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Things to do BEFORE the removal van arrives…

9th March 2020

YOU’VE signed on the dotted line – it’s finally yours!

Now’s the time to look excitedly ahead to a new life in your new home – just the small matter of getting there…

But moving house needn’t be as stressful as you think. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help you prepare for when the removal van arrives:

A good time for a rid-out…

The last thing you want is to fill your new home with unwanted stuff, so don’t just pack all your belongings – take the opportunity for a good de-clutter first!

Sort through everything a few weeks ahead of your move. You’ll be surprised at how much stuff you’ve accumulated – and a lot might be worth selling to help pay your removal costs…

A plan with a van?

Once you’ve de-cluttered, decide if you actually need a removal firm – or whether you could do it yourself, with a hired van and a couple of willing volunteers…

If you live in one-bedroom flat, with minimal furniture and belongings, the DIY route may be the obvious – and cheaper – option. For bigger properties (read ‘more stuff’), however, call in the professionals…

They’ve seen and done it all a thousand times before – and if anyone can get that weighty piano around the bend in the stairs and into the spare room at your new place, they can!

Where’s it all going to go?

Before packing, get some idea of where/how your belongings and furniture will fit in at your new address.

You should have the shapes and measurements of each room, so you can plan your new room layouts well before moving.

Boxing clever…

Preparation is the key to successful, breakage-free packing. Start a few weeks in advance – and don’t underestimate how long it all takes!

Use strong, sturdy boxes, with copious quantities of bubble wrap, crumpled paper and other packaging around those precious ‘breakables’.

Don’t forget to label each box, too – it will save endless hassle at the other end if you and the removals team know what’s in each and where it’s going.

And if you’re in any doubt, you can always transport delicate items of particular sentimental value yourself…

Let them know you’re leaving…

Make a list of everyone and everywhere you need to notify about your change of address: utility companies, your bank, insurers, doctor/dentist, credit card providers etc.

Don’t forget to contact the local authority at ‘the other end’, too – they’ll need to update your details on the Electoral Register.

Finally, for a small fee, you can divert any mail going to your old address with Royal Mail.

Despite all the planning involved, moving house can be an exciting experience – and by following the tips above, it may make life a little easier…so you can look forward to life in your new place! Happy moving…

NB. This article is intended as a summary only and does not constitute legal or financial advice from Leek United Building Society. No reliance should be placed on this article. We recommend that you seek independent legal and/or financial advice if you have any questions or queries.


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