Advice for an Efficient Home Move
It is often said that after death and divorce, moving home is life’s biggest cause of stress. Fortunately if you plan ahead and follow these top tips, the potential for things to go wrong can be greatly reduced.
1 De-clutter your life
We all accumulate possessions that we do not really use or need, but it seems a shame to throw them away.
Time to be harsh! If you have not been using them, you probably never will and the period leading up to moving home is an excellent time to sell or recycle them.
Aim to de-clutter one room at a time, not forgetting cupboards and drawers. Start with the loft or garage, as these may present the greatest challenge!
2 Use a professional
Give serious consideration to getting the packing and removals done professionally, especially if you work full time. It may seem an unnecessary cost at a time when you can least afford it, but it is not always as expensive as you might think, particularly for moving home locally.
3 Stockpile boxes and pack early
If you are going to do the move yourself, start to collect boxes and packing materials early. It is often possible to identify items that can be packed many weeks in advance of moving home. The more you can do in advance, the less intense is the work and stress on the day.
4 Label all boxes carefully
Each box should be labelled with its contents and the room into which it needs to be delivered at the new house. Put corresponding labels on the doors of all rooms in the new house if you are using a removal company or friends to help.
5 Pack a survival kit
Pack a survival kit with the essentials needed for the day of the move. Include maps, instructions, contact details, food and drink and anything else needed for the journey. Cleaning will be easier before you unload, so include the necessary materials and implements, including dry powder carpet cleaners.
6 Offload the kids and pets
Arrange for friends or family to look after the children and pets for the day of the move.
7 Arrange suitable parking
Make sure the removals van will have somewhere to park to load and unload without causing inconvenience. Upsetting new neighbours by blocking in their car is not a good introduction to an area!
8 Find the energy meters and fuse boxes
Ask the vendor about the heating system and thermostats and where the gas and electricity meters and isolators are before you move. Read the meters as you move out and in. Ask for details of the energy suppliers and review any recommendations from the EPC survey for prompt attention.
9 Ask the vendors those other critical questions
Compile a fact file for the people moving in to your old home and ask the vendors to put one together for your new property. Include the location of stopcocks, codes for alarms, details of refuse collection, recommended local tradesmen and other useful services.
10 Round up the keys
Collect all of the keys to your house and leave them for the new owners with confirmation that there are none outstanding. Check that you have all of the necessary keys for your new home, and consider changing locks as soon as possible in case there are any stray keys still at large.
Lastly, don’t forget to get your EPC done. You MUST have a valid one in place for the property you are selling when you are moving home. If you’ve left it to the last minute don’t panic, Find EPC can often turn an energy performance certificate around at very short notice.
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