Preparing for your move

Preparing for your move is imperative to ensure that it all goes smoothly.

We have listed a few things below that we thought may be of help in trying to smooth the way for your moving day.

Try to think about how the journey is affected at different times of the day as you may need to go back and forth. Look out for useful landmarks, such as shops, to help the removers find the property.

Make yourself a little pack lunch with drinks and keep them handy, don’t pack it away. Keep the kettle, sugar, tea, coffee and milk aside with some mugs and biscuits.

What key things do you need access to on the morning of move in day and on the day after move in. Items such as: TV remote control, toothbrush, breakfast bowl, etc. Make a conscious effort to pack these items separately in something distinctive so that you can find them when you need them. After a long day’s moving, the last thing you will want is to spend two hours searching for your tooth brush.

Pack some toilet paper in your car so that it is easily accessible when you may need it.

Use colored labels or just make sure that you write on the side of every box.

Start to take apart a furniture that you can weeks in advance, it really does make life alot easier.

Cancel your newspaper and milk delivery.

Use cling film to wrap drawers and CD racks in to save having to pack and unpack these separately.

Put stickers on large items of furniture so the removers know what room to put them in at in your new home.

Plan your journey between your old and new property. Even if you know the way, everyone who is helping you move may not.

Prepare a note for the new owners explaining how things work and where they can find useful items such as the boiler switches, aerial sockets and alarm codes. A few kind thoughts will go a long way when it comes to mail redirection and injects some humanity into the whole process.

Also include details of who currently provides the utilities at your property as it is not always obvious.

It is important for you to  remember to contact all the following:

Personal Contacts

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Employer

Financial Services

  • Bank
  • Building Society
  • Insurance Companies
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Charge Card Companies
  • Store Cards
  • Loan Providers

Government Agencies

  • Inland Revenue
  • Council Tax office
  • DVLA

Utilities & Services

  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Phone/Mobile Phone company
  • Internet Service Provider
  • Royal Mail
  • Cable/Satellite company
  • TV licensing

Health Providers

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Consultants
  • Vet

Neighbourhood Groups

  • School
  • Library
  • Video rental
  • Gyms, Sport Clubs and Social Groups


  • Publications/Subscriptions
  • Trade Unions
  • Professional Bodies