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The Essential Guide To Moving Home...

November 7th 2012
By: Melanie
The Essential Guide To Moving Home...

Moving home can be one of the most stressful events in our lives, but with careful planning it can be made easier, so we have completed a short guide to moving home:

4-8 weeks
•  Book your removal company/removal van
•  Set-up a folder for your important moving documents
•  De-clutter, this is a great opportunity for you to get rid of any unwanted items, selling them in garage sale could help you to raise money for removal costs
•  Measure the space in your new home to make sure the furniture fits
•  Start using up food in your freezer
•  If doing your own packing then purchase boxes, packing paper on-line, there are some great sites to choose from
•  Hand in your notice on a rental property, most rental contracts require 2 months notice
•  Set-up a postal redirection either at your nearest office or on-line@ https://www.royalmail.com/delivery/inbound-mail/redirections

2-3 weeks
•  Contact all the relevant utility companies to let them know you are moving
•  Arrange for any pets to be housed or looked after during your moving day
•  Organise utility suppliers for your new home

1 week before moving date
•  Draw up a plan for your removal company of each room in your new home and mark boxes with numbers in accordance to your room plan
•  Make sure there is clear access for your removal company
•  Cancel any newspapers, milk and any other deliveries (notice times might vary)
•  Drain the lawn mower, remove batteries from battery powered items
•  Start to dismantle large furniture

2 days before moving
•  Make sure your removal company have clear instructions of how to get to your address and your new address, and make sure they have a mobile number they can contact if necessary
•  Arrange a key collection for your new home

1 day before
•  Defrost the fridge/freezer, move any chilled food into a cool box
•  Leave a welcoming note for the new owner/tenant, with your new address details for any missed post
•  Prepare any boxes, clothes you might need to take yourselves

Moving day
•  Take meter readings of all of your utilities
•  If hiring a removal van make sure you take the appropriate payment and documents required
•  If renting make sure you have made provisions to clean the house, following the letting criteria in your rental contract
•  If moving into a rented house you will need to arrange to pick up a key
•  Make sure you follow the manufacturers guide-lines on how to move your white goods
•  Check the whole house including cupboards before the removal lorry leaves to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
•  Turn off the power and make sure you leave the keys where agreed, orhand back to your rental agent

Once in your new home:
•  Check for any damage to your goods on moving
•  If renting make sure you fill out a rental form and mark any damage
•  Take Utility readings and store in a safe place
•  Contact your local council to let them know you have moved in
•  Introduce yourself to your new neighbours

If you need any further advice on moving, why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty.