Buying Guide Step 7

Getting Ready to Move

Get Ahead of the Game

Moving house can be quite stressful, but being well organised and prepared can ease some of the strain.

Here are some tips to make moving day as smooth as possible:

  • Use a good removal firm – Find members of the British Association of Removers on their website, or ask us for a quote from our trusted partners.
  • If at all possible try to stagger moving days so you don’t have to do it all in one day.
  • Work out if there is any essential work to do before you move in such as carpet cleaning or decorating and try to do this before your furniture arrives, even if you have to arrange storage with your removal company.
  • You can keep costs down by doing some of the packing yourself.
  • Use comparison websites to work out the best value utility contracts for your new property well in advance.
  • Make sure you read the meters in both properties on moving day.
  • Organise a redirection service for your post with Royal Mail well in advance as it takes a few weeks to start.
  • Ask the sellers to leave instruction manuals for any appliances they are leaving and if they don’t have them you can download them from the manufacturer’s website.

Stress-busting guide to moving home

Getting ahead of the game is the best way to beat the stress of moving.

  1. Get quotes from removal companies
  2. Let everyone know you are moving – friends family authorities and utility companies.
  3. If you have children moving school liaise between the old school and the new one to make the transition as smooth as possible – confirm all arrangements in writing with both schools.
  4. Start collecting boxes as soon as possible.
  5. Sort out the clutter – don’t spend time moving items you no longer want, use eBay to sell anything useful or donate them to charity. The local council will remove anything large that you need to dispose of or use Freecycle if you think someone could make use of it.
  6. Clear out and pack up the items in the shed, garage and loft.
  7. Start packing – anything you don’t use regularly such as Christmas Decorations, items from the spare room, seasonal clothes.
  8. Smaller boxes are easier to move than fewer large ones. Fill the boxes to prevent items moving in transit but try not to put too much weight in each box.
  9. Clearly label the contents of each box and the room it needs to go to.
  10. If you have pets you may want to discuss the best way to deal with the stress of moving with the vet. The journey teamed with unfamiliar surroundings can be distressing for some animals.
  11. Let your neighbours know you are moving, and warn them that a removal van will need access