Moving house can be a stressful time

At JP & Brimelow we aim to make your move as smooth as possible, this step-by-step guide offers helpful hints through the process of buying your next home.

5-6 weeks before your move

  1. Start planning your move.
  2. Decide what you want to take with you to your new home and what you are leaving behind. A floor plan of your new home may help you decide.
  3. If you think you’ll need extra storage space, book it now.
  4. We have a number of removal firms we would be happy to recommend.
  5. Decide if you are packing yourself or ordering a packing service and plan accordingly.

3-4 weeks before your move

  1. Take a full inventory and start sorting out your belongings.
  2. Clear out unwanted belongings – Planning a fresh start in your new home is an ideal time to clear out any unwanted belongings.
  3. Start packing items you don’t use very often and start emptying your freezer.
  4. Let your broadband company know you are moving to ensure you’re not penalised for shutting down your account.
  5. Send out “change of address” cards to friends and family.
  6. If you are moving out of the local area, de-register with your doctor, dentist etc and register with new ones in your local area.

1 week before your move

  1. Notify the local council of your change of address.
  2. Call your home phone company to transfer your account.
  3. Finish packing all non-essential items and clean the house thoroughly.
  4. Check attic, garage, and basement for items you might have forgotten.
  5. Put all important documents in one box or bag which you will move yourself – this should include passports, driving licenses, wills, birth certificates, insurance papers, cash and jewellery.
  6. Defrost and clean your fridge and freezer.
  7. Cancel any regular deliveries you have to your present home, like milk or newspapers.
  8. Pack a box of useful bits and bobs, such as toilet rolls, light bulbs, candles, screwdriver, matches and put in your car.

2 weeks before your move

  1. Notify your essential service providers, banks and any other financial institutions, about your move. You will need to arrange for water, gas and electricity meter readings on the day of your move. Make sure that all services are connected in your new home the day you move in.
  2. Transfer your phone number – Have your telephone number transferred or changed.
  3. Arrange for your post to be redirected – Contact Royal Mail if you want to have your post redirected.
  4. Organise the disconnection and reconnection of domestic appliances, like your washing machine, cooker, and gas fires.
  5. Decide how you are going to transport your valuable items, like jewellery, money and antiques and your plants and pets.
  6. Finalise everything with your moving company. Confirm arrival dates, addresses, and think about parking facilities for the removal van.

The Moving Day

  1. Perform final checks before leaving your home – Make sure that meter readings are taken, that water and power supply are turned off, and that doors and windows are closed.
  2. If you have instructed a removal company, check the condition of your belongings as they are being loaded.
  3. Make sure that you are not leaving anything behind. Walk around your property, to check that nothing has been overlooked.
  4. Notify your utility companies with final readings.
  5. Drop keys at the estate agents if you need to.

Need some help?

Remember we are here and happy to help, get in contact with one of our amazing members of staff!