Moving house hints and tips
Five-Six weeks before your house removal
- Plan ahead. Arrange and confirm your moving date as far in advance as possible.
- If you are packing yourself and require boxes then please let us know and we can supply boxes for you.
- Have a look around your home and decide what you are going to take and what can be left or even sold.
Four weeks before your house removal
- Notify the post office, newspapers, magazines, credit card companies and banks, friends and family of your change of address and set up a forwarding service if necessary.
- Contact utilities (gas, water, electricity, telephone) companies to schedule disconnection of services on the day following your move if nobody is moving in.
Two-Three weeks before your house removal
- If you are self-packing, start now, make sure you label each box, and if you have the time or inclination then compile an inventory and stick to the relevant box.
- * Please remember each box needs to be lifted if it is too heavy then it will have to be re-packed. If possible, box essential items together, and label these boxes accordingly.
- Plan your food purchases so as to waste as little as possible when you leave and clearing up all frozen items.
- Arrange for a parking space for our vehicles with your local authorities (the length of two cars per one van or 3 cars per one lorry). For dispensation or suspension of resident parking bays, you will need to contact your local council office.
One week before your house removal
- Contact your estate agents and solicitors to confirm everything is set for completion on the allocated move day.
- Arrange with the post office to redirect your mail.
One or two days before the move
- Contact the removal company and re-confirm the moving arrangements.
- Contact the estate agents to confirm approximately when to expect the keys.
- Pack a suitcase of essential items that you may need over the next few days.
- Empty and defrost the refrigerator and freezer: clean both with a disinfectant and let them air out.
How to pack?
- Don't make boxes too heavy -books are a real offender.
- Pack fragile items with plenty of wrapping (blankets, towels, bubble wrap). Mark these boxes FRAGILE.
- Pack CDs and records vertically NOT flat.
- Remove lids from jars and wrap separately.
- Take large items apart if possible. Put any hardware e.g. screws in a plastic bag and tape to the item.
- If you have the original boxes for electrical appliances pack back them into these.
- Keep clothes in drawers, not boxes or bags.
- Cover mirrors and pictures in cardboard or bubble wrap.
- Roll carpets and rugs and secure with tape.
- Wrap sharp edges on items.
- Pack all personal documents and valuable jewellery items together and transport them yourself.
- If you have the time, a master list of what is in each box can be helpful.
- You don't want to move everything twice so mark all boxes with the names of the rooms for which they are intended.
- Give movers a plan of your new home with all the rooms clearly marked.
- You might even consider a colour-coded system. Give each room a colour and write on the box in the same colour pen.
Day of the move
- Please make sure the removers have the right address, it's not unheard of that they have written it down wrong and off they go to the wrong address, they are only human after all.
- At the new home, you just need to let them in and tell them which room each item is to be left in.
After you have moved in
You need to notify the relevant authorities, and utility providers.
- Banks/building society
- Credit & store cards
- TV licence
- Cable/ satellite TV provider
- Driving licence
- Vehicle Insurance
- Mobile phone provider
- Council tax
You need to cancel existing delivery and services.
- Window cleaner
- Newspapers, or to cancel existing arrangements and arrange new services ECT.
- Telephone/ broadband/internet/TV cable & satellite provider
- Homes/contents insurance
- Water company
- Electric supplier
- Take meter readings at both old home and new home, notify the providers immediately.