Moving house

How to manage your move stress-free

Moving home is one of life’s most stressful moments. Packing up everything you own is unlikely to ever be easy, but being well prepared and in control can make the process run more smoothly.

To help you prepare for the big move, we’ve set out some of the most important things to remember.

Booking a removal company

So you’ve found your perfect property and got your moving-in date. The first thing to do is find a professional moving company who you can trust to transport your belongings.

Asking friends and family for recommendations is a good place to start. You can also consult the National Guild of Removers and Storers and the British Association of Removers can who can recommend quality-assured removal companies.

Before you make a final choice, try to get at least 3 quotes for the cost of your move so you’ve got a good idea of what’s reasonable (and watch out for things like VAT and insurance which aren’t always included in the quote price).

Remember that your own home and contents insurance will often only cover you for damage or loss of your property when moving if you use a professional moving service – so don’t necessarily be tempted to rely on friends and family.

Packing up

While unpacking your belongings and settling into your new  home can be an exciting time, packing everything up before you move can be less enjoyable. So it’s a good idea to start as soon as is practical rather than leave it to the last minute.

To help at the other end, create a map of your new home and colour-code the rooms and packing boxes to help your removers know where to move things. And writing descriptive labels of the contents of each box means you won’t spend 3 hours looking for the kettle when you arrive in your new home.

And if you’d like a bit of help, a lot of removal companies will offer a packing service – so you don’t have to get your hands dirty.

Check your home insurance

Double check your home and contents insurance policy before you move to make sure you’re covered up to, during and after moving day.

You’ll also need to let your insurance company know your new address as soon as possible so they can let you know about any changes to your policy that might come with your new home.

All the admin

The least fun bit. But it’s really important to let your financial and service providers know your new contact details as soon as you can. These may include:

  • Banks, including credit card companies and building societies
  • Your insurance and pension providers
  • Employer (for your payroll)
  • Companies sending you catalogues and any subscriptions
  • National Insurance
  • Electoral register
  • Any utility and internet providers
  • DVLA – vehicle registration and driving licence
  • Any healthcare services you use
  • Your children’s school

For a small fee, the Royal Mail will also provide a redirect service for a set period (often up to 12 months) to divert any post from your old to your new address – so you don’t miss anything important.

Moving day

Almost there! And nearly in your new home.

Leave some extra time at your old property to take your removal company through any items that need special care during the move (such as mirrors, valuables of fragile objects).

If you can, try to make sure there’s space to park outside your new home – particularly if your new property only has street parking.

And most importantly, try to keep a separate box full of essentials that you’ll want to access as soon as you arrive, such as:

  • Kettle, teabags and milk
  • Toilet roll
  • Towels and a change of clothes
  • Cups and basic crockery
  • Bedding – sheets and pillowcases
  • Screwdriver, hammer, and any basic DIY items

And finally, some glasses for the celebratory bubbly in your new home!

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