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Removals Guide

Moving house is often rated as one of the most stressful events in a person's life. It need not be that way, however. By following the moving tips in this guide, you can plan out your whole move ahead of time, and make sure everything goes smoothly. If you any other tips that we havenot included, please let us know, and we will add them.

We can help, every step of of the way.

What to move?

Our partners' crews are fully trained in the art of packing and wrapping furniture particularly for overseas.

Think about the things, especially the large items, that you are going to take, and those which are staying, i.e. fixtures and fittings. Make a note of what is staying and make sure you tell the moving team from the outset. Also, think about appliances, and organise the disconnection of equipment in advance to avoid any last minute hitches or disasters.

Think about items you have in roofs, lofts, garages, outbuildings and sheds. These will all need to be emptied.

Vehicle access

It is vital that we are made aware of the size of the house you are moving into. Will there be access for our large lorries (7ft x 58ft) to park outside, or close by. If not we will organise smaller vehicles for your move.

Family members

When you are moving and small children are involved it is important that they know exactly what is going on around them. Ideally it would be good to organise them to be looked after by a friend or member of the family.


Moving with pets can be very traumatic for them. Pets thrive in their own territory, so when it is disrupted it can sometimes make them over-excited. Make sure on the day of the move that you keep them shut in a quiet room with their bedding and toys. Don't leave them to run around, as they could easily wander off, or get under the feet of the removal team and cause havoc. If it is possible, a good idea would be to have them looked after or even put in a kennel or cattery for the duration of the move. Make sure if you do this that they have their own bedding and toys with them for reassurance and comfort.

With animals that are kept in cages, they are best transported in containers that are solid and well ventilated, with the least possibility to be chewed or eaten up. Give them plenty of soft bedding and food, plus water in a container that won't be likely to be spilt.

Change of address notification

You will need to notify relevant companies of your impending move including utilities companies (gas, electricity, water, telephone), banks, investment companies, credit/debit card companies, schools, magazine subscriptions, DVLC for driving licence, newsagent etc.

Contact the Post Office to arrange for your mail to forwarded to your new address and send new address details to friends.

Removal date

A provisional date will be booked as soon as the forms have been returned and will be confirmed as soon as you know the date of the move.

How far are you moving?

Depending upon the situation and how far you are moving, we may organise to pack some larger items in advance, particularly if you have agreed to have our packing service.

Your removals team

You will be advised in advance of the moving team allocated to your move, which will ensure that everything is packed safely and securely.

Saying goodbye

The removal team will ask you to ensure that the house you are leaving is completely empty and checked thoroughly before they finally set off.

Storing items

If any boxes have been allocated for storage, the removal team will ensure they are packed and are sent to the storage location.

No place like home

Once the lorry or container has arrived at your new home the removals team will put all the boxes or containers in the rooms you have specified.


Moving checklist

Two months before you move

  • If you're renting, notify your landlord of your moving date.
  • Decide what items you'll take to your new home and where you will place larger items. A floor plan of your new home may help with this so try and acquire one; your seller may be able to sketch you a rough copy.
  • If you have items you don't want to take with there are a number of ways you can get rid of them, including car boot sales, online auction sites and charity shops.

Six weeks before you move

  • Clean out cupboards and place possessions in usable piles/larger rooms. Take a full inventory so you know exactly what you own.
  • Items you won't want to take with can be sold or given away - don't forget removals companies quote by volume so the more you bring with the more you pay.
  • If you're relocating due to a job move, find out what costs your employer will cover.

One month before you move

  • Finalise your move date so you can start making firm bookings for removals and other related services - this will be easier once contracts have been exchanged.
  • Appoint a removals firm, but remember to make sure they are a professional and reputable company. Try Removals Brokers to find the chepeast quotes for your move. Ask them when they offer discounts, as many companies will charge a premium for moving you on bank holidays, weekends, and in the summer months.
  • If you're looking for moving insurance, cleaning or storage check with your removals company - they may offer these at a discount.

Two weeks before you move

  • Check you have adequate prescription medicines to cover the moving period.
  • Arrange a time to collect the keys for your new home from the estate agent.
  • If your removal company is not making arrangements for you, book people to carry out services. e.g. Removing light fittings, House Cleaning.

One week before you move

  • Put all your important documents in one plain, sturdy box and place it where you won't lose it - this should include passports, driving licenses, house deeds, wills, insurance papers, football pools, jewellery and cash.
  • Make a list of everyone who should know about the move. Send out change of address ecards.
  • Finish packing so you have everything boxed up and ready to go - make sure you do this systematically.

The day before you move

  • Walk through your house one last time to make sure everything is accounted for.
  • Empty, defrost and cleant your fridge.
  • Make sure you have the keys to your new home, or have arranged to collect them.

Once you are in your new home

  • Make sure you are present when the removal crew arrives so you can guide them around the house confirming what is to be moved and any special instructions.
  • Check the unloading of your items and account for each one on your packing inventory.
  • Check carefully for any damaged or missing items.

After you are in your new home

  • Start cleaning and make the beds.
  • Plug in your telephones, answering machine and large appliances.
  • Unpack your 'survival kit'.
  • If possible, keep pets away until you are settled in.
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