Preparing to Move
Once you’ve had your offer accepted on your new house, now is the time to start sorting through your belongings and get yourself organised, ready for the big move.
Organisation is key when it comes to moving house. For some people, this will come naturally but others may need a helping hand to make sure the move goes ahead as smoothly as possible.
Whether spreadsheets, colour-coded labels or lists are your things, find something that works well for you and helps keep you on track in order to avoid falling victim to the chaos that can often come when moving house.
It’s also worth decluttering your house before you start packing. You can read our useful article on the art of decluttering for top tips on how to clear your house ahead of the move.
In this day and age, the internet holds a huge importance in our lives and helps keep us connected to friends and family, as well as for entertainment purposes, such as watching TV and using social media. Therefore, moving into a house with no internet is not ideal – especially if you have kids!
If the house you’re moving to already has a phone line and broadband connection then you’re not in such a bad position as you can simply get in touch with your provider about a week before the move to inform them. This way, they can make sure everything is ready at your new house on the day.
If your new house doesn’t already have a landline and broadband, then, unfortunately, you’re going to have to book an appointment and arrange for an engineer to come out and install one for you.
It’s important to remember to start changing your address over a few weeks before you move.
The Post Office offer a mail redirection service so you won’t have to worry about any of your post getting stuck at your old address. However, it’s still worthwhile getting in touch with any major companies yourself, such as your bank or building society, and your utility provider to inform them of your change of address
This can easily be overlooked amongst the chaos or moving house, but it’s also an important one that you’ll definitely need to do. Make sure you make a note, or take a photo on your phone, of the meter readings when you leave your current property. Do the same when you move into your new home too, as the utility provider will need this information in order for you to pay your final bill and set up your new account.
Hire professionals or DIY?
Regardless of how many people are moving, or how many belongings you have, moving house is never easy. It’s very much a case of all hands on deck, so call on as many friends and family as you can to help with the move, and even better if they have a van or a large car they can bring along.
Alternatively, if you don’t have many friends and family nearby, or perhaps you’d rather get everything moved quickly and efficiently, then you might want to consider hiring a professional removals company. If you’re moving during the summer months, bear in mind this is a busy time for removals companies, so it’s worth getting someone booked in in advance.
If you’ve got the contents of a whole house to pack up and move, then you’ll want to try and be as strategic as possible.
- Materials – you’ll need a variety of packing materials, including bubble wrap, strong boxes, sticky tape, brown tape and paper (try to avoid newspaper as this can leave ink prints on your belongings).
- Distribute weight evenly – include a mixture of heavy items at the bottom of the box, and lighter items at the top. This way, you won’t cause yourself, or your removals man, a back injury by trying to lift heavy items.
- Coloured labels – colour code the house by room, e.g. living room is blue, kitchen is red, bedroom 1 is yellow etc. and put the relevant sticker on the box with the relevant contents in it.
- Label up fragiles – for instance, if you’ve packed all your finest glassware together, make sure you label the box as either ‘fragile’ or ‘glass’ so that everyone knows to handle these with care.
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