Packing and moving all your belongings, organising things to set up your new life and saying goodbye to old friends can be difficult and stressful. The best way to ensure moving house goes smoothly is to make a checklist – and here are 6 things that should definitely be on this list.
6 Things Not to Forget When Moving House
Here are the 6 things to remember doing when moving house:
Bank – Check whether your bank has a branch in your new location. If not, you may have to switch banks – this may, for example, be the case if your bank is regional and you are moving further afield. In this case, make sure to empty your safety deposit box, too.
Medical Needs – Ask your current doctor whether he can call prescriptions in to a pharmacist in your new city until you can find a new doctor (the right one, not just anyone who happens to be available). Hold on to your current doctor’s phone number to ensure you can call him if paperwork needs to be forwarded to your new one.
If you have a health insurance plan, make sure to check whether doctors in your new location will accept it. If your plan needs to be updated or you need to switch providers, try doing so before moving house. If you cannot find a doctor who will accept your plan, ask your insurance representative for recommendations, research companies online or call your local chamber of commerce.
Memberships – Transfer memberships or formally resign from any local associations, clubs, gyms or organisations. Bear in mind that cancelling memberships before their term runs out may incur early termination fees. Remember to factor these fees into your moving home costs.
It is also a good idea to ask your children’s schools for copies of all their records to take with you just for safekeeping.
Food – Avoid waste by starting to use up all your frozen food from about a month before you move. As unopened food items in the pantry can be heavy and bulky to transport, use up what you can here, too – and consider giving away/donating anything that remains unopened before the move.
Car – The last thing you need on moving day is a breakdown, so get it checked out/tuned up before moving house. If you have a trusted garage/mechanic, ask them whether they can refer you to another one close to your new home.
If the journey to your new house is going to be long, make sure to pack a first aid kit containing bandages, tissues, bug and sunburn spray and any medications you/your family will require during the trip.
Final Closure – Moving home can be difficult for your whole family. Give everyone a sense of closure with these tips:
Host a going-away party, encouraging your kids to invite all their friends. This party is for saying goodbye to everyone, including colleagues, friends, former teachers and neighbours.
Visit local spots holding fond memories. Take a video or snapshots for keepsake purposes.
Take a final walk through your old house together, noting spots/events you never want to forget.
Have someone take a picture of your whole family both in front of your old house and your new house. Display these pictures side-by-side somewhere prominent in your new home.
If possible, plan to visit your former hometown within the first 12 months of moving house. Visit old friends, drive through old neighbourhoods, past your old house and favourite landmarks. Reconnecting with fond memories and dear friends like this will help you/your family bring closure and finality to your move even after settling into your new home.
Make sure your move is as smooth, stress and hassle-free as possible by taking advantage of our comprehensive packing and moving services. Call 08000 741 741 to get a moving house quote now.
Some things are more likely to get damaged while moving than others. Here are the top 5 things likely to get damaged during home removals – and how to prevent such damages.
#1 – Drinking Glasses
Not surprisingly, drinking glasses are right at the top of the list of breakables. It is, however, quite easy to prevent damages by:
Using the correct box. So-called “dish-pack” boxes have double-thick walls for added protection, so these are the most suitable type of boxes for this purpose.
Placing each glass horizontally onto packing paper, and (starting at the corner) rolling the glass into it, making sure to tuck the paper’s sides in (like wrapping burritos). Depending on each glass’ thickness, this process needs to be repeated 3 to 5 times using additional sheets of paper. Once adequately wrapped, label the parcel to prevent the glass being thrown out with the wrapping paper when unpacking (this is especially important for smaller glasses).
Using crumpled packing taper to cushion the bottom of the box.
Placing wrapped glasses vertically (this is much more secure) into the box in one layer.
On completing the first layer, adding a layer of packing paper.
Repeating these layers until your box is full, making sure to use crumpled packing paper to fill any remaining space.
