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Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:01 PM
Resolve to book GoldFish Moving as soon as you exchange contracts and the completion date is set. Get at least three estimates from different firms and don't automatically accept the cheapest; you tend to get what you pay for. When comparing estimates, make sure you are comparing like with like. Are packing materials, boxes, cartons and crates and VAT all included? A few weeks before the move, the removal firm should send someone to establish what the move will entail. Now is the time to point out anything that needs special care and attention, such as antiques, computers, pictures, etc. Highlight any large or awkward items of furniture, such as a piano - which may require a specialist handler and/or have to be winched in through a window - or sofa. Tell GoldFish Moving if access from your old property or to your new property is likely to be difficult. Parking space for the removal lorry will also need to be considered. Such problems can add to the cost of a move and should be considered in the estimate. Don't accept an estimate over the phone. All quotations should be in writing and include pricing for packing, loading and unloading, storage (if required), special handling for breakables and valuables and any other special requests, such as curtain hanging and cleaning. When you accept an estimate, insist that a written quotation is sent to you as soon as possible. Establish a written timetable with the removal firm and check the foreman has all the necessary details. Make sure the removal firm has a clear map showing how to find your new home.

  • Notify relevant parties of your new address
    • Telephone and Internet service providers
    • Notify TV Licensing of your new address. Your TV licence doesn't automatically move with you when you move house. If you don't notify TV Licensing of you new address, you could end up being unlicensed in your new home, even if you paid for a licence at your old address. Anyone who watches TV without a licence risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1000, so make sure you're covered. It's easy to update your details. Simply log on to www.tvlicensing.co.uk or call 0844 800 6722 and follow the instructions. You'll be asked for your TV Licence number and new address. It only takes a minute or two to transfer your licence.
    • Bank, building society, pension provider and any company you have loans or investments with
    • Credit card and store card companies
    • Inland Revenue - see www.hmrc.gov.uk for a list of offices
    • Local council regarding council tax
    • Subscriptions to magazines, charities, etc.
    • Employers
    • The schools your children attend
    • It is a legal requirement to notify DVLA - you will need to renew your driving licence and vehicle registration document
    • Friends, family and colleagues.


  • Using storage facilities
  • GoldFish Moving will accept practically anything as long as it isn't perishable (food, plants, etc), flammable (noxious chemicals), illegal (drugs, cash waiting to be laundered) or alive (pets, children). Expect to be charged for packing, delivery to and from your house, the amount of space required and the length of time items are to be stored. Insurance can be arranged through GoldFish Moving or through your household insurance. GoldFish Moving will make an inventory of everything in storage for your piece of mind.

  • On the big day
  • Make sure the foreman has a layout of your new home so furniture is put in the correct room. Ensure GoldFish Moving has access to your new home and is able to park outside the property if necessary. Have all paperwork and contact numbers relating to the move with you. Upon arrival, read the meters and check that the phone, security alarm, electricity, gas, central heating and water work. Make sure all items that were included in the sale, such as carpets, curtains and light fittings, are there. If there is anything missing, contact your solicitor. Alert your surveyor immediately to any serious faults in the building that were missed in the original survey. Think about getting the locks changed on your new property - you never know who the previous owners may have given spare keys to in the past. Even if everything is in order and has run smoothly, the chances are by the end of the day you'll be too shattered to move, so collapse on the sofa, order a takeaway and crack open a bottle of champagne.






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226 Comments

Reply kay j. sharp
8:12 AM on April 11, 2012 
Impressive checklist. I have read so many checklist for moving but its really cool because it specific to house moving.
Reply Natalie Diaz
11:06 AM on July 16, 2012 
Thanks for the information. I want to ask one question which you not include in your post. How should I pay and what are the payment methods after work done by particular company?
Reply Gary Fenwick
3:09 PM on July 16, 2012 
Natalie Diaz says...
Thanks for the information. I want to ask one question which you not include in your post. How should I pay and what are the payment methods after work done by particular company?

Hi Natalie, different companies have different views and preferences when it comes to payment, etc. From our companies point of view you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque, bank transfer. In most cases we do not ask for payment until the move is completed to the customers satisfaction - this guarantees that the customer gets exactly what they have paid for and nothing less. I know a lot of companies insist on payment up front - but I believe by paying after the move is completed really focuses the mind!
Reply Cathyhaden
9:57 AM on July 24, 2012 
I don't have any knowledge about to notify the TV license. I thought we can move it without any notification. Thanks to you for providing this great checklist about all the requirement we need to move any place.
Reply Natalie Diaz
11:21 AM on July 26, 2012 
Hi Gary,
Thank for reply. I am agreeing with you that paying after move is completed. But some company has some rules that we have to pay advance payment for our services. If this situation came then what would be our step. What are the most common thing that we should check out before paying advance money. Please explain.
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9:13 AM on August 9, 2012 
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