idea of moving, and especially being in the new property, can be very, very, exciting but the down side is there are probably hundreds of things to do, but with a bit of work sooner rather than later
you can reduce this into manageable chunks. Below is a timetable/checklist that will definitely help you achieve this in a systematic manner.
Eight Weeks before the move:
Plan your new accommodation. If you are buying a new home, ensure you have a mortgage in principle and a solicitor lined up if not actually starting work – try and get a recommendation and don’t just use the cheapest one you can find. If you have any valuable belongings, get them assessed by an expert to be sure you get adequate insurance from your removals firm. Go through all the house, especially the attic and garage, cdecluttering what things you don’t need. This could well save you money with your removals and will certainly be good for the feel of the new property. If you will be packing things yourself start collecting packing materials such as newspapers, boxes etc. Run your food down and try to empty freezer in particular.
Six Weeks before the move:
If your property is rented, consider giving notice to your landlord depending on the notice required under your lease. Do you want to book storage space for any of your belongings so they can be moved in after the main move and the property is ready for them? We can do this for you of course. Order any new furniture in the house, to be delivered to your new home. Traditionally (although we give a discount to people moving Monday to Thursday), most house moves happen on Friday, which gives most people the weekend to get straight, but a few extra days booked off work/other commitments before the move day may be advisable especially when you are moving from a big property. Approach friends and family and see if you can leave pets and young children in safe hands, out of the way, or just have some moral support, on move day.
Four Weeks before the move:
Exchange of contracts/signing the new lease may means you have/will shortly pass the point of no return, and the move is almost certainly on. You should start the process of contacting everyone in your address book/utilities etc. Confirm the date when you will move. Perhaps do a floor plan of how things need to be arranged in your new property, color code/name each room, and stick co-coordinating stickers/mark up with the name on every box so we know where to put them. Consider notifying your household insurer and arrange cover to the new home address from the day you exchange contracts (if buying) or you move in (if renting). Consider other providers including: telephony, internet, medical, motor, pets, life insurers. Inform the Utilities that your move is imminent and remember you will need to take final meter readings just before you leave/as soon as you move in. Let your HR department know your moving details, and also inform the tax office if you are self employed. Don’t forget to update any children’s contacts too.
Two Weeks before you move:
Unless we are doing this for you, it is the time start (or at least plan) the final push with packing your boxes/dismantling any furniture. The more you can do ahead of move day the better and try not to leave any until the day itself. Sends change of address cards/emails. Book us for you move if you have not already, or if the legalities are not quite completed at least ask us to pencil in the likely date for you and hold the date for you when the legalities are being finalised. Tell your doctor, dentist or optician. De-register if you are moving out of the area which you are leaving. Go online and arrange for the post office to redirect your post
One Day before move:
Hopefully you have not much left to do now. Pack a bag/box for each family member containing their essentials: toiletries, nightwear, change of clothes and not forgetting towels and bed linen. Have a box or two for all the essential kitchen items - mugs, cutlery, kettle, milk, tea and the coffee. Put these boxes/bags in your car if possible rather than the removals lorry. Perhaps include a couple of ready meals/decide on a local takeaway as you probably won’t feel like cooking. Have a “essentials” toolkit with a screw driver, key, knife, candles, light bulbs and tape. Keep all the important numbers with you such as the estate agent and solicitor. And also don’t forget to keep a pen and a paper. Charge all the mobile phones. Also try to defrost the freezer before the time. Put all the documents and valuables in a safe place.