Moving house? Some top tips on planning for the big day

Having drawn up a ‘to do’ list well in advance, it should be plain sailing.
 
However, independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray has some tips tips to help reduce the potential for a stressful moving day:
 
– Don’t leave everything until the day before you move. Consider what you don’t need to take with you, what will need careful packing and that you are covered for potential breakages.
 
– Make a priority list and take your time. As it is a fresh start only take what you really need and use a couple of those boxes to store charity or car boot items.
 
– Ensure you have enough boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and marker pens to label things up. Boxes of all sizes will ensure you don’t overload the larger ones.
 
– Pack an ‘essentials box’ for the first night in your new home – the kettle and tea bags amongst them – and prepare an overnight bag for the family with household necessities.
 
– Start early and begin at the top of the house and work your way down, labelling boxes for each room as you go.
 
– Pack important documents together and keep them in a safe place.
 
– If you have children or pets, try and get a neighbour or friend to look after them whilst you are packing.
 
– Don’t forget to contact Royal Mail to get your post redirected to your new address. 
 
– Take readings from gas, electricity and water meters – taking digital photographs of the metres to back up your readings. 

Harrison Murray development director Jackie Scotten said: “As well as the huge excitement of moving to a new home, there is also the enormous task of packing. However, with an organised approach and a strict action plan to follow, it may not be as daunting as you think – and what’s more, it will make unpacking at the other end a lot smoother.”

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