Page 4 - Kingsley Evans Map Booklet
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• Where possible, identify a suitable area to put all non- allocated items and boxes
• Find out where the water stop cock and gas taps are located in the event of an emergency
Tips for moving
You can pretty much guarantee that, however well organised you are, a home move will be stressful...
for even the calmest of us! Only one overriding rule here - plan, plan and plan again... create a separate list and a clear timeline for the move out and the move in. Remember there will be scores, maybe hundreds, of friends, family members, businesses, health centres, official bodies and organisations who will need to be informed of your new contact address and details. Get on to this as soon as you possibly can!
• When you have finally cleared out your possessions, you owe it to your buyer to leave your old home clean, tidy and free from any rubbish discarded during the packing up and move
• Use this as an opportunity to clear out of unwanted and
unused items, well in advance. Do not take ‘junk’ with you to your new home. Don’t be afraid to let go – the tip is your friend!
• Paperwork, files, instruction manuals etc. – keep separate from furniture and use proper document boxes, all clearly labelled. You will not regret this little bit of extra planning!
• Book your removals company well in advance – at least 6 weeks beforehand, if possible - and get at least 2, preferably 3 quotes.
• If you have pets, book them into a ‘holiday home’ well in advance – they (and you) will not appreciate being involved in the move! Also think about help with younger children too.
• If you are thinking of a DIY move, double the amount of work/time you think you’ll need - and get plenty of strong boxes, bubble-wrap, labels and tape. Enlist help too – you’ll not regret having too much practical assistance and muscle on hand on for packing up and on move days.
• Plan on paper where your larger furniture is going in your
new home – then just before ‘move day’ stick clear destination labels on each item – a must for removal Cos or DIY jobs
• Make arrangements with Royal Mail to have your post re- directed to your new address.
• Reduce perishable food stocks in larders fridges and freezers – where possible use this as an opportunity to defrost and clean fridges and freezers, before the move.
• On move day, take meter readings for connected services, so you can notify the utility providers
• If you are moving straight in, prioritise the bedding arrangements. You’ll be thankful you did at the end of an exhausting day. After a good first night’s sleep, work can begin again!
• Prior to move day, confirm key collection arrangements & contacts.
• On arrival, don’t start unloading until you have checked for missing/damaged items which are part of your purchase or rental arrangement. Take pictures and inform the estate agent accordingly.
• Take meter readings for all connected services, to verify what the seller/landlord says
• Familiarise yourself (and the removals Co) with the new home layout first – label rooms if required, so that items being moved in are taken to the correct location, first time.
• Change all external locks – you don’t know who else might have a key to your new home
• Organise practical food and refreshments for those helping with the move in. Well planned breaks, amidst a hectic day, are a real boost and keep everyone’s spirits up.
• Introduce yourself to the neighbours, as soon as possible in the early stage of the move in. This will break the ice and also get them ‘onside’, if noise or parking might be an issue

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