Moving into a new property can be a busy and sometimes stressful experience. Anyone who has moved home before will tell you that the moving process will certainly keep you very busy because there is so much to remember. Not only is the task of packing extremely time-consuming, but there are also all the other little jobs that have to get done but are often forgotten about.
When moving property, you can never do enough forward planning. So, to help you keep on top of everything and ensure there’s nothing you forget, I have written a moving house checklist with all the things you need to know!
Packing Your Belongings
Obviously, the key to moving house is packing all your belongings. After all, you need them in your new place, most of them anyway. My advice would always be to start packing as early as you possibly can. Start in one room and make your way around the house.
A great tip I was given years ago was to prepare a box of essentials. This includes everything you will need immediately for the first night in your new home and trust me it saves all that stressful riffling through boxes to find your toothbrush!
A Meal-Prep Tip
If you start packing your belongings early enough, you will have more of an opportunity to prepare a home-cooked meal. This is a great way to make a dish, such as lasagne, that can be easily frozen, transported, and then put into the oven when you arrive in your new home.
Having a meal to enjoy on moving day is absolutely essential as the power of a home cooked meal should never be underestimated. Not only can a good, nutritious meal boost your energy meals, but it can also make you feel more at home and it has the power to encourage a positive outlook.
Top tip: organise a food shop online to be delivered to your new home the day after you move so that you can stock up the fridge without having to fit in a trip to the shops amongst all the unpacking chaos.
Organise Your Important Paperwork
Perhaps one of the most important moving house essentials is packing all your important documents together. Keep all passports, marriage and birth certificates in a safe place so that on moving day you can avoid losing them.
Label Your Electricals
When packing up all your belongings, be sure to label all your electricals. I would recommend purchasing coloured stickers so that you can colour-code each electrical wire in an effort to avoid any confusion. This means that when you get into your new property, setting up the television and wiring up all of your gadgets is easy because you don’t need to spend hours untangling wires and figuring out which wire goes with which gadget.
Prioritise switching your fridge and freezer off the day before you move out, so they have a chance to defrost. This means you can move them without any problems. Put any leftover food items into cool bags so they can be easily transitioned back into the fridge and freezer in the new property.
Note Your Meter Readings
Before handing over the keys of your old property, take note of your meter readings for electricity and gas. This is essential and ensures you will get an accurate final bill, helping you avoid the hassle of closing multiple accounts or receiving incorrect charges.
Familiarise Yourself with Your New Home
Get to know your new home as soon as you can. This includes the essentials, such as knowing where the trip switch is for the electricity, checking all fire alarms are working, and changing the locks (as you never know who else has a set of keys!)
Who to Notify About Your Move
One of the most time-consuming aspects of moving properties is notifying everyone of your change of address. There are so many people, from personal friends and professional businesses that are important to notify. I would recommend making a checklist of all the numbers you need to call. For a full list on who to notify of your new home address, click here for a full moving checklist.
Top tip: prioritise having your mail redirected before you move. This ensures your mail starts moving over to the new property so that you don’t miss out on any important bills or letters from friends and family.
Choose a Removal Company
As you can tell from all the points above, moving home can be an extremely time-consuming task. One of the ways you can ease the experience is by choosing a professional removal company to help you with packing, storage, and home removals. Not only can they take care of the packing for you, but they can also help lift heavy objects, move furniture, and transport all your belongings to your new property.
Rachel Kerr is a professional copywriter for Simply Removals, one of the most popular home and business removal companies in the UK.