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Moving Preparations

To help you plan your relocation there are a number of things to consider before you move:

Make a plan of your home
Draw a layout of your new home and mark up the rooms so that you can show your moving team ahead of delivery.

Packing and unpacking
If you have decided to do your own packing then be sure to use strong enough boxes and ensure they are not overfilled. Packing and wrapping materials can be bought direct from Wise Moves office or online at

Dismantle furniture
Be sure to dismantle self-assembly furniture, take down all curtains, fixtures and fittings prior to the arrival of your moving team.

Attics and lofts
Ensure all items that are in your loft are sorted and placed in an accessible room. Your moving team will not be permitted into your attic unless it is well illuminated and boarded and there is a safe point of entry.

Important documents
Place all your important documents in a folder and separate from your household goods. Plan to carry these with you when you travel.

Cookers/washing machines/fridges & freezers
These should all be disconnected, cleaned, drained and dried prior to the arrival of your moving team. To avoid damage, the drums of automatic washing machines must be secured with the proper brackets supplied by the manufacturer.

Clothing can remain on hangers as Wise Moves will provide special wardrobe cartons for packing and moving. Generally chests of drawers containing clothes can be moved full.

Bedding & linen
If Wise Moves is packing for you, strip the beds and fold your linen in preparation for packing

Stereo system, video and computer equipment
This equipment is best moved in its original packaging. The record deck and the pick up arm of your record player should be secured for transit in accordance with the manufacturers instructions before the moving team arrive.

China/glass/ornaments and books
These can be left in cupboards and shelves ready for our moving team to pack (if this has already been included in your quotation).

Prior to packing, tighten all lids of jars and screw tops of bottles. Remember that food items cannot be taken into store.

Contents of garages & garden sheds
These should be organised well in advance, and tools must be cleaned, tied together and any rubbish should be discarded. Flammable products cannot be moved as this will invalidate your insurance.

Access to and from the doorway of your home is critical for our vehicles. Explain to neighbours in advance that a large removal vehicle will be parked outside your home and prepare them for any inconvenience.

Long-term storage
Extra steps need to be taken with domestic appliances, which will be stored in excess of three months. Washing machines and dishwashers must be completely drained of surplus water as damp, mildew and seizure of component parts can take place when these appliances are not used for a considerable length of time.

Personal effects
Mark up a box with 'Do Not Remove'. Put personal effects and miscellaneous items, which you will need immediately upon arrival, in a carton and leave it as one of the final items you place in your car.

Moving your plants
Wrapping your plants in newspaper protects them from draughts and stops the leaves from being bruised. Once in your new home place them in a warm space and do not un-wrap them until all moving activity has come to a conclusion. In summer it is advisable not to leave your plants in a hot car or in the sun.

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