In preparation for your move, here are a list of things to do one month before the move date:
Finalise your move date.
Appoint a removals service, they may offer a discount if you avoid peak moving times, such as Fridays, school holidays and bank holidays.
Find out if your removals company offers additional services, such as insurance, storage or cleaning. You may be able to save money, as many companies offer combined removals and storage.
Check if you need to organise parking permits for the removals company at your current or new property.
Start moving your possessions into storage, if necessary. Ensure you know how and when you can access them and avoid storing valuables.
Pack non-essential items and clothing. You will appreciate this immensely when it comes closer to moving day. It also encourages you to keep your old house organised so you don’t get stressed last minute.
Clear the loft, shed and any other storage spaces.
Arrange for your new property to be spring cleaned once the old owners have moved out.
If you are renting your current property, organise an end of tenancy clean.
Order new furniture for your new home and contact carpet fitters to replace any frayed carpets.
Book accommodation if your travel plans involve an overnight stay, important if you’re travelling long distances. If you’re travelling with pets, ensure that they can be accommodated.
If necessary, arrange for childcare and pet care on the day of move, to ensure everything runs smoothly. Problems may arise that need your undivided attention.
Inform all relevant companies of your change of address. Eg. Banks, home insurance and utility companies. Utilities companies - many require at least two day’s working notice.
Contact your telephone or broadband provider to discuss your new requirements and arrange reconnection. You may also want to check to see if you can get a more competitive quote elsewhere.
Find suitable doctors, dentists and vets in your new area, and register with them as soon as possible. Arrange for test results/records to be transferred.
Contact the DVLA to let them know you are moving. This is very important as your address must be accurately represented on both your Driving License and your Vehicle Registration Certificate.
Contact Royal Mail and organise redirecting post from your previous address, so you don’t miss out on important letters.
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