It may be exciting and stressful at the same time to move to a new home. To avoid this, it is important to pick a moving date, choose a removal service in advance, and make a moving house checklist to stay on track.
1. Pick a man with a van in Kent early on if you’re planning to move. It’s important to choose a midweek or less in-demand moving date, as they may be cheaper. It’s important to pick professionals, as they will ensure your possessions are safe in transit.
Look at reviews from previous removals customers, check what your quote includes, and ask if the firm is willing to do a valuation to assess how much stuff you have.
2. Make a moving checklist to avoid stress in the run-up to your move. It should include everything you need to do and consider your timeline. It may be months away, but it doesn’t mean you should wait until the week before your move to start preparing.
3. Decluttering your home in advance before a move can save time and money. By donating, recycling, or throwing away items you don’t need, you’re cutting down on the amount of stuff you need to move, resulting in a smaller removals van and fewer hours for your removals service.
Additionally, you’re paying for fewer moving boxes. The simple way to save money on a move is to avoid paying to transport things that you’re only going to throw away when you reach your new home.
4. Make a packing plan and start packing early to reduce the amount of time spent unpacking. Start with the rooms you don’t use as often and label the boxes with the room you intend to go into in your new home.
Label the box with the room you intend it to go into and bullet point a few of the items in there so you know what it includes. Don’t overpack your boxes! Use small boxes for heavy items and big boxes for lighter ones to avoid damage to your belongings.
5. Removal companies won’t transport hazardous materials, plants with soil in, tins of paint, or chemicals. If you can’t stand to part with your plants, you could choose to remove the majority of the dirt, wrap the plant in plastic, and drive it with you.
Before putting away garden tools, take care to clean and box them securely. If you’re unsure what you can take, ask your removals team for advice. They may even offer an extra service where they can package more difficult items for you.
6. Store all important documents, such as passports, house deeds, wills, and insurance papers, in one box or file to ensure easy access. Create electronic copies of important documents by scanning and saving them onto a USB or cloud storage.
Set up the mail’s redirection service to forward posts from your previous address to your new one, allowing you to update your address at your leisure without worrying about missing out on important posts.
7. Organise utilities in advance. Take final metre readings, register with new broadband providers, and register with gas, electric, and water. Call to say the house has been sold and that account is finished.
Put yourself on the electoral roll/electoral register at your new property, update any relevant ID, and consider council tax. You can keep track of everyone who needs to be informed about your relocation with the aid of our Change of Address Checklist.
8. Taking time to clean before moving can make a big difference in the stress levels of the move. Prior to moving day, it’s crucial to keep cleaning materials separate and to make a note of potential issues while you inspect the house.
If you have access a few days before your move, you can arrange for any deliveries to be made in advance. Additionally, if you are ordering new white goods or need to measure for blinds, carpeting, or anything else, take advantage of the empty space and get them booked in.
9. Before moving day, make sure to pack a survival kit with essential items such as toiletries, phone chargers, water, snacks, and hot drink provisions. This kit will help you get through the day and the first night without any issues. It is crucial to have easy access to the necessary supplies to stay well-fed and hydrated on the big day, so you can fall asleep quickly.
10. Moving day is a big deal, but it can be exhausting. Have realistic expectations of how much you want to get done, keep a moving day survival kit to hand, have cold beverages, teas and coffees, and snacks, and stop for lunch and dinner.
Take some time to unwind and relax because it will take some time to completely unpack and decorate your new house the way you desire. Enjoy a night in with a takeaway or a movie in your new home, as long as you have your bed built and set up by the end of the moving day.