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Moving House Guide

So you have decided to move, found a new house or moving to a new area, this is classed as one of the most stressful times in your life, but will be the most satisfying. You will need plenty of moving house and removal boxes.

Within the office at Lyburn (which we are part of a division of) and  cardboard boxes and packaging, there has been several house and office moves, we have decided to offer a few helpful tips to help your move run smoothly.

Deciding To Move?

Moving home consists of packing, moving and transporting, from one location to another, sometimes leading to different areas and even countries, different objects of all shapes and sizes accumulated over the years, all in a variety of shapes, sizes and values.

While you are searching for your new home, it is a great opportunity to start catorgising your belongings into three sections, keep, sell and throw away; it is a good idea to start in the shed, garage or loft.

By doing this, you will clear the clutter in your house and make it look less cluttered and more appealing to prospective buyers.

8-12 Weeks before Move Date

Clear the Clutter

Unsure, if you are like most of us, but I tend to clear a room by moving the clutter to another room, this is a difficult habit to break, as, you have made the decision to move, most of your clutter should be now be reducing, it is now time to sort out the areas that can be termed as a 'dumping ground' - the garage, shed and loft!

Start with one place at a time. Again, it is advisable to distinguish between what you want to keep, sell, donate and throw away AND BE RUTHLESS!! No point taking items that you have not used in this house to another house. This will then reduce the number of boxes you will require to transport to your new home.

A great way to get started is to buy a home moving kit; this will enable you to start boxing up your belongings. Each kit contains all you need to start packing including a selection of boxes in a variety of sizes, tape, bubble wrap, wrapping paper, and a permanent marker pen so you can clearly mark your boxes up. You can also purchase additional boxes and archive boxes for your paperwork and files, and wardrobe storage boxes so that your clothes can be transported straight from your wardrobe into your the wardrobe box for easy transportation.

Make sure you label the boxes with a marker pen, coloured tape or labels to distinguish what the box contains.

Visit your new area at different times of the day to make sure that you are sure on the surroundings. Research into your new area, you need, to find out about your local shops, libraries, doctors and dental surgeries etc.

Help your children to settle into their new home and neighbourhood by taking them on a tour of their new school and meet their new classmates, show them the local parks and play areas etc, over a series of weeks the surroundings will then become familiar

Also, talk to your new neighbours to find out about the local facilities such as swimming pools and cinemas and ask them about clubs that your children can join. Your local community centre will also have more information about clubs for your children. This will make your children more excited about the move rather than nervous and disorientated.

Start gathering quotes from removal companies, and approx dates, it is always cheaper to move in the week against the weekend. Ask your friends and family for recommendations of removal companies that have successfully completed house moves for them. As it is always best to use a firm which has been recommended. There also could be large differences in the prices so please check what you are getting for your money as the service that is being supplied could be very different.

Remember to tell the removal company exactly how many rooms you have in your house and if you have any unusually large or awkwardly shaped pieces of furniture, if you live or moving to a flat, is there a lift or not,  if there is parking restrictions at the property you are moving to or from are all important features. If possible, ask the removal company to visit you at home so they get a better understanding of what exactly needs to be moved.

6 - 4 Weeks before Move Date

Inform the post office of your moving date and redirect your mail, from that date. (This can be moved if there is any complications or if your date moves closer than what is expected) Complete and return a postal redirection form from Royal Mail to ensure your mail is re-directed to your new home. You can pick up a form at your local post office or download one from

Tell Organisations That You Are Moving

Notify the relevant companies. These should include; - Telephone company - TV License - DVLA for your driving license and log book (V5) - Insurance companies - School / College / University - Banks, credit cards, loans, finance etc. - Council Tax

Continue Packing, Now , remembering the 3 box rule, keep, sell and throw away, this is also a good time to order furniture protection such as sofa covers, mattress protectors and furniture blankets to prevent damage and dirt.

You should be well away with your packing by now, so start packing the items you infrequently use or non-essential items such as pictures books, CDs and DVDs, ornamanents, garden furniture etc

Make sure you clearly label your boxes with details of their room in the new house so you or the house removers know what room to put the boxes in on the day of your move. It is also advisable that a list of box contents is noted, a word documentation is handy to note the contents of each box this can then be labelled and taped on the box and a hard copy kept on your computer, or alternatively, This could be done with a marker pen, coloured tape, labels or a plain 'documents enclosed' wallet to insert a paper list with details of the content.

Keep an inventory of all the items of furniture and boxes to be moved.

If you are running out of packing materials, don't panic! You still have time to stock up on extra boxes, bubble wrap, tissue paper and tape, and with our 24/48 hour delivery period last minute preparations can be easily arranged.

If you buy before 11am, We will deliver on the next business day (subject to stock availability). Additional fees will also apply to next day delivery and we will need you to contact us to make us aware you will require next day delivery

Make arrangements and return borrowed items such as DVDs and videos, library books, neighbours' gardening tools and home wares etc, the less clutter the better.

Book time off work for your move and to minimise upset or danger, make arrangements for someone to look after your children and pets on the removal day.

Keys and Manuals

Sort out all the keys for your house including those for windows, the garage, the garden shed and any spare sets you have given to family, friends and neighbours. It is a good idea to label each key for the new owners. All manuals place in an A4 envelope for interregnal items such as dishwasher, fridge, freezer, and boiler, alarm system any guarantees for replacement windows, electric garage doors or gates

3 -2 Weeks before Move Date

Confirm, your moving date with the mortgage company, solicitors and removal company, Cancel , deliveries of newspaper, milk, window cleaner and gardener and Clean

Launder clothes and linen and pack away as much as possible. A great way to move clothes is by using wardrobe boxes. boxes have a handy hanging rail so you don’t need to remove your clothes from their hangers. Also get cardboard suitcases, great for managing the contents of drawers. Both are simple and time saving!

Start to clean your house in preparation for the move beginning with the least-used rooms, checking all cupboards, draws , what is not used frequently pack and label.

1 Week before Move Date

The big day is nearly here, so you really need to start preparing for the big move. All check list in place and ticked off, these do need to be double checked. Pack an overnight bag for everyone in the house with essential items so you will not need to hunt through boxes to find what you need on your first night. This is essential if you are moving out of the area.

Ensure you have packed all cleaning materials, toiletries, toilet roll, bedding etc for the first night in your new home and make sure these are moved together so you have easy access to them. All of your valuables items, such as jewellery, cash, passports etc into their own box to be moved with you in your car, or kept at a family members or friends until the move day is over.

A Day or Two before Move Date

Last minute checks and tasks

Ensure everything, except for essential items, has been packed and labelled and run through the inventory/ tick list to ensure nothing has been forgotten.

Defrost your fridge and freezer, ensuring they are completely dry and the doors remain open to prevent mildew.

Prepare your washing machine for moving and disconnect the power and water. Unless it is interregnal then just give it a good clean.

Get together some snacks, drinks, a tool kit and first aid kit.

The Big Day

Hang on in there! It's nearly over!

On the morning of your move, have a final clean of your house, I usually Hoover every room and wipe the skirting boards, clean the bath and bleach the toilets,  and ensure all windows, garages and sheds are locked. This is advantageous as you can do all your final checks to make sure nothing has been left in any of the rooms. Phone the utility companies with a note of your final meter readings.

You must be present at the time the move takes place. Take the removals team around the house and into each room, confirming what needs to be moved and any specific instructions. I usually to help the removal men have moved everything from the upstairs room to downstairs into the living room and flat packed all the beds and any wardrobes, as this does help with time

After everything has been loaded onto the van, have a final check around including all cupboards, to ensure nothing has been missed. Ensure the removal team knows where they are going, and tell them of any access or parking problems.

Turn off the electricity and water supplies.

Lock all the windows and doors.

Leave all keys and documentation relating to the house in the agreed place with a note for the new owners (this is usually on the kitchen side or left at the solicitors) it might be nice to leave a gift for the new residents like chocolates or a bottle of wine or some flowers.

Make sure you, or someone, is at the other end when the removal team arrives so you can direct them to where items should be placed and tick off against the inventory. this is where clear labelling on the boxes really does help.  As soon as, you can possible after the move, check the conditions of your belongings: any claims for damage or breakages must be made as soon as possible.

Congratulate yourself on a successful house move and vow never to move again (until you see the next house of your dreams!)

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