At Premier, we understand about moving home and just how many things you’ll have to think about. That’s why we have created this simple Moving Guide to make things easier for you. Our step-by-step checklist of things you’ll need to do before and during your move will help you to remember all those important details, like making sure your new phone line is connected or redirecting your post.
Follow Premier’s Moving Guide for a smooth and happy move.
Three Weeks Before
Arrange childcare for your moving day – although older children may well want to be involved in your move, you may decide that it will be less stressful for younger children, and for you, if you arrange for them to go to relatives or friends on the moving day itself.
Make arrangements for moving your pets – moving can be very disruptive for pets so you may want to ask your vet for specialist advice on taking care of your animals to avoid distressing them.
Clear out unwanted belongings – planning a fresh start in your new home is an ideal time to have a good clear out of any unwanted belongings. Local charity shops will welcome smaller items such as books, ornaments or clothing. You should also be able to find local furniture recycling charities who will collect items you do not want to take to your new home. You can also speak to your Britannia representative as Britannia support various local and national charities.
Start emptying your freezer – remember that your freezer will need to be empty and defrosted before your move so try to use up as much of its contents as you can to avoid unnecessary waste.
Start cleaning any outdoor items to be shipped for most destinations all outdoor items need to be thoroughly cleaned and free from soil, dirt, food etc.
Two Weeks Before
Arrange for meter readings and service disconnection/connection – Contact your essential service providers and notify them of your move. You will need to arrange for water, gas and electricity readings at your present home on the day of your move.
Contact Royal Mail if you want to have your post redirected to your new home. They need at least five working days notice to arrange the service and you can have post redirected for between one month and two years.
Arrange accommodation at destination so you have somewhere to stay when you arrive.
Confirm move dates with Premier – the earlier you book your dates the more likely we will be able to accommodate the dates you require.
Arrange a leaving do – don’t forget to advise friends and family no big presents as this will increase your shipping volume.
Two Days Before
Defrost your fridge and freezer – empty and defrost your fridge and/or freezer. You need to make sure that they are defrosted at least 24 hours before removal. Make sure they are as dry as possible to avoid mold and mildrew.
The Day Before
To make your moving day run as smoothly as possible, you should prepare some things in advance.
You can usually leave drawers and trunks with their contents intact, provided there are no breakable items inside. Don’t completely fill large chests or trunks with heavy items such as books.
Liquids must be placed into sealed containers. We cannot transport flammable substances for you so you’ll need to make sure that any petrol mowers, paraffin fires etc are drained before we can move them. Unless included as an extra service in your moving plan, you should take down curtains or blinds and light fittings.
Small furniture keys, nuts/bolts and fixtures and fittings can easily go astray so leave them with the item of furniture and the removal team will secure them to each unit.
Put together a ‘do not remove pile’ – start putting aside the essential things that you will not want us to remove such as documentation and passports, coats, handbags, etc.
We advise that you take all jewellery in your hand luggage.
THE BIG DAY
Last minute essentials – Your moving day has finally arrived. You can leave the hard work to us, but you will need to take care of a few essential things yourself.
Make sure that all the meter readings you have pre-arranged are taken, leave a copy at your old home and keep a note of the readings yourself.
If nobody is moving into your old home straight away, make sure that the power and also the water supply is turned off.
Make sure that your old home is secured, closing and/or locking all doors and windows. Drop your keys at the estate agents if you need to.
Make sure you have exchanged contact numbers with our removal team and, finally, arrange an approximate time to meet them at your new home.