Moving house soon? Then a checklist will come in handy. Here are 10 things every moving checklist should include to keep you on track.
1. Arrange removalists
At least a month or two out from moving day, book your removals specialist. Planning takes the stress out of moving, so the earlier you book the removalist, the better.
2. Begin packing
First, pack up anything you won’t use again before moving day. Then go from room to room, packing everything in sturdy boxes and labelling them clearly as you go. Start packing at least a month in advance.
3. Declutter your home
Now it’s time to clear out anything you don’t need. Donate items to charity if they’re still in good condition and throw the rest away. You could always ask friends, family or neighbours if they want anything before you get rid of it.
4. Update your address details
Don’t forget to update your address with service providers, including:
- Loan companies
- Local road authority
- Dentist and doctor
- Electoral Commission
- Subscription services
- Utility companies
5. Make child and pet arrangements
There’s a lot to juggle on moving day, and sometimes it’s best if you leave pets and kids with friends or family. Moving can be stressful for kids and pets anyway, so it’s a good idea to take them out of the situation if you can.
Just make sure your friends or relatives can help out – give them about a month’s notice, if possible.
6. Confirm your paperwork
A week or two before moving day, check in with your lawyer and make sure everything’s signed properly. On the day, keep paperwork like loan papers and title deeds handy in case you need them.
7. Set valuables aside
It’s best if you pack your own valuables, whether it’s jewellery or heirlooms, and take them with you in the car on moving day. Pack them in advance so you don’t need to worry about them.
8. Prepare an overnight box
No one wants to unpack everything the first day they arrive in a new property. The answer? An overnight box. Include everything your family needs for the first night, including:
- Toiletries e.g. soap, toothpaste
- Pet and childcare supplies
- A child’s favourite toy so they feel more comfortable
9. Make your final preparations
In the few days before you move, clear out and defrost your fridge/freezer so it’s ready to go. Take final utility readings just before you move out, and disconnect the supply. Make sure you remember to arrange water and energy for your new home.
10. Leave keys behind
Always remember to hand in keys to your lawyer’s office. If you have any spare sets, just pop them through the letterbox for the new family. And be sure to lock up the property before you leave.
Planning takes the stress out of moving, so it’s best to get ready as soon as possible. And most importantly, don’t forget to book in that removalist!