Your Guide to Moving House and Removals Portsmouth

Moving to or from the Portsmouth area? Make your house move as stress free as possible with our guide to removals Portsmouth.

Be organised – forward planning and list making are the keys to keeping everything under control.    We’ve put together a quick time planner for you so you can prioritise exactly what you need to do when, when you need to get your removals Portsmouth company sorted out, who you need to tell etc.

Your Removals Portsmouth Time Planner

4 to 6 week before move day

  • Confirm moving date with estate agents or landlords.
  • If you haven’t done it already, book your removal company.  Get written quotes from at least 3 removal firms.  See our removals Portsmouth listing below.
  • Get references, check their insurance. Ask if the company offers a discount on a weekday.
  • Change of address.  Notify utility companies, telephones, banks, DVLA etc.  See our notification checklist below.
  • Book storage if you need it.
  • Have a good sort out of all your possessions.  Declutter:- charity shops, ebay, car boot or freecycle – just don’t take it all with you!
  • Order your new furniture, carpets, soft furnishing etc if you are having them.
  • Book hotel or arrange overnight stay with friends if you aren’t moving in on same day.

2 weeks before move day

  • Start packing!  Pack everything non essential as early as possible.  Don’t leave it all until the last minute.  Get boxes well in advance from supermarkets or local shops and save newspapers for wrapping breakables.
  • Arrange post forwarding at your local post office.
  • Deregister from Doctors, Dentist etc if you are moving out of area.
  • Arrange for the kids and pets to be looked after on the day.
  • Send out change of address cards
  • Finalise your arrangements with your chosen removals Portsmouth company. Give them directions to your new address!

The move week

  • Pack a bag for the moving day.  Include essentials like toilet rolls, matches, light bulbs, basic tools, essential phone numbers.
  • Keys – sort out transfer of your old and new keys with the estate agent / landlord.
  • Parking – If you live in a restricted parking area, make sure the removals Portsmouth van can park outside your house.
  • Dismantle furniture, disconnect washing machines, defrost fridge freezer, take down curtains, poles, pictures etc.  It may be that you’ve paid your removals company to do this – but be clear who is responsible for what -don’t assume.
  • Clean the house.
  • Leave the kettle out until last – moving is thirsty work!

Getting the best out of your removals Portsmouth company

There are plenty of different companies offering removals in the Portsmouth area.  Do your homework and choose the right one.  See our list below.
Let the removals company know the following things to make moving day go as smoothly as possible:

  • How much furniture you’re moving, so it can choose the correct sized truck and plan the number of journeys needed between your old and new home
  • A rough guess of the amount of boxes the company needs to pack,
  • The time you want the removals team to arrive
  • Clear instructions and directions to your new property
  • Make sure there is a parking space for the removal van
  • If there are items of furniture which won’t go through the door always tell the removal firm well in advance
  • Give them a plan of where the furniture should go in your new home
  • Make a list of your possessions so you can check if you’ve left anything behind

Notification checklist for Removals Portsmouth

Services and utilities

  • Water
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Telephone
  • Post office
  • Cable/satellite and internet service providers
  • TV/video rental companies
  • TV licensing


  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Credit card companies
  • Council tax department
  • National savings and premium bonds
  • Your employer
  • Insurance companies
  • Pension companies
  • Inland revenue
  • Social security
  • Solicitor


  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Optician


  • DVLA
  • Breakdown recovery company
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Others

  • Friends and relatives
  • Subscriptions
  • Milk delivery
  • Newsagent
  • Sports club
  • Library
  • Schools/colleges

Removals Portsmouth Companies

Dave Moore Removals & Storage
023 9275 6541

1st Class Removals Portsmouth
023 9242 6511

Agincourt Removals
07720 839 494?

Budget Removals & Storage of Portsmouth
0800 135 7009

Londons Classic Removals
07786 151162

Man & Van Removals Portsmouth
023 9235 5375

M J H Removals
023 9269 6579

Heirs Of Portsmouth
023 9237 2285

Curtiss & Sons Ltd
023 9265 0576

Good luck with your moving day and don’t forget to use our removals Portsmouth checklist!

A Guide to Houses Portsmouth

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Looking to buy or rent houses Portsmouth offers something to suit all budgets.  Whether it’s a luxury waterfront apartment, urban terraced housing, modern or Victorian family homes or a supported housing scheme that you’re after, Portsmouth is a great place to settle.

Portsmouth is situated on Portsea Island, a land area of approximately 10 square miles.  The tidal channel separating the city from the mainland is crossed by three road bridges so while Portsmouth remains completely accessible, you are never far from the water giving a unique feel to this city. As a town Portsmouth has existed for over 800 years and is most famous for its naval connections.  The range of housing on offer reflects this steep history.

The beginning of the 19th century saw the first real growth of housing across Portsea Island together with the development of the seaside resort of Southsea to the south of the island.

