It’s Moving day – the culmination of the moving process. All your careful planning, meticulous organization, and hard work boil down to this moment, and the outcome of your relocation endeavor depends, to a great extent, on how well the big day will go.
There are many things out of your control that can go wrong on this fateful day and ruin your move, but there are also many things that you can do to ensure a successful relocation – you just need to know what happens on moving day, how to best prepare for it, and what crucial moving day mistakes to avoid.
Follow our expert moving day tips and detailed moving day checklist to keep moving chaos at bay during the most important 24 hours of your relocation adventure and achieve a safe, smooth, and efficient move day.
So, you’re moving home. Congratulations! The nerve-wracking bit is over and now it’s time to get organized. If you’re not sure where to begin then have a read of our moving house checklist. We’ve got tried and tested moving tips to make sure you’re covered from start to finish.
Moving home can be a hectic time, so it’s best to start as early as possible with a ruthless clear-out. Struggle to let go of things? Ask yourself whether you’ve used the item in the last year and if the answer’s no, you should get rid of it. If you’re upgrading your furniture then why not donate it to the British Heart Foundation which will pick up your unwanted furniture for free.
Where to get boxes
Save some cash and get packing boxes from your local supermarket. Opt for boxes used for transporting fruit or alcohol, as long as there haven’t been any spillages, as these tend to be the strongest. Be sure to pick up some packing tape, scissors, and Sharpies while you’re there, too.
Use color coding
One of the most important things to do when packing to move is to assign a color to each of your rooms and mark your packed boxes with the corresponding color. That way, you can put your boxes straight into the room they’re supposed to be in. No more getting confused by messy handwriting or mysterious boxes with nothing written on them.
Transporting your clothes
Save your freshly-ironed clothes from getting crushed in the bottom of a box or suitcase with this quick tip. Pull a drawstring bin bag over around 10 items of clothing while they’re hanging in the wardrobe, tie the bag at the top, and voila! Crumple-free clothes.
Choosing a moving company
Make sure they’re insured
Insurance is the most important thing a removals service can have. Without it, you risk having to fork out for any damages to your items yourself so double-check that the companies you’re interested in are insured.
Ask around for referrals
You can take some of the stress out of moving by choosing a good removals company. To find the best, be sure to ask your family, friends, and colleagues for referrals. At the very least, you’re sure to hear stories about who not to use which is always useful information to have.
Get a few quotes
Once you have some recommendations, contact at least three removals companies and ask for quotes. Be sure to let them know about any particularly fragile or high-value items and whether there could be any problems getting items into (or out of) your home.
The Night Before
1) Prepare for tomorrow night
2) Make entertainment bundles for your kids
3) Pack an essentials bag
4)Remember to charge your phone
Before You Leave
1) Take a photo of meter readings
2) Lay out manuals for appliances
3) Make sure your windows, back door, and garage are locked
4) Switch off the boiler and plug sockets
When You Get Your Keys
1) Save your pets from stress – drop them off at a friend or pet sitter
2) Check all your light bulbs work
3) Start cleaning before you move anything in
4) then move your furniture in first
Addresses to change when moving
Contact Royal Mail to set up a one-month or three-month redirection service before you move out so that you can get settled before changing your address. Remember to let companies know you’ve moved, as well as your family and friends, so everyone knows where you are.
1) Finances – Bank account and credit card(s), Pension provider, Insurance provider(s)
2) Government – HMRC, Electoral register, Driver’s license
3) Memberships – Gym, Music, and video streaming services, Loyalty cards, Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
4) Utilities – Electricity, Gas, Water, Phone, Broadband, Mobile, TV license, TV subscription
5) Healthcare – Dentist, Doctor, Optician, Vet
6) Work and education – School, college, and/or university, Employer
The buying, moving, and the settling-in process can feel like it takes forever. Between applying for a mortgage, viewing houses, and getting an accepted offer through the legal process, it can be months after finding your perfect property by the time you finally move in. But when you’re able to come home, sit down and relax after the final box has been tidied away, you’ll know it was all worth it.