On the day of your move
Moving day has finally arrived, it can be a day mixed with emotions so double check that you have a plan and know what you need to do on your final morning at the property.
Record all utility readings just before you leave (gas, water, electricity).
Strip beds and pack your bedding and curtains.
Stay until your removal company has finished, so you can make sure everything is packed and answer any questions they may have.
Check the traffic for your journey to ensure you’re aware of any accidents or delays.
Take one final glance around to see if you’ve forgotten anything.
Secure windows and ensure all utilities are switched off.
Keys, property documents and equipment documents should be left at a pre-designated point.
You may be asked to sign a packing inventory list by your removals company. Check carefully to ensure you are happy – it may help to compare it to your own list of what you are expecting to bring. You will be asked to sign it again on delivery.
Give your removals company directions to your new home and an emergency number where you can always be reached during the move.
Arriving at your new home
Once you have arrived at your new home it is important to make sure you are happy and that your removals company know where your possessions need to be unloaded, follow these useful tips to help get you started:
Put the kettle on for your family and the removals companies.
Ensure you are present when your moving company arrives, so you can guide them around the house and confirm where items should be placed.
Observe the unloading of your items and account for each one on your packing inventory and personal list.
Check very carefully for damaged or broken items.
Find a safe place for important documents and valuables – you don’t want to lose them once you start unpacking.
Unpack your survival kit.
Read utility meters in your new home.
Check that all keys to your new home work properly.
Check that the previous owners haven’t left any items.
Make sure that the garden is child and pet proof.
After you have moved into your new home
Do a quick clean and make the beds.
Make yourself contactable. Plug in telephones and charge mobile phones.
Plug in and turn on large appliances, especially freezers and refrigerators.
Make sure you know how to use the boiler and heating.
Allow teenagers and older children to organise their bedrooms and settle younger children in with toys and treats.
Keep pets away until you are settled. Many animals, especially cats find it hard to cope with the unpacking process.
Make a note of emergency contact numbers e.g. doctors, vets and local hospitals.
Relax and enjoy your new home!
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