• Things to DO and AVOID on Removals Day

    art-1Moving house is well recognised as one of the top most stressful events that can occur in your life. Detailed below are several top moving day tips, many of which are simple to follow, that all help make the moving process an exciting and stress free occasion.

    Things To Do On The Moving Day

    1) DO – Inform everyone who needs to know

    We all tell our friends and family when we move house, however there are many other people and companies who need to know your new address. Here is a list of key people to inform:

    • Relatives and Friends
    • img-101Bank (e.g. for accounts, credit cards, premium bonds, pension books, family allowance books)
    • Building Society
    • National Savings Certificate
    • Insurance Company (e.g. National Insurance, vehicle insurance, house insurance)
    • Tax Office
    • Utility Company (e.g. gas, electricity, water, other utilities)
    • Mail Re-Direction
    • Telephone or Mobile Phone Companies
    • License Companies (e.g. TV license, driving license)
    • School, College, University
    • Doctors (e.g. dentist, optician, vet)
    • Professional Advisors (e.g. solicitor, accountant, stockbroker)
    • Magazine Subscriptions
    • Sports Department (e.g. social memberships, golf, tennis)
    • Mail Order Companies

    2) DO – Wake up early in the morning on moving day

    105It is important to be as organised and relaxed as possible on moving day. Getting up early and being ready for when the movers arrive will help you (and them) remain in control and enable the moving process to be completed calmly and in good time.

    If you are completing the move yourself an early start is still well worthwhile to ensure that the move is completed on time.

    3) DO – Wear appropriate clothes

    108Choosing what to wear on moving day is more important than you may think. You need to wear comfortable casual clothing that won’t get damaged during the day and that won’t hamper you from carrying out any essential activities. Avoid any clothes that could accidentally cause you an injury (e.g. avoid ties and loose fitting clothes).

    If you are making a long distance move, where the weather may differ between the two locations, or, if you simply want to arrive at your new house in clean clothes, you may want to have a change of clothing with you. Make sure these are kept somewhere handy as, once packed, they may be hard to find quickly.

    4) DO – Keep your mobile phone charged

    111Charging your mobile phone is a simple, yet vital thing, for anyone involved with the move. Not being able to keep in touch with your movers, estate agents, utility/ Phone Company, friends or family etc. during the moving process can cause lots of problems and delays.

    5) DO – Confirm parking permits

    113This is one that often gets forgotten. It may be that your removal van will need special parking permission at either end of the move. Some removal firms will provide you with parking permit, but if not it is always best to check the local parking rules and regulations, so that you are not caught out on the day.

    6) DO – Ask others to help

    114They say many hands make light work and the benefits of getting help from friends and family on moving day cannot be overestimated. Ask people to help you in any way they can e.g. looking after your children, making you some lunch, handling pets, loading / unloading items etc.

    7) DO – Arrange food

    119Plan and prepare your moving day food and drinks the day before. The day of the move can be tiring and busy so you will need food that is quick and easy to eat, such as sandwiches and lots of snacks. Hot drinks or soup in a flask are great for moves on a cold day. It is also a nice gesture to prepare some food and drinks for the movers. This helps to build a good working relationship and keeps them full of energy.

    8) DO – Manage children

    124Moving house can be traumatic for children, so include them in the process as much as possible. Let them make some of the smaller decisions, such as which will be their room, how they want their room decorated, or simply whether you will have pizza on your first night in the new house. Talking to kids about what is happening and letting them ask questions will help to alleviate any stress they may be feeling.

    If kids are concerned about leaving friends or family behind, help them to keep links wherever possible, this could just mean exchanging email addresses or phone numbers or may involve arranging a meet up.

    Older children may be interested in looking at a map to see where their new house is in relation to where they live now.

    Managing children on the actual moving day can be challenging and you may want to arrange for a friend or family member to keep an eye on them during the move, as there will be lots going on.

    9) DO – Manage pets

    125If your move will mean you will be going to a new vet, remember to get copies of any vaccinations and paperwork from your existing vet to transfer across.

    Remember to replace your pet’s ID tag with an up to date address.

    On moving day, in order to keep your pets happy and safe during the move, always make sure they are moved last and try and keep them in a safe contained space until they need to be transported. Then let them travel in a secure pet carrier.  Many vets recommend pheromones for dogs and cats when moving. These come in spray form and can be used on collars, bedding or carriers.

    Finally make sure you have your pet’s food to hand throughout the move and don’t forget to let them have plenty of fresh water throughout the day.

    Once at your new property you may want to let your pet adjust to their new surroundings slowly, and ideally give them their own area within your new home.

    10) DO – Keep personal documents or items with you

    136Take responsibility for moving all your important documents or items with you, in a box or file, to ensure they don’t get mislaid. You may want to make a copy of some documents before the move, just in case.

