1. Always Start by Making a List
- Trying to remember everything in your head is a certain way to cause stress, as there is simply too many things to remember and organise. Don’t wait till a week before moving day, make a start on your list right away.
- Produce a moving timeline.
- Use our Moving Home Checklist.
2. Pick a Removal Firm Early
- Select a professional removal firm as they are tasked with being in control of moving all your worldly possessions.
- Balmer Wilcock using Homebuyer Shop to find the right removal firm at the right price for you.
- Look at reviews from their previous customers.
- Check out our guide to choosing a removal company
3. Declutter Your Home in Advance
- Clear out any unwanted items early on. This will save you in removal costs, as there is no point in paying to relocate items to your new home that you no longer want.
- Give away items to friends, family and neighbours.
- Help pay for your removal firm by selling items on eBay, Gumtree, Car Boot Sale, Facebook Market Place etc.
- Donate items to charity.
- Recycle items.
- Throw items away by taking them to the tip.
- Ask your children to help you and it can be the start of the whole adventure of moving home, and then why not treat them and go to the cinema after. Get a clean home and have all important family time – what a perfect result!!!
- Download a copy of Guide to Purging Your Possessions
4. What About Items that Can’t be Relocated
- Your removal firm may not be able or willing to transport some items, such as – hazardous materials and substances, plants with soil in the containers, paint and chemicals. You will need to make your own arrangements for moving these items.
- If in doubt, ask your removal firm what is their policy on such items, and see if they offer an additional service in this regard.
5. Make a Packing Plan
- Packing your possessions always seems to take longer than you think, which is why it’s a great idea have a plan, why not download a copy of Guide to packing your home.
6. Important Paperwork
- Buy a secure storage folder to keep together all your important documents, such as – passports, driving licences, house deeds, wills, insurances, mortgage details etc. Store the folder in a safe place where it will not get lost or damaged.
- Where possible, create electronic copies of the important paperwork and store on USB pen drives and computer devices.
- Sign up to Royal Mails Redirection Service to ensure that your post is forwarded to your new home.
7. Contact Your Utility Providers
- At Balmer Wilcock we suggest you take the stress away and let Homebuyer Shop take care of everything. Ask your dedicated Sales Progresser for more details.
- The Homebuyer Shop service can save you time and money during the moving process. The product consultants will provide you with a comparison on suppliers to ensure you benefit from the best possible energy tariff.
- Being a 5 star Trust pilot company ensures a flawless customer service experience.
- They also work with Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, and are able to access some amazing deals and cost savings on your home broadband, TV and media services from.
8. Take Time to Clean
- Why not hand over your home to your purchasers in the cleanest condition possible, to assist them with their stress and emotions on what will be their moving day too. Whilst being nice for your purchasers, it will also further reduce your own stress by removing a task that you have to do.
- Balmer Wilcock can assist by obtaining a quote and taking care of all the arrangements to have your house cleaned. All you do is pack up your belongings and let the cleaners do the rest.
- Ask your dedicated Sales Progresser for more details.
9. Pack a Moving Day Survival Kit
- Make sure keep well fed and hydrated on your busy moving day.
- Ensure you have easy access to essential items, such as – toiletries, phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks, hot drinks flask etc.
10. Take Your Time
- You will probably want to get everything done as soon as possible. The planning you will be doing is intended to reduce your stress.
- Do not cause yourself more stress by trying to do everything all at once and in too short of a timeframe.
- Using the same principle as in camping, were you set your tent up when you first arrive, make sure that one of the first things you do into your new home is set everyone’s bed. Have some towels in easy reach too, that way when you’ve have enough of unpacking you can unwind in the bath or shower and then fall into bed and have a very well deserved rest!