5 Ways to Prepare for Your Moving Day

March, 2018

You’ve survived the lengthy process of house buying and now it’s time for the big move. Don’t pop the bubbly just yet though. You still need to get through the moving day in one piece.

There’s no need to stress. With this handy checklist it can be a quick and hassle-free process. Keep reading to find out the best way to prepare… 

1. Pick a day and a removal company   

So, you’ve signed contracts and you’ve got the keys to your new home. Now it’s time to pick a moving day. Be sure to avoid weekends, bank holidays and Fridays when the roads are busiest. Mid-week is a quieter option if you can bag the time off work.

Make arrangements with a removal company and be sure to get a quotation for your move. Let them know if there’s any big furniture or items that need special handling. And make sure you give them your new address to figure out parking and access. 

2. Notify everyone 

It’s important to inform all your family and friends of your new address, but don’t forget the big players too:

  • HMRC
  • Banks and building societies
  • DVLA
  • Gas and electricity suppliers
  • Water suppliers
  • Broadbands and TV providers
  • TV licensing

You should also consider getting post redirected to your new property, so it will still reach you if you forget to change your address with some companies. 

3. Pack up your old house 

Once you’ve sorted out all the technical stuff, it’s time to get down to business – packing. This can seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry. Just take it one room at a time.

Stay organised and label all sides of the boxes with which room they’re going to. This will make it easier when you’re unloading the van. Packing up furniture? It’s worth putting screws and bolts into small, labelled bags just in case they get misplaced. 

4. The day before the move 

It’s 24 hours before and there’s still a few things you need to tick off.

Double check everything is ready for the movers. And why not pack an overnight bag? It will make things much easier for the first night in the new house when you can’t remember which box your toothbrush or pyjamas are in. 

5. The big day 

Here it is, moving day! Exciting, right?

Once you’ve packed the remaining things, ensure everything gets on the removal van safely. Let one person stay behind until the movers have finished –  they can check the inventory and do one final sweep.

Record all utility meter readings once everything is switched off. Check all windows and doors are locked. Record the meter readings in the new house and check everything is in working order, like your boiler and heating. You’ll want a hot shower after a long day of lugging boxes.

Now it’s time to unpack but remember it’ll take a while. So, take it slow, enjoy the process and celebrate your new home. 

Need some help? 

Here at Weale and Hitchen, we are more than happy to discuss everything from the beginning of buying a new property to the end moving day. We’re an independent estate agency with endless local property knowledge in Bury, Holcombe Brook, Ramsbottom, Harwood and Rawtenstall. Get in touch with one of our friendly experts today to see how we can help you.

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