Securing a favourable quote from a removal company is just the first step in what can be a complex process.
A successful home move requires coordination on several fronts, not least of which involves notifying numerous parties of your change of address, from utility providers to financial institutions. Here you will find our useful tips to help you prepare for your moving day.
First and foremost, we recommend arranging parking. Upon determining the number of parking bays required for your move, visit the council website of your current borough to request a parking bay suspension. Repeat this process for your new location too. Councils typically require applications to be submitted at least one to two weeks in advance, so it is prudent to act swiftly.
Plan the Packing Job:
Acquiring removal boxes early on is also crucial. If you have opted to pack by yourself, be mindful that this can be considerably more time-consuming compared to professional home packing services booked with your moving company. Removal experts usually pack entire homes in a single day, whereas personal commitments could prolong this process. Therefore, initiating packing one to two weeks prior to moving day is advisable.
Time off Work:
Regarding employment, do discuss necessary time off with your employer. Ideally, allocate at least three days: the day preceding the move, the removal day, and the day following for unpacking and settling.
Inform Utility Providers:
Communication is the key. Inform utility providers, your TV service provider, banks, your GP surgery, the local council, and insurance companies about your home move. Do not forget to arrange the return of any equipment, such as TV boxes, to relevant providers.
Plan for Children and Pets:
Child and pet care need consideration as well. Grandparents and other family members can prove to be especially useful in looking after your loved ones during the moving day. As for the animals it differs on individual species. While dogs might revel in the hustle and bustle, they could obstruct the process; cats, conversely, may find the upheaval distressing and attempt to run away. Therefore, ensuring reliable care for your dependents can prevent added complications.
Small Tasks Easy to Miss:
In the days leading up to the move, plan practicalities. This includes reducing freezer stock, preparing an essentials box for moving day (like device chargers or power banks), and setting aside vital documents and keys. It is also important to designate a clear spot for your vacuum cleaner — you will need it once the property is empty.
Labelling Furniture and Boxes:
Spatial planning for your new home is essential, particularly for larger furniture items. Whether you are packing independently or employing professionals, labelling furniture and boxes with their intended location can streamline the unloading process and mitigate confusion.
Indeed, the to-do list might seem daunting, but tackling tasks systematically and well in advance can render your home move far less stressful. Refer to this guide as necessary throughout your journey, and rest assured that with careful planning, the process can be smooth and efficient. We wish you a seamless removal and look forward to assisting you every step of the way.