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A Guide to Moving Home


  • Call for moving estimates.
  • Call the Local Council and Chamber Of Commerce.
  • Inventory all household items to be moved, and start packing NOW!
  • Remove all items from basement, storage sheds, attics, and plan a garage sale or charity donation for all items you don't want to move.
  • Start using things up that you can't move, like cleaning supplies and frozen food.
  • Discuss tax-related moving expenses, liabilities, and deductions with your tax advisor.
  • Complete Post Office change of address forms and mail them to all applicable publications, stores and organisations.
  • Get copies of (or arrange for transfer at both ends of move) all school, medical, dental, veterinary, legal, and accounting records.
  • Contact insurance agents to transfer or cancel coverage.
  • If it's a company move, check with your employer to find out what moving expenses they cover.
  • Locate and obtain all automobile licensing and registration information.


  • Finalise your moving date. By avoiding moving during peak times (e.g. bank holidays or school holidays).
  • If Storage is needed, arrange it now.
  • Finalise property transactions.
  • If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel, and rental car reservations.
  • Finalise real estate and apartment rental needs.
  • Place legal, medical, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
  • Collect moving materials like boxes, bubble wrap & tape.
  • Remembering padding and packing for fragile items like mirrors is especially important to ensure they don't break.
  • Notify your landlord if you are moving out of rented accommodation.
  • Telephone your telephone company to arrange for reconnection/ installation of a new phone line.
  • Inform your utility suppliers that you will be moving to a new property, and arrange for final meter readings to be taken.
  • If necessary book time off from work.
  • Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible).
  • Use A-Z of your area and find maps of your new neighbourhood to familiarise yourself and your family with your new area.
  • Work-out your moving budget.


  • Set aside items you need to take in your car (Documents, Keys, etc).
  • Packing - If you are planning on doing this yourself, begin at least two weeks before your move. Label boxes with the details of their contents and the room in which they are to be placed at the new address. Pack heavy objects with the lighter ones: do not overstrain boxes or backs. Sort out rubbish. Sell unused items, or give them away.
  • Car - get it serviced, particularly if you are going on a long journey.


  • Inform gas, electric, water, cable and telephone services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Recruit moving-day help.
  • Confirm travel reservation.
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate.
  • Cancel services such as newspaper, milkman, window cleaner etc.
  • Make sure the removal company has directions for the new address.
  • Give away all plants you don't intend to move.
  • If you're moving out of a building with lifts, arrange with management for use of the lifts on move day.


  • Empty, defrost and dry out your fridge/freezer if you are planning to store for any period of time. Food stuffs cannot be moved into storage.
  • If we have quoted to move your freezer with contents (over a short distance), place the contents in polythene bags so that they can be lifted out quickly to facilitate the movement of the freezer.
  • Make sure any packets, bottles or jars are sealed with tape to prevent spillage.
  • Pack valuables and documents and put in a safe place.
  • Resolve parking problems. Sort out lift access if you live in flats.
  • Pack a bag with a change of clothes and essential toiletries. Include a survival kit for the other end: light bulbs, toilet rolls, candles, screwdriver and pliers, matches, paper towels, cash and a note of important telephone numbers. Keep it with you (e.g. in the boot of your car).
  • Ensure that the keys for your new home are going to be available.
  • Do NOT disconnect your telephone until day after loading.


  • Pack essentials to take along in the car if travelling a long distance plus a survival kit for the first hours in your new home. This should include tea or coffee, kettle, plates, cups, serviettes, cutlery, saucepan, frying pan, toilet paper, a torch, spare bulbs and basic cleaning materials.
  • Walk through the house to make sure everything has been accounted for.
  • Make sure the house is clean for the new owners.
  • Get a good nights sleep.


  • Strip the beds and keep this linen separate in a box that travels with you so you can use them the first night.
  • Settle the children with their carer. If they are staying with you, organise a room with their toys and a few treats. Older children may want specific tasks, like packing their own personal box.
  • Make sure you have the keys to your new home.
  • Show the team leader around the house.
  • Make sure the removers have your new address and a phone number where you can be contacted.
  • Disconnect any remaining appliances.
  • Once the van is loaded, have one last check.
  • Close and lock all the doors and windows.
  • At your new home everything is loaded and placed in the appropriate rooms and if quoted for, unpacked and unwrapped by the moving team.
  • Once you are satisfied that everything has been delivered and positioned in appropriate places, you will be asked to acknowledge this by signing the team leader's delivery sheet.