moving house

12 tips for moving house

Moving house is one of the most stressful times for anyone so it’s important to prepare. Here are some tips to help things go more smoothly:

  1. Declutter – hire a skip, give it to charity, sell it on a local site but get rid of that clutter! Sounds obvious but the less you have to pack up and take with you, the better
  2. Research your removal company – a good company will pack for you and unload the other end. If recommendations and reviews are important to you, the Which? Trusted Traders endorsement scheme can help you find a removals company you can rely on. It’s also worth checking whether the company is a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR), as this will mean they have met the BAR’s criteria on training, insurance, capacity and experience.
  3. Start packing as soon as you can – begin with items and rooms that you don’t use often. You don’t have to wait for boxes from the removal company, supermarkets are a good source of boxes which you can reinforce with packing tape. Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or old newspaper.
  4. Code boxes as you pack them so you can unload them in the correct place the other end – the label should include what’s in the box and which room you want the box to go to as well
  5. Prepare a box of essentials that you can open first the other end – tea, coffee, milk, sugar and a kettle, phone chargers, house paperwork, contact numbers for utility companies, loo rolls
  6. Take important documents with you such as birth and marriage certificates, passports and anything else you really don’t want to lose
  7. It might be easier to keep pets and small children out of the way on the day of moving house. Ask friends and family if they would mind helping out by looking after them.
  8. Make up your beds as soon as possible as you get to the new place – don’t underestimate how tiring moving house can be
  9. Put screws and bolts from bits of furniture in small plastic bags such as a freezer or sandwich bag and stick it to the relevant bit of furniture with tape
  10. Pack an overnight bag with essentials for everyone in the family
  11. Make sure you have redirected your post. Not only does redirecting make sure your mail moves with you, it also ensures you don’t miss important documents like bank statements or personal documents, protecting yourself from identity fraud. Royal Mail advises arranging a redirection at least 3 weeks prior to your moving date. Click here for more details and to apply online. Try to inform as many people as possible ahead of time – banks, utility and insurance companies are the most obvious but check here for a more comprehensive list.
  12. Don’t forget your home insurance – make sure you let your provider know your new address details. Also check whether your home contents insurance will cover damage and breakages during the move.

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