20 Steps to Making Your London Move Easy

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There are a lot of things you need to prepare before moving out of London.

Moving house out of London can be a stressful time in anyone’s life.

The last thing you want is to be part way through your move and discover that you have forgotten to do something essential! Most people think moving house is just about packing everything up and loading it into a van but there is much more to it. At Removals and Storage Experts we have a full truck load of experiencing in moving the homes of people across London. Here is our guide to moving house.

  1. Make a list.
    Make a list of all the things you will need on your moving day. Personal items and bedding are too often forgotten until the last minute! Remember to put these items in a separate box so they can be easily found when you get to your new home.
  2. Remember your packing materials.
    Boxes, bins, tape, blankets – there are many materials available to keep your valuables safe in getting from your old home to your new. If you need any advice or any materials supplied we can help! Visit our Packing Materials Shop.
  3. Arrange your parking situation.
    If there are any parking restrictions at your current or new address – you will have to contact your local council to arrange for any necessary parking suspensions for the removal vans. They usually require 10 working days notice.
  4. Contact your utility company.
    Many of the things you can do to make your move smoother can be done days or weeks in advance. You can contact your utility company and tell them when you are moving, when you need services stopped at your old address and started at your new address.
  5. Deal with your internet and television services.
    These services are not as important as electricity, but having them in place ahead of time can make relaxing after a long day of moving much easier. Depending on the coverage in your area and how far you move, you may need to sign up with a new provider. Discontinue your old service in a timely manner so you don’t pay for overlapping coverage for too long. Contact your provider to advise of the change of address, and at least 1 month before if you would like to cancel their services.
  6. Arrange your mail redirection.
    This can also be done ahead of time. Be aware that some mail may not be redirected because of certain postal policies. Magazine subscriptions are common examples of mail that may not be redirected. These must be handled directly, on a case-by-case basis.
  7. Deal with your Homeowners/Renters Insurance.
    If you have homeowners insurance you will need to discuss the situation with your insurance company. Usually you will need to discontinue your policy and take out a new one on the new property. Renters insurance is often easier to deal with, since the policy is more attached to you and not so much to the property. You will, however, need to notify the company of your move and deal with any rate changes before you are covered in your new home.
  8. Notify your GP.
    Call up your dentist and doctor (General Practitioner) to let them know that you are moving, find the same facilities in your new area and register with them. De-register with the old ones and find the new ones at www.nhs.uk. This website will help you find the nearest medical services in your new area.
  9. Inform your bank of your upcoming move.
    Notify your bank/banks of the change of your address as soon as you know your new address.
  10. Renew your driver’s licence with the DVLA.
    We know: more acronyms! But… You will need to renew your driving licence and vehicle registration documents. For more information about how to change address on your driving licence call: DVLA 0870 2400009, and on your vehicle registration document: DVLA 0870 2400010. For more information go to www.dvla.gov.uk.
  11. Notify the council.
    Contact the council in your current area and the area you are moving to about your Move – they will be able to arrange a new council tax rates for you. For more info go to www.voa.gov.uk. Inform your local council about your move – don’t lose your right to vote in future elections. www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
  12. Inland Revenue needs to know about your move also!
    Notify your local tax office about your new address. It’ll save you a world of headaches later.
  13. Hire some great removalists!
    Although they will not show up until moving day, hire your removalists as far ahead of time as possible. Booking your removalists, like Removals and Storage Experts, ahead of time ensures that you get your pick of quality services, such as our great packing and storage services, and our help with your removals plan, and don’t have to scramble to find help at the last minute.
  14. Get Packing!
    Start packing as soon as possible (at least 2 weeks before your move) and finish latest one day before your move. The sooner you start the quicker you realize how many things you have – especially those you hardly ever use, all hidden at the back of cupboards and wardrobes. Packing time can be a good opportunity to clear out your premises and get rid of things you no more need. Pack up and sort your winter/summer clothes – everything you don’t use anymore donate to your local charity shops. Collect the boxes from your local shops or order them from the removal company. Mark all of them with the name of the place you would like them to be moved to at the new address – i.e. “kitchen” or “upstairs bathroom” – as that will really speed your whole move.
  15. Decide on a system for labeling.
    When you move and you’re packing all your belongings into boxes it is great to have a master key of what is where. There are lots of systems others have used that you can adopt for your own needs, but our favourite is just numbering each box and having a list by number, the space next to each number on the list generally describing the contents. Believe us, it makes unpacking way easier!
  16. Plan on where your valuables will be stored and moved from.
    Keep your valuables and documents in a one safe place. You wouldn’t like to search for them on the removal day, and this way you can ensure they get to your new home, keeping your mind at ease.
  17. Prepare each room in your house accordingly.
    Remember that every room has its own challenge. Don’t forget to empty and defrost your Fridges/Freezers. Put your food into a plastic bags. Dismantle any furniture which is too big to be moved in one piece. Our removers can do it for you on the day of service but it is best if we are advised about it in advance.
  18. Sort your keys for your new home before moving day.
    Keys matter too! Make sure you have the keys to your new premises available upon arrival of the removal team, otherwise you might find yourself inconvenienced, stalled, and faced with additional charges.
  19. Divide tasks and conquer your move swiftly!
    If you have a lot of hands on deck it, especially if some of those are hands of children who are eager to help but haven’t moved house many times, it might help to decide who will be tackling what task. This ensures that things get done but also that no one is tripping over anyone else. Have each person check their room for anything left behind, and do the same with all the utility and kitchen cupboards.
  20. Arrange care for your dependents while you move out of London.
    If your kids or animals will be present on the day of the move, make sure they are suitably taken care of, otherwise they might get in the way, and if you are moving heavy furniture, it might get dangerous.

Moving out of London is always stressful but it doesn’t have to be miserable. Consider making a list of things to do several weeks or even months before your move, as we have above. If you work at getting these important tasks completed before your actual moving day you will find so much of the stress you associate with moving house in London will be avoided!

This is just a quick guide about what to do before moving in London so keep an eye on our blog for more tips or get in touch! We have a lot of experience with moving and we are happy to help. Call Removals and Storage Experts today for a free quote on our various services including short and long term storage, as well as packing materials, so you can make your home removal in London as easy as possible.

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