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Guide to Moving Home

If you've recently purchased a new home it helps to know there's more to moving than just packing a few boxes. This guide will help you organise each stage of your move.

Guide to Moving Home

This guide helps you manage your move, it will cover:

  1. Planning your move
  2. One week before moving
  3. The day before moving
  4. Move day made easy

1. Planning your move

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Appoint a removals firm:

  • It's advisable to obtain quotes from several companies.
  • If possible opt to move mid-week as it may be cheaper.
  • Provisionally book your removals company 6 weeks in advance, confirm plans and get arrangements in writing once your exchange date is confirmed.
  • Ensure your possessions are insured for transit, most firms will be insured but check what's covered.

Switch your domestic service suppliers:

  • Notify your service providers of your intention to move 6 weeks before completion.
  • Book your meter reading for the moving day.
  • Shop around for competitive recommended utilities providers.

Switch your TV Licence:

  • Notify TV Licensing of your new address. Failure to do so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.
  • Transfer your licence.

Make arrangements for children and pets:

  • Arrange for children to stay with family or friends.
  • If your pets are not accustomed to travel, book them into a cattery or kennels for the night. Otherwise, maybe have friends or family take care of them.

Start packing early:

  • Make an inventory before you start packing so that you have a full list of all your items before you move.
  • Make removals safer and easier by using smaller boxes. Arrange for any items you do not have room for in your new property to go into self storage. Devise a colour code or visual method to indicate which boxes go in which rooms.
  • Devise a colour code or visual method to indicate which boxes go in which rooms.
  • Write on every side of the box to indicate the contents and how fragile they are.
  • Bubble wrap is great for protecting valuable items and packaging cling film is ideal for wrapping large items to avoid stains and scuffing.
  • Pack essential items such as toiletries in suitcases so they are easy to access.
  • Don't forget garages and outside areas containing non-essential items that can be packed early.

Warn your neighbours:

  • It's polite to warn your neighbours of potential disruption and they may even move parked cars to provide extra room for the removals van.

2. One week before moving

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Confirm your move time:

  • Check what time you'll roughly have access to your new property. Your possessions shouldn't arrive before - any delay could increase your removal costs.

Redirect your mail:

  • Set up a redirect by visiting royalmail's website.
  • It normally takes 5 days and will ensure your mail is sent on to your new address.

Inform friends and family of your new address:

  • Communicate your new details via email or change of address cards.

Settle outstanding bills:

  • Ensure home delivery services are cancelled and outstanding utility bills are paid.

The new occupants:

  • List your current utility providers and leave instructions on how alarms, boilers etc work.
  • Leaving some flowers or a bottle of wine will be good for relations if you need to speak to the new owners in the future.

3. The day before moving

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Empty the freezer:

  • Use a cool box to transport any frozen foods you wish to keep.

Preparation:

  • Take down curtains and blinds. Roll up any carpets you are taking with you.
  • Mark items that are staying with the property.
  • Put aside items to make moving day more comfortable such as toilet paper, kettle, milk and refreshments.

Prepare for the handover:

  • Round up all the keys to your home including those left with neighbours.
  • Normal protocol is to aim to give the keys to your estate agents before 12.00 noon on the day of completion.

4. Moving day

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Finish the last of the packing:

  • Dismantle and pack up the last of your essential items such as beds and the TV.

Brief your removals company:

  • Show the removers which items are going and staying.
  • Swap mobile numbers with the removers so you're able to stay in contact.
  • Check the removers have directions to your new property.
  • Point out any items that require extra care.

Before Leaving:

  • Check you haven't left anything behind.
  • Have all paperwork and contact numbers relating to the move with you.
  • Check all windows and doors are locked and the utilities are turned off.
  • It is important to make sure that legal completion of your transaction has taken place before allowing the new occupants into your home.

Collect your new keys:

  • Pick up the keys to your new home - some will not be handed over until legal completion.

Upon Arrival:

  • It is important to make sure that legal completion of your transaction has taken place so that you know you are allowed to take occupancy of your new property.
  • Show the removers which rooms to put your items in.
  • Read meters and check that the phone, electricity, gas, and hot water are all working.
  • Make sure items included in the sale are there; if there is anything missing or damaged contact your property solicitors.
  • Alert your surveyor if you discover any building faults that were missed in your property survey.

Relax and celebrate:

  • By the end of move day you'll be tired, so relax on the sofa, order a takeaway and celebrate your achievement over a drink.

If you are thinking of moving home Countrywide Estate Agents are not only on hand to help you find a property we are also experts at selling property.

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