Mastering the art of a stress-free house move is no mean feat. Considering most of us only move a few times in our lives, learning from experience isn't always possible, but learning from others' mistakes? Now, that we can do.
So, here they are: Pearls of house moving wisdom brought to you by the people who've made the mistakes, so that you don't have to…
I Lost the Bolts To My Bed'
I lost the bolts to my bed between moving from our old house to our new house. After searching high and low for them, and a week of sleepless nights on a mattress on the floor, I admitted defeat and bought a new bed frame.
"My advice? Buy a screw organiser and label the bottom of each section with where the bolts and screws belong. We still haven't found the bolts.'
Laura, 28, Warwickshire
I Couldn't Keep Track of What I'd Sold On eBay'
"My wife and I decided we were going to sell our furniture on eBay and invest in fresh items for our new home.
The problem was that people started turning up at my front door and I was trying to send them away with a kitchen table instead of the lampshade they'd won! I wished I'd kept an organised list of who had won what and when they were coming to collect it."
Sam, 41, Preston
I Left Booking the Removal Company Too Late'
"A month before our move, I was powering through the list of 'people to ring' quite happily until I reached the removal van company who were fully booked for the next six months.
"Then I tried ten different companies who said the same thing. Moving day arrived and my boyfriend and I were calling upon anyone we knew with a vehicle to help us shift our stuff. Book early to avoid disappointment."
Charlotte, 34, London
We Lost the Cat!'
"Our cat Charlie went missing just three days after we moved. I'd done it by the book - shutting him in a quiet room to give him time to take in his new environment.
"But in the chaos of unpacking my kids had let him out. Luckily Charlie had a collar so we got him back a week later but if I move again, I'll leave him in a cattery until we've unpacked. Then I can turn my full attention to settling him in."
Marie, 46, Hertfordshire
I Couldn't Fit the Sofa Through the Doorway of My New Home'
"After seeing the price of a sofa I loved reduce in a sale, I checked the dimensions of the living room in my new home and bought it. I love a bargain!
"But I didn't think to measure the front door and, come moving day, I was stood watching the removal men trying every angle possible to squeeze it through the door with no avail. It's still sat in my parents' garage covered in dust sheets waiting to be rehomed."
Olivia, 32, Bath
I Thought Labelling the Boxes Was Unnecessary'
"My mum helped me pack when I moved into my first home. She was telling me to label every tiny box but I thought she was just being over the top - you know what mums can be like!
"It was only when I arrived at my new home and was standing in a room full of boxes that looked exactly the same that I realised I should have listened to her - I couldn't tell the cutlery box from the cushion box!'
Ollie, 34, Birmingham
I Packed the Car Keys'
"We'd just taped up the last box, feeling satisfied that we were finally ready for the big move. It was only when I was about to head out to the supermarket to get some lunch that I noticed I'd packed my car keys inside one of the boxes.
"I couldn't think for the life of me which one I packed them in. We unpacked 15 boxes before we found them.'
Peter, 54, Cambridgeshire
We Forgot To Leave Out the Essentials'
I'd been really organised with the packing, labelling every box. I boxed up the kitchen first, thinking we could just get a takeaway for dinner and live off shop bought sandwiches for the next couple of days.
"By the time I realised I'd packed the kettle and all the cups, they were packed right at the back of the removal van. I've never wanted a cup of tea so badly! Next time I move, I'll be leaving the kettle until last.'
Robert, 46, Yorkshire
Our Furniture Wouldn't Fit In the Removal Van!'
Being first time movers, I'll admit we were a little naive about moving house. We'd booked the removal company online and when the removal van turned up, it was tiny!
"Get your removal company to come and assess how much stuff you have and make sure it's all visible - even the things in the shed. Removal companies are experts and they'll know how much space you need. We learned the hard way!'
Bethany, 31, Manchester