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When you are moving house, it is important that you don’t allow yourself to succumb to unnecessary stress. No one ever said that moving was a walk in the park but it doesn’t need to be the horrendous period of stress, turmoil and emotional torment that some would have you believe.
As with anything that needs doing properly, the key is in the preparation and the organising. Here, we have put together a foolproof moving house checklist that even the most scatter-brained people can follow.
Follow this moving checklist as closely as you can. The checklist can be adapted to suit you and your removals needs.
So, the early stages of the moving house process will naturally involve some extensive research such as your new area, the legal processes involved in your move, local removal companies. It’s important to really look into these topics in plenty of time before your move. It’s good to know what to expect.
It’s important when you are moving that you don’t get bogged down by the workload and the admin. You can do this by keeping the excitement going. Although moving house is a disruptive time, it’s exhilarating too. Researching and understanding what to expect can help to put you at ease. Why not look into:
The best time to get a removal company secured is with about two months to go. When you compare removal companies with Compare My Move, you can save up to 70% on your removal costs. The removal companies usually book up in advance so it is best to book your company as early as possible especially in the spring and summer as these are peak moving times.
As much as ‘Compare My Move’ aims to save you time, moving house is still a pretty time-consuming affair. You are going to need to book sufficient time off either side of moving day. The day before your move is usually a busy day but it can also be exciting. Having the day off before moving day is loads of fun. The excitement is building and you may even be spending the night sleeping on a mattress on the floor because the bed has been dismantled... It may be tough on your back but it’s all part of the excitement… It’s especially great if you have kids. It will help make what could be an unsettling time for them into something more fun. Order pizza the night before and eat it on the floor. You’ll be up bright and early the next day raring to go!
To save yourself from running around like a headless chicken looking for all your important documents the week before your move or suffering uncontrollable heart palpitations contemplating the nightmare of losing your passport in the move, it’s a good idea to gather all of your important and personal/private documents together into a folder and keep them in a safe place. On the day of the move or the night before, you can pack this folder with the personal items you will be carrying with you or put them in your moving house survival kit.
If you are moving house with children, finding a school in your new area is something you are sure to be considering plenty of time ahead of your move. If you reach the ‘two months before’ point and you haven’t yet looked into the process of school admissions then now is the time. Speak to your child’s current school about transferring school files and chase up any applications you have put in. The local authority in your new area will assist you with the admissions process.
Depending on whether you will be using packing services from your removal company, you might need to get hold of your own packing materials. Even if you are not going to use a packing service, the removal company you book may still provide packing materials or you will have the opportunity to buy professional packing materials from them. It is a good idea to think about gathering packing materials at this stage so you can start packing away the odds and ends.
Your removal costs will depend very much on the volume of your belongings. You don’t need to lug all your unwanted, un-needed items with you to your new home. Having a good old fashioned clear out will save you some pennies, and let’s face it when you’re moving house, every single penny counts! Check out the Compare My Move guide to decluttering your home before moving.
The basic declutter rules:
It’s a good time to consider a skip hire. This can be a therapeutic exercise. Start fresh in your new home.
Hire a chartered surveyor to inspect your new property and inform you of the structural condition and any problems.
Solidify an official moving date and exchange contracts! Yay!
Notify utility companies of your moving day. It is worth thinking about cutting off some of your amenities early so that you’re not paying until well after you have moved. You can probably cope for a week or two without broadband or a landline. Now is also the time to research the best utility providers at what will soon be your new address.
Don’t worry… ‘Compare My Move’ have your back again on this one. Follow our change of address checklist to make sure you get this one right.
If your removal company will be providing a full packing service then you won’t need to do anything… But you may wish to pack some of your personal items yourself. Now is the time to do that and you can use our packing tips to help!
Get creative with dinner ideas as you use up all your frozen food and perishable goods. There’s no use taking them with you and ‘waste not, want not’.
The day before moving day is the calm before the storm. It is a great opportunity to run through the moving house checklist and make sure everything is done.
Put together a Moving Day Kit containing:
Don’t forget to pack a separate special bag for the kids too.
The day is finally here. It’s been a long time in the planning and now you’re ready.
Once all your possessions are safely in your new home, check out our Moving In Checklist and Change of Address Checklist to ensure you've not left anything out.
Depending on how well you have labelled the boxes, you may need to let the removal company know where everything goes. Some supervising is always necessary. You’ll be amazed how quickly the team will unload everything. Here are a few extra tips for day 1 in your new home:
This moving house checklist would be a lot more comprehensive and a heck of a lot longer if you weren’t using a removal company. So many people think that using a professional mover is an added luxury but really, it’s a must. The process will undoubtedly be a lot smoother if you hire the experts.