Top Tips For Moving Home

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Top Tips For Moving Home

Moving home should be a happy, stress-free process but there is always so much to organise. One of the biggest stumbling blocks people face is that they haven’t tackled all of the things they need to on time.

To help you keep on top of your move – starting at the point when there are 6 weeks left until the move and counting down to moving day – we’ve created a simple moving checklist for you to use. Keep this handy and work your way down the schedule for a smooth removal in Edinburgh.

6 weeks until the move…

  • Ensure you know the exact date of the move by this point
  • Notify your landlord if leaving a rented property
  • Source professional movers, check for insurance
  • Arrange to use storage facilities if required
  • Get final bills from utility companies and inform them of your new address
  • Sort your possessions into keeping, selling, donating, discard
  • Organise any new carpets or furniture to be delivered to your new home
  • If you are elderly and moving home ask for some family or friends to help.


4 weeks until moving day…

  • Change your address with all companies, especially for your banks
  • Inform the council of your move so you stay up to date on electoral registration
  • Sort out your mobile phone, registering it to your new address
  • If you have kids, inform their school of the move
  • Tell your doctor and dentist of your move, even if you are staying local


2 weeks until moving day…

  • Pack all your non-essentials, including clothes not needed immediately and consider how and what type of packing you will need.
  • Arrange for the forwarding of your post with Royal Mail
  • Finalise and check over your arrangements with your removals company
  • Check and arrange a time for the collection of the keys to your new property


1 week until the move…

  • Sort out moving your TV license, changing your address to avoid being fined
  • Give electric and gas companies final notice, potentially transferring their service
  • Take inventory of the items and furniture that require to be moved and inform your removal company


3 days until the move…

  • Gather together a bag of things essential for the first day or so of your move, including clothes, toiletries and matches
  • Have all your laundry done and dusted, you will thank us for this
  • Pick a location to leave your old keys and inform the new residents or estate agents
  • Check parking restrictions at your new property and inform your removals company if there are any


2 days prior to move…

  • Clear out your fridge/freezer, defrosting the latter so it’s ready to go
  • Empty your kitchen cupboards, donate any unwanted food to your local food bank
  • Collect together your documents, keep them all in a safe, dry place for transporting


1 day to moving day…

  • Finish all your packing unless your removals company has taken care of this
  • Unplug all and disconnect all appliances and move them away from the walls
  • Charge your phone – you don’t know at what point you’ll get a chance to on moving day


Moving day! Loading & Unloading…

  • Do a final check of the house to ensure everything has been loaded onto vans
  • Professional movers can do all the packing and heavy lifting if you’ve chose to take advantage of this service
  • Say goodbye to your old house and hello to your new home
  • Before unloading, inform your movers which room will be which to make it easier
  • Ensure you’re not blocking traffic, direct moving vans where needed
  • Check the vans to ensure you don’t miss anything


If you’d like help with your move from a friendly and professional removals company, look no further than Kingdom Removals. We’re always happy to help, including providing your packing to make the whole process as smooth and seamless as possible.

Craig Keddie is the Managing Director at Kingdom Removals in Edinburgh. Craig has over 10 years of experience in home and business removals within Scotland, England, and Europe.

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