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Moving? Remember the details when you’re moving house

When you’re moving house, it’s important to remember all the details. From packing up your belongings to notifying everyone of your new address, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. By forgetting something important, you could end up causing yourself a lot of hassle down the road. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Keep reading for our top tips!

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What do i need to do before moving day?

It’s time to move! Book your removal company and get ready for the big day. You’ll want to book early, as most movers operate on first-come basis so there may not be any available if something goes wrong with scheduling or another commitment comes up between now and then – but don’t worry because we’ve got you covered here at MiniMoves.

Documents 

It is always best to be prepared for the unexpected on a moving day. You should assemble all your important documents and keep them safe so they do not get lost.

Fridge Freezer

Start to run down your foods, begin to empty and defrost your freezer. 

Remember – it is advised by the manufacturers that a fridge or freezer must be left to settle up to 12 hrs before it is switched on after moving.

This is to allow the gas to settle in the pump.

Pets & Children

Arrange for pets and young children to be taken care of on the day of the move. Often seeing their home being packed up in a van and taken away can be extremely unsettling.

Floor Plan

Having a floor plan of your new property will help you decide where your furniture is to be placed. 

On move day your furniture will be delivered very quickly, so to have a plan in place will save any confusion on the day. 

Where possible, label things with the correct room to help the movers be as efficient as possible.

 

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PEOPLE YOU MUST INFORM OF YOUR INTENDED MOVE

DSS

Claiming any benefits (child benefits, pensions etc.) 

The DSS must be notified to ensure there is no interruption in your payments.

DVLA

Being a registered keeper of any vehicle you are obliged by law to submit the correct address with the DVLA. 

It is also a legal requirement that the correct address is on your driving licence. If you are caught with the incorrect information you may be prosecuted and fined.

You will also need to update your car insurance for any changes to your details.

UTILITIES

To Prevent being overcharged for services after you’ve left your property, be sure to inform the gas/electric company of an accurate reading. If possible get a meter reading and write it down so there’s no mistake about what was used.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

If you are planning on making any type of move, it is important that all your financial companies be informed. This way they will know about the change in address and may reduce fines or surcharges imposed upon themselves if contact information isn’t updated promptly- saving money for both parties involved!

People to notify of your address change

TAX OFFICES

You will need to notify the tax office of your change-of address. You can also get in touch with your employer or workplace if necessary, so they know where exactly their employees live at any given time and make sure that all taxes are paid on time according to national laws regarding residency status in Great Britain

HOME DELIVERIES.

When you move, it’s important that your milkman and paperboy be canceled or else they might show up at the wrong address. Inform Royal Mail about relocation to set up redirect so mail is redirected to correct address.

SCHOOLS

Do not forget to tell your children’s school of your move and if necessary arrange a new school.

TRAVEL

If you have a season ticket for the busses or trains, inform the company of your move. If it then gets lost, it can be returned to you swiftly.

TELEPHONE AND INTERNET

It is important to stress that the level of service that is provided by telephone and internet companies can vary dramatically. The more notice you can give the better chance you will have of getting fully connected from the moment you move in. Mobile phone companies will also need to be informed of your change of address as failure to do so could affect your insurance.

MEDICAL

Medical records should be updated with any changes in address or doctors, so that you can stay on top of things. You’ll also need to let your dentist know about all new healthcare providers

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS

Above all – Don’t forget the tea and biscuits!
The first thing you must have when packing is a good supply of hot water, milk and sugar for yourself as well as cups. You’ll also need some snacks like chocolate HobNobs or energy bars in case anyone gets hungry during all this hard work. The second most important factor would be making sure you don’t pack the kettle.

You will need to know where your bathroom toiletries are, especially toilet roll, toothpaste and soap.

There will always be some basic DIY to be done like hanging curtains or putting up pictures. Make sure you know where your window coverings are and also a basic tool kit.

Keep any cash and bank cards with you at all times. It is also advisable that any valuables, e.g. watches/ jewellery travels with you.

Don’t forget your pets will need looking after also. Dog/cat beds will need to be handy as well as pet food

Although your removal company will reassemble your beds they will not make them for you, so you need to know where to find your bedding.

The best way to be prepared for the unexpected on a moving day is by making sure you have all your important documents in order. It’s always better safe than sorry, so assemble them and keep those pages secure!

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PREPARATIONS

As you begin packing for your upcoming move, keep these packing tips in mind to help make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. First, start by decluttering your home and getting rid of anything you don’t need or want to take with you. This will not only make packing easier, but it will also save you money on moving costs. Next, create a packing plan and make sure to pack one room at a time. This will help you stay organized and avoid becoming overwhelmed. Lastly, be sure to label all of your boxes clearly with their contents and the destination room. This will save you a lot of time and headaches when it comes time to unpack at your new home. With these packing tips in mind, we wish you the best of luck with your preparations!

And remember, if you need any advice, pick up the phone and call us. We’ll be more than happy to talk anything through with you before, during and after your move.

We offer fixed price quotes, and we stick to them

So many stories about home moves that have gone wrong are to do with the removals team charging an hourly rate and running into unexpected problems.

Therefore, with experience and planning, any avoidable obstacles will be overcome before the team arrives at your door. As for the truly unforeseen hiccups, we don’t think it’s fair for you to pay more because something happens that no one has any control over.

For the majority of jobs, we always prefer working to a fixed quote. It’s fair, and offers extra piece of mind.

We have a range of vehicles, we’ll send the right ones to you

MiniMoves has got a vehicle that will suit your needs. Our 3.5 tonne jumbo vans, equipped with a tail lift, can take on any job no matter how big! We use ties to secure furniture so you don’t have to worry about anything getting damaged during transport

When you’re in the midst of a move, it can be easy to forget some of the smaller details. But if you want your moving experience to go as smoothly as possible, it’s important to remember everything on this list. So before you start packing up your house, make sure you have all of these items ready to go! And if you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be happy to lend a hand – or two!

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