Move Advice

4-6 weeks before the move
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Confirm the date of your move
If you’re renting, notify your landlord of your moving date
Check your home insurance – make sure you have cover from the day you move in to your new home.
Obtain written quotes and compare prices from several removal firms. Get references and check the limits of their insurance.
If you’re not using professional removers, ask somebody to help you.
Book extra storage space if required.
Notify the relevant utility companies of your departure.
Start getting rid of possessions you no longer need. Decide which items can be taken to a charity shop, sold at car boot sale, or offered to your friends.
If you need new furniture or carpets – order them now and arrange delivery for when you move in.
1-2 weeks before the move
Order packing materials (if you are going to do all packing by yourself).
Start packing non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes.
De-register from your doctor, dentist and optician if you’re moving out of the area.
Visit the post office and arrange for your post to be forwarded (you will be charged a fee for this service).
Notify your milkman and newspaper shop that you’ll be moving and give them a date you want the service to stop.
If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them during the move.
Make a list of everyone who should know about the move. Send out change of address e-mails.
Finalise arrangements with your removal company. Confirm arrival times and make sure your removers have directions to your new address.
Arrange a time to collect the keys for your new home from the estate agent.
Notify then bank of any changes to direct debits and standing orders.
Be sure to dismantle self-assembly items, take down all curtains, fixtures and fittings prior to the arrival of your moving team.
Explain to neighbours well in advance that a large removal vehicle will be parked outside your home and prepare them for any inconvenience.
Draw a layout of your new home and mark up the rooms so that you can show your moving team ahead of delivery.
Ensure that all items in your loft are sorted.
Contact local parking authorities on both sides to confirm if special parking arrangements are required for removal lorry (suspension/dispensation).