Moving House Checklist
3 weeks to go
Moving Tip 1: If you have children, arrange childcare for your moving day. Older children may well want to be involved in your house move, but it could be a long day for the younger ones. Give them, and yourself, a break.
Moving Tip 2: Make arrangements for moving your pets. Moving house can be very disruptive for pets so you may want to ask your vet for specialist advice. On moving day itself, its a good idea to leave them with family or friends - especially big dogs. Some big dogs don't seem to like big removals men.
Moving Tip 3: Have a good clear out. A new home is the perfect time for a new start and there's no point in moving your unwanted belongings with you. Organise a clear out a few weeks before your move.
Local charities will be happy to receive unwanted clothing and other items in good condition. Contact your council if there is anything bulky that you want to recycle. You could also consider a car boot sale or small ads in your local paper to help clear some clutter - or have a flutter on the modern car boot equivalent, eBay.
Moving Tip 4: Start emptying your freezer. Bet you didn't think of that one. Moving a freezer that has not been defrosted can actually damage the freezer. Plan a freezer party to use up frozen goods before your move.
Moving Tip 5: Order Your Boxes. If you're doing your own packing now is the time to order (or scrounge) packing boxes. Contact us directly to arrange this for you - or to arrange a house packing service.
Moving Tip 6: Get Packing. If you are doing your own packing you'll want to get started it can take quite a while to pack your own house, especially when you have other things to do.
Moving Tip 7: Label your boxes. When packing write on the outside of each box what room the contents belong to, also add your surname / new house number & postcode. If packing boxes for an overseas move then you will need to make an itemized list for each box (place the list inside the box) this will be required for customs clearance of your items.
Moving Tip 8: Fragile packing your items. If you are packing yourself, then any box which has fragile / breakable items then please mark these boxes and place to one side. When our moving team arrives they will check the contents to ensure that they are suitably packed, to ensure that when transported no breakages may occur. Please be advised that all owner packed items are not covered by goods in transit liability insurance. You will need to make your own insurance arrangements for the contents you have packed. Most Home contents policies will cover your items whilst in transit. We do offer a fragile pack service to cover your items whilst in transit under our liability insurance.
2 weeks to go
Moving Tip 1: Arrange for meter readings and service disconnection/connection. Contact your essential service providers and notify them of your move. You may need to arrange for water, gas and electricity readings at your present home on the day of your move. You also need to make sure that all the services at your new home are connected on the day you move in.
Moving Tip 2: Transfer your phone number. Have your telephone number transferred (or changed if necessary) and arrange for your final bill to be sent to your new home.
Use this as a reminder to start drawing up a list of people who will need to know your new info. Also, for a modest fee, your phone company should be able to provide a redirection message on your old number.
Moving Tip 3: Get advice on aerials/satellite dishes. - It is possible that your TV/FM aerials and/or satellite dish will not be suitable in the area you are moving to. Do get specialist advice, but it is often cheaper for you to leave them behind and have new equipment installed at your new home.
Moving Tip 4: Arrange for your post to be redirected. Contact Royal Mail if you want to have your post redirected to your new home. They need at least five working days notice to arrange the service and you can have post redirected for between one month and two years. If you are moving overseas you may wish to set up a post office box - again Royal Mail can do this for you.
Moving Tip 5: Organise the disconnection and reconnection of domestic appliances. Arrange for a qualified plumber, electrician or gas fitter to disconnect your appliances (washing machine, cooker, gas fires etc) in your present home and someone to reconnect them in your new home. Do not try to do this yourself.
2 days to go
Moving Tip 1: Cancel deliveries. Cancel any regular deliveries you have to your present home, like newspapers or milk.
Moving Tip 2: Change your address details with other companies. Draw up a list of the companies that send you information through the post - your bank, pension, professional affiliations, insurance providers etc…
Notify them of your change of address or, if necessary, have them hold off sending you anything until you can provide them with proof of your new address.
Moving Tip 3: Get someone to keep an eye on the place. If there is nobody moving into your old home immediately then it’s worthwhile arranging for a neighbour or family friend to keep an eye on things and perhaps collect any post that arrives. If you do, make sure you let the estate agent know.
