Redirect Your Post
You can do this online at royalmail.com or you can collect a special form from the post office. Also send some cards to friends and family informing them of your big event. There are various resources aimed at helping you remember everyone who needs to be informed, check out:- iammoving.com or else slothmove.com which will inform all your utilities at once and loads of others saving time with this tedious task. So many people to inform, don’t forget your Doctor, Dentist, Optician & Vet. Also the Electoral Register, Vehicle log books, TV licence, Local Council (tax) and HMRC Inland Revenue.
Arrange for your landline to be disconnected and reconnected at your new house. We’ve occasionally seen customers in some disarray because this went wrong. Best make sure important people know your mobile number at this stage and also inform them if you’re moving to somewhere with no signal. Estate agent, Solicitor, Removals Company come to mind. Also keep track of your phone charger - it might be worth investing in a car charger for your mobile phone.
This applies to people who are moving long distance or have big or complicated removals. If the logistics of your move require accommodation book your hotel well in advance, some times of year places become very busy. This applies to kennels & catteries for pets as well! We’ll do our best to make the logistics of your removal as simple as possible but if you have lots to move and/or a long way to go make sure you book any accommodation early
We need to get our removals vehicles as close to the door for both loading and unloading. Where parking restrictions exist you may need to inform the local council or the private parking company if there is an enforcement on private land. If parking is very busy you may need to reserve a spot for the lorry by parking your cars there the night before. If our presence is likely to inconvenience your neighbours it’s polite to put a note through their door a day or two in advance.
Moving day is often just too busy for young children. You’re likely to have plenty to do without keeping them from under the feet of removals men. Do your best to get them looked after by a friend or relative, another thing to arrange in advance! On a different point, it’s common for parents to make the mistake of expecting older children & teenagers to pack their own bedroom. We’re sure some can do this but many don’t. It’s too late to tell them off when we arrive!
Keys Are Crucial
Make sure you know where you’re going to collect the keys to your new property from, who is in charge of them and when they’ll be available. If you’re buying a house ask the vendor in advance to show you any difficult locks, to label all keys and to show you how to operate any burglar alarm. On moving into your new house, time will be at a premium, so you don’t want to waste half an hour fiddling with keys and locks. Similarly it’s polite to label all your spare keys and leave them out for your buyer so they don’t have the same problem.
Visit Your New House
Don’t worry about being a nuisance to your estate agent, landlord or seller, moving is the most important thing you’re doing and there are things which you need to know. Where is the:- stopcock, fuseboard & gas meter? How does the water & central heating work? Are they leaving any matching paint and if not what exact colour is it? In case you need to touch something in. Also it’s hard to evaluate everything at once when you choose a new home so this is an opportunity to decide where large items of furniture will fit, who gets which bedroom and if there are any jobs you want to do when it’s yours.
Take Stock of Your Jobs
Especially if you’re packing yourself you need to evaluate how long you’ve got before moving day and what needs to be done. Better to be brutally honest and admit that you’re snowed under than to tell yourself “it’ll be alright”. If you’re confident that’s fine but if you’re not get some help. It’s hard to do everything and lots of people underestimate how long things take.