Moving into a new property is an exciting prospect but it is important to recognise that it can be a stressful experience. After all, the move itself and finalising all of the details is a challenge and then you have to make sure that you are ready for the move when the time comes. Therefore, it pays to get yourself as organised as possible by putting a moving house checklist in place. This will ensure you know what you need to do and when you need to do it, making the entire experience as streamlined as possible.

Things to Do When Moving

4 Weeks Ahead

  • Now is the time to make contact with your solicitors, your removal company and your estate agents. This will enable you to find out whether there are any changes problems that might arise before you move. You can stay ahead of any changes and get a greater understanding of the move before you begin moving, enabling you to overcome any challenge.
  • It’s also the ideal time to have any removal boxes delivered to your home and you should start looking for free boxes from shops, friends or any deliveries that you might have had.
  • Identify whether there are going to be any parking restrictions at your new property as it can prove challenging to park your own vehicles and the removal vehicles at your new property. Therefore, make every effort to make sure that you understand how the situation will look when you arrive.
  • Consider what will happen with your children when moving because it is a hectic process, regardless of how organised you might be. You might want to see if young children can be looked after by family or friends. If you have older children, then you could ask them to help you out in certain ways, so you can do this now.
  • If you have any pets then you’ll also need to consider them because moving to a new home can prove stressful for them. Therefore, you might want to consider a pet sitter while you’ll need to consider their safety on the day as the doors are likely to remain open for a lot of the day and that could mean that they might escape.
  • This is the ideal time to carry out any small jobs that need to be done in your existing property. It might involve carrying out small repairs or filling holes and painting where necessary.
  • Take the time to go through your shed and garage and then begin packing items you plan to take with you. Any items you no longer need can be disposed of.
  • If you’re going to need accommodation in between moving out of your existing property and moving into your new one then now is the time to arrange that. Hotels can get booked up quickly and prices can increase if you book close to the moving day.

2 Weeks Ahead

  • Once again, it can make sense to speak with all involved parties to confirm arrangements for the moving day. Things can change in just a matter of days, so it can help to stay ahead of things.
  • One important thing that you will need to do is ensure that all of your mail gets redirected once you move home. Speak with Royal Mail and inform them of the date you move. furthermore, you can then also begin to inform companies of your change of address and when that should be applied to any future correspondence.
  • Inform any schools that your children are attending of the change of details and make sure that you also inform any insurance company as well as the DVLA of your change of address.
  • Now is the time to really think about moving and the packing that is involved. This is a big job regardless of how small or big your move might be. You can begin to pack non-essential items that you won’t need over the next few weeks. This can include clothing that you don’t need, any furniture and you can even pack up full rooms if you know that they won’t be used. Make sure you label the boxes so you know where they will be going once you move.
  • You should also inform all providers such as TV, internet and mobile phone of the change.
  • It is now time for you to also firm up any details of childcare or pet care.

1 Week Ahead

  • You can now continue packing more and at this point, you can begin to dismantle furniture that you won’t need to use in the next week. You can also pack more clothes, ensuring you only leave out what you need. Make sure you securely store all the screws and fittings so you can find them easily when you move into your new house.
  • Start to empty your freezer and your cupboards which means that you should only look to buy the essentials. If there is anything that you won’t eat and won’t survive the move then it’s time to throw it away.
  • Take a walk around your garden and identify what you will be taking and leaving. Dismantle any garden furniture or play furniture and consider whether you need to take any potted plants with you.
  • Now you can begin working through your laundry by ensuring that you keep on top of it. You don’t want wet or damp clothing transported with you, so make sure everything is dry.

2 Days Ahead

  • Completely empty your fridge and freezer and then begin defrosting it in readiness for moving.
  • Before you disconnect any main electrical items, take pictures of the connections as this will ensure you know where everything goes in your house once you move in.
  • It’s time to disconnect your washing machine, dishwasher and other appliances.
  • Pack any essential supplies that you might need such as tea and coffee, toilet rolls and snacks. You need to be able to have a drink and eat something once you move into your home.
  • Finally, pack all of your important documents such as passports and your driver’s licence and keep them safe.

Moving Day

  • Make sure you pack a bag for each person which will include clothing and other essentials
  • Charge any devices so that they can be used once you get to your new home
  • Allow your removal team to do their jobs. Try and keep out of their way and give them the space that they need to work efficiently.
  • Take a final walk through to make sure you haven’t left anything behind
  • Give the property a final clean
  • Remove all keys for your old home and leave them labelled in the house

After Moving

  • Take a walk around the house with your removal team so they know where everything needs to go and where possible, make a checklist that they can use. This checklist will make everything faster and easier for them
  • Unpack all of your essential items
  • Take meter readings and take pictures where necessary as proof
  • Take a walk around the home and carry out some checks to make sure that everything is as it should be
  • Give your removals team the space to unload your items
  • Where possible, begin assembling essential furniture such as beds

Conclusion

Moving home is a long process but with the right planning, you can make your new house a home in no time at all. So, if you are looking for assistance with moving, then we are confident that we can make that as simple and stress-free as possible with our range of services.