Here are a few tips on how to make your move as stress free as possible.
As soon as you have found a new home you should start looking for a removal firm. Make sure you choose the right company. It is a good idea to get quotes from several companies as prices may vary. When choosing a removal firm:
Try to choose a recommended local firm rather than a company from outside of the area
Make sure you get their postal address and details of their insurance cover
Check that they’re registered with a recognised trade organisation
Find out if their employees are fully trained removals professionals
Ask for references from previous customers, good companies will provide this without needing to be asked
Make sure they confirm that the price they quoted you is the price you will pay.
Alternatively, you could hire a van and move your own belongings but do bear in mind the time and effort this will take. Remember that if you do this you should check your insurance to make sure that your belongings are insured during the move.
Start packing early – it always take longer than you think. Here are a few tips:
Make a ‘last-out, first-in’ packing list. Leave your essentials until last
Work out how many boxes you will need and start collecting them well in advance
You will also need packing tape and old newspapers
Begin at the top of the house and work down
Clearly label boxes with the contents and which room they need to go in at your new home
Don’t fill large boxes to the brim as you won’t be able to lift them safely
Check your contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move
Pack important documents separately, such as marriage and birth certificates, in a safe wallet and take them with you
Put any hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols into a separate box and keep them away from the rest of your stuff
Finish any washing well in advance of the move
Don’t forget about fixtures and fittings such as curtain rails, hooks, pictures and shelves
Keep your kettle, cup, spoon, tea and coffee handy so you can have a cuppa when you arrive.
Have a clear-out and give unwanted items to charity or sell them through car boot sales, Facebook or Gumtree.
Many local charity shops can help you dispose of your old furniture or be the perfect place to find some inexpensive furniture for your new home. Freecycle, Gumtree and Furniture Re-use Network.
Arrange disconnection of your cooker, washing machine, dishwasher and any other items.
Let your utility providers – gas, electric, water, telephone, TV – know the date you are moving and where you are moving to. Arrange the end of your current account and start new accounts, it’s a good idea to make a note of any meter readings.
Make sure you know the smoke alarm works and how to test it.
It’s also a good idea to buy a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm for your home as they give early warnings when the poisonous gas is detected in the home. You can pick smoke and CO alarms up from home improvement stores.
Make sure you check your alarms are working every week. Test it Tuesday is an easy way to remember.
Let people know where you are
There are several other people and organisations you may need to tell about your change of address including:
Being insured gives you peace of mind and the security of knowing that should anything happen you’re covered. So don’t leave yourself at risk. We strongly recommend that you have contents insurance either through our scheme or by making alternative arrangements with another insurance provider.
If you don’t have your own transport, check public transport or book a taxi before the moving day. If you have a mobile, you may need it during your move in case of any last minute matters so make sure it is fully charged.
Just before you leave…
Go through all rooms and cupboards to check you have not left anything behind. Take a note of your meter readings just before you go, remove any remaining rubbish and switch everything off. Don’t forget to make sure all the doors and windows are locked.
Meet your neighbours…
Being a good neighbour is an important part of living in your community. A good neighbour is considerate of others, tolerant, concerned, responsible for their actions and law abiding.
Please try to be one. And go say “hello” and meet yours.
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