#2 – Plates
All too often placed into boxes with too little padding, plates are sadly the second-likely thing to get damaged during home removals. Again, damages can be prevented by wrapping each plate in up to 5 sheets of packing paper, labelling them and placing them vertically into the cushioned box; placing sheets of paper onto each layer of plates and finishing off by filling any left-over space with crumpled paper.
#3 – Artwork, Glass Picture Frames & Mirrors
Glass frames, artwork and mirrors are frequently damaged because moving boxes are inadequately cushioned and/or gaps are left at the top. To prevent damaging these items:
Use a picture box.
Line the box’s bottom with crumpled sheets of paper.
Place your artwork into the box and stuff the front, back, sides and top of the box with paper and/or bubble wrap, making sure there are no gaps left anywhere.
#4 – Lampshades
Often large and awkwardly shaped, lampshades can be difficult to pack. Unless packed properly, they can easily be torn or dented. Prevent this from happening by:
Using separate boxes for each shade.
Wrapping each shade in bubble wrap, making sure every inch is covered.
Filling the shade’s interior cavity with crumpled packing paper (avoid using newspaper, as the print may rub off onto your shades).
Cushioning the box with crumpled packing paper, placing the shade into it and securing it with more crumpled paper to prevent it from shifting.
Do not place anything (even soft items like linen, for instance) on top of the shade, just add more crumpled paper to the top to stop the shade moving.
#5 – Stereo Equipment
People often place multiple components of their stereo equipment into a box without any padding between them. This, of course, can cause all kinds of damage. To prevent damage:
Wrap the first component in bubble wrap, making sure it is completely covered.
Tape the bubble wrap to keep it in place and place the item vertically into a box (a “dish-pack” box or a double-corrugated box is ideal unless, of course, you still have the original box and packaging materials).
Wrap the next component and place it into the box next to the first one. Do not stack components, but place all of them (or as many as you can fit into your box) side by side.
Stuff crumpled paper into any spaces between components, then add paper to the top for extra cushioning and to prevent items from moving around.
Final Packing Tips for Home Removals
Naturally, it is important not to make boxes too heavy, as excessive weight could lead to potentially serious personal injuries. Boxes containing heavier items (i.e. glasses, plates, etc.) should be double or triple taped (taping in both directions) to ensure bottoms don’t drop out. Better still, you can make sure your belongings are packed safe and secure by letting our professional packers do the job for you. Learn more.
Moving can be stressful not only for you and your family but also for dogs. Here are a few tips on ensuring your pet is safe and settles quickly into a new home when moving house with your dog.
Moving House With Your Dog
When moving house with your dog, his entire routine goes out of the window and within a matter of days, everything he has known and grown familiar with – from objects within your home to smells in and around it – suddenly changes. The days immediately before, during and after your move are subsequently particularly stressful for your dog.
The best way to keep your dog stress-free and safe while moving is to book him into a kennel for the time shortly before and after the move, which will allow you to:
Get everything packed, moved and unpacked without worrying about your best friend’s safety and well-being.
Collect him and dedicate your time to helping him settle into your new home once everything has been restored to comparative ‘normality’.
When considering this option, you must, however, bear in mind that your dog’s worming and vaccinations must be up-to-date for a kennel to accept him.
If you cannot book your dog into a kennel or simply prefer to keep him with you, make the transition as smooth as you can by:
Familiarising yourself with the area around your new home prior to your move so you know where you can take your dog for some exercise as soon as you have moved.
Putting your dog into a specific room, ensuring all windows/doors are closed early the day you move to ensure he is safe and can be found when it is time to leave. Make sure to let removal staff know where he is 1), because not everyone is fond of dogs and 2) to prevent someone accidentally opening the door to his room and allowing him to escape. You should feed your dog as usual, although not too close to the time of moving to prevent illness during the trip.
Making one member of your family solely responsible for your pet on moving day to ensure someone always knows where he is. If possible, you may also want to consider keeping him in a secure pet cage or on a lead.
