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The Night Before

Aside from the last-minute packing, there are a few more things to do to help the moving day itself run smoothly.

* Pack a bag for each member of the family containing their essentials: change of clothes, nightwear, toiletries, and not forgetting bed linen and towels.

* Organise a box for the kitchen containing tea, coffee, milk, mugs, cutlery, and the kettle. If you are staying in the same area, include a couple of takeaway menus, as you won’t feel like cooking – and may not have the means to – by the end of the day. You may also want to pop in a bottle of bubbly – ideal as there’s no need for a bottle opener!

* As you will probably arrive in advance of the van, keep cleaning materials and the vacuum cleaner with you – you may have the chance to give the house a quick once-over before every room is filled with boxes.

* You may want to put together a mini-toolkit with a screwdriver and allen key, knife, tape, light bulbs, candles.

* Keep important numbers with you, such as the solicitor and estate agent, and a pen and paper. A copy of the Yellow Pages may be handy if you have room – you never know if you’ll need to call a plumber or glazier.

* Charge mobile phones.

* Defrost the freezer.

* Put valuables and documents in a safe place.

Source: http://www.channel4.com/4homes/buy-sell/selling-property/moving-house/moving-house-advice-and-checklists-08-06-26/display/page/5