The day before
Moving Tip 1: Defrost your fridge and freezer. Empty and defrost your fridge and/or freezer. You need to make sure that they are defrosted at least 24 hours before removal - moving them while still frozen can damage them.
Moving Tip 2: Do not use your washing machine or dishwasher. Please put your washing machine on spin to empty the machine of water, this will prevent water spilling out onto your carpets when the pipes are disconnected.
Moving Tip 3: Finish Packing. If you have not finished packing by now, then it may cause delays on your move day, which may result in additional charges by the movers, or they may have to help and charge for their help. If you have requested the packing service the movers usually arrive the day before to pack your house contents.
Moving Tip 4: Leave Drawers and Trucks. You can usually leave drawers and trunks with their contents intact, provided there are no breakable items inside and that they can be removed if need be without causing any damage to the runners. Don’t completely fill large chests or trunks with heavy items such as books.
Moving Tip 5: Take care of any liquids or flammable materials. Liquids, oils and paints must be placed into sealed containers. Removals companies cannot transport flammable substances for you so you’ll need to make sure that any petrol mowers, paraffin fires and the like are drained before we can move them.
Moving Tip 6: Take Down Blinds. Unless it’s included as an extra service in your moving plan, you should take down curtains or blinds and get them ready for the removal team.
Moving Tip 7: Take Care of Plants. Household plants need to be transported in containers to protect them during the move. Although we’ll do everything we can to move them safely, you may want to take tender plants with you personally as the temperature inside the vans can damage them. Please do not water them as the wet soil may spill, resulting in dirt in the back of the vehicle which may get onto your furniture.
Moving Tips 8: Put the keys away. Small furniture keys & window lock keys can easily go astray so leave them with the item of furniture and the removals team will secure them to each unit. If you have keys for back gates, garages or other out buildings, make sure you collect these together in one place and that they don’t end up getting packed.
Moving Tips 9: Put together a ‘do not remove pile’. Start putting aside the essential things that you will not want us to remove such as coats, handbags, snacks and cleaning materials. Some small valuable items such as jewellery, watches, trinkets, money, bonds, coins and stamps are not covered by removers insurance (please ask for details). Pack these separately and take them with you.
Moving Tip 10: Pack a suitcase. While all our removals companies are fully insured, we still recommend that you pack a suitcase to take with you in your own vehicle, just in case there are any delays - in particular on overseas or long distance moves.
Pack things like a change of clothes, toiletries, medication, items for work, PC hard drive and any other valuable items.
Moving Tip 11: Keep out some toys. Make sure you leave out a few toys to keep the kids busy during the move.
Moving Tip 12: Have a take away. You don’t want to be doing dishes on moving day - in fact, they might already be packed. Order a Chinese, sit back and enjoy the last night in your old home.
Moving Tip 1: Last minute essentials. Your moving day has finally arrived. You can leave the hard work to us, but on the morning of your move (or even the night before) draw yourself up a ‘to do list’ of last minute essentials. It’ll help you stay calm and organised throughout the day.
Moving Tip 2: Leave the Kettle Out. Moving house is thirsty work. Biscuits are always appreciated too.
Moving Tip 3: Get the final meter readings. Make sure that all the meter readings you have pre-arranged are taken, leave a copy at your old home and keep a note of the readings yourself.
Moving Tip 4: Get power and water turned off. If nobody is moving into your old home straight away, make sure that the power and the water supply are turned off.
Moving Tip 5: Lock Up. Make sure that your old home is secured, closing and/or locking all doors and windows.
Moving Tip 6: Drop your keys at the estate agents if you need to.
Moving Tip 7: Arrange to meet the movers. Make sure you have exchanged contact numbers with our removals team and arrange an approximate time to meet them at your new home. If there are any hiccups you can always phone us directly.
Last but certainly not least, have a last nostalgic look around your old home before hitting the road. Your move is in safe hands and we’ll look forward to meeting you at your new home.