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Time to make your move? Posted On 23 October 2019

From meter readings to removal companies, here’s our checklist of what to do when you move

Although it’s an exciting step, moving home can also be one of the most stressful things you can do. However, careful organisation and planning can help the process go smoother – so read on!

8 Weeks – Research

Ideally, you want to start packing away any non-essential items as early as possible. This includes any items stored away in the loft, garage and shed. If you are not using it, pack it! Looking into your new area is also important; you might need to think about transferring your children to different schools and ordering new uniforms too. At this point, ensure you are also documenting all your important information away, including contact details, dates, contracts and information regarding your solicitor.

6 Weeks – Removal companies or do it yourself?

Now would be the perfect time to decide on a local removal company. Or if you don’t have too much to move, you may want to do it yourself. At this point if there is anything you decide not to take, then look into selling these items or donating them to charity.

4 Weeks – Notify utility companies

Time to notify utility companies and inform them about your move to switch over. This includes gas and electricity, council tax, internet, phone rental and TV. You should also consider changing any car insurance, tax, memberships, phone contracts and inform your bank about the move.

2 Weeks – Confirm details

Confirm your move with your removal company or van hire, estate agents and schools. If your removal company doesn’t disassemble any furniture or sort out the un-plumbing for the washing machine, then organise these now. Remember to also cancel any local services you receive such as window cleaners, gardeners and newspaper deliveries. Also think about re-registering to vote and get your post re-directed after you move.

24 Hours – Final check and walk round

Time to double check that everything is packed away and ready for transit! Pack a night bag each to help everyone settle in, so you won’t have to rummage through everything to find your toothbrush! You may want to create an inventory of your boxes and furniture to help you keep track of what you have.

Moving day – Today is the day!

You need to be ready for when your removal company comes. Ensure you let them know if there are any fragile boxes that need extra care when handling. If you’re moving yourself, then pack up your car or van and work out how many trips it may take. Before you leave, also take note of your final meter readings and send these off to your provider. Don’t forget to leave your keys for the new owners!

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