To complement our guide to moving house visual graphic representing the steps it takes to successfully move home and stay on top of things, here you will find our moving house guide with a written account of what to expect over a two month period leading up to the big day.
Moving House Checklist
2 months before the move
There are several steps to moving house and organisation is paramount to a successful move. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a seasoned mover, it’s important to get organised well in advance of the big day. At this point, focusing on getting everything you need is the most sensible approach to make sure you can be as prepared as possible. A ‘Moving House’ book that contains all the information about your new home might be a good idea, particularly if you are buying a new build. This will contain a chronological account of the entire process, complete with paperwork from your solicitor to receipts on any new furniture.
Being two months away from the actual move is a great time to get planning. You don’t need to go so far as to write a day by day account of what you’ll need to do, but it’s worth checking that the removal company has been booked, that your mortgage provider is fully updated with your situation and that you know your mortgage offer back to front. Many mortgages these days will only give you the funds if you reach certain criteria, such as getting home insurance.
It might be worth going around your house labelling what you want to keep and what you want to throw. For anything not moving house with you, plan a trip to the tip, a charity shop or organise a car boot sale.
4 Weeks To Go
With only a month before the big day, you’ll need to make sure the world knows you’re moving. When I say the world, I mean there are many companies that need to have your correct address. Print out a checklist such as this one from reallymoving.com. The most important change of addresses will be with utility companies, the DVLA, your internet provider, schools, doctors and vets.
Young children and pets can be handed over to friends and family on the day of the move to allow you to shift all your belongings in one gloriously efficient transition, without the need to worry about little feet getting in the way. It’s worth planning ahead to make sure that child and pet-sitters can anticipate looking after your little loved ones.
2 Weeks To Go
At this point your heart is likely beating a tad faster than it’s usual rate. It’s important to get enough sleep so that you’re fresh on the day, so make sure you stick to your usual routine.
You need to consider what clothes to pack and what clothes you’ll be wearing until you unpack. This is also a good time to throw out clothing that you haven’t worn in an age. Use the 2 year rule; if you haven’t worn it in 2 years, then take it to a charity shop.
As packing becomes a more serious endeavour, start packing one room at a time and go for items you use less often first. In the living room for instance, pack all books and ornaments. This should only leave heavy furniture and a few electricals, thus giving you an idea of how much room you’ll need in the removal van, and how many boxes you’ll end up needing for the big day.
1 Week To Go
The big moving day is just around the corner, the excitement will be palpable, and the focus should turn to cleaning. You don’t want the next occupants to be put out by having to clean their new home top to bottom, so as you clear room after room, make sure you clean, too. It’ll also help you come to terms with moving out of a house that you had settled in. The act of cleaning it one last time can give you a satisfying sense of closure.
Build yourself an ‘Essentials Home Moving Survival Kit’:
· Phone and charger
· Packed lunch and plenty to drink
· Toilet roll
· All necessary paperwork and important numbers
· Pen and paper
· Hand cream – for dry hands after moving boxes and furniture
· Pyjamas – for your first night in your new home
· Clean outfit – so you can feel clean and fresh the day after moving in
· Towel (for drying hands)
Finally! The big day is here! You’re near the end of this step by step guide to moving house. This is the most stressful part of the whole process and hopefully you’ve planned it well. Our advice is to take it easy and cover all the bases; remember to check electric, gas and water meters and to clean as you go. Don’t lift heavy objects without help from a friend, and enjoy the exercise! You’ll burn a lot more energy than you normally do and hopefully sleep better as a result.
It’s worth making sure the bed is set up first, so that if the move goes long into the night, at least you know you can collapse in a heap in your comfortable sheets once everything is done.
Related – What To Expect On The Day Of Your Move
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