At 8 weeks before your move:


Make a start on non-essential items.

Anything that is non-essential, items such as artwork, seasonal decorations etc can carefully packed away to get you started.

Declutter

Probably on of the hardest tasks in terms of letting go (especially if you are downsizing or been in a property for a long period of time). You can sell or give away items that you have no use for. This will clear up allot of space and make your move much easier.

Pack & Label

This is a great time to start from the non-essentials and slowly start working your way up. Always label your boxes so you know what is in them and where they go in your new home.

Book your removal company!

Get quotes from multiple companies and choose one that you feel is right for you. Price is not everything when looking to book a removals company, make sure they are able to cater to your needs and provide all the services you require and offer you the flexibility you need. Compare The National Movers to help you make a better decision and see the services we offer.

Make a folder of key documents

Make a folder or box with all your key documents for the house and all occupants, keep this in a safe place. With the packing, the cleaning, the decluttering, you want to make sure you do not misplace any of your key and/or essential documents and items.

Schools

If you haven’t already done so, you should look for a new school(s), after school activities and classes etc.


Between weeks 2 and 4 before your move:


Increase the intensity of your packing & cleaning

During weeks 2-4 it is important to get started on packing more and more items to get ahead and be prepared. Clean as you go along as this will make it much easier on moving day. Keep a dedicated space if possible, neatly and safely place boxes. Try to avoid overfilling boxes or making them too heavy in case you need to move them around.

Set up mail re-direct

Around 2 weeks prior to your move, set up a mail redirect service. This way any post you get at your old address after you move, will be redirected to your new home.

Address Changes

This is now a good time to start changing your addresses as well as informing friends and family. To help you, we have a checklist below you can use to help you complete this step.
- TV License
- Broadband, phone and TV provider
- Insurance providers (car, home, life and other you may have)
- Banks
- Subscription services such as online streaming, delivery services, and any online accounts
- GP’s
- Dentists
- Opticians
- Schools
- DVLA (driving licenses etc.)
- Car Log books
- Friends & Family
- Employers
- Gas, Electric and water suppliers (Don’t forget to keep a record of the readings)
- Electoral roll, council, HMRC etc.
There maybe more and again it depends on individuals and households, but it is a good idea to keep a notepad with you and jot down anything additional you may need to change addresses on.

The last week before your move


Finalise Everything with your removal company

Speak to your removals company and finalise any arrangements. Confirm arrival times and make sure they have clear directions to the property and where to park. Speak to neighbours and let them know when the removals van(s) will arrive so they can keep areas clear and know there will be allot of activity on the day.

Clarify all details with estate agents and solicitors

Speak to the estate agents and solicitors and get a plan in place for the moving day. Things such as what time you will need to hand over the keys, the time you will have access to the new property, when to collect the keys to the new property etc. All this will help in making your move much more smoother.

Utilities

Inform your utility companies of the exact dates (if you have not already done so) to make sure you have lighting, heating and water in your new home prior to arrival.

Essential Items box

As well as the document box from earlier, you need to make a box or boxes with your essential and valuable items. This includes Jewellery, paperwork (such as passports, driving licenses, certificates etc.) and laptops.
You may also want to make a handbag or personal bag with items such as bank cards, credit cards, cash, keys and phones.
Always keep the above belongings with you.

The Day of your move

- Take final meter readings before leaving the property.
- Walk through with the removal staff to ensure they have a good idea of everything that is going.
- Do a final walkthrough to ensure nothing you need to take is left behind.
- Make sure all windows and doors are secure.
- Make sure all gas, water and electric supplies are switched off.

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