Moving Tips

Moving home is one of the most stressful activities a family can experience.
We at Removals Services would like to provide you with the following tip to make that experience less stressful.

In the beginning

  • Appoint a removals company like Removals Services by looking online or ask your friend to recommend a reliable company. As soon as you have decided who you would prefer to use make a booking with them a.s.a.p.
  • Create a file for documenting all moving papers and receipts.

  • Change of address list. Pick up a Change-of-Address Kit from the Post Office and fill out:
    • Friends and family
    • Banks
    • Insurance companies
    • Credit card companies
    • Magazines and newspapers – cancel local newspaper delivery
    • Doctors, dentists and other providers – transfer drug prescriptions
    • Sort out what furniture and appliance will be going with you and arrange to dispose of the rest either via selling it on ebay (www.ebay.co.uk) or gumtree (www.gumtree.co.uk) or even free cycle (www.freecycle.co.uk) where people will take just about anything that you list!
    • Sell, donate or hold a garage sale for unwanted items
    • Use up perishable foods
  • Order packing supplies from Removals Services:
    • Boxes
    • Packing and masking tape
    • Markers
    • Packing paper
    • Wardrobe boxes
    • Mattress covers
    • Bubble wrap
  • Start packing boxes. Mark boxes clearly as to contents and room to be placed in. Mark “Open First” clearly on boxes containing important items to be unpacked first:
    It’s a good idea to colour code the boxes with stickers. Each colour representing a different room.Eg Main bedroom red. Kitchen Yellow ect.
    • Dishes
    • Pots and pans
    • Alarm clock
    • Bedding
    • Special toys
    • owels
    • Light bulbs
    • Plates
    • Tools – hammer, pliers, wrench
  • Make arrangements for picking up your important records:
    • Birth
    • Doctor
    • Dentist
    • Legal
    • Optician, optometrist
    • School
    • Veterinarian
  • Parking. Do you need a permit? You can organise this through your local council.Just give them a call and get 2 bays reserved for the day of the move.
    This is normally the Client’s responsibility and any parking fines might be charged to you!
  • Two weeks before the move.

    • Pack your vital documents in one place:
      • Passports
      • Military records
      • Mortgage records
      • Marriage license
      • Birth certificates
      • Vehicle titles
      • Stock certificates
      • Insurance papers
      • Bank records
      • School records
      • Medical records
      • Tax records
    • Make arrangements to disconnect your utilities. Get refunds for any deposits made.Have meters read. Give new address for them to send their final bill:
      • Cable
      • Electric
      • Gas
      • Internet
      • Telephone
      • Water
    • Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new residence.
    • Make arrangements for cleaning.
    • Check with your insurance company about transferring coverage to your new home.
    • Arrange to have a sitter watch your children at their house on moving day.

    The day before the move

    • Defrost, clean and air out your refrigerator.
    • Clean your stove.
    • Make sure you have payment ready for the mover.
    • Get a simple breakfast ready for the next morning.
    • Take down curtains and curtain rods.
    • Get a good night’s sleep!
    • Walk through your house one last time to make sure everything is accounted for.
    • Strip the beds.
    • Keep linens in a box that travels with you, so you can use them the first night.
    • Make sure you have the keys to your new home, or have arranged to collect them.
    • Record all utility meter readings (gas, electricity,and water).

    The move day (In your new home)

    • Make sure you are present when the removal crew arrives so you can guide them around the house confirming what is to be moved and any special instructions.
    • Start with the essentials – do you have power, gas and water, telephone and internet.
    • You can instruct the movers to place your belonging where you want them. That way all you have to do is unpack.
    • That’s it – your in. Have a cup of tea. Give your movers a nice tip or pat on the back and enjoy your new home.


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