London home removals are not easy, but they can be managed with careful planning. Get out a notepad and start making lists!
Make sure you get everything switched over from old to new:
- Gas, water, electric need to be seamlessly switched over
- School enrollment for the kids
- Arrange for a parking permit in your new neighbourhood, if required
- Get the Post Office to forward your mail starting on moving day
- Source a new doctor’s surgery if you are moving too far away from your current sector
Before the move, sketch out where you want the furniture to go in the new place. That will give you and your man and van company a head start on where to place furniture and boxes. This is especially important if the removal company is expected to do set up of beds, bookshelves, entertainment centres etc.
Make the move easier on yourself by weeding out items you no longer want or need, and bringing them to your local charity shop. For larger items, like furniture and appliances, call the charity. Many of them can arrange removal for you.
Make sure you have the following on hand (the removal company can provide most of these items):
- Small, medium, and large boxes
- Packing tape
- Sharpie to write on boxes
- Newspaper or bubble wrap for wrapping fragile items like dishes and nick-nacks
Whether you are doing the packing up, or the movers do it for you, make sure all boxes are labelled:
- Kids’ rooms
- Master bedroom
- Christmas or other seasonal decorations you won’t need to unpack immediately
- Garage, shed, or other storage
- Indicate which boxes have fragile items, so whoever carries the box will be careful
This will give you an idea of what to unpack first, and where. Obviously your kitchen dishes and bath towels need to be found before you bother placing your Harry Potter collection!