we are helpful like this vs the companies that try to charge through the roof and do less work with silly high prices.

    A bonus tip for your readers. If they are looking at hiring a van. Weight up the cost of man and a van vs just hiring a van yourself. As you need to think about buying insurance (home insurance generally wont cover self moving), fuel and all the time needed. Normally man and a van works out better 🙂

    • sarahaelsley
      September 26, 2018 / 7:13 am

      That’s great advice, thanks for commenting!

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