Although we can help you transport your personal belongings from A to B, there is also a lot more that goes into moving house. Therefore, a few weeks before moving house, it’s highly recommend that you create a checklist to make the “moving” day less stressful.
1. Book A Removal Company
Booking the house removal earlier rather than later means that you don’t need to worry about not being able to find anyone and its often cheaper too. At Move Me Now, we offer nationwide man and van services, which means wherever you move, we can help.
2. Declutter Items You No Longer Need
Before moving house, it’s a great time to begin decluttering items that you no longer need. At the end of the day, you don’t want to spend money and time moving items that you don’t want anymore. Rather than throwing them straight into a skip, you could try selling or donating the unused items to a local charity shop.
3. Keep Your Valuables Close
Valuable items such as birth certificates, passports, jewellery/watches and any other items that are worth a lot or have sentimental value should be kept close. Ideally, you want to move these yourself in your own car rather than them going into the removal van.
4. Start Packing Up Your Belongings
Ideally, two to three weeks before you plan to make the big move is when you should begin to pack. We recommend packing non-essential items or those that aren’t used often first and properly packing them in labelled boxes. There is nothing worse than having piles of boxes laying around with no idea what’s actually inside them. If you want further information, we wrote an in-depth guide on how to pack for moving house.
5. Plan The Journey & Check The Car
Unless you are moving house locally, you may want to plan the journey using Google Maps or a sat nav. Once you’ve planned the journey, double check your route with the house removal driver for peace of mind. We also recommend that you thoroughly check over your car and get it serviced if its required. Your car breaking down on a very stressful day is definitely something that you don’t want to happen.
6. Take Note Of Meter Readings
On the moving day itself, you want to record your meter readings, which will include the water, gas and electricity. Whether you have a smart or standard meter, the readings should be quite clear to see. For peace of mind, we advise that you take photos of each meter and then contact your provider to tell them that you are moving.
7. Label All The Keys & Organise Documents
Labelling all of the keys for the windows or any locked doors as well as organising important document for the people moving into your house is recommended. Although it doesn’t benefit yourself, it’s good etiquette and hopefully the owners of the house you move to has done the same. Some of the important documents that should be left in the house include boiler instructions, consumer unit instructions, appliance instructions, planning applications and so on. Basically, any documents that’s to do with the house or used inside of the house should be left behind for the new owners.
8. Plan The First Night
The first day/night you spend at your new house will be extremely busy and you will want to plan ahead. In terms of eating, we advise getting a takeaway (yay!) because trying to figure out how to use a new oven can be stressful as it is. Other things that you will require for the first night include bedding, toiletries, towels, chargers, favourite toy/teddy for your kids, change of clothes and tools for assembling any furniture.
9. The Final Walkthrough
Before handing over the keys, have a final walkthrough of the house, garage and garden. Ensure there is nothing left behind and give it a good clean so that its ready for the new people moving in.
10. Update Your Details
Once you have moved, it’s important that you update your address details and notify anyone that needs to know. Some example of who you should notify of a change of address can include:
- DVLA – V5 and driving license
- The bank
- Insurance providers – home, car and pet
- Utility provider
- Local council
- Phone and internet providers
- TV licensing
- Online payments – eBay, PayPal, Ocado (this sort of thing)
- Electoral roll
- … and many more
The above checklist are the main examples but everyone is different and there may be many more updates that you need to do.
Creating a moving house checklist is highly recommended and hopefully our checklist above gives you a helping hand. If you’ve made it this far in the article, we hope you have a smooth and successful house move. If you have any questions regarding our moving house checklist, feel free to contact our team and we will provide you with any advice where possible.