If you are currently renting then speak to your landlord about vacating and see if they could be flexible
Take measurements of your new property to make sure your furniture will fit
If you’re renting, notify your current landlord of the date when you are hoping to leave but will they be flexible just in case of any delays
4 WEEKS BEFORE
Do an inventory of all furniture that is going to the new property so the removals company know what should be going
If you need to order new furniture then arrange for this to be delivered to your new property
If you are security conscious then call a locksmiths to come and change the locks for your new property as you do not know who has keys
Call on your friends and family to help you with the move
Book time off work not just for that day but maybe take a day either side ( remember moving at a weekend may cost more than a week day)
Label boxes clearly and logically so that it’s easier when you come to unpack.
2 WEEKS BEFORE
Now is the time to contact
Energy and water suppliers
Council tax office
Home Insurance Company
Car Insurance Company
TV Phone and Internet Providers
Post Office – to get your mail redirected
Doctors and Dentist ( if moving away from the area you will need to find new ones)
Contact the removals company to confirm dates and times
Contact the post office to organise for your mail to be redirected to your new address. It’s also a good idea to leave some handy stickers with your new address on them for the new inhabitants at your old place so that they can forward any mail easily.
Make arrangements for the moving of any pets – ideally, you want to move them last to cause the minimum disruption to them .You don’t want your dog or cat running around whilst the removals company is trying to unload! If necessary, have a friend look after pets for a day or two during the transition
ON THE DAY
Now is the time to make sure you have packed everything up
Pack an overnight bag with toiletries, change of clothes etc in case there is a delay with your removal company
Pack some tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits as emergency supplies
Make sure all your valuables are packed and go with you on the move
Make sure you mobile phones are charged before you leave and take chargers with you.
Call the locksmiths, if used, to confirm the time
Return the keys for your old home. Ensure the property is clean and tidy when you leave, whether you have sold your property or moved out of a rented home – leave your old home in the way in which you would like to find your new one.
Send out Change of Address notifications to friends, acquaintances, relatives and anyone else who needs to know