The day of the move
Post Office redirection service
DVLA for motor license and driving license
Internet service provider
Satelite or cable company
TV Licensing authority
Store loyalty cards (Nectar, Boots, Advantage, Tesco etc.)
Arrange for disconnection of all kitchen appliances on the day prior to the move, including securing washing machine drums.
Start to run down freezer stock. Manufacturers advise against moving freezers unless empty and de-frosted.
Bring down any items from the loft.
Dismantle all self-assembly furniture unless the removers have agreed to do so.
Unless included in the property sale, have all TV and other aerials taken down.
Dismantle sheds, greenhouses, climbing frames, trampolines unless the removers have agreed to do so.
Draw a floor plan of your new home with your items marked in position and give a copy to the crew on the day of your move.
Advise your removal company of any access problems both at your old and new home. Where appropriate arrange for roads to be coned off via the police.
Obtain suitable cages/boxes for your pets. The transportation of your pets cannot be undertaken by the removal company.
Make arrangements for overnight accommodation if your move is to take more then one day.
Defrost freezer and fridge.
disconnect audio/TV/Video/PC equipment to be prepared for transit in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
Take down fixtures and fittings eg mirrors, towel rails, curtain poles etc.
Arrange for any carpets to be removed to be professionally loosened unless the removers have agreed to do so.
Arrange for the transportation of any dangerous substances, eg gas bottles
Seal all packets and jars of food
Remove lampshades for lights
Prepare plants for moving eg provide cane supports for large indoor plants and thn place in heavy duty polythene, protect dried flowers.
Drain fuel from lawn mowers, motorcycles, mopeds, scooters etc.
Pack a bag of personal items (change of clothes, toiletries, medical kit, medicine, food and drinks) Keep in an easy to find place.
For children pack a bag of games and activities for the trip
Lock valuables and personal documents away in the car.
If your possessions are being stored, remember to retain any items you might need eg passport, driving license.
After loading check that everything has been removed from your property as a return journey cannot be made.
Ensure the driver has directions to the new address and agree a time to arrive.
Advise the crew foreman of a telephone number on which you can be contacted.
Make sure you leave your property secure and hand over the keys to the estate agent.
Aim to arrive at your new home ahead of the removal vehicle and park leaving easy access for the crew.
Label all rooms and direct crew for positioning of items in each.
Make beds hang bedroom/bathroom curtains and locate refreshments