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If you’ve just sold a house or bought your new one, then congratulations! You’re probably already wondering where to go from here, what to do and when to do it?
This is completely understandable. There is so much to do, and no matter how long you have, time does indeed fly.
But don’t get stressed yet. By following a set to-do list, you can avoid the common pitfalls of house moving that many people suffer.
Hopefully, you’ll have at least 2 months to sort everything out. So, to help you out here is the ultimate home moving checklist:
2 Months Before
You’ve just begun to think about moving to your new house. You have some time at this point in the moving process. So, first thing’s first:
- Budget. This is an ideal time to budget for your move and decide how much you want to spend on your removal company.
- Comparison. Make sure you compare multiple removal companies and get the best removal company for what you can afford. Nowadays these come with inclusions/add-ons such as storage between houses, for example.
- Protect your move. The better removal companies will often offer you a tailored insurance policy, however, BAR accredited companies have an extra layer of insurance. If the company you choose is unable to carry out the move due to financial difficulties, your move is protected by BAR.
- Decluttering. After you’ve chosen your removal company, it’s time to start looking at decluttering. Start with the storage spaces, such as the loft, that don’t get touched often, and move on from there.
- Donations. Decide what you want to keep, and whatever you want to get rid of making sure to donate or offer to friends.
1 Month Before
You still have time, so don’t panic yet. A month before you start moving is an important time and the to-do list is more important than ever:
- Address. Update your address with your internet, mobile and utility companies, ensuring they know that you are moving.
- Cancel Subscriptions. Some companies might not provide services to where you are moving, so you may have to cancel your subscription with them. This includes gyms, local magazines and the like. Many companies may need a month’s warning before cancelling.
- Schools. If you have children, now is a good time to start searching for their new school, ensuring a smooth transition between the two.
- Storage. Begin sending your less-frequently used items into storage to free up your house for more packing space.
You now have less than a month until you move. But you still have time, plenty of time, enough time to be well prepared for moving day:
- Packing Room. Begin moving all your packing boxes into a room that is used less often than all the others, this keeps them out of the way and more room for you to pack.
- Food. Begin eating everything you have stored; all of the fridge and freezer items need to be consumed before moving day. Who knows, you could find a new favorite meal in the process.
- Prohibited Items. Removal companies will have a list of prohibited items. These often include anything flammable or dangerous, so talk to your movers before you pack.
One week less and hopefully you’re still holding it together. The clocks ticking but so are you, with the to-do list getting shorter day by day.
- Redirecting Post. You may still be in the process of changing your address with all your utility and subscriptions. In the meantime, you can redirect your post via Royal Mail Postal Redirection Service
- Evidence. Take photos of all your furniture and any scratches/knocks that are currently wearing. This allows you to claim any furniture that may have been damaged in the process of moving.
- Cleaning/Maintenance. Make sure the large appliances are properly cleaned and emptied before moving. Defrosting your freezer is a must and you may as well clean the oven whilst you’re at it.
- Valuables. Gather all your valuable and special items together and ensure they are all in one place. Try and keep these separate from the large items in the removals van; or look after them yourself by taking them to the new house when you go to visit.
ONE WEEK! Hold off that panicky feeling for a little bit longer, you’re almost there. With just a few more bits to do, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer:
- Essentials. Bring a bag/box of essentials to your new house before the moving truck arrives
- Laundry. Make sure all the laundry is done, and begin packing your closet
- Confirmation. Double-check with your mover that everything has the go-ahead and that any policies/insurance you wanted is present for the move.
- Back-up. Buy a portable hard drive and plan for the worse by backing everything up.
- Clean. Do a deep clean of your old house, ensuring it is in a perfect state for the new homeowners, and provide any documents they may require in a plastic pouch.
IT’S HAPPENING, IT’S REALLY HAPPENING BUT… you’ve got it all under control, right? All you’ve left to do is the moving part, with your new life waiting for you just around the corner… or on the other side of the country:
- Small Bits. Put any extra screws and bolts from your furniture and appliances in a plastic bag and label what the belong to.
- Stress-Free. Get your parents to look after any kids or pets you have whilst you’re packing the truck, to remove any potential causes of stress.
- Copies. Make multiple copies of any important documents such as removal receipts and invoices for future reference, whether that be taxes or peace of mind.
- Descending Order. When moving into the new house, bring in the largest items first and the smaller boxes second, otherwise you’ll be moving everything around for the larger items.
- Be Calm. Remember, this is the day you’ve been building up to for months. Make sure to take it slowly, don’t forget to eat and drink and take a few deep breaths when they’re needed.