Moving can be a stressful time for some people, but if you are organised and
plan in advance, your stress levels can be significantly reduced.
Here are a few pointers that should help you move into your new home with
the minimum of fuss:
As soon as possible after your move is confirmed
; Order boxes, bubble wrap and packing materials.
; Start packing in good time and not leave everything to the last minute,
particularly non-essential items like non seasonal clothes, DVDs, CDs
; Start to clear attics, cellars, garages and outbuildings. This is your
chance to de-clutter so do it before you move.
; Divide unwanted items between rubbish (for the dump), donations (to
charity, friends or family) and those you want to sell ; Start to empty your freezer and clear your food cupboards. Throw out
any out of date items.
; Start letting people know that you are moving:
; Order change of address cards to send out to friends and
; Let your broadband supplier know as soon as possible that
you are moving to ensure you are not penalised for shutting
down your account. They usually require 30 days’ notice.
; Inform your doctor, dentist and optician and if you are moving
out of the local area you will need to register with new ones
in your new area.
; Inform your credit card provider, store card provider and
; Inform the DVLA of your change of address. Failure to do so
is an offence.
; Notify your local councils (current and new) of your change of
; Call your home phone company to transfer your account.
; Tell your bank/building society.
; Inform TV Licensing. Keep hold of your current licence, as
you will not be issued a new one until your existing one
; Tell your mobile phone provider.
; Arrange with Royal Mail to have your mail forwarded to your
new address. You can do this online at:
; Tell your employer of your new address, or if you are self-
employed, inform HMRC.
The week leading up to the move
; Arrange for parking of the removal van outside your current and new
; Settle all outstanding accounts with your milkman and newsagent and
; Check with your estate agents that the keys to your new home will be
available on the day of your move and what you should do with your
own keys. Spare keys should be labelled and left in a secure place in
; Drain fuel from petrol equipment such as lawnmowers and strimmers,
and water from hoses etc for transit.
; Pack a box of essential items for use in the new home, this could
include light bulbs, tea, coffee, mugs toilet rolls, candles, screwdrivers,
matches, washing up liquid, a tea towel etc
The day prior to the move
; Empty, disconnect and drain the pipes of your dishwasher and washing
machine. Secure the drum with travel brackets. Some appliances such
as gas cookers will have to be disconnected by qualified tradesman ; Empty your fridge and freezer of any remaining unwanted food. ; Check that all storage cupboards and wardrobes have been emptied. ; Disconnect hi-fi, computer and TV equipment. Secure and identify
cables for reconnection.
; Dismantle furniture if this hasn’t been agreed with your removal
; Assemble some essential cleaning items for a final clean round, unless
you’ve arranged for someone else to do it (you may also need this for
your new property).
; Pack bags of personal luggage to cover the first night in your new
home (this could include towels, underwear, nightwear, a change of
clothes, mobile phone charger and maybe some toys for the children). ; Collect any essential medicines that you may need over the next
couple of days (this could include inhalers, paracetamol, contact lens
solution and prescription medicines)
; Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.
; Remember to take final meter readings for gas, electricity and water. ; Make sure you keep your personal items (mobile phone and charger,
glasses, credit cards etc) and essential keys (house and car) where
you can find them.
; Remove all bedding and clearly label the box for immediate unpacking
for the first night at your new home.
; Identify to the removers anything that is not to go to the new home. ; Once the van is loaded do one last check around the house
outbuildings and garden to ensure nothing is left behind.
Day one in your new home
; Contact your old gas and electricity companies to give them your final
General Points for consideration
; Check the weight of boxes and cases as you are filling them
particularly when packing heavy items such as books. There are no
legal weight limits, but 25kg is a good benchmark. And make sure the
boxes you are using are strong enough to hold the load.
; Inform your mover of any vehicular or pedestrian access problems to
; If you are moving to a flat many floors up and a lift is available,
arrangements may have to be made for it’s use with the property
; Place your personal records and certificates (birth, marriage, medical,
vehicle, cheque book, etc) in a safe and accessible place.
; If the removal company is likely to get to your new home before you do,
consider giving them a key to avoid wasting any time.
; Make sure the removal team know which items are going to which
rooms in your new home. Labels on boxes and furniture and a plan of
the house are things that will help. If possible, identify the actual
position for the furniture in each room.
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