Moving home can often prove to be one of the most stressful things in life. There are so many things to think about that the smaller tasks can sometimes be missed. To make your life easier, we have created this short guide to help you prepare for the big day.
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Select the Removal Company
It is always a good idea to hire professionals to help you move home. It doesn’t sound difficult to do it yourself. But there is art to packing items correctly to ensure that they are properly protected from damage when in transit. Removal workers also know how much weight they can carry and handle together as a team. This is a particularly important point as many people will injure themselves by trying to carry more weight than what they can handle.
When looking for removal companies, it’s important to get a few different quotes, ideally from ones that will come to your home rather than just quoting a basic cost over the phone or via email.
Make the Most of Old Boxes
When moving home, you are going to need a lot of boxes. It’s always handy to get ahead of yourself and start collecting these as you won’t really know exactly how many you will need. Most supermarkets give away their excess boxes so if you need a lot then visit your local one and start collecting them.
Dispose of Anything That’s Not Going with You
If you don’t plan on taking all of your belongings with you to your new home then it’s always a good idea to dispose of the items, so you are not left with a pile of things when it comes to moving day.
Redirect Your Post
Royal Mail generally need about five days to process a redirection but it’s always better to not leave it until the very last minute. It is better to request the redirection three weeks in advance.
Arrange Babysitters and Pet Care
If you have young children, then it’s a good idea to arrange a babysitter for the moving day. Even, if it is just for a few hours to let you make the initial move. Same, if you have pets.
Review Your Home Insurance Policy
Making sure your items are insured during the move may not be something that you have considered yet but checking your home insurance policy will give you peace of mind.
If Needed, Book Additional Storage Space
It’s perfectly natural that you will want to move in and get settled as quickly as possible. But, holding off from unpacking everything immediately after you first move in to your new home has some advantages, you can clean your new house properly and take some time to plan exactly how you will use each room in the property. Keeping all but the basics in self-storage for a few days or even weeks is a good option to go for.
So, the moving date is quickly approaching. Don’t forget about the following things.
Three Weeks to Go
- Notify the utility companies, including your insurance company, of your departure date and the new address of your new home.
- Arrange for your post to be redirected.
- Start running down all the food in your freezer and cut back on food shopping.
Two Weeks to Go
- Label all your boxes by room for easy unpacking. Things can often be misplaced when moving home. Clearly labelling each box can help you put the right things in the right places on moving day.
- Consider deep cleaning your property. This isn’t always needed, but who wants to move into a house that has been left in a state by the former tenants?
- Arrange for an electrician to disconnect any mains connected appliances you’re taking with you to your new home.
- Take your final meter readings
- Only carry essential items with you.
- Communicate with everyone involved in the move
- Do a thorough check of your home and garden to make sure that you haven’t forgotten to pack everything.
- Expect a couple of breakages.
- Stay calm