Organising your house move properly significantly reduces the stress and risks of moving, so here are some tips to get you started.
Organising your house move
Start organising your house move two months before moving by:
- Creating a folder for move-related documents
- Looking at removal companies and booking in a provisional date
- Making a floor plan of your new home and considering which belongings you want to take and where they will go.
If transferring to new offices, nurseries and/or schools, make sure they are ready to take you/your children.
Six weeks before moving
Organise mail forwarding, research available facilities (shops, leisure, public transport), get signed on with dentists and doctors in your new area and:
- Organise your belongings. Decluttering your home now saves money by reducing the removal firm’s labour costs.
- Unless your removal firm is packing for you, start packing anything not used regularly into boxes (attach labels showing which rooms they belong to).
Prevent back injuries, trips and slips by keeping the weight of boxes manageable and floors/pathways free of clutter.
Four weeks before moving
Arrange for phone, Internet and utility services (electricity, gas, water, etc.) to be switched to your new address on the date you move. Arrange for someone to look after young children and pets on moving day.
Two weeks before moving
Make sure service providers, banks and other important contacts are aware of your change of address, local accounts (library, milkman, newsagent, etc.) are settled and anything to be left for new occupiers is labelled clearly. If packing yourself, pack everything except the essentials, remembering to label boxes and keep their weight down to prevent manual handling accidents.
Day before moving
Clean your new home ready for moving in. Do any last-minute packing. Give the removal men a floor plan of your new home with rooms marked to correspond with your labels to make unloading easier. Keep a kettle, tea/coffee, etc. and snacks, cleaning products, a hoover and a mobile with important contact numbers (removal company, estate agents, etc.) handy.
Make sure nothing is left behind, clean the empty house and, once unloading at your new home is complete, unpack essentials only. Have a take-away and relax – you can start properly sorting everything out tomorrow.
If you were injured while moving house and someone else was responsible for your injury, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. Call us, Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 now to learn more.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice