Your Guide to Moving House:

 

  •  What you need to do 2 Weeks Before Moving House:
  •  What you need to tell your Removals Company
  •  Your essential Notification List
  •  What you need to do the Day Before you Move House
  •  House Clearance tips
  • Special Considerations if Your Furniture is Going Into Storage


  • 2 Weeks Before Moving House to-do list:
  • Hire a removals company at least two weeks in advance if you can.
  • Use a removals company with a good reputation for care and reliability.
  • Get a couple of quotes before deciding which removals company to chose.
  • Recruit help from friends and family to help sort and pack.
  • Arrange to have kids and pets out of the way on the day you move house.

 

  • What your Removals Company will needs to know:
  • Give clear directions to your present address, and the exact location of where you are moving house to.
  • How much furniture and belongings are you moving. The removals company needs to know what size of removals van to use.
  • Are there any obstructions which might prevent a large vehicle getting to your door? This is extra important if for example you live down a long lane with overhanging trees or have a narrow driveway.
  • What day are you planning to move? And at what time do you want the removals company to arrive?
  • Arrange a parking space for the removals van. Make sure you can keep space clear for the removals van as close as you can to your house. A removal truck can take up approximately 3 to 4 car parking spaces!
  • If you have large pieces of furniture that are heavy, or awkward to lift, or that won’t fit easily through the doors, make sure you tell the removals company well in advance so that they can prepare for this.
  • Do you need any furniture dismantled? (eg. bunk beds or wardrobes which have been built in a room) If the removers have to do this it can take time. let them know in advance so they can bring extra tools if required

 

  • Your Moving House Notification Check-list:
  • Insurance. Tell your home contents insurance company that you are moving house, and make sure you have cover in your new house on the day you move. (Also remember to change your address on your other policies: motor, life, medical, pets.)
  • Gas. Let them know you’re moving house so they can take your final reading.
  • Electricity. As above, you need that final reading of your meter.
  • Water. As above again, if your water is metered, get that final reading.
  • Council Tax or Rates. Make sure you inform your local council that you are moving house. And if you are moving house to a new council area, you better tell them too.
  • Employer. Tell your employer that you’re moving house and give them your new address.
  • Self-employed. Inform the tax office of your new address.
  • Schools. Don’t forget to update your kid’s contact details too. (Do they know which different bus to get home on?)
  • Solicitor. (Maybe your solicitor knows you have moved house to a new address because they performed your conveyance.)
  • Benefits. Update your address for any benefits that you receive such as Child Benefits.
  • Internet Service Provider and TV provider. Make sure to inform your service providers well in advance of the day you want your service transferred to your new address. (And while you’re at it, shop around for a better deal.)
  • Financial companies. Tell you bank, credit card providers, investments and savings accounts, loans, life assurances, pensions, and shares.
  • Doctor, dentist, optician. De-register if you’re moving house out of their area, or notify them of your change of address.
  • Post. It can take five days to set up the instructions to redirect your mail. This can now be arranged on-line.
  • Deliveries. Milk, newspapers, etc.. Tell them when to stop, and where to begin again.
  • Electoral Register. You might lose your right to vote if you don’t update your address details.
  • TV Licence. Notify TV Licensing of your new address, or risk a nasty fine. You can update your new address on-line now.
  • Friends and family. They might be a little insulted if they find out you've moved house without telling them.
  • Subscriptions. Charities, loyalty cards, gym membership, mail order organizations and internet companies need to know your new address.

 

  • The Day Before you Move House to-do list:
  • Charge your mobile phones.
  • Defrost the freezer. (upright freezers can be left full and loaded on the truck last)
  • Put valuables in a box in a safe place.
  • Back up all important files on your computer to an external hard drive.
  • Pack a small bag for each family member containing essentials: change of underwear and clothes, toiletries, nightwear, bed linen and towels.
  • Organise a box with kitchen essentials: tea, coffee, milk, mugs, cutlery, and a kettle.
  • Write down the phone numbers of a few convenient takeaway restaurants so you don’t need to prepare a meal at the end of the day.
  • Keep cleaning essentials with you: Vacuum cleaner and surface cleaner and cloths. You can give your new house a quick going over before it is filled with boxes.
  • Put together a mini tool kit: screwdrivers, Allen keys (for that self-assembly furniture), knife, duct tape, light bulbs, candles and lighter.
  • Grab your Yellow Pages. You just never know if you might need to call an emergency glazier, plumber or electrician.
  • Got fuel in your car? You don’t want the removals company to arrive at your new home before you do.

