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Countdown to Moving Day

by Kim Meldrum (25th April 2016)

Countdown to Moving Day 

4-2 weeks before moving day

  • If you are packing yourself you need to start pack at least two weeks before your move.
  • Contact at least 3 removal companies to ask for a quote. Book early so you can get the removal company of your choice. A good removal company can be booked up months in advance.
  • Start de-cluttering. Don’t waste money paying to have stuff you never use moved to your new property. This is the time to throw out any thing that you have never used.
  • Notify all the relevant companies and services of your new change of address. has a free change of address service which will contact companies on your behalf:  Remember if you are not going to be using the same internet service provider then you will need to give at least a months notice or you may get billed for a month you are not using.
  • Check your household insurance will cover you from the day you move in.
  • Have your car(s) serviced, particularly if you are moving long distance.
  • If you have any parking restrictions at either address, contact the local authorities to arrange parking suspensions. A removal van can be the same size as a double decker bus and needs extra space for manoeuvring into position.
  • Arrange for someone to look after children and pets if possible.
  • If you are moving long distance and need a hotel for the night book early especially in the summer months.
  • Redirect your mail, you can get the post office to redirect your mail to your new property but they need at least 10 days so do this as early as possible.

1 week to go

  • Confirm arrival time with your removal company
  • Cancel milk, newspapers and window cleaner and pay any outstanding bills
  • Arrange for the professional disconnection of gas cookers, washing machines or any other appliances you are taking with you.
  • Start dismantling any flat pack furniture

3 days to go

  • Do last minute laundry
  • Any spare keys should be clearly labeled and left where they will be seen on moving day
  • Make up a box of refreshments and essential items for your first few days – such as toilet roll, light bulbs, tea making equipment, scissors, toiletries, pen and paper, torch, first aid kit, a few pieces of basic cutlery, crockery, corkscrew and of course a bottle of champagne!

2 days to go

  • Defrost and dry out your fridge / freezer.
  • Throw out items in the kitchen that are out of date.
  • Pack valuables and documents and put them in a safe place.

1 day to go

  • Aim to finish the packing today, apart from a few essentials in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Charge your mobile phone, as you will need it tomorrow
  • Make a list of contact details i.e. Solicitors, Estate Agent, Mortgage Broker

 Moving Day

  • Drop the children off or organise a corner of the lounge with some of their toys and a few treats. Older children may want specific tasks such as packing up their own personal box.
  • Check your house thoroughly before you leave.
  • Lock all windows and doors and leave any information which may be useful to the new occupier i.e. where is the stopcock, electric/ gas meter, fuse box

At your new house

  • Make sure all services - electric, water and gas – are working.
  • Put the kettle on for your removal team when they arrive. Moving is thirsty business!
  • When your removal team have finished. Check the inside of the van thoroughly; it is your responsibility to make sure all of your belongings are removed.    
  • Don’t try and unpack everything today.
  • Order in a takeaway, enjoy a glass of champagne and relax


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Author: on 25th April 2016
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