Moving home can be a stressful time, there are lots of things to do, and it can be difficult to remember everything. To help your move go a little more smoothly, find to follow a handy ‘to remember’ list;
1. Find your local removal companies, and get a few quotes. If possible, try to get a referral from a family member, friend or colleague who has previously used the companies’ services. At this point, you also need to get quotes for storage facilities, if you require them.
2. Start to collect your packing materials, keep any boxes that you receive, hold onto newspapers (ideal for wrapping delicate items) and ensure that you have the following stationary ready; labels/tape/bubble wrap/marker pens.
3. Start to pack any non-essential items, such as ornaments, or anything that you will not require until after the move.
4. Create change of address letters or cards for family/friends/colleagues etc. ready to send out when the time is right.
5. If you have children, now is the time to notify their schools, and if necessary, arrange for any school records to be sent to their new schools.
6. Contact your phone company and arrange a date for disconnection at your present address, and reconnection at your new house.
7. Notify your gas, electric, and water providers, ring to advise them of your moving date, and your new address. Make a list of any other companies you need to inform, for example, banks, credit card and loan companies.
8. If you have children, make arrangements with their schools for the day of the move i.e. any time off required, additional after school care etc.
9. If you have pets, arrange for their care during the move, i.e. overnight accommodation, or ensure that you have the correct pet carriers for transportation. Remember that moving can also be a very stressful time for pets!
10. Contact the Royal Mail to arrange for post redirection. Cancel any newspaper or magazine subscriptions you have, or arrange for delivery to your new address.
11. Defrost your fridge/freezer, remembering to leave the doors open for ventilation.
12. Create an ‘essential’ box of items for the day of the move, for example, tea/coffee/milk/tissues etc. Also get together some money (for paying the removal company), and ensure that your mobile phone is charged (the landline could be disconnected at this point, so you may need an alternative).
13. Make a note of your final meter readings (gas, electric, water). It may be a good idea to take a photo of the meter if you have a camera available.
14. Oversee the move, make sure that all items are loaded into the van, and perform a final check of each room before leaving the house.
15. Collect all of the keys, including window lock keys, and place them in an envelope together, ready to hand over to the new owner.
By remembering these points, you can hopefully experience a less stressful move, and can look forward to settling in your new home!