When the time comes to find new house it can be hard to know where to start. To begin with, you need to decide the date you will move, determining this will give you a goal to aim for and help you be more organised.
We’d recommend avoiding the busiest periods for house moves (the end of the week and bank holidays). If you can arrange a moving company for midweek then you should have an easier time.
When you need to find a moving company it pays to ask around, if you have any friends or family that have relocated recently then it’s worth contacting them for advice on reliable moving services.
Preparations to make when moving
Moving is a complicated job, often with more to sort out then initially realised, we’ve made a list of the important things to consider when you’re relocating.
Work out transit insurance: Moving companies offer insurance, but things you’ve boxed yourself might not be included, make sure you check what level of cover any firms have.
Clean your new place: If you can arrange to get professional cleaners to clear up your new abode before you move in it will make things lot easier (some moving firms offer this too).
Notify the proper parties
You might be surprised how many people need to know you’re getting a new place, here’s a list of who to tell:
- TV Licensing
- Banks Pensions and Investments
- Card companies (Debit, credit and store)
- Inland Revenue
- Council Tax Authority
- Work and Education
- Other Subscriptions (Magazines, etc.)
- Friends and Family!
De-clutter: Throw away anything you don’t want to keep, moving house will be a lot easier if you don’t take all of your old love letters and reader’s digests with you.
Packing: Packing is obviously the most important part of a house move, make sure to separate rooms into separate boxes and include adequate padding for fragile items like vases and plates. (Old towels will suffice, but polystyrene or bubble wrap is good too). Make sure not to make separate containers too heavy, it’s easy to over pack things like books and make boxes too heavy to carry.(Some removal companies will help you pack, but you will pay extra)
Organise and inventory: If you’re doing the packing yourself, organise your boxes by rooms and label or colour code them, so you know what’s going where when you get to your new house. Also make a list of the most important articles so you can check them off when you arrive.
Arrange temporary accommodation: If your move will take more than one day, then it may be worth arranging to stay with friends or getting a hotel.
Additional work to do: Collect any spare keys from neighbours etc. and also create a guide for the new residents moving in detailing any specifics of the house and tips on the local area.