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How to prepare for moving house

Posted on 29th April 2016

Searching for the perfect home can be a lengthy and time-consuming task, so once your offer has finally been accepted on your dream home, you may be left wondering what happens next. Whilst the thought of moving home can be rather daunting, with the correct preparation you can enjoy an organised, successful move.

This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to prepare for moving house and the timescales involved so you know when tasks need to be completed.

Once you know you will be moving soon

For a well-executed move, you should start preparing four-to-six weeks before moving day to avoid any last-minute panic that something has been forgotten:

Confirm the moving date with all parties involved (e.g. solicitors, estate agents) and notify your landlord of this date if you are currently renting.

Begin your search for a professional removals company by comparing quotes from three credible companies to find the best deal – make sure you find out exactly what is included in the fee.

Check that your insurance policy covers your belongings for moving day in the event that something is damaged.

Make an inventory of all items included in the move and provide the removals company with a copy.

Notify the following companies of your address change so they can update your personal details and redirect mail:

  • Utility companies
  • Bank
  • Electoral Office
  • DVLA
  • Post Office

De-register at the dentist, doctors and opticians.

If you plan on putting your items into storage, find a safe, secure facility where you can keep your items for however long you need.

Declutter your home by organising your belongings into piles of items you want to keep, give to charity, throw away, or sell – remember to sort through your garage, garden shed and loft. Now’s also the time to purchase packing materials if you plan to pack by yourself.

Order new furniture or carpets if required to ensure that they are delivered in time for when you move in.

Two weeks before moving day

The last two weeks in your current home must be dedicated to packing up your belongings and tying together loose ends for moving day:

Start the packing process by loading non-essential items into secure, clearly labelled boxes first so they are ready for transit. Proceed with packing up the rest of your home as and when you no longer need to use the items.

Cancel deliveries (such as newspapers/magazine subscriptions).

One week before moving day

Make arrangements for a family member or close friend to look after your children or pets on moving day so you can focus on the task at hand.

Arrange the final meter readings for water, gas and electricity, and request final bills from your telephone and broadband companies.

Day before moving day

The final stage of preparation before moving day is to pack a ‘survival kit’ of essential items which includes everything you will need for moving day, such as toilet roll, phone charger, cleaning products, food and bottled water.

Make sure essential documents, such as passports and birth certificates, are kept together in a folder.

Moving day

The big day has finally arrived! By following the steps featured in this article, you can enjoy a smooth-running, coordinated move knowing all bases have been covered. Before leaving your home for the final time, you must carry out a few last minute checks on the property:

Do a final inspection of the house, making sure you haven’t left anything behind (check all cupboards and drawers).

Take final meter readings.

Turn off all appliances.

Settling into your new home

Before the removal crew start to unload the vehicle, check that the house and its contents meet the criteria your completion documentation suggests.

If you find any structural faults with the property that you were unaware of in the survey, contact surveyor as soon as possible.

Take meter readings and check that you have electricity, gas, heating, a functioning alarm system and running water.

The Whittle Group

With over 130 years of industry experience, here at The Whittle Group we have the knowledge and expertise to make the process of moving home as straightforward as possible. We will carry out a free survey at your home to establish your moving needs, and will use this information to provide you with an accurate quotation and proposed itinerary.

Our expert team are always on hand to provide full packing services, and we even offer safe, secure storage facilities for those who require it. For professional advice or to find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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