Moving home is a stressful undertaking. There is so much to do with so many things to organise. It also takes up so much of your time. If you would like to know how long it takes to move house, then read our separate guide.
As moving day approaches, it’s easy to get bogged down in the packing and constant last minute rush around. This is when you’re likely to forget something essential that could cause problems.
If you engage the services of a professional removal company, the whole process will become a lot easier and far less stressful. Their business is built on the house-moving process and they can advise you during the move.
We’ve put together a list of things you can do to make sure that the first few days in your new home are as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
Solving the House Move Problems
Make sure you inform the Royal Mail of your move and arrange for your mail to be redirected to your new address. You can do this at your local Post Office or online via the Royal Mail’s website.
If you’re also selling a home when you move then it’s worth arranging a time with the buyers to pick up any stray post during the first few weeks.
You’ll need to inform the utility companies (gas, electricity, water, and phone/broadband) of your moving date so that your services can be discontinued. You’ll also need to give them your new address so that they know where to send the final bills.
Take meter readings where appropriate to pass on to the suppliers and keep copies of these so that you can check that the amounts on the final bills are correct before settling.
3.) Removal Services
Most removal companies will offer to disassemble your furniture if necessary, so check to see if this is the case with the removals you hire. If so, you’ll need to list the items that you need to be disassembled during the pre-move survey so that this is included in your quote.
If your removal company doesn’t offer an appliance disconnection service, then this is something that you may need to arrange independently.
4.) Important Documents
Make sure that you pack all of your important documents (passports, birth certificates, driving licences, etc.) in one box that you keep with you on the journey to your new home. This is the best way of making sure that these vital papers don’t get lost during the move.
5.) Overnight Bags
Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family so that you have what you need for the first night stay, without having to rummage through the boxes.
Each overnight bag should contain:
- Night clothes
- A set of clean clothing for the next day
- A wash kit
- A towel.
Keep these bags with you during the journey so that you know exactly where everything you need is at bedtime – you’ll be too tired to search for these vital items.
6.) First Night Kit
Chances are that you’ll be exhausted at the end of the moving day and ready to fall into bed as soon as possible.
Make sure that you pack a first night kit with bedding for each person’s bed. As soon as the beds are in the bedrooms, break out the first night kit, make up the beds and then when bedtime comes around you can just relax and go to sleep.
7.) Fancy a Cuppa?
Even if you’ve elected to eat out or order a takeaway for your first meal in your new home, you’ll probably still want a cup of tea or coffee at some point during the day or evening.
Pack the kettle, tea, coffee, sugar, milk and some cups and teaspoons so that you’re able to make a refreshing cuppa when you start flagging during the first few hours in your new home.
The removal crew might also be grateful for a strong cuppa at some point during (or after) the unloading process.
8.) Call the Cleaners
In the few weeks leading up to the move, it’s worth giving each room a thorough clean, moving furniture to get at the accumulated dust, etc. You can do one room a day as you pack up your belongings to make the job easier.
When packing, leave out a basic cleaning kit, then when the time comes to move, you’ll just need to have a quick vacuum and wipe over.
At such a stressful time, the last thing you need to be doing is blitzing the whole house! You’ll want to leave everything clean for the next residents.
If you don’t have time to do this you might want to engage the services of a professional cleaning company – once the house is empty they could do a deep clean in the space of a couple of hours.
9.) The Key to the Door
During the two weeks before you move, start collecting together all the keys to your present home so that they can all be handed over to the new owners.
Keys often go astray, especially those that aren’t used very often. You’ll need to include any keys to a garage or shed, meter cupboards, etc.
Keep all the keys in a safe place, then it’s simply a matter of handing them over with the regular house keys.
10.) Box Clever
Make sure your packed boxes are organised effectively – this can save a lot of time when you move into your new home.
Label each box with the contents so that you can unpack the most important daily stuff first. It’s also a good idea to colour code the boxes according to which room they will go in when you arrive at your new home.
This will make it easier for the removal company and for you. You won’t need to stand at the front door directing each box that’s being carried in.
It’s also worth numbering the boxes for each room, including the total (e.g. Box 6 of 17), so that you can check that all the boxes are present at the end of the day.
The first boxes packed into the lorry will be the last to be unloaded so make sure that your important documents, overnight bags, first night kit and cuppa kit are last to be loaded if you’re not taking them in the car with you.