Turton's Tips for Preparing for Your Move

Stress free moving

Moving home is an exciting time in your life. Whether it’s your first home or dream family home, making the big move can be as scary as it is exciting. It’s also one of the most confusing times in your life. It’s easy to lose track of things – especially if you’re juggling your personal and professional commitments. We’re sharing eight of our top tips to help you prepare for your move – from the things you wouldn’t think of to the last-minute essentials you need to tick off. Our tips will help you make your move as stress-free as possible.

1. Change your utility information early

One thing that everyone forgets about is their utility bills. Once you know your moving date, take an afternoon to call all your service providers. The last thing you want is to move into your new home and be left for weeks without Wi-Fi. Forgetting to change your utility information can be an expensive oversight.

You should make a list of all the utilities you need to change – including council tax. If you do this early, you can move into your new property and make yourself right at home. It might take you an afternoon to get everything done, but it’ll be time well spent.

2. Book a removal company

Let’s be honest. We all are guilty of hoarding a few things. One of the most stressful parts of moving properties is getting your belongings from A to B. Whether you’re moving three streets over or to another city, a removal company can help you streamline the process. You won’t have to worry about boxing up your valuables. With a removal company, you have the extra peace of mind that your belongings are safe and secure.

At Turton Removals, our friendly team is here to assist with your move so that you can turn your new house into a home. We’re part of Move Assured, and our team is made up of experts from across the removal industry.

3. Have a declutter

Once you’ve booked your removal company, you want to have a look at the possessions you have in your home. It’s only whenever you’re getting ready to move that you realise how much you don’t use. Moving is the perfect opportunity to declutter your home and give your unwanted possessions a second life.

You can either donate, sell, or throw out what you’re decluttering. Getting rid of things early on means that you can reduce your removal costs so that you’re not transporting things that you’ll end up discarding eventually. Decluttering unwanted items and selling them on sites like Facebook Marketplace or eBay could earn you extra cash to put towards your new home. It’s a win-win!

If there’s anything you don’t think would sell – or if you don’t have the time to sell your items – it’s worth donating them to a worthy cause. You’ll lower your moving costs, find it easier to unpack and get the added benefit of helping out a charity or organisation.

4. Write an inventory

One of the challenges of moving is that it’s easy to lose track of things. The last thing you want is to get to your new home and realise you’ve left something behind. Writing an inventory list can streamline the process and ensure that everything ends up in your new home. You can keep track of everything on an excel sheet that you can easily access from your phone instead of carrying around a paper copy.

You can hand the inventory off to your removal company, who can double-check everything before they pack up the vans to leave.

5. Start packing ASAP

Packing is the most time-consuming part of the moving process. It can take even longer than house hunting. If you’re working full-time or have young kids, you might only have a small pocket of time every day to pack. Getting ahead of the game and starting your packing early will make the process less stressful and overwhelming.

Trust us. You’ll thank us when you’re not pulling an all-nighter to get your last items into boxes on the night before your move.

6. Label your belongings

When you’re packing your boxes, you want to label each box. You don’t need to overcomplicate it. Instead of listing everything inside, you can note the room it is for and a summary of the contents. It’ll make unpacking easier, and your movers can bring the boxes directly to the assigned room.

If you want to take your organising to the next level, create a colour-coding system with different colours for each room. You’ll be able to tell where everything needs to go just by glancing at the boxes.

7. Pack an overnight bag

When you’re packing, it’s easy to end up packing up everything that you own. You want to pack an overnight bag with your essentials so that you’re not in a rush to unpack as soon as you arrive in your new home. Your overnight bag should have a few outfits, nightclothes, and your toiletries. You’ll want to throw in other essentials like your phone charger, laptop, and anything else you’ll need.

If you want to take your organising to the next level, create a colour-coding system with different colours for each room. You’ll be able to tell where everything needs to go just by glancing at the boxes.

8. Don’t forget to update your address!

Along with changing your utilities, updating your address is one step that people often forget about until the last minute. You need to change your address with organisations like the bank, local GP surgery, and insurance companies. You can set up a forwarding service with the post office to ensure any letters or parcels make their way to your new address. While this service comes with a charge, it’s the best way of making sure your letters and parcels get to you.

We’re here to help you turn your new house into a home. With these eight tips, we hope we’ve made the process a little easier for you. You can find out more about our professional removal services by emailing us at info@turtonremovals.co.uk or calling on 0191 809 0234. Our removal service covers the North East and beyond. Ready to make the big move? Get in touch today!