By the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 the majority of the island land had been used, apart from small areas reserved for military purposes and parks. However due to its military importance as home of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth was attacked heavily during World War Two. This led to many post war housing projects and areas such as Paulsgrove to the north of the island were developed, other large areas of the city were rebuilt.

More recently Portsmouth has undergone heavy investment with redevelopment of waterfront areas such as Gunwharf Quays and planned development of the Northern Quarter on the Old Tricorn Centre site. The mixture of architectural styles is evidence in houses Portsmouth today.

Houses Portsmouth by Area

Houses Portmouth MapPortsea

Mostly terraces and flats with some newer property developments such as Admiralty Quarter with luxury apartments ranging from studios to three beds.
Buyers - young professionals and couples wanting to be at the heart of things.

Gunwharf Quays

Plenty of trendy apartments and penthouses with stunning views over the Solent and across to the Isle of Wight.
Buyers – trendy and well-paid professionals after an up-market, ultra-modern apartment

Old Portsmouth

Elegant and well-maintained period four and five storey townhouses and terraces some of which have been converted into flats. Modern apartments and townhouses also blend in well with the older properties.  In the The Inner Camber area by the water’s edge there are lovely 90s-built townhouses, masionettes and flats with privately owned boats moored in the inner marina.
Buyers – Portsmouth’s wealthier inhabitants who want to be fairly close to things without being right in the middle of it.


A large residential district, with everything housing-wise.  There are many grand Victorian terraces and townhouses, a large number of which have been converted into flats and guesthouses.
There are also some substantial semi and detached houses near the seafront.  Southsea has a high proportion of terraced homes and converted and purpose built flats.  Somerstown, the council estate to the north of Southsea has a lot of high-rise tower blocks and is considered one of the more deprived parts of the city.
Buyers - Young professionals, buy-to-let investors, and plenty of renting Portsmouth University students.


Lots of terraced housing, some semis and detached properties and a few new developments.
Buyers – couples, families with grown-up kids, singletons.


Mostly terraced housing ranging from large five bedrooms properties to the more common two and three bed varieties.
Some family friendly modern three bed semis and townhouses, plus apartment complexes.
Buyers – Popular with families, first-time buyers and buy-to-let investors who rent to students and hospital staff.


Mainly 30s family housing consisting of terraces and semis.
Buyers – mainly families.


Mostly terraces and purpose built flats.
Buyers – More deprived so prices are feasible for first-time buyers. Ideal for supporters of Portsmouth FC.


Mostly 50s and 60s built post-war housing.
Buyers – ex-council tenants, first-time buyers.

Buckland & Landport

Social housing from the 50s and 60s, mostly narrow terraced homes and purpose-built flats. Includes the Charles Dickens Estate, which has a mix of owner-occupiers and council tenants.
Buyers – first-time buyers, ex-council tenants.

Stamshaw & Tipnor

Terraced housing built for dockyard workers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and former council housing.
Buyers - ex-council tenants and families.

North End

Some semis, flats and flat conversions but mostly late 19th and early 20th century terraces
Buyers – Family orientated and flat conversions are popular with renters.


Mostly terraces, some flat conversions.
Buyers – mainly familes.


Terraced housing, detached, semis and flats, both purpose-built and converted. , Modern housing estate in Anchorage Park with townhouses, terraces and apartments.
Buyers – families and first-time buyers, workers at the industrial estates.

Port Solent

Maisonettes, townhouses and apartments set around an attractive marina.
Buyers – fans of waterfront homes with the necessary funds.

Portsmouth Estate Agents

Whether you are planning to buy or rent one of the many houses Portsmouth estate agents are plentiful.  Portsmouth is well served by local and national estate agents.  Here’s a selection:

  • Jeffries & Partners – 023 9236 1111
  • Pearsons Estate Agents – 023 9229 7878
  • Your Move – 023 9282 0701
  • Braeburn Independent Estate Agents – 023 9269 1111
  • Abba Lettings – 07771 922 450
  • Cosgroves – 023 9282 7827
  • Fry & Kent – 023 92009800
  • Baker & Elder (023) 9388 0092
  • Mann Countrywide (023) 9388 0050
  • Taylors (023) 9388 0081
  • Brewers (023) 9388 0086
  • PTF (023) 9388 0131
  • Parkinsons (023) 9388 0054
  • Fox & Sons (023) 9229 0089
  • Waterside Properties (023) 9388 0117
  • Chapplins (023) 9388 0078
  • Mann Countrywide (023) 9388 0051
  • Mitchell & Perryer (023) 9388 0105

Houses Portsmouth Available Now

Also check out the local newspapers in your search for houses Portsmouth:

  • The News – published daily with a property special on Wednesdays.
  • The Journal  -Portsmouth and Southsea – Free Weekly paper

Good luck in your search for houses Portsmouth!