Hints & Tips
Try to avoid moving on a Friday- if you do have delays with the financial transaction, you may have to wait until Monday to sort problems out.
It’s a good idea to meet with your removal representative in person. Which gives you chance to ask questions and feel completely comfortable with what’s going to be happening on the day. Tradesmen to disconnect fittings such as cookers, or dismantle sheds etc (your removal company cannot do this for you).
If you plan to take petrol-powered equipment, such as mowers etc, make sure you drain the fuel and batteries disconnected prior to the moving day. If you are packing yourself, make sure you use suitable, strong boxes “double walled” are best, these can be purchased from us.
Never make the boxes so heavy that they can’t be lifted safely. If a box gets heavy while packing it, start filling it with light items, such as towels, cushions or bed linen. Always use packing tape to seal the top and especially the bottom of the box. Label your boxes clearly.Mark which room they should be moved to. Self-assembly furniture isn’t designed to be taken apart and reassembled. This type of furniture won’t always reassemble perfectly after a move.
At least 4 weeks beforehand:
- Contact Scotts of Somerset to arrange your free, no-obligation pre-move survey and quotation; alternatively visit our online inventory section for a quotation.
- Confirm as soon as possible after receiving the quotation whether you would like us to proceed.
- Research new schools, doctors, dentists and other healthcare specialists close to where you’re moving.
2-3 weeks beforehand:
- Organize a change of address card to send to family and friends.
- Notify every agency that needs to know of your change of address.
- Arrange professional disconnection of gas cookers and other appliances you will moving.
- Cancel deliveries of milk, paper, etc and settle any outstanding accounts
- Put all your documents and valuables in a single safe place.
3 days beforehand:
- Pack a bag with a change of clothes, toiletries and a survival kit for the other end. This could include: light bulbs, fuses, tools, toilet roll, candles, passport, birth certificate(s) , matches, cash, phone charger and a list of important numbers.
- Check where to collect the keys for your new home.
- Move all outside plants and furniture into a dry area, so they can dry out for the moving day.
2 days beforehand:
- Empty, defrost and dry out your fridge/freezer
- Seal packets, bottles or jars with tape to prevent any spillage.
1 day beforehand:
- Prepare food, drink and utensils for the moving day.
- Get plants ready for the removal.
- Charge your mobile phone.
- Make sure the kids are happy- if they’re going to be in the house with you, settle them in a room with plenty to play with. If older children want to help, encourage them to pack their own box.
- Once everything is loaded, walk around with a member of the removal team to make sure you’re not leaving behind anything you want to remove.
- Take meter readings at both your old home and new home.
- Arrive before your removal team so you can have a good look around your new property.
Give the removal team a full tour of the house when they arrive.