On arriving at your new home:
Keep your dog secure until you have sorted one room and installed familiar belongings (his bed, favourite toys, his water bowl). Ensure the doors/windows in this room are kept close, locking them or posting signs to prevent accidental opening if necessary.
Feed him as usual and, if he appears to be cold, give him a hot water bottle wrapped in a jumper, towel or blanket that smells of you/your old home to make him feel warm and secure.
Taking your dog for a walk/some exercise during the day to give him a well-deserved break from being locked in a room.
Once the house is organised, allow him to explore his new environment, ensuring all external doors are closed and, if you have one, your garden is secure. Accompanying your dog throughout this first exploration is recommended to prevent him becoming overwhelmed and ensure you know exactly where he is.
Helping Your Pet Settle into His New Home
Helping your pet settle into his new home is important for his well-being. You can help your pet settle in and feel at home by:
Furnishing your new home with your dog’s scent. Preventing your dog becoming insecure because familiar smells are replaced by alien ones, this can be easily done by picking up your dog’s personal scent profile by gently rubbing a soft cloth (cotton) around your dog’s face to and then dabbing this scent (at your dog’s height) around the room/s he will initially be in/have access to help him bond with his new territory and feel at home. This process should be repeated daily to build up the scent all over the house.
Establishing a regular feeding routine. Frequently offering small meals will give you more contact to begin with and help reassure your dog.
Knowing when & where he will get fed allows your dog to anticipate meals, rather than worrying about them, which in turn allows him to relax and promotes a general feeling of well-being.
Successfully Integrating Your Dog with His New Surroundings
Unlike cats, dogs do not have to be kept indoors for several days before being allowed to explore their new neighbourhood’s smells and geography. You should, however:
Make sure to always accompany your dog (or have another responsible and familiar person accompany him) and, especially for the first couple of days, always keeping him on a lead. If you want to allow him a little more freedom, consider purchasing an extendable lead, which is an excellent compromise between restraining him and allowing him to run around freely.
Ensure your dog has some type of identification. It is now a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks to be microchipped (make sure the company knows about your change of address/phone number). Your dog should also wear a collar & tag with his/your name, address and contact number.
Spending as much time as possible playing with and making a fuss of your dog while out exercising him will help him to associate his new environment with pleasurable experiences and prevent him roaming off.
Making Your Move Less Stressful for You
Having ensured your dog has a reasonably stress-free move, all you have to worry about is making the process easier on yourself and your family. We offer a comprehensive range of services designed to make your move as stress and hassle-free as possible. Call us now on 08000 741 741 now to learn more and/or get a free, no-obligation quote.
After moving to a new home, you may well be considering mounting your TV on a wall to save floor space and/or make it easier for everyone in the room to see it by raising the screen. There are, however, a few important factors to consider before wall-mounting your TV.
Other Devices, Space and Weight
The first of these factors is whether you will have adequate space nearby to accommodate other devices (DVD/Blu-Ray and/or Video players, games consoles, cable/satellite boxes, etc.) within easy reach of your TV’s in/out ports.
Installing floating shelves or a bookcase (with holes drilled in the back to allow for leads to be threaded through) below the TV is one way to solve this problem. This, of course, means you will need to consider whether your wall will be able to bear the weight of your TV and any other necessary shelving.
If wall-mounting your TV/shelving on a drywall, it is imperative to find studs to anchor your screws (either with a stud finder or, if you don’t have one, by following the tips provided here). Do not be tempted to use drywall anchors, as the weight of even the lightest modern TV is likely to eventually pull them through the wall and have your TV end up falling to the floor.
Then, of course, there is the question of trailing leads. Having even a single lead trail down and potentially even across your wall (depending on where your nearest power outlet happens to be) is not only unsightly, it could potentially be dangerous if, for instance, a child or pet should get ‘hooked up’ on a lead, which could bring the whole lot crashing down.
