Moving home guide
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Moving home is very exciting and for some, but it can be a stressful time for others when the rest of life still keeps going around them. To help you, we’ve put together a short guide to help you plan your move.
Countdown to Moving Home.
4 to 6 weeks before your moving date...
• Get and compare quotes from removal firms.
• Ask if you need to pay extra for insurance or packing, or packing material. Ask them to deliver boxes and bubble wrap well in advance if included.
• Ensure the removal firm is a member of the National Guild of Removers and Storers.
• Make sure that you read your contract so that you know what to do if any of your goods get damaged in the move, and check your household insurance.
• Make a list of everything to be moved and give a copy to the removal firm.
• Avoid peak times to move if possible, e.g. Bank Holidays, end of school terms and Fridays.
• Make a list of the utility companies you need to contact.
• List all companies, friends, family, colleagues, clubs, schools etc that have your address ready to start the process of informing them you have moved.
• You will forget some, so it is always best to redirect your post with the Post Office for 3-6 months.
• Start packing anything that you won’t need before you move.
• Have a clear out and give to charity or bin anything you don’t need anymore
• Think about packing items in boxes labelled the room where you want to unpack them in the new home, not from the room they are situated in now.
1 week before moving date...
• Buy or hire boxes if the removal company aren’t supplying them.
• Make a list of where the furniture is going to go in your new home.
• Pack remaining boxes and then label the contents plus which room it needs to be delivered to – e.g. mark your label Books/Study
• Arrange for your telephone number to be transferred if you are moving locally or your final bill to be sent if you are not.
• Cancel any regular deliveries – e.g. papers and milk.
• Send out new address cards to friends and relatives.
• Defrost your freezers a couple of days before the move.
• Organise for final readings of your water/gas/electricity meters (this will require 72 hours’ notice).
• Arrange for large pets to go into the kennels or cattery, or smaller caged animals to stay with friends for a few days. They generally find moving unsettling and its easier to introduce them to the new homes once you have had a few days to get things straight.