If you have young children (in particular) it would be advisable to look for baby sitters while the move is taking place. Ask family or friends (plenty of time in advance) - to see if they can help, which may have to be at very short notice. On moving day itself you will be stressed enough without trying to look after the kids - and it is not necessarily a safe environment for youngsters to be in anyway. It will be better for you and kids if they are ideally elsewhere when the move takes place.
Appliances (inc. Fridge and Freezer)
Kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers or washing machines that contain water should be drained and allowed to dry before removal. Remember to defrost your fridge and freezer no later than the day before your move. Ideally you should run the contents of these down over the last couple of weeks before you go.
Garden Tools and Equipment..
Ensure that any petrol driven equipment is cleaned and drained of fuel well before the move.
You should make arrangements for your evening meal in advance of your move. You don't want to be trying to cook whilst the place is in turmoil. However people can get short tempered when hungry so arrange a take away if necessary.
Painting and Carpet Fitting..
It goes without saying that it is far easier if you can get your decorating and carpet fitting done in advance where possible.
Remove all lamp shades before the move.
Most beds require to be dismantled before they can be moved. Consider this and plan accordingly.
Elevator and Parking..
If you need to use an elevator or if parking spaces are a problem ensure that you get these organised beforehand.
Flat Pack (Self assembly) Furniture..
Self assembly furniture does not usually move well. It is better if you can make arrangements to have this dismantled before your move. You should also arrange for someone to reassemble it at your new home.
If you have plants you may want to consider leaving these with a friend or neighbour. Some plants are delicate and may be affected by dust and paint fumes. It is better to leave these until you are settled in.
Telephone, Gas and Electric. You should ensure that you have read your utility meters before leaving. You should also have made the appropriate arrangements with the utility and telephone companies for transfer of your services.
Keep all your essential items together in a suitable box for the day of the move. These will include things like your credit cards, keys, wallets and mobile phones.
If anyone in the household requires regular medication or items such as asthma inhalers ensure that these are kept safely aside. Remember that you may be working in dusty conditions.
Your Old House..
Should your old house be getting left empty for a period ensure that everything is turned off and that you pass the keys on to the estate agent.
Remember to cancel your milk, newspapers and any other items that are delivered to your old house.
Should you subscribe to any satellite or cable television services arrangements will have to be made to get this transferred.
We cannot properly carry out the move without good access to your premises. Please ensure that you have spoken to your neighbours and where necessary, arranged to leave parking places clear. Also all walkways, pathways, stairs and passages should be clear of any obstruction to allow us free movement to your property.
You can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. Feel free to contact us at any time if you need further advice or clarification about anything related to the move. On the day stay cool, calm and collected and your move will be completed with the minimum of fuss and stress!