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Move countdown

5 weeks before M-day

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Move Day is five weeks away. It is time to start switching on the action and counting down the time. There are quite a few things that it is worth sorting out well in advance of your move, to make sure you don't get caught out at the last minute:

  • Reconfirm the moving date with a removal company or van hire company. If your removal service does not include carpet lifting and laying, then you need to contact a carpet fitter and make sure that they are available on the dates you need them to.

  • Similarly if you have to make your own arrangements for other carry out services such as cleaning or furniture disassembling, make sure you allow plenty of time.

  • Your accommodation for the time of the move if you are not anticipating being able to stay in your old or new home amidst the clutter.

  • The parking arrangements at your new home. Do you require residents' permits or special permission from the council for the removals van to park outside your house? You should have got an idea of the situation before you booked the removals company, now is the time to finalise the details.

  • Arrange for your new home to be professionally cleaned once the seller has moved out.

  • Find a babysitter and a pet minder for the duration of the move.

Other things to do
Start collecting packing materials if your removals company is not providing them. You can get boxes from most supermarkets if you ask. It is better to have too many than too few - they get used up pretty quickly. The removals company should be able to provide you with as much of this as you want, but there may be a small charge. Remember to ask for some bubble wrap as well. Start accumulating newspapers to use as padding when packing and find some old blankets or some old sheets to protect the new carpets.

Try conning a friend or two into coming round to 'work out' on the day of the move. If you fix it in their diary, they may feel guilty enough not to pull out when they realise what you're trying to do.

Arrange to visit the person your buying from so you can measure up for curtains, hand over keys, get their forwarding address and make any other arrangements you may need to, such as agreeing to transfer the phone accounts.

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