You can prevent trailing leads by:
Having a professional install your leads inside the wall
Having a professional install a power outlet next to/behind the TV
Installing a cable cover to hide/protect the leads
When wall-mounting your TV, you will also need to think about your ability to quickly and easily access in/out ports in case you want to replace existing devices attached to it or add new ones. If the ports are at the back of the TV, a wall mount you can telescope away from the wall will make life easier and prevent you having to ‘unmount’ your TV every time you need to access the ports.
If you like to adjust the angle of your TV according to where you choose to sit and/or to prevent sun creating excessive glare at different times of the day, you should consider purchasing an adjustable wall-mount.
Finally, but perhaps most importantly, make sure you have the necessary tools (stud finder, drill, a drill bit matching the size of your wall plugs/screws and a screwdriver) and expertise (not everyone is good at DIY) to safely mount your TV.
Help with Wall-Mounting Your TV
If you have doubts about your DIY skills, lack the necessary tools or simply cannot face having to deal with wall-mounting your TV after a hard day’s work moving home, our professional handymen can do the job for you. Learn more here.
Whether you are moving locally or relocating to a different country, moving home is a big step and, unless you are properly prepared, can be exceptionally stressful. We have therefore put together this Seven Step Guide to Moving Home to make life a little easier and keep your move as hassle-free as possible.
Seven Step Guide to Moving Home
Step 1 – While moving on your own is ok if you have very little furniture/few belongings to move, a full house move exposes you to an increased risk of personal injury, as well as potential damage to your belongings. Hiring a reputable, experienced removal company well in advance of your moving date will minimise these risks and ensure your belongings are insured in case of accidental loss or damage.
Find suitable companies by asking friends/relatives for recommendations or search for British Association of Removers members. Get quotes from at least three two or three specialist companies before committing yourself.
We have over 30 years’ experience in local, national and international removals. You can get a free, no-obligation quote from us by calling 08000 741 741 or contacting us online.
If you are moving abroad (Europe or International), you should also find out about any necessary paperwork, customs regulations and requirements of your new country at this point. You can find relevant information for most countries here.
Step 2 – Packing is one the most stressful elements of moving home. Many removal companies offer professional packing services and it is well worth considering taking advantage of such services to save yourself the stress and hassle of this dreaded chore. We also provide a range packing/unpacking services – you can learn more about them here.
Step 3 – Start getting organised about a month before your moving date. This includes:
Booking (if necessary) time of work
Giving notice to your landlord (if living in rented accommodation)
Contacting telephone/utility providers to inform them of your impending move
If you have small children and/or pets, you may also want to start asking family/friends if they can look after them for you on the day you move. This is not only safer for your kids and pets, it will also minimise moving day stress both for you and them.
There is a good chance that you will not really want at least some of your belongings in your new home, so now is an excellent time to declutter. Separate your belongings into items you want to take, items you can sell, give to charities or recycle and items to throw away. This will ensure you do not clutter up your new home with the same old unwanted stuff you kept tripping over in your old home and make packing (and unpacking) a great deal easier.
If you do decide to pack yourself, this is also the time to make sure you have enough of all the necessary materials – boxes, padding (tissue paper, bubble wrap) and parcel tape – ready at hand to start packing at least two weeks before you move (See Step 4). We can also help you with that – just give us a call on the above number to learn more.
Step 4 – About two weeks before your move:
Contact your removal firm (if using one) with final details
Contact your telephone provider and ask for the phone in your new home to be connected
Arrange building/contents insurance for your new house
Tell your local authority about your move
This is also a good time to start packing belongings you rarely use (see above image for some handy packing tips).
Step 5 – A week before the ‘big day’, pack everything except items you are likely to need between now and the moving date and:
Pay all outstanding bills
Arrange for your mail to be redirected
Place valuable and important items (i.e. birth certificates, passports, jewellery, etc.) into a safe, easy to access place
Get a TV licence for your new house
Inform authorities/other relevant people of your move (our image below should help make sure you don’t miss anyone).
