House Moving Tips

20 Things To Do Before Your Moving Day

Below are some useful house moving tips from Excalibur Removals Bristol to help you plan your big move.

A moving day might be stressful to think about, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re well-prepared and enlist help from quality removalists, the day should run smoothly.

1. Book your removalists in advance

Research and book your removalists at least two to three weeks in advance, as removals companies are often fully booked up early on. Be sure to check online reviews and don’t go with the cheapest option.

2. Inform your insurance providers and utility companies

Ensure your home insurance provider and utility companies are aware of the date you’ll be moving out so they can cancel your service. Make sure they’re aware of your new address so they can post out a final bill. Often you can transfer the existing services to the new address which is easier than cancelling them and having to start again at the new property.

3. Redirect your mail

A few weeks before you move, start re-directing all your mail. You can either get the post office to do this or as your mail comes in, contact each sender and let them know if your new address. You might also want to come back to your old property after a month to see if there is any mail there for you.

4. Order your boxes early

You’ll almost always need lots of packing boxes and packing materials. Order a surplus because you don’t want to run out of boxes right before moving day. We also recommend butchers paper and mattress protectors to ensure there is no damage and your items arrive clean and dust-free at the new property.

5. Pack as soon as you can

Start packing your belongings as soon as you can, and spread out your packing over time. This way, you’ll be less stressed about the whole process. Start with one room and do room by room, we recommend starting at least 2-3 weeks before you move.

6. Have your appliances disconnected

Have your appliances disconnected professionally, and in advance. This is the safest and simplest option. The fridge should be unplugged 24 hours prior to moving it.

7. Ensure your home is spick and span

You’ll want to do a thorough clean of your home before moving out, to make sure everything is well-presented for the new homeowners to move in. We recommend using professional cleaners.

8. Gather all keys together

Make sure you have all of the keys for the property ready to hand over to the new owners, including garage and outbuilding keys.

9. Make sure you have all your papers

Gather all of your important records and documents into a safe space before you move to ensure that nothing is lost. Prior to packing everything, de-cluttering and throwing away old things you don’t use or need anymore is a good idea, this will also mean the removals have less to move.

10. Prepare your boxes and furniture for removal

Organise and label everything clearly and correctly (numbers and colour-coordinating can help) to ensure your removalists can get to work as soon as they arrive.

This article was written in conjunction with a Sydney removalist, Hire A Mover.

If you do not require a full Removals service, you may want to consider our small removals service Man with a Van Bristol. We also offer Student Removals services for students relocating into student accommodation either in Bristol or other UK towns.

11. De-Cluttering is essential before moving house

Before you even contemplate packing, you should go through your belongings decide what to throw out, sell or donate to not only simplify the move but importantly to reduce moving costs. You will not regret it come moving day and the removal staff will be glad that they don’t need to shift your excess items unnecessarily.

12. Create a checklist

This enables you to keep a close eye on all your belongings and ensure nothing goes missing during your house move. Following an inventory will also aid your removal company and some will offer this service by creating an inventory for you especially if they have been hired to pack your items ahead of the move.

13. Clear the least used rooms

Try to keep everyday items out until the day before you move and separate essential items like medication. Usually the best places to start would be the garage, loft or spare bedroom.

14. Use quality packaging materials

This will help avoid breakages and disappointment further down the line. You may need bubble wrap, packing tape, labels, marker pens and zip tie bags. Whilst these will be available to buy from your removal company, you will get many of these packing materials if you mention them when you request a removal quote. Should you decide that you do not want to do your packing, you may want to consider packing services.

15. Label boxes

This is crucial to the organisation of your move and the ease of unpacking at the other end. Label each with the room it’s going to and a contents list so there’s no confusion when you reach your destination. An alternative would be to colour coordinate the boxes with a designated colour for each room or to categorise items.

16. Keep your cupboard and cabinet doors open

This helps you to identify that you have packed everything and what is left to do.

17. Pack essential items last

Items such as toiletries, medicine, toothbrushes, toilet roll, phone chargers and a change of clothes will all be useful and can be packed in a separate bag to be kept with you throughout moving day.

18. Take Pictures

Photographs can really help. By taking a picture of the wires at the back of your television or any other device to see what goes where when you are reassembling can save time and confusion. If you wish to recreate identical settings in your new home you could take photos of any wall displays, shelving setups or ornament placement in your current residence as a handy reminder.

19. Visit Your New Area

You may have a good idea of how you want your new house to look but if you do not know the neighbourhood well, a little research can go a long way. Why not spend the weekend in your new location, checking out the local community by visiting pubs or shops in the area to make you feel at home?

20. Other things

you may not have considered may be changing your address with the post office, registering to vote and checking the council tax band in your new area.