When deciding on a moving date, keep in mind that removal firms are overbooked on Fridays and bank holidays, so they will probably charge you more if you decide to make one of these dates your moving date. If you can, book time off work and choose a midweek moving date. It will make for a less stressful moving as well!
Did you know that most insurance companies do not provide cover for objects which were not packaged by a removal company? That is one thing more to consider if you decide to go the do-it-yourself route. It is safer to let a professional removal firm do all the packing (make sure that the removal firm you choose is legitimate, insured, and indeed offers protection for your stuff)!
This is the perfect time to take stock of your belongings. In other words – declutter! You will probably not want to take all of the stuff you have accumulated living in this place with you when you move house. Run down your food stores as well: the goal is to end up with an empty larder and freezer (which you can then defrost). At least you will save on buying food until you move!
Never put off packing for later if you can do it sooner! Even before the exchange of contracts, you can start collecting boxes, newspapers and other materials that will come handy when packing your stuff. Put stickers on each box: this way you will know which box goes where at your new place.
Before you leave, you will need to inform your gas, water and electricity company so that they can take final readings. Inform your insurer, your phone, cable and internet company, and your council that you have a new address. If you are self-employed, let the tax office know that you are moving house, and if you are an employee, tell the same thing to your human resources department.
That's not all! You also need to notify your bank, your insurance company, or any other financial institution you deal with (that includes pensions, shares, loans, etc.). Do not forget to redirect your post, cancel any delivery services you might use, and deregister your doctor and dentist. It is easy to overlook things like updating your TV license or your electoral register, but – do not do it, or you could be faced with some serious problems later down the road.