Moving Home? Here Are My Top Tips

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My Top Tips on Moving Home

Apologies dear readers for my lack of posts recently. Since August my family and I have had a lot going on. We have moved house to an area we don’t really know, my husband has started a new job, my eldest son has started a new school and my youngest son has started a new nursery. We have made new friends and spent time getting to know our new area and in the last month, I have welcomed an au pair into our family. It feels like we have not stopped and I am just now catching my breath.

So after all of this, I thought it would be helpful to share my experience with you and give you some top tips on moving home. It can be one of the most stressful life events and January is often one of the busiest months for moving home. As it is just around the corner, here are my top tips to help ease the stress of it all:

  • If you are packing up your home you will need the following:
    1. A variety of boxes – a great source for free cardboard boxes is your local supermarket
    2. Brown packing tape
    3. Bubble wrap
    4. Old newspapers
    5. Black marker pen
    6. Labels
    7. Blankets to protect large pieces of furniture
  • If you are using a removals firm, make sure you do your research or obtain a recommendation. You want a team that will take great care moving your possessions. Be on hand to answer any questions the team might have – don’t just leave them to it. This means you can oversee everything too!
  • In the run up to your move, have a spring clean and throw out anything you no longer need. There is no point packing up and moving items that you end up throwing away when you get to your new home. The less time sorting items on packing day the better.
  • The kitchen always takes the longest time to pack and unpack so set aside plenty of time for this room.
  • When packing the kitchen, leave out a box containing necessary supplies (tea bags, coffee, milk, sugar, bread, bacon, eggs) including the kettle, a few mugs and a frying pan or sandwich maker. You will need to keep your energy up. Plus if you are using a removal firm, they will appreciate the odd coffee break and a bacon sandwich or two. Either take this box with you or ask the team to pack it last so it is one of the first boxes to be unpacked when you get to your new home.
  • Prepare a box of essentials to include:
    1. Snacks
    2. Eating utensils
    3. Towels
    4. Dishcloth & tea towel
    5. Baby supplies (if required)
    6. Pet food (if you have a pet)
    7. A tool box
    8. A first aid kit (just in case)
    9. The remote control (so this doesn’t go missing)
    10. Your phone charger
    11. A couple of loo rolls
    12. A small selection of light bulbs
  • If you are using a removals firm, ladies I suggest you pack your own underwear, plus any other delicates or valuables you don’t want your (often male) team to see!
  • Seal each box with brown tape and using a black marker pen, write a list of contents along the line of brown tape. Once the tape is removed, the boxes can be reused for anything without having to score out writing that has been placed all over the top and sides of the boxes. Alternatively use labels, which can easily be removed from the box.
  • Apply for a postal redirection service form the Post Office. You can apply online up to three months before, or six months after you move, and submit your application online for a maximum of eight people.
  • Before you leave your old house, remember to take meter readings to advise your gas and electricity providers. When you arrive at your new home, take your new readings.
  • When you get to your new home, and if you have children, try to get their room/ rooms unpacked first to minimise disruption to them, and so they can settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Next, get your bed made. You’ll be grateful for that at the end of the day.
  • Use social media to engage with your local community in your new neighbourhood. You may just need a recommendation for the best local takeaway, particularly on your first night in your new home when your kitchen is still packed in boxes.
  • Lastly and most importantly remember to register your change of address as soon as you can. Here is a comprehensive list of who you might need to advise of your new address:
  1. Family & friends
  2. Employer
  3. School
  4. Doctor
  5. Dentist
  6. Vet (if you have a pet)
  7. Gas, Electric & Water
  8. Government
    1. Council
    2. DVLA (Driving License & Vehicle Registration Certificate)
    3. Inland Revenue
    4. National Insurance Office
    5. Electoral Register
  9.  Financial
    1. Bank / Building Society
    2. Credit cards
    3. Insurance
    4. Mortgage
    5. Pension
    6. Premium Bonds
    7. Savings
    9. Paypal
  10. Phone, Broadband & TV
    1. Broadband provider
    2. Land line & call packages
    3. Mobile phone provider
    4. Television
    5. TV Licensing
  11. Shopping & Leisure
    1. Gyms & health clubs
    2. Mail Order & Internet Shopping
    3. Ebay account
    4. Store cards & loyalty cards
    5. Subscriptions
    6. Memberships & alumni
    7. Motoring organisations

So if you are on the move in the new year, I hope that helps and I wish you all the best with your move.