Getting yourself ready to move?

Getting yourself ready to move?

Moving house is something that a lot of us are familiar with. It can happen several times throughout our lifetime. It requires a lot of preparation, planning and physical labour. Whether you are upsizing or downsizing, we have prepared a checklist to prepare you for moving day.

How to Prepare Yourself for Moving Day

To ensure a smooth and efficient moving day, you need to prepare a lot of things. Make sure that these are ready even before the removals crew arrives.

  • Wake up a few hours ahead of the scheduled time. You don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn. Just allocate a few hours so you can get up, take a shower, eat breakfast and finish any last-minute packing. This will allow the removals crew to start their tasks as soon as they arrive.

  • Prepare some snacks and meals. Just in case you get hungry while moving, you can easily grab your prepared food on the go. Although ordering a takeaway from a restaurant is a viable option, preparing your own food is a cheaper option.

  • Make sure that your devices are fully charged. On moving day, you might need to contact several people to make sure that your stuff will reach its destination. You can not do that if your smartphone is dead. To prevent this kind of hassle from happening, charge your devices (smartphone, laptop, tablet, power bank, etc.) the night before the moving day.

  • Wear the right kind of clothing. What you wear will depend on the season of your moving day. During winter, wear enough clothes to keep you warm all day. During summer, wear breathable and comfortable clothes that will not impede your movement.

There are also several things you need to prepare in advance.

  • Find a company that can provide superior removals service. Although you can move your things by yourself or with a little help from your family members and friends, there is nothing like the service rendered by professionals. They will even let you choose the kind of removals support that you need. If possible, find a company that can offer all of these services; Full Insurance, Carpet Protection, Full Pack & Move, Move Only, Expert Packing & Wrapping, Boxes & Bubble Wrap in Advance (& Collection Afterwards), Unpack & Settling in Day, Furniture Assembly, Crating for Fine Art, Specialist Piano Transportation, Specialist Vehicle Transportation.

  • Protect your investment. Consider having your home and possessions insured even before your moving day. You can ask your removals service provider just in case some of your possessions will not make it through the journey.

  • Collect as many packing boxes as you can. If you are planning to pack everything by yourself, you need to collect moving boxes and packing tape of good quality. Storage facilities and removals companies offer these in various sizes. You can also ask for spare boxes from your local stores.

  • Consolidate your possessions and pack. You can divide your possessions into various groups; things to dispose of, things to sell or give away and things to be sent to your new home. When packing fragile items, wrap it in bubble wrap or thick padding. Take note of the weight limit indicated in your boxes. Label the boxes with the name of the room it is intended to be placed in.

  • Pay unsettled bills. Prevent late fees and losing the paperwork by settling any bills before moving house.

  • Arrange your utilities to be disconnected and connected. Inform your utilities provider about your plan to move house. Arrange your internet, gas, electricity and water to be disconnected at your current house and arrange the same utilities to be connected at your new house. Some providers will require you to have access to your new house before they will reconnect their service so a contingency plan would be very helpful, especially if you are working from home.

  • Pack an overnight bag. Your moving day will be a long and busy one. To help you settle in faster, pack a few things to prepare you on your first night in your new home; sleeping clothes, flip flops, toiletries, charger for your devices, disposable plates and utensils, and whatever else you can think of. Chances are, you will be very tired at the end of the day and you may not have the chance to go through your boxes to unpack and search for stuff. An overnight bag ensures that you are immediately ready by the time you reach your new home.

  • Bring valuables and important paperwork with you. Although you can pack these in one box, it is far better if you will set these things aside and take it with you at all times to eliminate the chance of losing them during moving day.

  • Arrange an end of tenancy cleaning or set aside cleaning supplies. If you are renting your property. To fulfil your end-of-tenancy agreement, you can arrange a cleaning company to thoroughly clean your old house from top to bottom. If you prefer to clean the property by yourself, set aside your cleaning supplies so you can access them easily after the removals company are done with their job.

Housing Market Trends this Summer

The government this month imposed a stamp duty cut. It boosted the housing market of Britain and pushed an increase in asking prices.

Now that many homes are now back in the market, a lot of estate agents are announcing that they are receiving many inquiries and closing many property deals, which is perhaps a result of held-back demand being discharged. The stamp duty cut has stimulated real estate activity and allowed homeowners to rethink their lifestyles.

It seems like the housing market trend in Britain is moving again, and hopefully for the better!

If you are moving within the Cotswolds to the other end of the country or even Europe, you can talk to Cotswold Carriers about their removals service. They have more than 40 years of experience in the industry and they are well equipped to fulfil all your moving needs.

So if you are looking forward to getting on and settling into your new surroundings without any hassle, give Cotswold Carriers a call on 01608 730 500 or send them an email on

Cotswold Carriers is a family run business, based in Oxfordshire, with over 40 years’ experience in domestic and commercial removals – both in the UK and Europe. As a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) you can feel confident that when you employ any of our removal services, you are using a reputable, professional and financially protected company. All BAR Members are also monitored by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.

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