Moving Home Checklist

While moving to a new home should be an exciting time it’s also one of the most stressful events in our lives. To help things run more smoothly we’ve complied a checklist.

 

  • Take the emotion out of packing
    • Either hire a specialist company to pack for you or try to resist the urge to look through each item you pack. This will speed up packing considerably.
  • Ask for essential information from the current home owners.
  • Contact your suppliers
    • Make a list in advance of all your suppliers and their contact numbers. Think gas, electricity, water, broadband, phone, TV, council tax. Let them know your planned move date and phone on the day with final meter readings/to confirm the move. Ensure final bills are forwarded to your new address.
  • Post
    • Set up a redirection service with Royal Mail. This can be done in advance of moving & is one less thing to remember on moving day.
  • Plan
    • Even the smallest of homes hold a lot of stuff, so don’t get overwhelmed by the enormity of packing up your house. Make a plan, tackle one room at a time and give yourself a time limit each day so that you’re not working until the small hours each day leading up to the move. You can also start in advance by de-cluttering your home when you put it up for sale.
  • Final clean
    • There’s an unwritten rule when it comes to moving, leave your property as you’d like to find it. So, make sure you leave enough time to give the place a good clean, remembering that areas such as under beds and cupboards, might need a more thorough clean once these items are removed.
  • Home insurance
    • Remember that your new home becomes your responsibility from the moment you exchange so you need to have your home insurance in place on this date.
    • If renting make sure you take out contents insurance to cover your possessions.
  • Take the help
    • Say YES to all offers of help. Whether it’s looking after children or pets during the move, help with packing and cleaning or help with the actual move. When it comes to moving, more hands really do make light work.