Make sure you are present when the removal crew arrive so that you can guide them around the house, confirming where the items are to be placed and any special instructions.

Check the unloading of your items and account for each one on your packing inventory.

Check carefully for any damaged or missing items.

Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.

Collect held mail from the post office if you have arranged this service.

Start cleaning and make the beds.

Plug in your telephones, answering machine and large appliances.

Unpack your ‘survival kit’.

Let older children organise their own rooms.

Settle younger children in one room with some toys and treats.

If possible, keep pets away until you are settled in.