Moving in will be a busy time and there are lots of things you'll need to do before you can fully move in. Our moving day tips will make this all a breeze.
Inspect the house
If possible, try to get to the house before the movers so you have a chance to check everything is in order before your contents arrive.
Take the time to check over the house for any damage or other issues. The house may have been full of the previous occupant's furniture when you saw it last. This is especially important if you are renting. You'll want to check and document any damage prior to moving in (stains/anything broken). Make sure your landlord notes down any damage so it doesn't become an issue for you later on.
Check locks and windows are all secure. Check the hot water is on, the taps all work and there are no leaks. Go outside and check latches on gates are secure.
Read your electricity/gas meter and check your LPG bottles when you arrive. See how to find and read your meter in our blog post "understanding your power meter". Then contact us with the reading.
Forgot to tell us you're moving before you moved in? Simply let us know at the Genesis Energy Home Move Hub here.
Best way to unpack after a move
You thought packing was hard right? Well you still have to unpack at the other end. You'll need to be just as organised to keep the whole thing running smoothly.
Make sure everyone knows where things go
Print out some copies of the floor plan of your house (see our suggestions on this here) with a sketch of where your furniture goes. Give copies to everyone. This will make it much easier for the movers as they'll know exactly where items are going and will save you rearranging them later.
Keep important things together
Designate an area where everybody knows they can find important items such as keys, phones, allen keys and chargers. Keep the moving day essentials box you prepared here. Have nutritious snacks and water accessible so everyone stays hydrated and fed.
Designate an unpacking station
Much like when you were packing, designate an area to put all unpacking supplies – box cutters, tape, bubble wrap and boxes. Make sure everyone knows to put things back here.
Keep things tidy. Unless they're being re-used, break down your boxes and sort paper/ bubble wrap into recycling and rubbish bags as you go. This will ensure you don't misplace anything in all the chaos.
Unpacking tip: Clean your furniture before it comes inside
Unless your furniture has been wrapped in plastic it could be dusty after spending time in the truck. Try to wipe down before you bring it inside and vacuum it before you use it.
Unpack your kitchen first
Vital if you have children, but still important if you don't. Being able to make a cup of tea and knowing you can wake up and make breakfast the morning following the move will make everything feel settled faster.
Make your beds second
If you've been following our guide you will have packed a set of sheets for each member of the family in your moving essentials box. Set up and make the beds as soon as you can. It's comforting knowing you don't have to do it when you're exhausted later.
Unpacking with kids
Moving can be very unsettling for kids. If you have little ones, try to get them taken care of by someone else to give you a few hours to settle things before they arrive.
With older kids involve them in setting up their new spaces by having pre-planned tasks to give them. Could they unpack the plates in the kitchen? Or set up the books in their room? Ask your movers to prioritise bringing in the kids' furniture first if possible.
Let kids unpack their own suitcase of essentials. This should have their favourite toys and things to play with while you get sorted – a laptop and DVDs could be a good option to keep them occupied.
Unpacking with pets
Choose a secure room to keep pets in. Only let them out to explore their new space once all the commotion has died down and the movers have left. It's a good idea to keep cats indoors for at least a week. Check they have a tag with your mobile number on their collar before letting them outside and update their address if they're microchipped.
Put your feet up!
You've unpacked the kitchen, the beds are made and if you have kids and pets they're settled. You've done quite enough for one day. Order takeaways, watch a movie (on your laptop if the TV isn't set up yet) and relax.
Next, we take you through setting up your new home for long-term energy efficiency.