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Tips for preparing to move home
09 April 2018
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Moving home is an exciting time, but it’s also a very busy time. Being organised will help your move run smoothly and mean you can enjoy your new home. Here’s our tips for what to do at the various stages of moving home.
Two months before moving home
There are certain steps you can take even months before you’re due to move to save you hassle closer to the time.
If you have children, enrol them into their new school and get their records transferred so they’re ready to begin when you move. If the school requires uniform, order it now to ensure it arrives in time for their first day.
If you’re living in a rented property, it’s likely you’ll need to give a minimum of two months notice to your landlord.
Start looking for a removal company and gather quotes. Getting a professional in will help to reduce the stress and will mean your belongings should be covered by your home insurance if any damage occurs. If your home insurance doesn’t cover removals, then talk to the removal company about their insurance cover.
Start to collect or buy packing materials including boxes, bubble wrap and labels. Your removal company might offer these, so check before you buy your own.
If you’re buying new furniture for your home such as beds, sofas and dining tables, these can sometimes take six to eight weeks to be delivered, so order them now to make sure delivery can be arranged for your moving day.
One month before moving home
Have a spring clean and start clearing out unwanted items. We all have a tendency to fill the space we have, but remember your space is changing and not everything might fit the same way in your new home. Plus, you don’t necessarily need all that stuff that’s been piling up, so think of it as a fresh home and a fresh start; have a good clear out! While doing this, it’s also a good time to make an inventory of all your possessions, so that you’ll know if anything goes missing during the move.
Start to notify all the relevant companies that you’re moving home. As well as utilities, make sure your TV and broadband company service the area you’re moving to. If not, you’ll need to arrange for a new company and contract which can take up to six weeks.
Switch relevant insurances (home, car, pet, etc.) to your new home address so they’re all active from your moving day.
Apply to change your driver’s license and car’s log book address so that it’s switched in time for the move.
Two weeks before moving home
It’s time to finalise the details of the move with your chosen removal company, make sure they’ve got a route to your new address (they may ask you to provide this).
Make sure you’ve got friends and family on hand for childcare and pet care on moving day and for the days before and after it if needed. You don’t want an excitable pup running around when you’re trying to pack and unpack your boxes.
It’s also time to start running down your freezer and other perishable items that you won’t be taking with you.
If you have rooms or spaces that aren’t often used, such as a garden shed or loft, you can start to pack things away in here providing you won’t need them between now and the move.
Start to contact local services such as window cleaners, newspaper deliveries and others to let them know you’re moving and no longer need their services, and settle final bills.
One week before moving home
It’s almost time!
Start to pack away each room of the home, one room at a time. Clearly mark each box with the room’s name and keep items that you’ll need to access straight away on moving day (like the kettle and tea bags!) near to the top of the box.
Arrange a mail redirection service; you may have changed your address on the majority of things but sometimes bits can slip the net and you don’t want to miss anything important.
Make sure you’ve run down your fridge and freezer food so that you can turn it off to defrost a few days before the move.
One day before moving home
Pack an overnight bag with a wash bag and fresh clothes ready for the moving day.
Pack as much as you can and sort all the boxes room by room into what’s needed immediately after the move and what can be unpacked later.
Do a final check of the house to make sure you’ve not left anything behind that you shouldn’t.
Put all important documents relating to your move in a folder that you keep with you during the move.
Get a good night’s sleep!
On moving day
Pick up the keys to your new home and arrange to drop your old keys off once you’ve finished moving everything.
Make sure one person is already at your new home ready to let the removal team in when they arrive and another is available to stay behind until the old house is empty.
Check you’ve switched off all appliances such as fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher, etc.
Take a final meter reading for gas, electric and water for your final bill.
Check all windows and doors are locked and secure in your old house before leaving for the final time.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack the kettle and make a round of drinks for the friends and family and removal team.
Sort the boxes room by room into essential and non-essential, and start to unpack the essentials first. Start building the furniture that essential for your first night in your new home, i.e. beds and seating.
Switch on your fridge freezer and work out how to use the appliances, boiler and heating system in your new home.
After the move
In the weeks after the move you will start to unpack the remaining boxes and make your new home your own.
If you’re moving into a new build home, it’s advisable to not decorate for the first six months at least to let the building settle and any snags be dealt with.
And most importantly, enjoy your new home!
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