Make your home removal less stressful with these handy
With so much to think about when moving home it is easy to overlook some of
the more obvious things, here is a handy check list courtesy of
manvan.co.uk that will
hopefully make your home move go smoothly:
Remember to tell people you
are moving, not just friends and family but services like your bank, Sky TV,
Utilities Provider, Insurance Company, Water Board, Magazine Subscriptions, Bank
and Credit Card companies. I would strongly recommend using the Post Office
forwarding address service; it takes up to 10 days to come into effect so plan
ahead with it.
Declutter before you move, start preparing piles of items
you no longer wish to keep for the charity shop or tip, check the loft, check
the garage, check the shed, don’t take anything with you that has no use,
dispose of it before the removal men arrive, why pay to take it to your new
When packing your items into boxes do one room at a time don’t put
anything in the box which isn’t for the same room as the rest of the contents.
Seal the box when it is packed with brown packaging tape and colour code the box
with coloured stickers. When you arrive at your new home, place the same colour
sticker on each door that you wish the corresponding boxes to go into.
you wish to be superefficient write down the contents of each box on a sheet of
paper and number the box, keep your list in a safe place so you know exactly
what is in each box
Boxes can be expensive so several weeks before you
are set to move start visiting the local supermarkets and ask them if you can
have suitably sized empty boxes.
Don’t over pack the boxes so that they
are too heavy to move and when packing breakables, pad the remaining space in
the box with soft linen or towels. Any extra linen and towels can be packed into
black bin bags as these are handy for filling awkward spaces in the van.
Don’t forget to make the most out of your suitcases, pack them with books, DVD’s
Make yourself up a pack lunch and a flask of hot tea or coffee,
it might be a long day and you don’t know when you might see your kettle next.
It might be a good idea to keep a loo roll handy as well!!
need to dismantle; for example beds or shelving, pop the screws and fittings
into a poly bag and tape or tie the bag to the item of furniture to which they
Make sure you have a couple of lightbulbs spare, some people like
to take their lightbulbs with them, the last thing you want to be doing is
nipping over to the shop for some.
If your electrical equipment looks a
complex task and a mass of cables, take a picture of it first before you unplug
it all, use your image as a reference when it comes to plugging everything back
into the right slot.
When your home is empty take a picture or two of
each room, keep evidence of how you have left it, this is especially useful when
renting a property as it can be used as evidence if your landlord wishes to
withhold any of your deposit.
Keep your keys, wallet, purse and handbag
with you at all times, put them down and you will have one hell of a panic if
they accidently get packed away.
If you have children or pets plan ahead
as to who is going to look after them for you on moving day, pets can get very
stressed and upset as they fail to understand what is going on. Children often
get very excited and before you know it they will be unpacking the boxes you
have packed as they go in search of their favourite toy or game.
you are the last one out the door when your old home is empty, check each room
closing the door behind you as you go, check that rooms are empty, windows are
closed, taps are turned off and that the heating hasn’t been left on. Leave any
operating instructions on the kitchen worktop so that the new owner of your home
can find them easily.
When arriving at your new home, lay down cardboard
(flattened boxes) or blankets over your carpets to prevent wet and dirt being
When you are in your new home don't forget to change your
address with the DVLA, Doctors, Inland Revenue, Dentist, Optician and Premium
Bonds. Make sure you register to vote and get yourself on the electoral