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FOUR Weeks before Moving

  • Arrange and confirm your house removal date as far in advance as possible. 

  • Arrange a home survey to get an accurate removals quote.

  • Prepare a list of fixtures you are leaving in the house.

        THREE Weeks before Moving

  • Sort out the contents of your garage. We can help with storage of this if required.

  • Start to clear the loft/attic, unless we have agreed to do this for you.

  • Inform medical services (doctors, dentist, vets) of your move if you are moving away from the area.

       TWO Weeks before Moving

  • Start to 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.

  • Read your gas, electricity, telephone and water meters and inform these services of your move.

  • Start running down freezers so they are empty when you move.

  • Empty sheds, greenhouses, etc, and check garden equipment is ready to move. It can help to drain fuel from lawnmowers.

  • Start to remove any fixtures that you are taking with you.

  • Fabrics that you are placing into store 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.

  • Prepare plants for transit. 

The DAY before Moving Home

  • 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 the refrigerator and freezer. If you do not intend to empty the freezer, please read our earlier advice

  • Chests of drawers may be left full depending on the make of your furniture

  • Set aside an area marked "DO NOT MOVE" for coats, handbags, kettle, snacks, tools and cleaning materials

  • Arrange separate transportation for any dangerous substances.

  • The removals crew may arrive to start packing your belongings, if you have opted for this service.


  • Keep your valuables (documents & jewellery) safe and carry them personally with you to your new home.

  • Keep you pets calm, and ideally in a separate room, so they do not disappear or get in the way. Read our Moving with Pets guide for great advice on making the move less stressful for your pets.

  • If your possessions are to be stored, remember to retain important items - passport, driving license, etc. Do not put perishable or flammable items into storage.

  • Before the removals team departs, check that nothing has been forgotten. Responsibility is yours to see nothing has been moved in error or left behind.

  • Ensure that the removals crew have the correct directions to your new house and a phone number to contact you. 

  • Arrive at your new property, with the keys, before the removal van so they can start to unpack straight away.

  • Start unpacking and settling in to your new home!

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