Countdown to moving checklist
The run-up to moving can be a busy time and there’s so much to organise. If you’re not prepared, it can all seem like too much. But don’t worry: at easyProperty, we’ve put together a list of everything that you should do at each stage to make sure your countdown to moving is on track. Simply print it out, stick it on the fridge, and check things off as you go.
Four weeks before
- Think about getting your post redirected through Royal Mail. There is a fee, but it can mean that any confidential documents that slip through the cracks will make their way to you, rather than the new owners of your property.
- Finalise details with your removal company. Make sure they have the final date of your move. Don’t forget to find out how close a van will be able to park to your new home.
- You can transfer your TV licence over to your new home up to three months before your moving date.
- If you have parking restrictions outside your house, contact the authority about allowing the removal truck to park on moving day. They should be able to lift restrictions for you but will need a few weeks to confirm it.
- Is your child going to move schools? Give both the old school the date they will leave, and make sure the new one is ready for their first day.
- Choose your new doctors and dentists.
- Check your cupboards and freezers and write meal plans to use up as much of the food that you have in as possible. You’ll save money on the weekly shop for a while as you use up your reserves. Plus, it will mean less to transport to the new house.
- Book a hotel if you think you will need one during the move.
Two weeks before
- Start packing and sorting the house. Be ruthless! Are you really going to need that kitchen gadget that you got last Christmas in your new home? More clearing out clutter now means you’ll have less to move to the new property, making moving day a lot simpler.
- If you’re relocating across the country, it may be worth checking your car to make sure it’s up for the journey. Breaking down on the motorway would put a dampener on moving day.
- Arrange to send your pets away to stay with a friend or neighbour on moving day to stop them from getting underfoot. If you have small children, they might be happier staying with grandparents or friends for the day, too.
- Return any borrowed or loaned items, from library books to anything that belongs to a neighbour or friend.
One week before
- Tell official companies about your change of address. If you drive, DVLA need to know about your change of address. Don’t forget to tell all your bank accounts and HMRC, too.
- Sort out your Council Tax at your new address. It will avoid any larger fee down the line.
- Want to have internet sorted when you get into the new house? Order your new router at least a week in advance because delivery usually takes at least seven days. That means you can get connected sooner.
- Finish as much of your packing in advance as possible. Order lots of cardboard boxes or pick some up from a supermarket to keep everything organised.
- Wash and dry all your linen and clothing so it’s ready to be unpacked or hung in wardrobes as soon as you get to your new home.
- Check with your home insurance to make sure that your belongings will be covered during the moving process, and make sure all insurance is ready to go on the new house. Don’t forget to change your address with Life, Car, Pet and Medical insurance if needed, too.
- Don’t forget to take your magazine subscriptions with you! Change your addresses to make sure you can read all the future issues.
- Tell neighbours that you will be moving, so they won’t be surprised to see a moving truck taking up space on the road.
The day before
- Take final meter readings on your gas, electric and water. You don’t want to have to pay for someone else’s household bills.
- Pack an overnight bag with pyjamas, a toothbrush and other essentials to get you through moving day. Don’t forget the toilet paper! Everything else should be packed safely away.
- As well as personal essentials, make sure light bulbs, fuses, tools, candles, matches, cash, phone chargers and a list of important telephone numbers are also easily available.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged and have a spare power charger, just in case.
- Keep valuables and documents together and with you, if possible. It’s best to keep birth certificates and passports in a handbag. The stress of losing them is not something that you need on moving day.
- Defrost the freezer so it is ready to transport.
- If you have time, do an online food shop. Order a big shop to come to your new house a few days after you move in. This will mean you’re all stocked up with food and don’t need to leave to get all your groceries in, giving you more time to unpack and organise.
- Strip all the beds and put the linen together with pyjamas ready to be washed in your new home.
- Do a final quick clean while scanning all the rooms for any missed bits and bobs to take with you.
- Clearly instruct the removal company and make sure they have any specific information about important items. Make sure someone is there to guide them around the new property as soon as the movers arrive, so they know what goes where.
- Take pictures of the utility metres in your new home on your phone to avoid paying extra for bills.
- Get the teas and coffees going with some biscuits to keep up morale – both for yourself and for the movers!
- Check that all the keys work for the new house.
- Check the van to make sure it is completely empty.
- Breathe a sigh of relief once all your furniture and boxes have been unloaded. Now it’s time to enjoy your new home!
We hope that following our list will take some of the stress out of moving. Remember, your dream home is just around the corner!
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