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Moving Made Easy

Some people say that moving house is more stressful than having a divorce. But with a lot of careful planning and organisation, you can help make your move as painless as possible. The better planned for the move, the more organised you can be and the less likely you are to run into problems on the day.

When you have exchanged contract and or know the completion date of your move you can begin to make the moving arrangements. Contacting your utility companies to inform them of your move date and new address details, your phone company to organise reconnection or installation of your new phone line.

Inform all appropriate people like your friends, family and work place of your change of address, including the post office and possibly set up postal forwarding to your new address. Then mail will be redirect ed to your new home from the date you will move in. Your local authority will also be need to know that you are moving. Read your meters and and make a note of each one, canceling any regular item like newspapers, milk and deliveries common oversights and don't forget the window cleaner.

Plan in advance where you intend to place your furniture and ornaments in your new property. There is nothing more time consuming and frustrating than being surrounded by boxes and furniture in your new home with no idea of where to put it. With a bit of forward planning, you will be able to instruct your removal company where to place heavy objects in the relevant rooms. making it a great deal easier for you to settle into your new home.

Of course, you may have want to do the move yourself, rather than bringing in a removal company. Most busy people choose to employ professionals to do the hard work for them but this is really a question of money and how much time you have, the distance you are moving to and the amount of furniture that you have.

If you decide to do the packing yourself and do not pay to have it done for you, it is important to mark all boxes with your name and their contents, the room where you plan it to be unpacked, marking items as fragile as you go.

It may help your peace of mind to move some stuff yourself, like family heirlooms, fragile objects, as you will know that they will be in your care. Make sure that all electrical items are unplugged, possibly turn off the water and heating.

Check parking restrictions at your new home. If you it is a busy street in a big urban area, it may not be possible for the removal lorry to park for long periods of time and you may need to obtain permission from the council for this. If you live on a busy main road, you may need to decide upon an alternative nearby street for the removals van to park and take things into the rear of your new home, although this may make life harder for the removals company or your self. It is also important to tell your removal company if access to your property is restricted, as this may affect the overall cost.

Run through a checklist on the day of your move to ensure that it all runs according to plan and when all your items have been unloaded, to be sure to tick them off your list. With a bit of forward planning and organisation, you can turn a potential nightmare into an more pleasant experience.