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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.
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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.
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Empty the freezer:
- Use a cool box to transport any frozen foods you wish to keep.
- 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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.