Step 6 – The day before you are moving:
Do any last-minute packing, keeping a box with essential items (i.e. kettle, coffee, teabags, mugs, toilet paper, a torch, spare batteries and bulbs, etc.) handy
Disconnect appliances and defrost your fridge/freezer
Check with suppliers to ensure that utilities (gas, electricity, phone, water) have been switched on in your new house
Leave a ‘welcome card’ for the new people moving into your home, together with any instructions they may require (where to find gas/electricity meters, stop cocks for the water supply; how to operate heating/air conditioning systems, boilers, etc.) and a couple of local take-away menus.
Clean the house and then get a good night’s sleep
If you can’t face the ‘cleaning operation’, you may want to take advantage of our professional before/after moving cleaning services.
Step 7 – Moving day! If you haven’t already done so, take your children/pets to the friends/family members who are looking after them for the day, then:
Make sure appliances are disconnected
Turn off utilities (gas, electricity, water) at the mains
Secure doors/windows before setting off to your new house
Make sure boxes/furniture are deposited in the correct rooms as they are being brought into your new home – this will make unpacking a lot easier!
Once all your belongings are in your new home, unpack only the essentials and take a rest – it’s been a long day and you can unpack everything else over the next few days. Dreading those ‘little touches’ that make a house a home (like hanging light fittings, wall-mounting your TV or plumbing in your washing machine, for instance)? Allow our professional handymen to get on with that while you focus on settling into your new home. Learn more.
Moving home can be an extremely stressful experience and it is easy to forget to ask previous occupants/sellers of your new house a few simple, yet potentially incredibly important questions. To make sure you don’t end up with problems that have you scratching your head in bewilderment, here are 10 questions you should ask before moving into a new home.
Things You Should Ask Before Moving into a New Home
The top seven questions you must ask when moving into a new home are fairly basic, but knowing the answers could save you a great deal of trouble – and money. These questions are:
Where is the main stopcock for the water supply? Knowing where your stopcock is located is vital in cases of emergency and could potentially prevent your new home being flooded if a pipe breaks or is accidentally damaged.
Where are the electricity and gas meters? Knowing this is important a) because you may need to provide providers with readings on the date you moved in and b) because you may need to shut either one of them off in an emergency – and relevant valves/switches are usually situated close to these meters.
Which companies supply gas, electricity, water and phone/broadband services? Again, this is important because you may need to inform companies of the date you moved in and relevant readings. You will also need to know who to contact in case of problems/emergencies.
Where is the central heating (if applicable) thermostat? Knowing where to adjust temperatures will prevent you baking in summer and freezing in winter, as well as keeping your energy bills under control.
Do you have warranties and/or instruction manuals for electrical/gas appliances? This will help you work out how to safely operate appliances like boilers, heaters, etc. Valid warranties could potentially save you a great deal of money if something unexpected should go wrong with such appliances.
What day/s are bins collected? Unless you want to risk having to ‘stockpile’ your rubbish and maybe getting into trouble with your neighbours, you really do need to know when bins are collected as soon as possible.
Do any surfaces (wooden flooring or panels; stone flooring/worktops, etc.) require special cleaning products? It would be bad enough ruining expensive flooring or worktops in your own home, but making a serious mistake in a rental property could land you in all kinds of trouble, so making sure you know what cleaning materials to use where is imperative.
Unless you intend to immediately (or very soon) changing all the decor within your new home, you may also want to ask if previous owners/occupiers still have a tin of paint matching the walls/woodwork’s current colour they can let you have in case you need to do a spot of ‘touching up’.
Knowing where bathroom/kitchen tiles, fitted furniture and other fixtures around the house came from will also be helpful in case of accidental damage, for instance.
Minimising the Stress of Moving into a New Home
You can, by the way, minimise the stress of moving into a new home by taking advantage of our extensive packing and moving services. Learn more about our services and/or get a moving quote by calling us 08000 741 741 or contacting us online today.