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House Moving Check-list

You've been planning your move for months now, and the day is nearly at hand. Your things are all neatly packed up into cardboard boxes stacked up in your hall, the kids are at your parents, the pictures are off the wall and it's almost time to leave. This is the time when the niggles begin, and you start to wrack your brains to think if you have forgotten anything. Don't panic, here's a list of 10 things that you can go through before your removal men arrive to take you away. 1.    Final metre readings: Make sure you take these before you leave the house. This will be gas, electric and possibly water. You will need to provide this information to your utility companies, as well as a forwarding address so you can settle your account on the old property. This is very important, as you don't want to be hit with a huge estimated bill that you can't dispute because you didn't take the metre readings! 2.    Council tax up to date: Make sure the local council knows you are moving on. This is important for a number of reasons; any benefits you may be claiming, getting on the electoral roll and so on. 3.    Cleaning your house: If you have rented from a private landlord, they may have written stringent demands on the state of the house when they take it from you. Make sure that you have met all the conditions set out for you. Common things people forget include cleaning the tops of kitchen units and skirting boards. If there are holes in the wall, and you don't have any filler, try rubbing a bar of soap on the hole. 4.    Taking your carpets: Make sure that you have prepared all the carpets you plan to take to the next house, as they are quite easy to forget about. 5.    White goods: As with the carpets, make sure that you've made clear provisions for moving any white goods you own such as fridges or washing machines. They will need to be disconnected from the mains water, cleaned down and turned off. 6.    Boxes: If you're all packed up, take the time to mark each box so you know where to put it when you arrive. This includes marking fragile and delicate things appropriately. 7.    Placements: Try and position things as well as you can to make the move as easy as possible. The most obvious place is the entrance hall, but this can cause some congestion. Maybe find a room off the entrance hall and dedicate it to boxes etc. 8.    Tell the neighbours: Now is the time to let your neighbours know you're moving on. You might want to give them a gift or just say goodbye. It may be a little awkward, but it saves regretting not doing it at a later date. 9.    Pack a bag: Put a rucksack full of the essentials for living comfortably aside, ie; a toothbrush & toothpaste, a bar of soap, a razor, a change of clothes etc. This will prevent you from having to rummage through piles of boxes to find an everyday necessity. Make sure one is packed for everyone moving. 10.    Keep the essentials handy: Think about the last things you are going to need in the house, and put them to one side.  This is likely to be a hoover, to vacuum the empty rooms once all the moving has been done, some cleaning products to put the finishing touches on the house and lastly a tool-kit to take care of any last DIY tasks you might have.