At McCarthy’s, our years of experience have taught us one important lesson;
Preparation in any house move is key to a smooth and stress-free transition.
So we have put together our ultimate moving checklist, to help you get prepared, swap everything, and turn that new house into a home.
Booking – try to give McCarthy’s as much notice as possible to book your removal date, don’t wait to exchange contracts. Take out our postponement waiver if necessary to guarantee the date as we cannot take provisional bookings.
Packing – Before any packing begins, decide if there are any items you wish to dispose of. These can be sent to a local saleroom, auction or donated to a charity shop! If you are planning on packing yourself, make sure you obtain all necessary materials, and begin at least two weeks before your move. Label boxes with the details of their contents and the room in which they are to be placed at the new address to make the removal day itself as smooth as possible and to make it easy to unpack later! (Remember you can buy high quality cartons and packing materials from McCarthy’s – you won’t have to worry about our boxes falling apart!)
Bank – Notify your bank of your change of address and you may want to transfer your account to a branch nearer to your home. Don’t forget any items that are retained by the bank for safe keeping.
Credit/Store Cards – Fill in the change of address section of your statement when returning it with your payment or follow their online procedures for a change of address. Also notify any card protection insurers that you may have.
Mail Redirection – The Royal Mail need at least 5 working days notice to arrange a redirection but you can apply up to 3 months before your moving date if you wish! Application forms are available at all Post Offices or you can telephone for one to be sent on 04857 777888. You can also apply online, just visit https://www.royalmail.com/
Relatives & Friends – Go through your personal directory and send out change of address cards or drop them an email, you don’t want to miss out on receiving anything important or fun!
Schools – Notify your children’s schools of their leaving date and advise the new schools as soon as possible.
Telephone / Mobile Phone / Internet Providers – Contact providers at least 2 weeks before you move including your internet provider to advise your change of address and the date from which you wish your new number and service to operate.
Pension – Advise your local Post Office or private scheme of your change of address.
Insurance – Notify your broker or individual insurance companies: motor, household contents, life and any other insurances.
Driving Licence – Complete section 1 on your licence and return it to DVLC, Swansea , SA99 1BN or visit https://www.gov.uk/ to do it online.
Vehicle Registration – Send the appropriate section of your Vehicle Registration Document to the Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea , SA99 1AB.
TV Licence – Fill in the change of address part of your existing licence or visit TVlicensing.co.uk to change the licence over to your new property online.
TV Rental – Sets can normally be taken to your new address when renting from a large company and your records will be transferred to their nearest branch.
Doctor/Dentist/Optician – De-register if you are moving away and research alternatives nearer to your new address. Liaise with the hospital if undergoing regular treatment.
National Insurance/DSS Benefits – Write to your local DSS office, giving your full name, date of birth, and full National Insurance number.
Local Authority – Notify relevant authorities in both your current area and the area to which you are moving regarding council tax and electoral registration.
Subscriptions – Notify all organisations / clubs / charities / publications to which you subscribe of your new address.
Hotels – If you need hotel accommodation during the removal, book your hotel well in advance, especially if the move occurs during the summer months.
Lofts/Attic – Check the contents, dispose of any unwanted items and empty contents to 1st floor rooms.
Pets – Make arrangements to book pets into kennels / cattery etc. or for friends / relatives to look after them during the move. Unfortunately they can’t come in the van! Arrange for the transfer of your pets records to the new vet.
Flat Pack Furniture – This must be disassembled before the McCarthy’s moving team arrive.
Electricity & Gas – Contact your existing energy suppliers to advise the date that you will be moving, giving at least 48 hours notice. The gas & electricity market is open to competition, allowing you to choose your supplier. Use one of the many comparison websites in operation to get the best deal you can!
Water – At least 48 hours notice is required by both your existing and your new authority to arrange for disconnection and re-connection of supply.
Milk/Papers/Window Cleaner – Settle outstanding accounts and cancel supplies if necessary.
Children – If possible arrange childcare on removal day. This will allow you time to concentrate on the removal itself.
Keys – Ensure that the keys for your new home are going to be available. If they aren’t, consider taking out our waiting time waiver to give yourself an hour leeway just in case.
Fridge/Freezer – If you are moving out of the area please empty & defrost your fridge / freezer.
Survival Kit – Pack a box for the other end to include: light bulbs (just in case – you don’t want to be left in the dark!), which brings us to number 2 – a torch! Or if you’re feeling romantic, candles, in which case don’t forget some matches! Include a screwdriver and pliers, toilet roll, kitchen roll, some cash and a takeaway menu (just in case!) and a list of important telephone numbers. Anyone you think you may possibly need to ring on the day, have their number handy just in case. The numbers will probably already be saved in your phone but just in case disaster strikes and your battery runs out…there’s no harm in having a written list too.
Plants – Prepare plants for travel.
Parking – Resolve parking requirements. Arrange lift access if you live in a block of flats.
Washing Machine/Dishwasher – Empty, disconnect and drain pipes, secure the drum of the washing machine with the manufacturers transit brackets.
Refreshments – Arrange for these to be available for the next day – remember your cooker may be disconnected. Also ensure that you have planned your evening meal on the day of the move. It may be easier to have a takeaway or eat out.
Sleep Well – Ensure all packing is completed and appliances disconnected then try and have a good night’s sleep ready for the big day.
Keep refreshments flowing for everyone involved with the move, it is physically demanding work.
Remove all bedding, and ensure that when packed, these are clearly labelled for immediate unpacking for the first night at your new home.
Settle the children with their carer. If they are staying with you, organise a room with their toys and a few treats. Older children may want specific tasks, such as packing their own personal box.
Show the McCarthy’s foreman around the house and identify anything that is NOT to go. It is useful to put a sticker on ‘Not to Move’ items, these are available from McCarthy’s.
Once the van is loaded, walk around the house with the foreman to ensure all items to be moved have been placed in the vehicle. Agree an approximate time to meet at the new property.
Before leaving, make a note of all relevant meter readings (or snap a picture on your phone!), and arrange for key transfer as agreed.
On arrival at your new home, make a note of meter readings.
Show the foreman the layout of your new home. It may be helpful to label the entrance door to each room (please also be on hand for general guidance in helping staff place your effects in the correct positions, they won’t be offended and would much rather get it right first time for you!) If quoted for, now is the time we will unpack and unwrap your effects. Once you are satisfied that everything has been delivered and positioned in the appropriate place, please sign the delivery note, writing any comments you may wish to make.
I’ve been using McCarthy’s for a long time now, and am more than happy with my storage unit. The units are very accessible and always clean and tidy. The helpful staff are always on hand if you need any assistance. Wendi in particular has been a pleasure to deal with and extremely efficient.
Their service was above and beyond as Wendi and her husband drove to the York site on Sunday afternoon to accommodated my son with his storage room as we were traveling from Glasgow to South Wales via York to drop off his belongings for university.
We had the packing and moving service, they were very professional, polite and did a great job. They didn't just put everything in the boxes they held back things like filler or legal documents in case we might need them. There was also a delay in getting into the new house and they were very patient and didn't complain. Made things a huge amount less stressful for us. I would highly recommend.
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