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Preparing for your move

At VanHelper we understand how stressful and overwhelming a house move can be.

In this page we will run through a checklist to guide you through a typical house move and help you prepare for the big day.
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Organisation
Create a binder folder for your move
Document your move by storing relevant information such as quotes and receipts in a binder or an online storage folder.
This allows you to keep track of all relevant documentations and information during your move.
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Plan and schedule the dates and time
Create high level plans of the important dates such as:
  • Date that you will recieve the keys to the new property
  • Date of the move, time of the move
  • Date of the utilities connection
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Gather all your important Documents or Jewellery
Collect and store all your important documents and Jewellery in a safe area, so you won’t forget to take them with you during the move.
The last thing you want during a move is to lose your passport or birth certificate, making note of these items early on can help you with the move.
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Inventory
Identify items you don’t want to move
This will save you time as you can avoid packing those items, it will also help you de-clutter your move and reduce your move time.
Decluttering and throwing out things you no longer need is the secret to a successful move, it provides you with the opportunity to start fresh in your new property.
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Create a list of items to move per room
Get to know what you are moving by organising and labeling the items you want to move by room, this will help you unpack more efficiently as the items can be moved to their correct room in the new property.
Identify all the bulky items and list out items that needs to be boxed up.
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Budget
Budget for the moving company fee
With an understanding of the items you’d like to move, this information would help you and the van service provider give an estimate on your move, as the amount of items to be moved directly relates to the Van size and amount of helpers that may be required.
Use VanHelper to help you budget out a price for your move
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Budget for extra services
Dismantling and Packing services will cost extra, always leave room in your budget if you require this service.
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Booking
Book your removal service
Go on VanHelper.com and choose your booking service, the website would provide you with a list of service providers that serves your area and can fulfil your requirements of your move.
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Packing
Packing your items in boxes
Start by choosing the right box, use thick cardboard boxes or specialized plastic moving boxes to avoid your boxes breaking during the move.
Label your boxes with a felt tip or a label to identify what items are inside and what room it should be in.
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Update your mails and utilities
Update your mail address for utilities and important services
Change the address of your utilities and important mail items such as:
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Council taxes
  • Internet service provider
  • Mobile services
  • Bank information
  • Driving licence
  • Notify your employer of a change of address
If you are worried about missing any mails you can set up a redirection service with Royal Mail which will redirect your mail for a fee, for more information search online for 'Royal Mail Redirection'.
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Prepare your Stove / Oven for a move
Prep, Clean, Disconnect your Stove / Oven
Moving your stove and oven requires extra care as it can deal with both Gas and Electrical supplies, always read your appliance's manual or consult a specialist before proceeding.
Step by step removing your stove / oven:
  1. Remove all trays and detachable parts from the stove such as oven trays, hob grates and burner pans.
  2. Unplug the appliance from the power socket to cut power to the appliance.
  3. Shut off the gas by shutting off the main gas valve that goes in the stove / oven, this is usually found behind the appliance.
  4. Move your appliance gently out of its location and avoid scratching the flooring, your stove may have an anti tipping bracket installed, which means it cannot be lifted and can only be slid out of it’s position
  5. Unhook the gas attachments from the gas line
  6. Tape down the oven doors to avoid it from opening during the move.
  7. Cover the stove / oven with blankets to avoid it from being damaged during the move.
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Prepare your Dishwasher for a move
Prep, Clean, Disconnect your Dishwasher
Moving a dishwasher is similar to moving your washing machine, as always we advise you to consult a specialist or your appliance’s manual before you proceed.
What you’ll need:
Cleaning gloves, towel, cleaning agents, brown packing tape, bucket, wrench, plastic blanking plug (for the drainage pipe at the back of your washing machine), large plastic bag.
Step by step removing your dishwasher:
  1. Unload your dish washer so that there are no dishes or cutlery inside the appliance.
  2. Unplug the appliance from the power socket to cut power to the appliance.
  3. Move your appliance gently out of its location and avoid scratching the flooring, make enough room so you can access the hose and cables at the back of the appliance.
  4. Reach towards the back of the dishwasher to turn off the water supply to the machine and prevent any leaks.
  5. Remove the blue water hose from the back of your dishwasher, tip the excess water in the bucket.
  6. Remove the drain hose that is connected to the waste pipe at the back of your dishwasher, this is usually a grey ridged hose, tip the water from the ridged hose in to the bucket and plug the waste pipe with the plastic blanking plug to avoid any leaks.
  7. Pour away any excess water from the drain hose and water hose, place the hose inside a plastic bag to be moved in to the new property.
  8. Tape down the dishwasher door to prevent it from opening during the move.
  9. Remove appliance completely, we recommend you wrap appliance in a mover’s blanket to avoid the appliance from being damaged during the move.
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Prepare your Washing machine for a move
Prep, Clean, Disconnect your Washing Machine
Washer and Dryers requires special instructions for a move, it is always best to consult a specialist or your appliance’s manual before you proceed.
What you’ll need:
Cleaning gloves, towel, cleaning agents, brown packing tape, bucket, wrench, plastic blanking plug (for the drainage pipe at the back of your washing machine), large plastic bag.
Step by step removing your washing machine:
  1. Unplug the appliance from the power socket to cut power to the appliance.
  2. Turn off the water supply to the machine and prevent any leaks.
  3. Move your appliance gently out of its location and avoid scratching the flooring, make enough room so you can access the hose and cables at the back of the appliance.
  4. Remove the blue water hose from the back of your washing machine, tip the excess water in the bucket.
  5. Remove the water hose from the wall, you may need the wrench for this, tip any remaining water in to the bucket.
  6. Remove the drain hose that is connected to the waste pipe at the back of your washing machine, this is usually a grey ridged hose, tip the water from the ridged hose in to the bucket and plug the waste pipe with the plastic blanking plug to avoid any leaks.
  7. Pour away any excess water from the drain hose and water hose, place the hose inside a plastic bag to be moved in to the new property.
  8. Remove appliance completely, we recommend you wrap appliance in a mover’s blanket to avoid the appliance from being damaged during the move.
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Prepare your Fridge and Freezer for a move
Defrost your Fridge and Freezer
If you are moving your fridge or freezer it is best to defrost the appliance to avoid water damage during the move.
A typical fridge or freezer will take at least 5 hours to defrost, we recommend you give your appliance at least 1 day to defrost.
What you’ll need:
Cleaning gloves, towels, cleaning agents, brown packing tape
Step by step defrosting your fridge or freezer:
  1. Make sure you leave at least 1 day before the move for defrosting.
  2. Unplug your fridge.
  3. Take out all the food from your fridge / freezer.
  4. Put down towels inside to catch excess water when the ice melts, this also makes cleaning up easier later on.
  5. Do not scrape off the ice, as doing so may damage your appliance.
  6. Once all the ice melts, remove the towels and use new towels to wipe down and dry your fridge.
  7. Secure your electrical cord to the back of the appliance, avoid dangling the electrical cord as this may damage your fridge / freezer.
  8. Tape down your fridge doors and secure them, so they don’t swing out during the move.
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