Removals Advice Pack

As the introduction to Farrer and Fenwick's Surrey removals service shows, we do all we can to ensure your move is a stress free experience, before and on moving day.

However, there are a few steps you can follow to make your move simpler. A schedule of suggestions are on the next two pages, or you can keep a copy.

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One month before your move

  • Confirm your removal date as far in advance as possible.
  • Book time off work.
  • Prepare a list of fixtures you are leaving.
  • Check your home insurance, make sure you have cover from the day you move in to your new home.
  • If you're renting, notify your landlord of your moving date.

Three weeks ahead

  • Make a plan of your new home and decide which rooms will be used for what.
  • Sort out the contents of your garage, loft and shed. Start getting rid of possessions you no longer need. Decide which items can go to a charity shop, be sold at car boot sale, or offered to friends.
  • Organise suitable transport for your pets, or someone to look after them on the day.

Two weeks ahead

  • Make a list of everyone who should know about your move, Send them change of address cards.
  • Start packing non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes.
  • Dismantle self-assembly furniture, unless we have agreed to do this for you.
  • Arrange for professional disconnection of kitchen appliances, TV aerials, satellite dishes and light fittings.
  • Arrange to have the gas, electricity, telephone and water meters read.
  • Start running down freezers. Manufacturers advise against moving freezers in a full or frozen state.
  • Remove any fixtures and fittings you are taking.
  • Cancel any services, e.g. window cleaner, milkman, and newspaper delivery.
  • Dismantle sheds, greenhouses, climbing frames etc, unless we have agreed to do this for you.
  • Drain fuel from lawnmowers/motor cycles.
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Two weeks ahead (continued)

  • If appropriate, arrange for your children to be looked after on moving day.
  • If you are moving in or out of a block of flats, arrange to have use of the manual override key or priority use of the lift.
  • Deregister from your doctor, dentist & optician, if you're moving out of the area.
  • Visit the post office and arrange for your post to be redirected.

The week before your move

  • Finalise arrangements with us, confirm arrival times and make sure we have directions to your new address.
  • Arrange a time to collect your new keys from the estate agent.

The day before your move

  • Defrost the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Prepare plants for transit.
  • Set aside an area marked "do not move" for coats, handbags, kettle, snacks, tools and cleaning materials.
  • Arrange separate transportation for any dangerous substance.

Moving day

  • Lock your valuables somewhere safe and carry them personally to your new home.
  • If your possessions are being stored, remember to retain important items, passport, driving licence, etc.
  • Keep the kettle boiling.
  • Before the removal van departs, check nothing is forgotten. Responsibility is yours to see nothing is moved in error.
  • Ensure that our crew has directions to your new property and a phone number to contact you. Agree a time of arrival.
  • Arrive at your new property, with the keys, ideally before the removal van.
  • Label all rooms and direct the crew to position furniture and effects.
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