Moving Home Checklist
Moving home is often said to be one of life’s most stressful events. First, there’s finding the right place after selling your own home for the price you deserve. Then there’s the booking of removal companies, packing and unpacking, finding new schools, shops and services, along with any financial stressors.
In addition to the logistical nightmare moving presents, there is also an emotional stress to moving home, especially if you’ve been in the same place for a long period of time.
But there’s no need to panic! With the help of my team, we’ve put together this short article to help you plan well in advance, making your move as stress-free as possible.
Where to start?
From accepting an offer on your sale and having your offer accepted on your purchase you might not have an accurate idea on an exact moving date for some time, however, it’s advised that you start planning your move straight away or following the mortgages being offered. Planning in advance is the key to reducing stress.
Decluttering is essential when moving home. Before even considering packing you should have a good clear out. Decide what you need to sell, donate or throw out. You don’t want to be hauling useless items around come moving day.
Start with the room’s you use the least, dismantle furniture you can live without and put everything, yes everything you possibly can into boxes. Fill in the gaps using newspaper, bubble wrap and towels.
If you’re not tech savvy or don’t have a great memory, take a photo of the wiring behind your TV or a photo of a particular decoration display, so you can easily replicate it in your new home.
Finally pack a survival box containing the things you use on a daily basis and keep them in a separate, easily accessible bag or box. Items such as toiletries, a change of clothes and phone chargers will all come in handy.
What type of removal do you need?
Not everybody will need a removals company. Those moving from furnished accommodation or those moving for the first time may be able to move with the help or friends or a man with a van at a fraction of the cost.
However, those moving from a family home or those with specialist items such as antiques or a piano may require a professional removals service that possesses the experience needed to transport these items safely.
Logistics in advance of the moving day
Consideration should be taken into account before booking any removals. How long after completion will it take the previous homeowners to move? Are there any tight access spots for a van/lorry at the other end? Will you have all the keys immediately?
On the day
The day of moving will most probably be the most stressful. It can often be unclear exactly what time keys will be available so plan for this in advance. If you have children or pets, it might be worth considering getting a sitter for the day. Trying to prevent the dog from bringing mud in after exploring the new garden won’t be ideal whilst you're unpacking your cutlery.
Once you’re in
Once you’re in sadly it doesn’t stop there. It’s advisable to get a few bits of admin out of the way whilst you may have related paperwork to hand:
- Update your address records
- Register to vote
- Provide your meter readings to your service providers
- Find new services such as doctors and dentists
Once the move is done, it’s time to crack open that bottle of champagne and order a takeaway. Unpacking can wait until tomorrow!
Matt Housley - Residential Sales
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