Moving House – How to Prepare in Advance of your Move

It’s often said that the stress and anxiety of moving house is one of the most stressful events which can occur during a person’s life, on a par with divorce and bereavement. Research also confirms this is the case.

There’s the initial stress of viewing houses and showing complete strangers around your house. Then there’s the tension and anxiety of the build-up to the actual move day itself. This is such a huge and important moment of your life and there is much for you to consider and plan for. Therefore, any assistance you receive should be helpful, responsive, professional, caring and informative.

There should be no cutting corners, as people moving house really do appreciate the finer detail. Many of your items will be full of memories and will carry high sentimental value, so you won’t want to place the care and trust of your items to just anybody. It’s important that care and concern is shown at this stressful, yet equally exciting moment of your life.

You have just found your dream new home. You have had your offer accepted, so you now need to begin planning and making various arrangements. Around 2-3 months before your move, you will need to find a conveyancing solicitor and you should compare different quotes and reviews. It’s essential that you arrange the legal formalities as early in the process as possible. This will ensure a smooth legal transaction of your property sale/purchase and will also allow for any delays. You should take some time to research the facilities and amenities in the area that you are moving to.
You will also need to arrange your mortgage, so you need to contact mortgage providers and should compare different quotes and reviews.

If you’re renting a property, you will need to let your landlord know which date you are looking to move out. They would need to know this date in advance and you may have to give them a certain amount of notice.

If you have children, you will need to look at schools in the area that you’re moving to and this should really be done much further in advance, as you will need to make an application to the school of your choice, to ensure that your children are accepted. You would then need to transfer your children’s school records and order new school uniform as well.

You should now start thinking about getting removal quotes, especially if you are moving the full contents of your house or apartment, as it’s always much easier to seek professional advice and assistance when moving house.

You should check with your home insurance provider to see if your insurance policy will cover your removal. Home insurance providers usually cover moves within the UK, but they don’t usually cover international moves if you are moving overseas. In any case, most removals companies are usually able to provide insurance cover, wherever you’re moving to. My advice would be to always take out some form of cover, as damages can occur during transit, especially if you’re moving overseas. Check the rate you have been quoted for insurance and try and ensure cover is in place as soon as possible.

It’s a good idea to keep a record or file of all documents and notes related to your move. These can include quotes, letters, e-mails, checklists, important numbers, deeds, dates and details of all conversations.

Around 4-6 weeks before your move is the time when you need to start clearing out anything you don’t want to be moved to your new home, although some removal companies can offer a service where they will dispose of items on your behalf, for which an additional charge would be made. It’s always best to start by making a full checklist of all your major items so you know what you will be moving and are clear on anything that will need to be disposed of before the big day.

If you have not done so already, you now need to arrange for removal companies to perform a pre-move survey of your effects and it’s advisable to obtain estimates / quotes from at least three removal companies, so you can compare prices and services.

If you are moving within the UK:

Before asking removal companies to visit you to perform a pre-move survey of your effects, you should ensure that they are member of BAR (British Association of Removers). This is the kite-mark of the industry and holding this accreditation means that a company has passed stringent tests and is regularly audited. Being a member of BAR also ensures that all members have set rules and regulations that they have to adhere to. The British Association of Removers has been dedicated to promoting professional excellence in the Removals Industry for more than 100 years and BAR is at the forefront of developing and maintaining professional standards and services for the benefit of its Members and their customers.

If you are moving Overseas:

You should ensure that you only obtain quotes from removal companies who are members of BAR and also of FIDI (Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux, which translates to the International Federation of International Movers). Established in 1950, FIDI is the largest global alliance of independent, quality, international moving and relocation companies, who are specialised in moving household goods and personal effects from one country to another and from one continent to another. The FIDI Global Alliance is the only network of global mobility specialists who comply with an internationally recognised quality standard.

The pre-move survey will determine the volume of your effects, how long your move will take and it will allow the estimator to assess the parking and access at your residence. The estimator may also need to view the access at your delivery address, if you are moving locally.

You now need to consider finding a RICS chartered surveyor to carry out a buildings survey at your new home.

You should think about where everything will go at your new home, although this can be difficult, as you don’t always know what will fit where until the items have been physically delivered. If you are down-sizing, you may require storage, another service which most removal companies can provide.

If you have decided to pack items yourself, then you will need to purchase packaging materials and your removals company will be able to supply you with them. However, packing items yourself can be very time consuming and there is also more chance of items being damaged during transit if the packing is not done by the professionals. In addition, some insurance companies will not be able to offer cover if a professional removals company has not packed your items.

If you’re relocating due to your job, you should find out what costs, if any, your employer will cover.

Good luck with your move!

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Author: Gareth Fosberry

Author of "Love At First Swipe", Writer, Dating Blogger, Relocation Expert, Golfer, Football Coach, Music Lover

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