Moving House Tips
We’ve moved hundreds of homes and businesses in East Sussex. Here’s our guide for a stress-free move…
How To Move House…
T hey say that moving house is one of the most stressful times of your life. At Eastbourne Removals we aim to make it that little bit easier. We’ll do our utmost on the day to ensure that everything goes smoothly, so that you can rest assured that your prized possessions arrive at your new home in perfect condition.
It’s all in the planning, of course. Follow this simple guide to moving home – we’ll pass on some of the tips that we’ve picked up in the process of moving hundreds of satisfied households across East Sussex…
When You Decide To Move
- Appoint a solicitor and find a surveyor for your new home. Again your estate agent or mortgage company should be able to recommend these. If not look online for recommended companies or even better get a recommendation from a friend.
- Create a file for documenting all moving papers and receipts two Months before your move.
Have a Clear-Out
If you have a loft full of stuff that you haven’t used for years, ask yourself if you really need to box it all up and move it to the new house?
- You don’t have to put it all in the bin! Why not try to sell items on ebay or gumtree or even freecycle where people will take just about anything that you list. Facebook’s Marketplace is also an increasingly popular place to sell on your unwanted items
- Clear out furniture that you don’t need. Most councils will run a scheme where they will collect your unwanted furniture
- Furniture recycling has become a big thing. Places like Furniture Now will be delighted to collect your quality unwanted furniture and put the proceeds to worthy causes
- Eastbourne Removals can always take anything that can’t be re-used to the local amenity tip
Find a Mover
- We’re confident that our experience, customer service and competitive pricing makes Eastbourne Removals the right choice for your move
Mail & Bills
- Start making a note of the mail that comes through your door. All of those people will need to know your new address. Make a list and write to them all a few weeks before you move.
- Make sure you save your old household bills which will have your account numbers – you’re going to need those to move your account to your new address. This could be a good time to save some money on utility bills. Try any of the price comparison web sites for the best deals on gas, electricity phones etc, like uswitch and moneysupermarket. You could save hundreds of pounds!
- If you want to save yourself the bother of contacting all of your mail correspondents why not use the Royal Mail Service which for a small fee will redirect all your mail to your new address.
- You can also take opportunity to get yourself removed from the unsolicited mail database by registering with the Mail Preference Service
- Don’t forget to change address on things like medical records and your driving licenseStart talking to young children prior to your move. Moving house can be really daunting for young children. Preparing them in advance gives the child plenty of time to prepare for the move
- Familiarise yourself with your new area. Get some local newspapers, have a look at online forums. You can also find all sorts of information about your new area at Streetcheck which can tell you everything from schooling, crime figures and broadband availability
A Month Before You Move
- Start Packing. You can start packing as early as you like. Eastbourne Removals can provide a wide range of packing boxes and materials which we can get couriered to your door in advance of your move. We can also provide a full packing service if you want to save yourself the bother. If you are going to pack see our article on packing for some useful hints and tips.
- If there is a gap between the old owners moving out and you moving in arrange for a cleaner to give your new house a through going over.
- Parking. Do you need a permit? You can organise this through your local council. Just give them a call and get 2 bays reserved for the day.
The Day Before You Move
- Disconnect major appliances. Refrigerator, washer and dryer, etc. should all be disconnected, defrosted, and dried out.
- Finish packing!
- Create a Moving Pack. This should include all your vital documents, Passport, driving licence, estate agent details, utility supplier details, Money. Keep this with you at all times.
- For each member of your household, you’ll want to pack a few nights’ worth of clothes, bedding, toiletries, etc and dishware for meals. Remember that it will take you some time to unpack at the other end!
- Make sure all boxes are properly labelled – what’s in them, where do you want them to go in your new home etc
On The Day Before Your Move
- Walk through your house one last time to make sure everything is accounted for
- Strip the beds
- Keep linens in a box that travels with you, so you can use them the first night
- Make sure you have the keys to your new home, or have arranged to collect them
- Record all utility meter readings (gas, electricity, and water).
- Stay until your movers have finished
- Before leaving check that all windows are secure and water, gas and electricity supplies are switched off
First Day In Your New Home
- Make sure you are present when the removal crew arrives so you can guide them around the house confirming what is to be moved and any special instructions.
- Start with the essentials – do you have power, gas and water, telephone and internet?
- You can instruct Eastbourne Removals to place your belonging where you want them. That way all you have to do is unpack.
- That’s it – your in. Relax and enjoy your new home.