Guide to moving home

Moving house can be a stressful process; there's the planning, the packing, the changing of address and much more to think about. Our guide aims to provide tips on how to make the move as smooth as possible, including a few hints to help keep your belongings safer in the process.

Getting started

In the weeks leading up to your move, there are a number of things you might want to do, including:

  • Finding the removal company that best suits your needs. The British Association of Removers can assist you in not only finding a removal firm, but also providing you with an estimate of how much your move will cost. This will also help you to weigh up the cost against hiring your own van if self removal is an option you’re considering.
  • Should you decide to use a removal firm, read your contract to make sure you know what to do if any of your goods get damaged during the move. Some removal companies offer insurance as an extra but it’s worth checking if household removal cover is already covered under your own contents insurance policy.
  • Make an inventory of items to be moved and pass this on to the removal firm. As soon as you’ve done this, you can begin packing away items which won’t be needed until you’ve moved into your new home. Try to remember to label all boxes clearly so they can be quickly placed in the correct rooms of the new house.
  • Bubble wrap and newspaper can be used to protect fragile items such as crockery, glass and electrical items.
  • Contact your contents insurer (if you plan to stay with the same provider) and organise cover to start at your new address from the day you move in. Buildings insurance should be arranged to begin at your new property from the day you exchange contracts.

The week before moving:

As your moving date approaches you can start to take care of the following:

  • Inform your gas, water, electricity and phone (landline and mobile) providers of your new address. You will need to submit final meter readings at least 72 hours before leaving for your new home.
  • The Royal Mail's Redirection service can have post forwarded to your new home.
  • Cancel any regular deliveries such as milk and newspapers.
  • Don’t forget connections you may have to charities, loyalty cards, gym memberships and other subscriptions.
  • Inform your dentist, doctor, optician or any other healthcare professionals that you are moving and register with new ones if you will be residing in a new area.
  • Update your details on the electoral register.
  • Inform TV Licensing of your new address
  • Consider sending “We’re moving house” cards or emails out to friends and relatives to inform them of your new address.

On the day of the move

After taking your final meter readings and making sure any appliances left in the house are turned off, it might be worth putting together a small kit of essentials to tide you and the family over until you’ve unpacked all of your possessions. This kit could include:

  • Mugs, crockery and cutlery
  • Toiletries
  • Bed linen
  • Cleaning items
  • Coffee/tea, bread and milk
  • Your children’s favourite toys

Finally, have a look around the house before leaving to make sure you’ve left nothing important behind. All that’s left to do after that is move into your home, get unpacked and enjoy your new surroundings.

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