They say that moving home is one of those life events that turns even people who are usually more like Mother Theresa in temperament into more of a Genghis Khan. Moving home is a very exciting time but requires a lot of organisation and planning.
Life Less Ordinary can help to recommend moving companies in areas locally to our developments so that you don’t have to spend hours searching for an appropriate moving solution. We like to make things easy for you, so here is our quick guide to how to arrange your move once you’ve exchanged contracts with us.
The things you should DO when moving home...
Start Packing as Early as You Can
Packing early means that on moving day you don’t find yourself wrapped up in tape still trying to get things into boxes. You can get movers who can pack for you and this can be excellent for delicate and breakable items as it typically means that they are insured for breakage during the move. We recommend that you pack your own items that are not breakable instead of paying a moving company to do it to keep costs down.
Book your Moving Company or Man and Van Early
Sometimes moving companies can need a fair bit of notice. As soon as you know your completion date, call a few local moving companies (or ask us for a list of local movers) and ask them to visit so that they can see what you are wanting to move. The man and van solution usually needs slightly less notice and is typically booked based on time and distance travelled. This can be more cost effective. You need to make sure that your possessions are insured for loss or damage whether you use a man and van or traditional removal company.
Declutter when Packing
Moving home provides an excellent opportunity to declutter and get rid of things that you don’t use any more or which have been so well loved that they are due an upgrade. So, get your bin at the ready and be ruthless. You have a fresh canvas in your new Life Less Ordinary home and you can make the most of the opportunity by reducing clutter so you move with only the possessions you want for your new lifestyle.
There is nothing worse than arriving in your new home and not being able to find what you need. Make sure that your boxes have been packed with a clear theme and label them well. Don’t forget to label any fragile items and indicate which way up a box should sit if that is important.
Update your Address
A couple of weeks before your move date, you should start to update your address with banks, doctors and your other contacts. Don’t forget to put an address forwarder on with the Royal Mail in case there was a supplier or contact you forgot to change (https://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/redirection). Wait until you have exchanged to update your address.
Tell your Suppliers you are Moving
Make sure that you tell your electricity, gas, water, broadband and any other suppliers that you are moving home and when. You can arrange any special installations at the new property to coincide with your move and all that remains will be to provide meter readings on completion day.
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Forget About Insurance
Make sure that you have arranged insurance for your new home. Some mortgage lenders will request that buildings insurance is in place from exchange of contracts while others will be happy if it is activated upon completion. LLO have full construction insurance and so you will only ever need to insure your home from completion when you take possession of the property.
Hand Over your Valuables
Always transport your own valuables, those items such as personal documentation and jewellery that are especially precious to you. Keep them in the vehicle in which you are travelling to make sure that you have sight of them at all times. This also means they don’t get ‘moved’ to an unknown location in your new home.
Overload or Underload Boxes
Don’t put items in a box that will make it impossible to lift or which are too heavy for the strength of the box. You should also make sure that any box that you use is completely full. Use packing material to fill any gaps. This makes damage to your items inside far less likely.
Forget to Measure
There are few things as stressful as a sofa wedged in the front door on moving in day. Check your new home to see where the pinch points might be and take furniture apart where possible to make sure it will fit through any tight spaces. Making sure you’ve taken some time for space planning in your new home and deciding how you want everything to work also means you can direct the movers to the right rooms on each occasion.