Euroxpress realizes and understands how chaotic, stressful and daunting it feels to move home and that’s why we are here to help and give as much advice as we can to make a smooth transition go smoothly as possible, here is a guide / checklist to keep you on track with many of your responsibilities throughout this vital time.
1 month before you move home
- Create a list of all your household items, removal companies will need an inventory of all the items you will need transporting to your new property to work out how many men will be required for your move and also which size vehicle to provide.
- Decide which fixtures and fittings are going /staying and write a list so there is no confusion on the day of the removal.
- Book EuroXpress to have one of their companies removal surveyors round to your property to give you a competitive quote for your move.
- Book Euroxpress for your removal and order any packing materials that you may need (we can advise a rough estimate of how many boxes you may require.)
- When you are collecting quotes for your removal and working out the expense make a note of all the other expenses involved , this could be to have the property/s cleaned, your own transport costs, clearance etc.
- Sort/clear out your loft.
- Have a big clear out in your garage, you will be surprised what you find in there!
- Think about which items you do not want to take to your new home and dispose of them, there are many options to dispose of your belongings, you could pop them on eBay and watch people bid away or go along to a car boot sale near you and sell away or if you have no transportation you could have a garage sale, organize a charity to collect your unwanted items or see if any of your family and friends would like something.
- Think Medical and ask your doctor, dentist, optician to be referred and transfer necessary prescriptions.
- Don’t forget the pets! Arrange boarding during pre-move and shipping when you move. Contact their vet for your pet’s records and try to have all their shots and treatments done before you move.
- The children (if you have any) decide which school they will attend and organize the transfer of their records.
- Verify the requirements for Car licensing
- Request a transfer of your credit bureau files
- Cancel local deliveries- Milkman, Newspaper etc
- Refunds! You may be due some from your Utilities, arrange disconnection and final bills and ask.
- Arrange reconnection of utilities to your new home.
- Decide which clothes are travelling with you.
- Pour yourself a drink and take a walk to your garden and dismantle any garden furniture and any children’s play equipment.
- Make arrangements for your utility services at your new home.
- Return any library book or other items that need to be returned before you move.
2 Weeks before you move home
- Empty your safe
- If you're moving into a flat which has a lift reserve the override key so the removal team has priority of the lift on the day
- Pack any items that may have fragile/ sentimental meaning to you and any important documents
- Clean your fridge/ freezer and cabinets and shelves
- Use up food by making up meals
- Check your car or have it serviced for the journey to your new property especialy if you’re travelling a long distance.
- Arrange a baby sitter for the day of the removal or if your children go to school it may help to arrange a family member or friend to drop the children off and collect your children as you may be needed at your property to show the removal men where you would like furniture.
- Decide where you would like your furniture to be placed in your new property and make a small plan for the removal men, if you do need to leave the property when they are unloading they will then be able to carry on.
- If you need to stay in a hotel or Bed and Breakfast if you are travelling for more than one day or if the removal men are delivering to your new property on the following day make reservations
- Start packing!
- If your house is going to be vacant for a long period you should inform your local police station and make security arrangements and also maintenance arrangements with your estate agent and also plan for a thorough clean of your house including carpets.
- Arrange for all your meters to be recorded on the day of your removal: water, gas and electric.
1 Week before you move home
- Defrost the fridge and freezer
- Plan in advance for your removal day and plan meals that don’t involve using the appliances you clean.
- Start to dismantle the furniture if needed
- Remove the pictures / mirrors from the walls where furniture is going to be carried through.
- Remove all picture hooks/ nails from the walls and stairs where the mattresses will be carried to avoid the mattress being ripped.
- Collect all the instruction manuals which you will be leaving for the new owners of the property for the boiler and other appliances that are staying
- Make sure any luggage that you want to take with you when you travel rather than on the removal lorry is kept in a separate area.
- Make sure your gardening tools/ equipment and bikes are clean to go in the removal lorry as they may touch other items on the lorry.
- Empty the tanks of gardening tools such as lawn mowers.
- We shall wrap the large furniture for you once on the lorry.
- Take all glass shelves out of cabinets and wrap them carefully and label that it is glass so it will be placed in a safe place once aboard the lorry.
Final Days before you move home
- If you are taking light fittings disconnect them
- Organize a survival package in case the movers are delayed at all
- Take a phone book or numbers of plumber, gas, Electrician in case anything needs seeing to at your new property.
- Notify someone of your travel plans
- Have appliances disconnected
- Have antennas disconnected
- Boxes that you do not want to go on the lorry make sure they are clearly marked DO NOT MOVE and place these in a designated area
- Make alternative arrangements for pets so they will not get in the removal teams way
- Make sure there is someone looking after the children
- Make sure either you or someone else is at the property when the removal team arrives to direct them and answer any questions they may have.
- Check the removal team have the correct address including postcode that they are delivering your property to
- Exchange mobile phone numbers with the driver so he can contact you and you can contact him on the journey to the new property.
- Take valuable documents, jewelry and money with you.
- Make sure there is room for the removal lorry to park
- Clear the stairs of any items
- Clear driveways
- Clear pathways
- Once the lorry is fully loaded check your property that nothing is left behind and all the windows and doors are locked and the lights are out.
- Once you arrive at the new property while the removal team are preparing the lorry to be emptied label the rooms in coordination with the boxes so they know which room they will be going into
- Point the removal team in the direction of the room that they need to go to and the position as to how you would like the furniture placed