Guide to planning your house move
Planning your house move
Moving home needn’t be stressful. Follow some simple advice to prepare yourself for the big day and your move should go smoothly.
Plan ahead, its never too early to start getting organised. Begin by having a mass clear out. Get rid of everything you do not need. Ebay is a good place for unwanted items and you will make some money to go towards the cost of moving house.
Unless you only have a very small amount of stuff to move its generally best to hire a professional removals company. If possible get a recommendation from a friend or family member. Otherwise try to find one registered with a regulatory body such as NGRS or BAR. Make sure the removals company you choose are fully insured and provide them with a genuine idea of the amount of things you need to move, this will help avoid any additional charges or conflicts on the day of the move. Many removals companies will provide a free site visit to asses exactly what you have and give you a fixed price based on that. Get the quote in writing before the move date.
To avoid any unnecessary waiting around (which may incur additional charges) make sure you have the key in advance of the move date. To make you life easier when it come to unpack if you have opted to unpack yourself, make a full inventory of everything that you are moving and where in the new property you want them placed. This way you have everything right where you want it when it come to unpacking. Ensure all boxes are clearly labelled and the labels will not come off during transit. This will help you and the .
Four weeks to go
- Notify landlord if needed
- Start clearing out junk and selling unwanted items
- Inform gas, electric and phone companies that you will be the new owner of the property and the moving in date.
2 Weeks to go
- Research and book Removal Company or van.
- Tell Post Office to redirect mail on date of move.
- Inform your local council of move date and new address.
- Make plan of new home and decide which rooms will be used for what.
- Arrange for any final bills to be paid.
- Have meters read and pay any outstanding amount.
- Confirm arrangements with utility companies.
- Arrange the exchange of keys. Collect yours as soon as possible.
- Find some old blankets to put down in new house to protect carpets.
- Make map of new property for the removal company.
Removals tips and advice provide by Secure Removals, a
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