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9 tips to Moving Home A removals lorry turned up at my neighbours recently and it got me thinking about how stressful moving home can be. As someone that has had more than my fair share of house moves I thought that I would share a few tips that I have picked up from various sources that will make it easier for you and those that will be moving in to your old place. q First up visit the App Store and download our MoveEasier App which has been designed to help remove the stress and frustration of moving house. It’s full of tips, checklists and useful contacts. It’s completely free. w Decide on a moving date (usually the completion date) as soon as contracts have been exchanged. Your conveyancer will help to advise on a good date. Avoid Fridays and bank holidays when removal firms are in high demand and will be stretched (and may charge more). For a less stressful move, opt for off-peak times such as mid-week if you can. Don’t forget to tell your utility and broadband providers as well as set up a redirection service for your mail. e Ask friends or relatives to recommend removal firms. Failing that, the British Association of Removers (BAR) will be able to supply details of approved members in your area. They operate within a code of practice and offer an independent conciliation and arbitration service in case of complaint. r Ensure your possessions are insured for transit. Most removal companies provide this but check what it covers and whether there are exclusions. For example, anything you pack may not be covered by the removal firm’s insurance. And if you are planning to transport any precious items yourself, check that these are covered by your contents insurance whilst in transit. t Not every house we have moved into has been quite as clean as I’d hoped. If you can, hire professional cleaners to give your new place a thorough going over before you move everything in. Some removal firms will arrange to do this. y Have a good clear out. Emptying junk from one loft just to transport into another loft seems crazy to me. Our rule is: if you haven’t used it or seen it in six months then is it really worth keeping? Probably not, so get rid of it. Valuable items that are no longer needed can be sold to a dealer or on eBay. Other items can be donated to charity shops (we favour Chestnut Tree House). u Get someone to look after the children for the day so you don’t have to worry about them whilst you are in the process of moving. The same goes for pets - or book them into kennels or a cattery. Don’t forget to get identity tags with their new address (for the pets not the kids!). i I hate it when I move into a new place and the heating system controls make no sense or when there is a ‘knack’ to making the appliances work. Compile a file for the people who are moving into your old property, such as instruction leaflets and service information for the heating system and appliances you’re leaving, together with details of rubbish collection and recycling etc. o Round up all the keys to your old home, including those left with neighbours, friends and relatives, and the ones for sheds, windows and patio doors. Label them and leave them somewhere that the new owners will find them easily. By Jason Edge 99