If you are renting your new home its a good idea to get your keys to your new property a week or so before your planned moving day.
You may have to pay rent on two properties for a week or two but this takes a lot of pressure off you.
This gives you chance to go in to the new house and plan your furniture lay out and decide what you are going to do with your full boxes on moving in day.
You also get time to move a few delicate or fragile items that you may not want the removal men to move for you.
And of course time to go back to the old house to make it spotless and make any minor repairs so you can get your original bond/deposit back from the landlord or letting agent.
If you are selling your present home and buying your new home you may be restricted to a specific time schedule for your move.
Contact your solicitor and agents to check what's happening when and what time you should expect to receive your keys to your new home and what time you have to hand over your keys to your old home too.
In our experience its often around lunchtime when money and keys exchange over but new rules coming in can mean exchanges can be as late as 6pm.
A lot of the actual timing depends on the buying / selling chain that you are part of and of course everyone else running to schedule on moving day.
Its absolutely essential you are organised and have all your thing properly packed up ready to go on moving day as you may be limited to a very small 2 hour window from when you get your new keys to handing over your keys for your old house.
People in the chain are often friendly and accommodating whilst organising the buying/selling processes but on moving day when the money has changed over your old house is now someone else's new house and they often want it NOW!!!
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Change of Address - Utilities....
Contacting the various utility companies is another important part of moving.
You need to notify Gas, Electricity, Water, Council Tax, Tv, Phone, Broadband (Sky - Virgin Media, BT, etc) of your move and moving date.
Gas, Electricity and maybe Water will need meter reading when moving out. If you can, try taking a photo of the meter reading as you may loose pieces of paper which could be an issue with the utility company or if you have to query any final bills.
Same goes for the new house, again take photos of the readings on Moving In day, you never know the last people may not notify or may have given the wrong readings to the utility company, you don't want to be paying for the last peoples gas bill.
If you have a TV, Phone, Broadband package with someone like Sky or Virgin Media speak to them early to arrange disconnection in the old house and re-connection in the new one on moving day. If you need new installation of cables or dishes try arrange it for the day before or after moving day (It can cause you further issues and stress if its done on moving in day).
Don't forget to also change your address on important things like Driving Licenses, Car Insurance (car insurance may be invalid if not changed asap), Vehicle Documents, Home Insurances, etc.
For Moving Day, make sure you have arranged time off work or are moving on a planned rest day.
If you are an important part of the business you work for and often receive work related calls outside of work, ask your employers and work colleagues not to call you on moving day and maybe add a voicemail message on your work phone informing people you're unavailable for a few hours on your moving day.
Give your partners number as a main contact number to all parties involved in making your move happen, that way you can switch your work phone off and concentrate on getting your move completed without the added stress of work calls.
Moving itself is often stressful enough, your partner needs your help and resassurance and your move needs your full attention. Work will still be there tomorrow but your move needs to be completed today.
Once you've decided to move pack all those items that sit there on a shelf or in a drawer that you don't often use as soon as possible, that's a big part of the job done..
Schedule the rest of your packing to start as soon as you've got your moving date.
You always have twice as much stuff to pack than you thought you had and there's always those little problems that crop up that keep you from packing when you plan to do it so start to get all your boxes packed as soon as possible,
Any furniture dismantling you may need to do (except beds) get finished early, may be a day or two before moving date so then you have time to wind down and relax a little and not have everything to do last minute that evening.
An early start on moving day is often required, if you planned it right you can start the day with very little stress, just the beds to dismantle and those last minutes bits to pack away.
On Moving day...
For Moving Day plan to get up early and have a good breakfast.
As moving day progresses you may not get lunch at lunchtime as you usually do and its essential you have something to eat to keep you going through out the day.
You'll need to pack up any last minute items like crockery and pack up your bedding and any other items that may still need to be done like bed dismantling so make sure you've kept some boxes and bags back for these items and some tools to dismantle the bed..
And most important of all...
Don't forget to get the removal man's money ready for when the move has been completed :-)
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