If you have recently sold your home, but find yourself fretting about the move to your new place, then you’re not alone. The majority of people find moving house as stressful as bereavement or divorce, and when you consider the amount of upheaval involved, it’s hardly surprising!
So to avoid a last minute panic, read on for a helpful guide to moving home in manageable stages.
1.) Four Weeks Before you Move
Make sure you have planned out exactly how you’ll be moving your possessions so you can book a removals van. Remember that Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular so will be expensive. If you are only moving a short distance, for example within Southampton, a man and a van will keep costs down. Some removals companies provide storage facilities if you intend to downsize or are making a temporary move.
Inform your broadband provider of your move to avoid any leaving penalties.
Start collecting boxes and packing materials. You can either buy new boxes, or to save money collect cardboard boxes from your local supermarket.
If you have children and you are moving out of your area, you’ll need to identify and contact potential schools in the new area.
2.) Three Weeks Before you Move
Take the time to go through your stuff and decide what you really want to keep. Most of us have homes packed with items we never use or really want. De-cluttering now means you will only be taking what you absolutely want to your new home.
Start deep cleaning the house.
Start packing up all the items you don’t need on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to mark the boxes essential and non-essential, as well as the rooms they are destined for. Alternatively, you can make a list of what the box contains and tape it to the outside.
Check with your removal company or man and van that the arrangements are finalised, and make sure they are aware of your new address.
Use up food – there is little point in taking freezer items and half eaten packets of cereal with you.
3.) One Week
Pack up as many remaining items as you can, leaving only the essentials.
Inform your utilities companies, local council, bank, GP/dentist, TV licencing authority and DLA you are moving and register your new address. Consider a mail redirection service for peace of mind. Some web sites offer an online change of address service which may also be worth trying.
Check with the estate agents about arrangements for leaving and collecting keys.
Prepare a box of essentials for the new home. Include light bulbs, screwdrivers, matches, and torches. You should also prepare a box of items you will need immediately, such as tea, coffee,
kettle, cat food etc.
4.) Day Before
Pack clothes for the next few days in a suitcase
Drain the water from your dishwasher and washing machine outlets.
Have any pet baskets ready, and keep the cat in.
5.) Moving Day
It’s the big day, so get an early start before the removals company turn up. Capture your pets, do
a final clean, and pack your last kitchen items up (but be sure to leave tea, coffee and biscuits on tap). Take a final meter reading and make sure the house is secure before you lock the door.
About the Author
Rob Rudd is an regular blogger who enjoys writing about home improvement and lifestyle. He has moved house several times and always tries to do it himself with a hire van. Next time he is going to learn from his mistakes.