Phil Spencer: the real estate expert shares his advice for moving

Despite recent economic uncertainty, UK-based transport company AnyVan reported a 60% increase in home removals from pre-pandemic levels in 2019. Europe. What sets AnyVan apart from its competitors is its technological approach and unwavering commitment to sustainability.

With this in mind, AnyVan has teamed up with real estate expert TV and founder of Move iQ Phil Spencer to share some of their tips for moving.

Phil Spencer spoke exclusively to about the move and how the process can be made easier with a few simple tips.

“After moving, it’s a stressful thing at the best of times, even when everything is going great,” he said.

“So to have the help of people who do it all the time, I think it’s personally worth it.

“Working with AnyVan is not just about buying a van, they also help with the pre-move. Settling in, making sure you have the right size van, the right number of boxes, and the right order of your stuff so you can move whatever you want from your current home to the next location.

“It’s not always easy. Does he go through the door? Does it go through the window? Will they have to lift it over a fence? It’s all of those things.

Here are Phil’s tips for moving like a pro:


Phil said “lack of preparation” is one of the biggest mistakes people make when moving house.

He explained, “Start early, plan early. It’s a logistical challenge and it’s not something you do frequently, so it’s definitely worth planning, preparing for, and thinking about it well in advance. You have many things to do.

“The fire of battle is moving day. You want to be calm and be able to calmly make the decisions you need to make on D-Day and you can only do that if you have prepared some groundwork for it.

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“The more you can set up in advance, the better.”

Don’t underestimate

Phil suggested considering how many belongings you have and how long it will take to pack, move and unpack.

He said: ‘Underestimating the amount of stuff you have, the time it takes to pack it, move it, carry it and unpack it.’

Children and pets

Children and pets are really important to consider on moving day.

Phil said: “Little kids aren’t useful. Can they be looked after by kind grandparents, or can you move out on a day when they’re not around? »

Children are often excited or emotional during the moving process. They can also distract not only you, but also the people helping you move.

Pets should also be considered, as the moving process can be just as stressful for them.

It may be best for them to be picked up by someone else for the day or, at the very least, put in a crate where they can stay out of harm’s way.

Car park

Those moving should try to arrange parking for moving day. This can be arranged by you or by AnyVan experts.

Phil said: ‘It’s a total nightmare if you arrive at your new home and your van is parked 100 yards away. Absolute nightmare.

“It takes a bit of planning and preparation. Consider whether you need to get council approval, bollards, or need to talk to neighbors or all of the above.


Moving fewer things will save you money as well as time and stress. Write a mobile checklist of everything you own, including electronics, furniture, clothes, and home accessories.

Then sort these belongings into three groups. From there, you can pack what you need to pack, take pictures of the items you want to sell, and then pack what you can take to a local charity store.

Phil added: “Don’t pay to move things you don’t want. Moving your clutter with you is unnecessary and costly. This is a good opportunity to declutter. It can save you a lot of money, time and effort.

Attics, sheds and garages are often the worst culprits when it comes to accumulating clutter.

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Hire experts

A company like AnyVan can help you choose the right van for tight spaces, will transport your belongings safely, and can move your belongings without damaging them.

Phil explained: “The moves seem easy. But to do it well, to do it safely and to take care of your precious possessions, it takes skill. It’s not just about getting out of bed. It ensures that the bed does not scratch the walls or peel the paint. It’s about turning it around the corner and down the stairs and packing the luggage safely.

Boxes and tape

It is essential that movers have the right amount of boxes and tape as well as strong enough boxes for heavier items.

Labeling the boxes will also help the moving company you use put your belongings in the correct room.

Phil shared a simple way movers can help their moving experts on moving day.

He said, “I’ve seen people in their new house put a number on every door. So the kitchen is number one, the living room is number two, the master bedroom is number three, etc. Then the movers know which box goes in which room.

Have an emergency bag

One of Phil’s best tips was to take an emergency bag with you containing tea, biscuits, milk, medicine, passports, cash, jewellery, documents and whatever else you don’t want to lose during the move.

Make the bed

Phil also suggested that one of the first things people should do when moving into a new home is make the bed.

Once everything is unloaded, the last thing many people want to do is make the bed after a long day.

Move iQ offers expert property advice, advice and services on everything from renting and buying to selling, surveying, moving and more.

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In Move iQ’s new podcast series, Phil spoke with Angus Elphinstone, founder of AnyVan, about the company’s philosophy, goals and the “huge” problem they’re trying to solve.

AnyVan was founded in 2009 and was designed to try to create an affordable, easy and sustainable way to get around.

“What is really interesting is that 50% of [delivery and removal] vehicles on UK roads travel half empty and 25% travel fully empty. And it is this problem that we are trying to solve. It’s huge,” Angus said.

By making the most of existing journeys and using as little fuel as possible through route compensation, optimizations and matching, AnyVan saves an average of 327,339 km each month by matching drivers with additional space , in local areas across the UK, to those who need to hire a van.

The company has also been offsetting its carbon emissions since 2017 and is currently on its way to becoming a zero-emissions organization.

“We compensate for every kilometer traveled and that’s through a partnership with the World Land Trust and they’re building forests in Vietnam,” Angus explained.

AnyVan can also offer “affordable rates” to its customers through its smart use of technology.

“We’re using technology to use as few vans as possible and to use our partners’ empty capacity,” Angus added.

“There’s no point in having lots of vehicles carrying lots of goods in the same direction and we’re ultimately using technology to bridge that gap.”

“We try to use the least [vans] as possible. Being able to bundle this work allows us to offer affordable prices to our customers. »

For larger moves, such as moving an entire house, a dedicated vehicle is used.

The process of moving our belongings can be expensive, to say the least. On average, the cost of hiring a removal company to move house is around £1,181, according to

AnyVan is a smarter way to move your belongings and could save you up to 40%.

AnyVan’s next step is electric vehicles. Their “ultimate dream” is for each of our partners to use an electric vehicle.

Angus added: “We already have a few electric vehicles in our fleet. We are on our way and this journey has only just begun.

“Over the next few years we will try to promote as many as possible as these vehicles get used to moving large objects and [travelling] longer distances elsewhere.

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