Beat the stress with a list
THE anxiety of moving home is said to be one of the most stressful things in life, right up there in the top 10 with divorce, bereavement and dealing with debt, according to some polls.
But the run-up to the big day and the process of packing and boxing up all of your worldly possessions doesn't have to be a worrisome or unsettling one.
Rose Removals, with bases in Exeter and across Devon, are easily able to shoulder the stress – it's all in a day's work for them: "We're quite used to taking on challenges with wilful hearts and skilful minds," said George Rose, owner of RR.
They've even moved a grand piano from a turret in Exeter Cathedral, the Tiananmen Square sculpture at Exeter University, and a dinosaur.
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If it has to be moved, they know how to do it, and the processes you can put in place to make the big move a smooth one. Here, staff at Rose Removals give their expert advice on how to (and not to) plan for the haul from one home to another.
MOVING CHECK LIST: KEEP TRACK OF THE THINGS TO DO
Dispose of any household items you no longer need four weeks before your move.
Run down the contents of your freezer four weeks before your move.
Contact carpet fitters if required two weeks before your move.
Arrange for your utility services to be disconnected two weeks before your move.
Cancel all rental agreements two weeks before moving.
Notify your doctor, dentist, vet etc… Two weeks before moving.
Notify your bank, credit card and insurance companies two weeks before moving.
Notify your telephone company and internet service provider two weeks before moving.
Notify television licence, passport agencies, the DVLA, and registration offices two weeks before moving.
CREATE YOURSELF A TICK BOX (LIKE THE ROSE REMOVALS' LIST BELOW) TO STRIKE OFF JOBS AS THEY'RE COMPLETED
Arrange removal estimate; Electricity meter reading; Gas meter reading; Water meter reading; Council Tax; Parking permits; Household insurance; Book removal company; Mail redirection; Clear loft, shed, garage; Mark packing boxes room by room; Notify doctor, dentist, optician, vet; Notify bank; Notify television licensing; Car licences and registration; Driving licence; Cancel milk, newspapers; Label keys for buyers; Note location of water stopcock for buyers; Central heating instructions for buyers; Arrange for minders to look after children and pets on moving day; Separate valuables and important documents to hand-carry on the day; A catering pack for the family on moving day and don't forget the kettle.