Trade Secrets & Moving Planner
Trade Secrets for Buyers and Sellers
On a viewing – Think about your new home. It is likely to be the biggest purchase you will ever make, so ensuring you ask the right questions when viewing a potential new home is essential.
First things first:
The key to a stress-free move is to start planning early and know what to do first. Use our move planner to help ensure a perfectly organised moving experience!
One month before D-Day:
Order boxes and packing materials.
Compare quotes from several removal companies and book. Remember to check their insurance provision and terms of service carefully.
Tell your bank and credit card providers, building society, insurance companies and all other relevant companies about your new address, giving them plenty of time to update their records (some require a month).
Don’t forget your TV license, the Inland Revenue, DVLA, charities, and the delivery addresses given for any companies you regularly order from on the internet, like Amazon or grocery shopping sites, Sky needs 3 weeks notice.
Two weeks before D-Day:
Start eating the food in your freezer.
Send change of address cards or emails to friends and family.
If you think you will need to book storage space, organise that now.
If you are going to have your house professionally cleaned, arrange it now.
De-register from your doctor, dentist, optician etc if you are moving out of their catchment areas.
Check you have insurance coverage for the move and make sure it is adequate for your needs.
Prepare labels for each box or item of furniture so that removals know which room they are to go in.
Prepare labels for each room so that removals know which room is which when they get to the new house.
One week before D-Day:
Arrange parking for the removal vans at the new house, introduce yourself to your new neighbours and give them your moving-in date.
Organise your utilities to be switched off at your current house when you move out, have the meters read, and connected on your moving day at the new house. Don’t forget your phone and internet service.
Arrange the mail forwarding service through the Post Office.
Make a list of all important phone numbers like estate agents, solicitors, removal companies, insurance, utilities along with any account numbers.
Arrange babysitting for any young children, and pet-sitting if necessary. If any children may need a day off school, write a letter now.
Find out your seller’s solicitor’s contact details, in case of difficulties at the house of the day of the move.
Visit your doctor and arrange supplies of any medicines you regularly take, to keep you going until you can find a new doctor.
Start running down your freezer, empty and clean and ready for it to be moved.
Two days before D-Day:
Begin throwing out anything you don’t want. Divide rubbish, which can go to your local dump, and donations, which can go to a charity shop. Don’t forget to clear your loft, shed and garage.
Cancel your milk delivery and newspapers.
Take down curtains and blinds; if you will be putting the curtains up at the new house, drop them in to a dry cleaner’s near the new property (if practicable).
Re-confirm arrangements with your moving company.
Find out the locations of stopcocks and fuse-boxes at your new house.
Call the local council and find out when the rubbish collection and recycling days in your new neighbourhood.
Send an email to relevant people saying you’ll be offline for a few days and pack up all computers; also pack up stereos and big electrical equipment.
Pack up valuable, delicate or small items like jewellery and ornaments.
The day before D-Day:
Collect any medicines, inhalers etc that you will need over the next few days, along with paracetamol, plasters, contact lens solutions, glasses, razor, toothbrush and a change of clothes and add to your ‘personal luggage’.
Collect together your keys, paperwork, contract, insurance documents, important phone numbers, removals paperwork, utilities paperwork, a calculator, an alarm clock, your cheque book and credit cards, and add to your ‘personal luggage’.
Pack a box containing the kettle, mugs, teaspoons, sugar, teabags, coffee, snacks, takeaway menus, scissors, a torch, corkscrew/bottle opener, a radio, soap, toilet paper and towels and mark it clearly. Blue tac for labels for rooms at the new house.
Pack school uniforms, school bags, PE kits and schoolwork in a separate box and mark it.
Fill your car up with petrol and plan your route. Check for roadworks so you can avoid them.
Pack a box of basic cleaning equipment for the new house, including a dustpan and brush, strong bin liners and a toolkit, and mark it clearly.
Box up things like books and out-of-season clothes.
Get cash out for last-minute emergencies, basic supplies and tips.
Recharge your mobile phone and keep charges handy.
On the day:
Each person should keep their ‘personal luggage’ on them. Pile them by the door until you’re ready to go – don’t leave with boxes where movers may put them in the van.
Strip beds, pack bedding separately and mark clearly whose is whose and which room it is to go in.
The box containing the kettle, mugs etc should travel with someone in the van who should then ensure it’s put in the new kitchen area.
Leave a note with your contact details for the new occupants if necessary.