A successful move comes with both excitement and stress. At Approved Movers, we aim to make this process as smooth as possible for you. We vet removal companies across the UK, ensuring they hold the appropriate insurances to keep you safe and secure during your move. In addition to selecting a trustworthy removal company, there are several other factors to consider for a successful move. Here’s our comprehensive guide:
11 Steps to a Successful Move
1. Cancel Insurance and Utilities
It’s crucial to inform your insurance companies about your move. For home insurance, you’ll need to either cancel your existing policy or transfer it to your new address. Don’t forget about car insurance, too—your premiums may change depending on your new location. For utilities, make sure you provide a 30 day notice that you plan to leave, and then on the day of your move, take a reading and provide this to your supplier. Be sure to take a photograph of your meter readings in case there is any dispute later on.
2. Update Your TV License
In the UK, you’re legally required to have a TV license if you watch or record live TV, or use BBC iPlayer. When moving, you must update your TV license with your new address.
3. The Big Clear Out
Before you start packing, declutter your home. This is a perfect opportunity to donate, sell, or discard items that you no longer need. It will save you time when packing and unpacking, and could potentially save you money on removal costs.
Packing is often the most time-consuming part of moving. Start packing non-essential items as early as possible. Remember to label boxes clearly, specifying the room they belong to and their contents. Fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper for protection. Check our our article on 7 Packing Tips for an Easy House Move if you want more help on how to prepare for the packing process.
5. Defrost the Freezer
Defrost your freezer at least 24 hours before your move to prevent water damage to other items during transit. Make sure to use up or dispose of perishable food items in advance.
6. Notify Authorities and Service Providers Redirect Mail
Inform your local council, banks, and any subscription services of your move. The Royal Mail’s redirection service can ensure you continue receiving post at your new address for a small fee.
7. Carpets and Curtains
Sometimes, you might want to bring your existing carpets or curtains to your new home. However, these are typically considered property fixtures, and their removal must be agreed upon with the property owner in advance. If you have such an agreement, remember that while removal companies can transport these items, they typically do not offer services to put them up in your new location. You’ll need to arrange for their installation separately.
8. Light Fittings
Light fittings are another category of items that removal companies generally do not handle due to safety regulations. If you wish to bring your light fittings, you must arrange for them to be safely removed by a qualified electrician before the moving day. Remember to replace them with simple light bulbs or basic fixtures to leave the property in a suitable state for the next occupant.
9. Essentials Box
Pack an essentials box for the first night in your new home. This should include toiletries, a change of clothes, essential kitchen items, and anything else you might need immediately upon arrival.
10. Share Information with Your Mover
Informing your mover about the specifics of your move is crucial to ensure a seamless transition. Provide them with as much detail as possible, including the layout of your new property, access points, and any potential obstacles they might encounter, such as narrow staircases or tight corners, or multi-storey buildings. Additionally, communicate any special handling instructions for fragile or valuable items. If you have reserved parking for the removal van, let them know. Clear communication with your mover can facilitate a successful and stress-free move.
11. Final Checks
Before you leave your old property, do a final walk-through to ensure nothing has been left behind. Take meter readings and photograph them for your records, along with photographs of the final condition of the property as you leave.
Moving homes can seem daunting, but careful planning and organisation can make the process much smoother. You can ensure a successful move by following this comprehensive guide from Approved Movers. From rearranging insurance to packing essentials, each step is crucial in its own way. Remember, we are always here to assist you, ensuring your move is as effortless and stress-free as possible. Here’s to a successful move and a warm welcome to your new home!