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Things to consider when moving house

Updated on: 24 September 2020

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Moving house can be a stressful time, but Churchill Home Insurance can help ease your worries by covering any loss or damage to your belongings while in transit and being carried by professional contractors.

Unless you fancy a serious workout, the best option when moving house is to hire some professional removal contractors. As well as taking the strain out of moving all those heavy boxes and items of furniture, it will mean your things are less likely to get damaged, and if they do, they will be covered by your home insurance.

Make sure you agree clearly with your removal company how much of the packing you want them to do. This can be anything from packing every last item, to just packing the glass and china. Bear in mind that breakable items such as glass, china, mirrors and earthenware will only be insured if they are packed by professional packers.

If you are doing the packing yourself begin as early as possible. Make sure that you use suitable boxes that are strong enough and of the same size, so they can be stacked together easily in the van. Don’t make the boxes so heavy that they can’t be lifted safely. Books are the worst offenders for this, so pack them in smaller boxes. 

Moving house is a good opportunity to de-clutter – to get rid of all that old stuff you no longer want. Not only will it reduce your load, but it will also mean you will be able to make a clean, fresh start in your new home.

Many items will be gratefully received by your local charity shop, or you could have a car boot sale or sell some items on eBay.

For larger household items that you don’t want, such as cookers, fridges or furniture, your local council will usually take them away for free or for a small fee.

When you move home, you should also take care. Burglars know that there are so many other things to think about that security measures can often become lapse.

In order to avoid becoming the victim of a crime when you're moving, think about changing the door locks in your new home, fitting locks to windows, and ideally fitting an alarm. If there's already an alarm, change the access code. If it’s connected to a monitoring service, register your details with them. Plan ahead so that you can do all this as you move in.

Also, check that you can trust your estate agent, removers and other tradespeople by making sure they are members of a professional organisation or association. Use people recommended by friends or, at least, those who advertise in magazines or in directories like Yellow Pages. Never deal with people who only list a mobile phone number.

On the day of the move, make sure that your removers secure their van to stop it from being stolen when it's left alone – remember, it will be full of everything you own. Ask the removers to take care that the door used for loading the van is not left unguarded or unlocked when it's not being used, such as when they take a tea break.

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