Moving Hints and Tips

Getting Ready for the Big Day...

5 - 8 Weeks before you move...

1. Book your free moving survey with Essex House Removals.

2. Receive your NO OBLIGATION quotation normally within 24 hours of your moving survey.

3 – 4 Weeks before your move...

  1. Book your moving date with Essex House Removals.
  2. Have a good clear out of any unwanted items.
  3. Start to eat down your fridge and freezer contents.
  4. Start packing the non-essentials household items.
  5. Notify all your service providers of your change of address, e.g Gp, Dentist, Bank, building society & credit cards, Dvla/vosa, Electric, water, gas and phone companies, Mobile phone company, clubs/associations
  6. Redirect your incoming mail if necessary.
  7. Cancel/redirect incoming newspapers and milk delivery.
  8. If you have a petrol lawn mower start to run down the level of fuel until empty and then leave the cap of for a couple of days to air the tank.
  9. Cancel old and arrange new telephone and internet connections if required.

1 week before your move...

  1. Arrange for your pets to be looked after & if your children are not in school then maybe them too!
  2. Arrange a space with your neighbours for parking the removal vehicle(s).
  3. Empty unused garden pots of any soil.
  4. Defrost your freezer.
  5. Start disassembling furniture (if this service is not ordered).
  6. Remove curtains and blinds if you are taking them with you.
  7. Start to eat down your refrigerated food.

The Night before Moving Day...

  1. Finish off your packing just leaving out the essentials as if you were packing for an overnight trip and of course tea, coffee, and the kettle!
  2. Place anything that is essential to you on your move day (e.g. documents, keys, medication) in one place and mark with a note so we don’t accidentally pack them into the removal vehicle.
  3. Take apart beds (if this service is not ordered).
  4. Have one last check around making sure that everything that can be packed, is, and then go to bed because we will be there bright and early the next day.
  5. Order your favourite take away!

Some more handy moving tips...

  • Have all your boxes packed-up and ready to be moved, but try not to overload the boxes.
  • Have beds, cots and furniture dismantled and ready to go, unless agreed at time of survey.
  • If you do disassemble any furniture,remember to put the bolts and fittings in a plastic bag and attach it with tape so it will not be lost. Tape keys in a secure place.
  • When packing, use the correct double walled Boxes: these boxes are designed for moving.
  • Begin by packing items you do not use every day.
  • Label each box, indicating in which room it should go. Mark fragile boxes in large writing so we will top load.
  • Upholstered items should be covered with protective plastic to prevent stains or damage.
  • Rugs and similar items should be cleaned before the move.
  • Remove bulbs and shades from all lamps. Lamp shades should be packed separately in a sturdy box. To protect your lampshades wrap them in bubble wrap. Do not use newspaper as it may leave smudges.
  • Glass table tops and glass doors on furniture should be wrapped with bubble wrap and heavy cardboard for safe shipping.
  • Dry and canned foods may be moved as long as they are packed in a sturdy box. Liquids should be discarded or thrown away.
  • Chemical and hazardous materials, such as, but not limited to, propane tanks, pool chemicals, fertilizers, paint thinners, solvents, bleach, aerosol cans, and firearms cannot be moved.
  • Lawnmowers and other equipment with fuel tanks must be completely drained prior to a removal. We are not permitted to carry gas bottles.
  • Drawers in furniture should be cleared of items.
  • Appliances should be disconnected prior to your moving team arriving. Also, take down shelves, light fixtures or chandeliers if applicable.
  • Pack largest and heaviest items in bottom of box first. Books and other heavy items should be packed in small boxes.
  • Large mirrors or pictures should be wrapped individually, covering both sides with bubble wrap and heavy cardboard, then binding with tape.
  • Items should be packed in boxes that are the proper size. If there is empty space in the box use wadded up packing paper to fill up space.
  • Small appliances and electronics should be packed in the boxes they came in whenever possible.
  • For dishes and glassware you should use butchers paper. Pack dishes on their sides.
  • Fridge drip trays should be emptied.
  • Wrap sharp tools to prevent injury.
  • Organize a decent parking place for the removal van or vans.