 

  • House Clearance Tips:
  • Looking around your existing home you’re probably thinking that you are facing an impossible task.
  • And regardless of the very good reasons for moving house, staying exactly where you are might seem preferable because you won’t need to pack-up everything, move it, and unpack it all again in your new home.
  • Best plan of action is to take a step back. 
  • See your house as a stranger would see it. 
  • Don’t see comfortable memories and carefully arranged furniture and pictures.
  • See it as a job that needs to be accomplished. 
  • See your belongings as property that must be sorted into categories, wrapped, packed, boxed, labeled, and placed in order of removal.

 

  • Tip One.
  • Make a pile of items that can be taken to the dump. (Why pay your removal company to transport rubbish from one house to another – take it to the dump). 



  • Tip Two.
  • Make another pile of items that can be donated to your chosen charity shop. (This might overlap a little with your pile of rubbish.) Some of the items you think are okay for the charity shop should be dumped, and some of the bits and pieces you are dumping might be okay to give to the charity shop! “One person’s rubbish,…..”
  • Okay, get rid of these two piles now. 
  • Either take a [few] trips to the dump and/or the charity shop, or put it somewhere out of the way, like your garage or garden shed or in a room that is already clear.


  • Tip Three.
  • Don’t skimp on wrapping materials. get plenty of sturdy boxes for packing & some heavy duty black bin bags are ideal for clothes and bedding. Make sure that all boxes are taped closed top and bottom. Overflowing boxes are harder to pack in the truck and can slow things down. Don't fill large boxes full of heavy items such as books or magazines. Either use smaller boxes for heavy items or pack the bottom of the box with books and lighter items on top. Remember if a box is too heavy for you to lift it will probably need 2 porters to carry it!


  • Tip Four.
  • We've all been there; you open a cupboard drawer and see a ton of things that you know will take an hour to sort through. You don’t have time to sort through drawer after drawer now, so your initial temptation is to close the drawer, and just leave it as it is (You can sort it when after you move house). Not really as good an idea as it sounds. But if you are going to move house this way here’s some useful advice:
  • Check the contents of each drawer and cupboard for breakables. Remove them and wrap and pack these separately.
  • Check each cupboard for weight. Your removals men will be lifting this furniture, and you don’t want to break their backs. 
  • If a chest of drawers is full of clothes you can usually leave them full. if a unit is too heavy we can usually remove the drawers before carrying the item to the truck.
  • Secure all drawers and doors to stop them swinging open and falling out. Not just a mess, but it can easily damage your furniture, and be a serious lifting hazard to your removals company.
  • I recommend the use of cling film. You can get narrow rolls of cling film for securing drawers, doors and boxes, or just use the pack you have in the kitchen. Wrap it around tight and thick.


  • Tip Five. 
  • Label everything. 
  • It sounds obvious, but despite this, people forget to label the packing boxes. 
  • Failing to label everything means that your house move will be disorganized. 
  • Boxes will be lifted into the wrong rooms of your new house. 
  • Boxes will need to be opened and checked for contents before being moved from the removals van, delaying everything. 
  • If your removals company knows which box or piece of furniture goes into which room, and in which order, they can work uninterrupted. 


  • Tip Six.
  • What have you left behind? This sounds too obvious to mention, but you’d be surprised at what gets left behind.
  • Check each room of the house you are moving from, room by room.
  • Check behind each door for what might be hanging on a hook or a doorknob.
  • Check built-in cupboards.
  • Check built-in drawers. Pull out the bottom drawer to check that nothing has fallen down the back.
  • Check high shelves.
  • Check the loft. (It is amazing the things you find in dark dusty attics.)
  • Check the garage and garden shed.
  • Walk around the garden. Walk all around the outside edge of the garden checking nooks and crannies for ornaments, toys, tools or pets.
  • And then do it all again. Once you close that door and drive away, you don’t want to be coming back.


  • Tip Seven.
  • If your removals company has done a first-class job, if they have been, careful with your property, punctual and courteous, you should recommend them.
  • A simple recommendation from you is the best thanks you can give them. So ask for their business card, and recommend them to your friends.


  • Special Considerations if Your Furniture is Going to Storage.
  • Ensure all boxes are sealed top and bottom so they can be stacked to maximise space within your storage unit.
  • Clean all appliances thoroughly, especially the insides of fridges and freezers as mold can grow inside them.
  • Do not store food unless its dried / tinned and sealed in a box.
  • Its not advisable to store garden furniture, tools, outdoor toys, plants etc. in a sealed container with your household contents. Preservatives in wood can leave an odor in your furniture and insects and larvae can spread.
  • If possible, keep some old blankets or duvet covers which the removers can use to cover any delicate items.