Arrange and confirm your house removal date as far in advance as possible.
Prepare a list of fixtures you are leaving in the house
Up to three weeks ahead
Sort out the contents of your garage
Lofts to be emptied
Organise suitable transport for your pets or someone to look after your pets on the actual day
Up to two weeks ahead
Dismantle self-assembly furniture, unless we have agreed to do this for you
Arrange for professional disconnection of kitchen appliances, including the washing machine to ensure securing of the drum
Arrange to have the gas, electricity, telephone and water meters read
Start running down freezers. We advise against moving freezers in a full or frozen state. If you require yours moved with food inside, wrap contents in newspaper, boxes or trays. Please note that freezers in this condition will be moved at your own risk
Clear the loft unless we have agreed to do this for you
Dismantle sheds, greenhouses, etc, unless we have agreed to do this for you
Drain fuel from lawnmowers/motor cycles Take down any fixtures you are taking with you
If appropriate, make arrangements for the children to be looked after on move day
Fabrics that are being stored should be given an anti-moth treatment
If you are moving in or out of a block of flats, arrange to have use of the manual override key or priority use of the lift
The day before you move house
Have TV aerials or satellite dishes taken down if they are part of the move
Disconnect any light fittings you are taking
Seal packets and tighten jars of food
Defrost refrigerator and freezer. If you do not intend to empty the freezer, please read our earlier advice
Prepare plants for transit
Chest of drawers must be emptied
Set aside an area marked “DO NOT MOVE” for coats, handbags, kettle, snacks, tools and cleaning materials
Arrange separate transportation for any dangerous substances, ie paint, and gas bottles
On the actual day
Lock your valuables somewhere safe and carry them personally with you to your new home
If requested, we take up fitted carpets and lay them on the floors of your new home
If your possessions are to be stored, remember to retain important items – passport, driving licence, etc.
Do not put perishable or flammable items into storage
Before the removal van departs, check that nothing has been forgotten.
Responsibility is yours to see nothing has been moved in error
Ensure that our crew have directions to your new house and a phone number to contact you. Agree a time of arrival.
Arrive at your new property, with the keys, before the removal van
Label all rooms and direct the crew to position your furniture and effects in your new house.