"From our years of experience of moving your personal belongings to your new home, we have come up with the following useful tips to ensure your move is problem free"
Two to four weeks before
Are you Packing?
If you are planning on doing this yourself, begin at least two weeks before your move. Label boxes with the details of their contents and the room in which they are to be placed at the new address. Pack heavy objects with the lighter ones: do not overstrain boxes or backs. Sort out rubbish, empty loft and garage. Sell unused items, or give them away. Ensure you mark what is Fragile!
Car - Ensure it's fit for the move - especially if you are going on a long journey.
Bank - Notify your bank of your change of address.
Credit Cards - Fill in the change of address section of your statement when returning it with your payment.
Standing Orders - Give your new address to companies with which you have a hire purchase agreement or a loan.
Schools - Notify your child's school of their leaving date and advise new school as soon as possible.
Insurances - Notify your broker or individual insurance companies: motor, household contents, life and other insurances.
Driving Licence - Complete section 1 on your licence and return it to DVLC, Swansea, SA99 1BN.
Doctor /Dentist /Optician - De-register if you are moving away and research alternatives nearer to your new address.
Post Office - The Post Office prefers at least seven days notice for the redirection of your mail. This can only be done over the counter at the Post Office.
TV Licence - Fill in the change of address part of your existing licence.
Telecommunciation - Contact telephone / mobile providers advising your change of address and the date from which you wish your new number to operate. Give at least two weeks notice.
Council tax - Notify relevant authorities in both your current area and the area to which you are moving.
Motor Vehicle Licence - Send the appropriate section of your Vehicle Registration Document to the Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea, SA99 1AB.
Pets - Make arrangements to book pets into kennels/cattery etc. or for friends/relatives to look after them during the move.
One week before the move
Electricity - Contact your existing company and advise your new one of when you are to move into your new home.
Gas - Contact your existing company and advise your new one of when you are to move into your new home.
Water - At least 48 hours notice is required by both your existing and your new authority to arrange for disconnection and re-connection of supply.
Milk/Papers - Settle outstanding accounts and cancel supplies.
Three days before you move
Pack a bag with a change of clothes and essential toiletries. Include a survival kit for the other end: light bulbs, toilet rolls, candles, screwdriver and pliers, matches, paper towels, cash and a note of important telephone numbers. Put this box in the boot of your car.
Do last minute laundry. If you plan to store for an extended period, keep back clothes for the opposite season.
Ensure that the keys for your new home are going to be available.
Two days before
Empty, defrost and dry out your fridge / freezer if you are planning to store for any period of time. Make sure any packets, bottles or jars are sealed with tape to prevent spillage.
Pack valuables and documents and put in a safe place.
One day to go
Have tradesman visit to disconnect any appliances. Arrange for refreshments for the next day, bearing in mind that your cooker may be disconnected. Moving is hungry work, so pack a carton of tea and coffee, UHT milk, juice cartons, biscuits, fruit, cheese, and something easy and filling like cornish pasties. Also include plates, cups, serviettes, cutlery and sharp knife. Don't forget the kettle, a saucepan and a frying pan.
Plan the evening meal for move day. It may be easier to eat out.
Prepare plants for travel.
Get a good nights sleep.
Settle the children with their carer. If they are staying with you , organise a room with their toys and a few treats. Older children may want specific tasks, like packing their own personal box.
The move leader will introduce himself and his crew to you. Show the move leader around the house.
Keep the kettle boiling and the biscuits flowing so that everyone is refreshed.
Strip the beds. Keep the linen in a box that travels with you so you can pull it out for the first night.
Once the van is loaded, walk around the house with the team leader to ensure all items to be moved have been placed in the vehicle.
At your new home everything is unloaded and placed in the appropriate rooms and if quoted for, unpacked and unwrapped by the moving team.
Once you are satisfied that everything has been delivered and positioned in appropriate places, you will be asked to acknowledge this by signing the move leader's delivery sheet, writing any comments you may wish to make.
After the move please take a minute to complete the Customer Comments Form which you will receive in due course.
We hope we have the opportunity to move you! If you would like one of our Consultants to call you, please Contact Us using our email form. Alternatively, give us a call on6 01483 48911 to discuss your requirements and to answer any questions you may have.