7 Step Guide To Moving Home
Whether you are moving locally or relocating to a different country, moving home is a big step and, unless you are properly prepared, can be exceptionally stressful. We have therefore put together this seven step guide to moving home to make life easier and keep your move hassle-free as possible.
7 Step Guide to Moving Home.
Step 1 –
While moving on your own is OK if you have very little furniture/few belongings to move, a full house move exposes you to a increased risk of personal injury, as well as potential damage to your belongings. Hiring a reputable, experienced removal company well in advance of your moving day will minimise these risks and ensure your belongings are incase of accidental loss or damage.
Step 2 –
Packing is one of the most stressful elements of moving home. Many removal companies offer a packing service and it is well worth considering taking advantage of such services to save yourself the stress and hassle of this dreaded chore. We also provide a range of packing/unpacking services – you can learn more about them Here.
Step 3 –
Start getting organised about a month before your moving date. This includes:
• Booking (if necessary) time of work
• Giving notice to your landlord (if living in rented accommodation)
• Contacting telephone/utility providers to inform them of your impending move
• If you have small children and/or pets, you may want to start asking family/friends if they can look after them for you on the day you move. This is not only safer for you and your pets. It will minimise moving day stress for both you and your them.
• There is a good chance you will not really want at least some of your belongings in your new home, so now is an excellent time to declutter. Separate your belongings into items you want to take, items you can sell, give to charities or recycle and items to throw away. This will ensure you do not clutter up your new home with the same old unwanted stuff you kept tripping over in your old home and make packing (and unpacking) a great deal easier.
If you do decide to pack yourself, this is also the time to make sure you have enough of all the necessary materials – boxes, padding (tissue paper, bubble wrap) and parcel tape – ready to hand to start at least 2 weeks before you move (see step 4). We can also help out with that – just click the icons at the bottom left and right of this page to learn more.
Step 4 –
About 2 weeks before you move:
• Contact your removal firm (if using one) with final details
• Contact your telephone provider and ask for the new telephone in your new property to be connected
• Arrange building/contents insurance for your new house
• Tell your local authority about your move
This is also a good time to start packing your belongings you rarely use (see above images for handy packing tips).
Step 5 –
A week before the ‘big day’, pack everything except items you are likely to need between now and moving date and:
• Pay all outstanding bills
• Arrange for mail to be redirected
• Place valuable and important items (i.e. birth certificates, passports, jewellery etc.)
• Get a TV License for your new home
• Inform authorities/other relevant people of your move (our image below should help make sure you don’t miss anyone).
Step 6 –
The day before you are moving:
• Do any last-minute packing, keeping a box with essential items (i.e. Kettle, coffee, teabags, mugs, toilet paper, a torch, spare batteries and bulbs, etc.)
• Dissconnect appliances and defrost your fidge/freezer
• Check with suppliers to ensure that utilities (gas, electricity, phone, water) have been switched on in your new house
Leave a ‘welcome card for the new people moving into your home, together with any instructions they may require (where to find gas/electricity meters, stop cocks for the water supply; how to operate heating/air conditioning systems, boilers, ect.) And a couple of local takeaway menus.
Step 7 –
Moving day! If you haven’t already done so, take your children/pets to the friends/family members who are looking after them for the day, then:
• Make sure appliances are Dissconnect
• Turn of utilities (gas, electric, water) at the mains
• Secure doors/windows before setting of to your new house
• Make sure boxes/furniture are deposited in the correct rooms as they are being brought into your new home – this will make unpacking alot easier!
Once all your belongings are in your new home, unpack only the essentials and take a rest – it’s been a long day and you can unpack everything else over the next few days.
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