Moving into a home is both exhausting and exciting. Whether you are buying or renting a new property, moving home can be stressful at the best of times.
Below is a helpful moving checklist to ensure you complete all of the necessary tasks during your move:
- Sort and purge. Have a tour to every room of your house and decide what you'd like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.
- If you are renting, inform your current landlord of the date when you will leave.
- Choose your mover and confirm the arrangements. Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
- If you are buying, check that your solicitor has all the necessary paperwork.
- Organize your things and your time-begin by throwing out anything you no longer need, then box up other items according to the rooms they will be going into in order to make them easier to find when you unpack.
- Sort out insurance cover-ensure that you have buildings insurance from the day you move.
- Organize furniture removals, get quotes from several companies or hire a van and rope in a few friends and do it yourself.
- Most importantly, ensure you have one bag or box full of all the immediate essentials you will need when you arrive in your place- a change of clothing for all the family, kettle and tea bags, towels, bed linen, teddies for kids. So that you can spend your first night setting in rather than spending hours searching for the sock or the TV remote!
- Order different sizes of boxes and other necessary stuff such as tape, Bubble Wrap, and permanent markers. Don't forget to order specialty containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
- Have word with your gas, electricity and water providers as well as the council about your move so that you name can be changed over on to the bills for your new property.
- Same way ensure any other services, such as internet, phone, TV, window cleaner, milkmen. Try not to forget anyone who might be affected.
- Start thinking ahead about what you will need in your new home; shop around for sofas, wardrobes. Order them in time for when you move. Don’t order, though, until you are sure of your move in date.
- Go to the post office to organize for your mail to be redirected to your new address, it’s also a good idea to leave some handy stickers with your new address on them for the new inhabitants at your old place so that they can forward any mails easily.
- Pack your bags. Finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack bags for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.
- If your refrigerator is moving with you, defrost the freezer, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.
While returning the keys, make sure property is clean and tidy when you leave, whether you have sold your property or moved out of a rented home. Leave your old home in the way in which you would like to find your new one.