KK Movers House Moving Tips
Moving house is considered as one of the most stressful situations for the average person. KK Movers have created a number of helpful guides to help you through your house move.
Start by reading our house moving tips and also our moving checklist and packing tips.
If you have any questions you can always call us for advice, after all we have performed many house moves for customer sand and we can save you time, effort and costs throughout the house moving process.
Tip 1: Make a list
The amount of stuff you have to remember to do in the run up to a move is daunting to say the least.
In order to alleviate stress, make a list of everything you have to do, and structure this on a timeline. Dont wait until the week or two before your move to start preparing.
Our House moving checklist is a good start and will probably cover most of things you need to do, place these and other things to do on a timeline that suites you best.
Tip 2: Declutter and Pack before you estimate
First up on our moving house list: don’t give your removals company an estimate before you have an accurate idea of how much stuff you need to schlep. It’s easy to look around a room and think: “Hmm…about 5 boxes?”, it’s less easy to pay up for additional charges when it turns out you have much more stuff than you expected. If you can bear living out of boxes for a couple of weeks, do your best to pack up most of your stuff before you give an estimate. This will make your quote more accurate and spare you any unexpected last minute charges.
Tip 2: Consider things you can’t take on the removal van
There are some things that professional removal companies are not able to transport. These include hazardous materials,petrol, fireworks, gas cylinders, perishable food, plants with soil in, tins of paint or chemicals.
If you dont want to leave your plants behind, take most of the soil out and then pack the plant into the pot with plastic so it can’t move around, and transport it in your car.
If you’re not sure what you can take, ask us – we’ll be able to tell you how to package certain things and if there’s anything they can’t be transported.
Tip 3: Declutter and save money
Moving home is a great time to get rid of any old, unwanted or unnecessary items and it can save you money! By donating, selling, recycling or throwing away things you don’t need, you’re cutting down on the amount of things you need to move. The less stuff you need to move the lower the cost of your removal quote. Why pay to move things that you will only throw away when you are in your new home? By selling some of your unwanted items it is quite possible that this could even pay the cost of your actual removal.
Tip 4: Make a packing plan – Well in Advance
Packing always takes longer than you expect it to so you should start planning this as soon as possible. Start by de-cluttering and clear away or set aside everything you no longer need.
The best place to start with is the rooms or areas you use the least. Usually your attic or an unused bedroom.
When you’re labelling boxes, Label the box with the room you intend it to go into in your new home. Additionally think about the information that will be of most use when it comes to unpacking. Rather that put ‘kitchen stuff’ be more descriptive so you have a good idea of what is in the box to help you when you need to prioritise unpacking.
Have a look at our packing tips to help you pack more effectively..
Tip 5: Put EVERYTHING in boxes
Want to save yourself a lot of stress after your move? – Pack everything possible into boxes!
Boxing everything will help you keep organised, ensure you don’t lose anything and provide better protection for your possessions. Box items that you dont think need boxing up, even if they’re awkwardly shaped.
Do not overpack you boxes! Use smaller boxes for heavy items and big boxes for lighter ones. so that you dont risk the box falling apart and potentially damaging your possessions.
ASee our packing tips for more information.
Tip 6: Create a moving day survival kit
Make a list of items that you will need on the day of your move and pack a moving day survival kit. This will consist of items that you will need to get you and your family through moving day. Think about items such as toiletries, bottles of water, snacks and hot drinks, kids toys and phone chargers
See our packing tips for a list of essentials that you may want to consider.
Tip 7: Do you need to to disassemble your furniture?
Not something that immediately springs to mind but come moving day this can cause major problems if has not been addressed with the moving company ahead of your move.
You need to confirm with your movers that they are prepared to dismantle your sofas and any bulky furniture that will not fit through doors when moving – and also re-assemble these items at your new home. If this is not the case you need to make alternative arrangements…or do it yourself!
KK Movers keep specialised tools in their vehicles to enable them to disassemble furniture, however you should let us know beforehand so that we can ensure your move is conducted as efficiently as possible.
Tip 8: Dealing with important paperwork
Make sure you register with the Royal Mail’s redirection service which will forward any mail from your previous address to your new one. Inevitably there will be some organisations and people that you have not informed about your change of address so this enables you to contaact the ones you want to keep in touch with.
Store all your important documents in one place such as a box or file and keep this somewhere safe so you dont lose it. examples of important documents are passports, house deeds, wills, car documents and insurance papers.
Tip 9: Organise utilities
Dont forget to take a final meter reading before you move and also an itial meter reading in your now home. You could even just take photos on your phone initially and register the readings after you have moved and are more settled in. You can register with a new broadband provider in advance so your internet becomes active on the day of your move,
Inform the service provider at your old and new homes of the date you will be moving so that you can account for any bills you’ll need to pay.
Also remember to update any relevant ID, like your driving licence. Have a look at our moving home cheklist for a detailed list of what needs to be organised and who needs to be contacted.
Tip 10: Unpack slowly
You have just moved into your new home now and understanably you want to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible, but your moving day can be exhausting. It’s highly unlikely you’re going to unpack your entire house by the first night so you need to set some realistic expectations of how much you want (or need) to get done on the first day.
Open your moving day survival kit and make sure you’ve got cold beverages, everything you need for teas, coffees, and snacks to keep your energy up throughout the day. Take time to relax by either going out for a meal with friends or enjoy a takeaway in your new home. Dont let the process of unpacking stop you from winding down and enjoing yourself. You have done most of the hard work – Take some time to chill out!
Realise that it will take time to fully unpack and get your new home looking the way you want it to so make sure you have your bed set up for you – The rest can wait!