Moving House Checklist: Tip For A Stress-Free Move

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Moving House Checklist: Tip For A Stress-Free Move

14 Apr 2022 –– Tips & Advice

Our moving house checklist is your go-to guide to moving house like a pro.

Advice from Toby Whittaker Managing Director, Store First Ltd

Moving house may seem stressful, but a little organisation goes a long way. If you heed our simple advice, your next house move will be a breeze! Read on to find out what to pack, when to pack it and everything else you might forget during your move.

Eight weeks before you move house

  • Organise your mortgage and solicitor
  • Get house surveys done
  • Research the area to make the necessary preparations (may involve changing your children’s schools, applying for new jobs, sorting out your new commute)
  • Search and compare home insurance

Six weeks before you move house

  • Book removal companies
  • Research self-storage facilities if you’re in-between homes or downsizing
  • Start organising and decluttering your household items
  • Make a list of everything you have to pack
  • Order boxes, tape and other packaging materials

Four weeks before you move house

  • Finalise any bookings for removals/storage
  • Start asking relatives/friends if you need extra help
  • Figure out what you’ll pack where - what’s going in the moving van vs the car
  • Book in any urgent decorators - carpets, utilities, sofa etc
  • Get in touch with your gas, electricity, broadband, insurance and TV providers to organise any changes to your account

A week before you move

  • Pack up boxes according to room
  • Label every box
  • Get all of your keys together, remember any spares
  • Eat up everything in the fridge and freezer, then defrost them both before leaving
  • Contact the post office to arrange for any mail to be redirected

The day before you move house

  • Charge up your mobile and pack up any final items
  • Make an overnight/essentials bag for anything you’ll need in the morning

What to do the day you’re moving house

  • Final meter readings and take a picture of your meters so you have proof
  • Remove all bedding and pack it up to take to the new house
  • Pack up the car
  • Close all the windows
  • Switch everything off
  • Do a final check
  • Make sure you have copies of all paperwork handy

Hopefully by planning your move will run smoothly, and unpacking your new home will be a fun and stress-free process.

When you get into your new home

  • Unpack your essentials
  • Read all of the meters and take pictures
  • Get cleaning and unpacking

We hope these tips help you move house without the stress and embark on an exciting new chapter in your new home.  

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