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Moving home: the essential checklist

By Maha

Published: November 8th, 2018

Make moving (slightly) less manic.

There’s no denying that moving home can be one of the most stressful times of your life.

Enter: our moving home checklist, with all the essential steps to help ease this maddening process:

  • Start by getting yourself a ‘moving journal’, which you use to document everything related to your move.
  • Organise yourselves by making a timeline of when you want everything done by.
  • Start the purge process early. As much as 6 weeks before your move date, start clearing out the ‘undesirable’ items.
  • Spend some time researching your new area so that you’re all set to start living there once the packing and unpacking frenzy is over.
  • If you have children, schools and related facilities are likely to be your top priority. But even just finding out where your local Boots and closest gym is plays a part in helping you feel more at home.
  • Get your packing materials together (check with the removals services company whether they can provide any)
  • Start your packing at least a month before the move. Start with the rooms you use least and work your way up.
  • Check out these handy packing hacks. 
  • Make sure you colour code those labels!
  • Appoint a removals services team to ease your pain come moving day. Check which services they offer to make sure you’re covered for everything you need.
  • Organise parking for the removals vans at both addresses.
  • Work out the travel route to your new home.
  • Find storage facilities if needed. Your removals services company may be able to recommend some if required.
  • Get rid of any perishables.
  • Defrost your fridge and freezer.
  • Arrange a deep ‘end of tenancy’ clean for your home.
  • Give your new address to your post office to redirect your mail to.
  • Notify friends, family, banks, and any other services  and utility companies of your change of address.
  • Make sure your insurance is sorted for your new home.
  • Cancel any local services that you’ll no longer be able to use.
  • Record your utility meter readings. Just take a photo of the meters on your phone.
  • Arrange babysitting/pet sitting if needed for moving day. It makes things a little less stressful if they’re comfortably situated elsewhere.
  • Pack an overnight bag for you and your family with all the essentials needed for your first night in your new home.
  • Make sure this contains any medication you’d need easy access to.
  • Organise all your important documents and store them somewhere safe and accessible.
  • Have a toolkit handy. You’ll need this at the other end while unboxing and assembling.
  • Before leaving, make sure to switch everything off and secure the house.
  • Don’t forget to clear out any outside spaces.
  • Do one final check (and farewell) of your old home. Take your time to make sure nothing is left behind!
  • Leave all the house keys where discussed with the new owners/tenants.
  • Once you get to your new home, make sure you (or another member of the household) is at hand to answer any of the removals services team’s questions.
  • Take a deep breath and put the kettle on.
  • Read the utility meters in your new home and take a picture to record them.
  • Don’t attempt to start the unpacking now, but make the beds nice and comfy! You deserve a good night’s sleep after the day you’ve had.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maha

I love iced coffees, baby alpacas and far-flung adventures.

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