    11) DO – Checkout the route to the new place

    134Make sure that you are either familiar with the route or have a map or navigation system to get you there. This also applies to the movers. You don’t want your move to be delayed simply because someone got lost on the way there.

    12) DO – Load items in sequence

    131Loading the moving vehicle is an important job and doing it incorrectly can lead to accidents or items being damaged.

    First place the large, heavy, bulky items (e.g. washing machine, dishwasher etc.) into the front of the vehicle. This makes best use of the space and stops your vehicle from tipping backwards. Once loaded, try to strap the items down tightly wherever possible.

    The next items to be loaded are the long narrow items (e.g. mirrors, pictures, sofa etc.). These should be placed down the sides of the vehicle, again to make best use of the space. As with the larger items, once they are loaded it is preferable to tightly strap them down where possible.

    Boxes are added next and should be stacked in the middle of the vehicle with the heaviest boxes at the bottom and the lightest at the top. Again straps should be used.

    Finally individual items should then be placed in the vehicle, around those already loaded. Any fragile pieces should be put at the top to avoid breakages.

    13) Drive safely

    139If you need to drive a van to your new property remember to keep to a low speed, as you will be carrying heavy items. If they move about in the van it may result in an accident.

    14) DO – Check out items list again after unloading

    141You must check all your items against your inventory once they have been unloaded. This is important as, in the case of lost or damaged items, you can then file a complaint against your movers.

    15) DO – Give payment to movers

    143Final payment to movers often has to be paid on moving day. You should be ready to make payment when needed, as delaying may mean a higher payment (if movers have an hourly charge) or could lead to them refusing to unload until you have settled up. As this could cause you to spend a costly night in a hotel (or an inconvenient night on a friend’s sofa) the importance of prompt payment should not be overlooked.

    16) DO – Clean new place on arrival

    147Give your new property a full clean on arrival. If possible pack your box of cleaning products last, so they are one of the first things to be unloaded. It’s always a good idea to ask friends and family to help, or alternatively, you could consider hiring a cleaning company.

    Things To Avoid on Moving Day

    1) DON’T – Take prohibited/non-movable items

    Bear in mind that there are a few items e.g. weapons, chemicals, drugs etc. that are not safe (or legal) to transport on the road. You can always check with your moving company for full details of prohibited items. Alternatively, if you are moving internationally, check your destination country’s laws for what you are allowed to bring.

    2) DON’T – Treat pets badly

    Moving can be a stressful event for pets as well as people. Make sure you follow the following guidelines:

    • Don’t give your pet a lot of food during the move; the excitement and/or stress along with the travel could lead to sickness.
    • Don’t leave pets unattended (or in the charge of children) during the move. They can easily get lost or injured. Try to keep them in a confined space if possible.
    • Don’t let your pets travel in the back of a moving van. Even if you’re driving the van it is not safe for your pet.
    • Once you are at your new property make sure your pet is gradually introduced to their new surroundings. Keep them inside until they are ready to go out.

    3) DON’T – Leave your children unsupervised

    Don’t leave your children unsupervised during the move. This can be dangerous due to the amount going on, but it can also be an upsetting time for them and they may need some adult attention. If you are not able to be with them during the day ask a friend to keep an eye on them.

    While you want your children to be involved in the process it is also not a good idea to let them ‘help’ by wrapping fragile or precious items. Try to find other ways they can join in safely.

    4) DON’T – Forget to keep a survival kit

    When you arrive at your new property there are a few essential items you will want to hand straight away. These can include a small overnight bag (including toothbrush, towel, soap and sleeping bag etc.) or perhaps a tea bag, a kettle and a small bottle of milk.

    5) DON’T – Leave movers alone during removal

    As well as being on hand to answer any questions movers may have, it is always a good idea to be around to check they are giving your items due care and attention. Most movers are really careful, but if your boxes are not clearly marked, they may not know what is fragile and what is not.

    6) DON’T – Overload the vehicle

    Always ensure you know the safe capacity of your moving vehicle and don’t overload it. Loading over and above the capacity of a vehicle can lead to accidents.

    7) DON’T – Unload items randomly

    Clearly having loaded items in sequence should lead to them largely being unloaded in sequence, but try to lay them out on the floor in order so you can then deal with them in logical succession.

    8) DON’T – Forget to tip the mover

    The average person moves three to four times during their life. If you find movers who do a good job it is worthwhile tipping them in case you need them again. They will also be more likely to take care with your valuables!

    9) DON’T – Disturb new neighbours on arrival

    Making a good first impression with your new neighbours can lead to a good neighbourly relationship. Getting off to a bad start is hard to overcome. Be considerate and cause as little disruption as possible (e.g. keep noise to a minimum). If you have time maybe try to introduce yourself.

    Moving house can be stressful but hopefully, if you follow the above tips, and stay calm, you will have a smooth transition to your new home.

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