How to Prepare for a Home Move:
Author Bio: Jessica is the head of content for Hire A Mover – her fathers moving company. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling around the world to different surf spots and tasting the local cuisine.
Moving house can be very exciting and stressful at the same time. Packing and preparing your belongings for the big move can be exhausting and time-consuming. While a removal service can do all the backbreaking work – heavy lifting and unloading – there’s so much to do before moving day to ensure everything goes smoothly.
In this guide, you will learn how to plan, pack and prepare for your move. Follow our tips to make the transition out of an old home and into a new one stress-free.
Who You Need to Notify About the Move
List down everyone who should be informed about your change of address. Let all the people and organisations who call you or send you post know that you’re moving out. Apart from your friends and family, you must inform several other individuals and companies before moving day.
Here’s a list of people, groups and organisations that you need to notify:
Get the mail re-directed: Protect yourself from identity theft and get Royal Mail to re-direct your post to your new address. Pay a small fee to prevent paperwork from falling into the wrong hands.
Inform the bank: Notify your banks, insurance companies, building societies, financial organisations and so on. Contact them in advance and let them know when you’re moving so that they can keep records up-to-date.
Change address on your deliveries: Inform subscription services such as food parcels, magazines and newspapers that you’re moving out and when you plan to do so. Do this a week in advance, so your deliveries won’t turn up at your new house before you’ve even moved in.
Change the TV Licence address: A TV Licence won’t automatically change when you move out. Notify a TV licensing company in advance about your new address, as well as your moving date, to avoid paying a fine of up to £1,000. This way, you can also make sure you’re covered from the day of the move.
Notify your children’s schools: Don’t let your children fall behind in school. Find out if they can finish the school year at their current school and when it’s best to transfer to a new one.
Arrange final meter readings: Avoid a dispute with the new owner of the house by taking final meter readings of gas, electricity and water meters before moving out. Notify the utility companies, so no one gets charged for someone else’s usage.
Check home insurance cover: Always make sure that your new home and your belongings are protected during and after the move. Get insurance coverage 30 days prior to the big day, and arrange for it to start on the day you move in.
Update car details: Keep your driving licence, car insurance and car ownership certificate up to date, so you can avoid being fined. Visit the Gov.uk website to apply for an updated licence. You can also do it by post.
How to Make Your Move Hassle-Free
Moving is stressful for everyone. However, you can make the experience a whole lot easier by planning ahead and getting everything done before the big move.
Here are some tips for preparing for a home move:
Declutter your belongings
Most of us want to hang on to the things we’ve acquired over the years. That’s just not possible when you’re moving house. You have to evaluate everything that you own before you place them in boxes.
As you sort through your possessions, ask yourself: Do I really need this?
Throw the items you no longer use in a bin or recycle them. And donate the ones you no longer need to charity.
Decide if you need a removal company
Anyone who lives on the ground floor or in a small apartment with minimal clutter should consider renting a van instead of hiring a removal company. With the help of your friends, you can save a lot of money. This should cost about £150.
Ultimately, you must think of all your possessions and your home’s location. If you have a lot of items and hurdles to overcome, such as a flight of stairs, a removal company can do everything efficiently.
Arrange storage for items you want but don’t need
Consider placing some items you currently don’t need but might use in the future into storage. Seasonal furniture or camping gear are some of the items that can go into a storage container.
Pack items into boxes
Purchase quality packing materials – boxes, bubble wrap and tissue paper, to name a few. Slip crumpled paper or other protective materials in boxes with breakables to prevent them from being scratched. To avoid damages, don’t place heavy items in a single box. Spread them out.
Label your boxes properly to avoid confusion. This will make unpacking easier and faster. You can list all the items inside your boxes, and indicate the room which they should end up in.
How to Survive Moving Day
In the weeks leading up to moving day, you will have to follow long to-do lists. Packing and unboxing the items will run smoother with a system in place. If you want to make it through this overwhelming process unscathed, you might have to prepare a few more things for the big day itself.
Arrange child and pet care
Arrange child care for moving day to keep the kids entertained while everyone else unpacks boxes. The last thing you want is for them to be running around, making the day more complicated than it already is. You can also consider asking family or friends to take care of the children while you’re moving house.
The transition into the new home will be hard on everyone, including your furry friends. To make it easier for them, hire a pet shipping service. They will make sure your pets can reach your new home safe and sound.
Prepare a moving-day emergency kit
Remember to pack these essentials in your survival kit: toiletries, kettle, mugs, cutlery, plates, milk, tea, coffee, bread and bottled water.
No one knows for sure what will happen on moving day. If your home’s a new build, your utilities might not be ready on moving day. There’s also a good chance you won’t have the time to head off to the shops to buy the things you need. Hence, come prepared. Pack all your essentials in a survival kit.
Don’t be unprepared for moving day! With these tips, you can keep costs at a minimum and save your removal company a lot of time. You can also enjoy a hassle-free moving experience. Good luck!