If you are doing your own packing…
Please close and seal all boxes – boxes left open with items protruding are awkward and potentially dangerous. If you have difficult items that won’t fit into a box, wrap them separately in bubble wrap.
Please distribute items evenly across boxes and don’t overload a box. If it’s too heavy for you to lift, it may be too heavy for us to lift. You’ll need to be particularly careful with books.
Make sure every box is properly labelled, with a note of which room it’s headed for.
Make sure that one box contains a Survival Kit. This will be the last to be packed and the first to be unpacked and will contain everything vital, for example:
Towels, loo rolls, light bulbs, tea, coffee, sugar, milk, mugs, the kettle, bottles of water, pet food and dish. Phone, torch, local phone directory, scissors, paper towels, hand soap, washing up liquid, bin liners. Pens, paper, utility knife, screwdrivers, hammer, sticking plasters, painkillers, tape measure. Biscuits or snacks, sticky tape, kitchen knife, paper plates.
Optional: bottle of bubbly and glasses.
Fridges and freezers
Try to avoid buying more than you need to in the period before your move. Unless going into storage, upright freezers can be left as they are – as long as they’re kept closed they won’t defrost for at least 24 hours. The contents of fridges will need emptying. Chest freezers may need emptying if they’re full.
One month to go
Time to clear out the loft, the shed and the garage.
Decide if there’s stuff in your house that you really don’t want to take and make arrangements to dispose of it. Some charity shops will accept furniture – we can supply a list - and they’ll all accept good quality clean clothing, books and household ornaments.
If you have pets, you’ll need to decide how to handle their move. If necessary, book kennels or cattery, or make arrangements with friends or family to pet-sit.
If your washing machine has transit bolts to secure the drum, make sure you know where they are and how to fit them
If you plan to have your house cleaned as you leave, or your new house cleaned before you move in, make provisional arrangements now.
One week to go
The final stages of packing.
If you’re moving out of the area, don’t forget to return library books, rented videos and DVDs and pick up dry cleaning and shoe repairs.
Check through your medicine cabinet – some surgeries will recycle unwanted medications to third world organisations, and your chemist can dispose of the rest.
A few days to go
Disconnect the washing machine, drain the hoses and fit the transit bolts.
Drain the fuel from lawn-mowers.
Make sure you know how you will take possession of the keys to your new home, and arrange to hand over the keys of your old home.
The day before
Keep together important papers such as passports, driving licences and chequebooks. You should keep these with you during the move, along with jewellery and cash.
Put together all the paperwork regarding the move and keep it where you can find it.
Your hanging clothes will be lifted straight into hanging robe boxes. The whole process will be much quicker if you make sure that clothing is secure on its hanger and that all hangers face the same way. Clothes in drawers can stay where they are.
Make sure you know where the keys to your new home can be collected.
Check through every room – is there anything you’ve overlooked that still needs to be done?
On the day
Strip the beds, pack your bedlinen, duvet and pillows and carefully label the box – it may be the only box you really need to find and unpack when you’ve moved in!
Record all utility meters.
Make sure your removal company has directions to your new home and your mobile phone number.
Make sure that all windows are secure, and that gas, electricity and water supplies have been turned off.
Leave window lock keys, spare keys and any documents relating to your house in a prominent place, and don’t forget to deliver the front door keys.
In your new home
Make sure you arrive at your new home before the removal crew so that you can guide them round. Make sure that they know how you’ve described each room when you packed the boxes.
Plug in your phone and fridge/freezer.
Unpack your survival kit.
Make the beds.
Open the bubbly.
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