Moving Home Checklist

Firstly decide on a day to move (usually completion day) Fridays and bank holidays should be avoided, as removal firms will be in high demand for these days.

Listen to recommendations, or check with the BAR (British Association of Removers). They will be able to give details of registered firms in your area.

Preparation is vital.
Possessions need to be insured before they are moved. Most removal companies provide insurance. It should be noted that any packing done by you may not be covered by your removals insurance. If planning to transport things yourself, make sure they are insured in transit.

In advance of moving have a good clear out, there is no point in moving all unwanted belongings from one home to another. Have a Car boot sale, or donate unwanted things to charity.

Compile a dossier of useful addresses for your buyers, instructions on how to use heating/alarm system etc, this will prove invaluable to them. It is also handy to leave details of milk deliveries and rubbish collection days. Notify all relevant parties of your new address, telephone and internet providers, TV licenses, banks/credit cards, local council and inland revenue to name a few.

Gather together all keys, including those from friends, neighbours and family. Make a plan for the removers detailing which room and where your furniture will go.

Colour coding boxes and cases will ensure that they end up in the appropriate room.

Ensure that your mail will be re routed to your new address, cancel all deliveries that you may have and register with your new GP.

Hire a removal company as soon as contracts are exchanged and a completion date set. As with most things it is good to have at least three quotes for this, the cheapest is not always the best, make sure that you are comparing like for like (are packing, boxes etc and VAT included.) Always request your quote in writing, and ensure that it includes everything you have requested, including a time scale.

A representative should come and visit you at least three weeks prior to the move; they need to establish exactly what the move will entail. It is a good time to establish any objects that will need special care, for example computers, antiques, pictures etc. You can flag up any pieces of furniture that may require specialist handling, for example a piano.

Inform the removal company as to the parking situation at the new property, access is very important, if difficult it can add to the overall cost of moving.
Storage may be required; most companies will accept anything as long as it is not perishable, flammable, illegal or indeed even alive.

You will be charged for packing, transporting to and from your home, the amount of space required and length of time your belongings are stored.

Make a list of all belongings being stored in case anything is missing when delivered.

Removal day

When the day actually arrives it is literally all hands on deck, if you have small children and pets it is advisable to have someone look after them while the move takes place.

Ensure that the removal foreman has a plan of the rooms for the new house, parking is organised, and that you have all contact numbers required for the move on you.

Upon arrival at your new property check that all amenities are working and take a reading from the meter.

If you have carpets curtains etc included in your purchase, check that they are all present and correct.
At the end of what will seem like the longest day of your life, all that is left to do is collapse, get some rest and perhaps enjoy a glass or two of bubbly!

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