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Moving 101: Moving day tips

Posted on 2014-10-10

 If you’ve followed the rest of this series, you’ll have decluttered your home, switched your bills, packed your things and sorted all the last minute odds and ends. All you need to do now is move – which should be a lot easier now you’re so organised!

There are only a few bits left to remember on moving day. Ensure you’ve packed your boxes of essentials (see our Packing Like a Pro article for a list of what to include) and some overnight bags for everyone. Pop these in the car and take them to the new place first – unpacking things like loo roll and the kettle into their rightful places, ready for the day.

Make some sandwiches or ensure you have snacks to hand, as well as bottled water. Once you’ve got into the swing of moving, it’s easy to forget to eat lunch, so make sure you’ve got something easy to eat.

It may also be a good idea to have a food shop delivered on moving day, as long as you remember to switch on the fridge when you get to the new place. Download our new app, Let’s Move, and it’ll remind you to book that all-important moving night takeaway too!

If you do have any pets, it may be more convenient to send them to the kennels or a cattery for a couple of days (or see if a friend will look after them) – you don’t want to be tripping over them while you’re trying to organise everything.

Once you’re at the house, put together the beds first and make them – bed linen and all. You’re going to want to get straight into them at the end of a busy moving day. Same goes for the sofa, the sooner it’s in its place, the better.

Make sure you take meter readings – in both properties. Taking a photo of them is a good idea too, so you’ve got a real, indisputable record of what the readings were. This gives you the best chance of keeping track of what you owe for your utilities from day one. Also, remember to turn off the heating when you leave, to ensure you don’t end up paying more than you need to for those last few days.

And that’s it! All you need to do now is use your ‘moving binder’ to make sure boxes go to their designated rooms – then it’s time to unpack, so watch this space for our handy hints and tips on unpacking with minimum hassle.

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