Moving into a new home, whether owned or rented, can both be exciting and daunting at the same time. There’s just too many things you need to do, right? Well, don’t worry, we’re sure you have done everything necessary – but just in case you haven’t here are 5 tips to make sure you are ready.
1.) You’ve cancelled all your mail and bills (or at the very least, redirected them)
With all the madness of boxing and packing, and organizing, it can be easy to forget the things that cannot be seen such as monthly bills, direct debits, council taxes and internet bills. If you are moving, then it is essential that you address these things and that you have contacted all of your utility companies and informed them of the move, and redirected your post to your new address.
2.) You’ve booked the moving vans
You will be amazed at how much can go wrong with removals vans, the most common issue being timing. Many people feel that loading the removals man should be the last thing they do before they leave the house, when actually loading the removals van is best done first thing in the morning, so that you have time to look over the house and made sure you have literally EVERYTHING including pictures on walls, calendars, clocks, and other items that are in the home but rarely considered as parts of the furniture.
3.) You’ve arranged your storage
If you are making use of temporary storage, this will need to be booked, and any trips to it should be organized by moving day. Ideally you will have a van that is going to storage and a van that is going to your new home so that there is no confusion in which luggage goes to which destination.
4.) You have clearly labeled your boxes
This is a very common error, especially in marital homes. One person has a photographic memory and can tell the difference between “that box” which has a dot in the upper right hand corner, and “that box” that doesn’t. Meanwhile, everyone else that doesn’t have a photographic memory (and if you are moving home, it is highly likely that there are a number of people helping you out) labels will really help reduce anxiety and improve organization. Before moving day, take a tour of your packing and clearly label every single package. This will help you load, unload and reorganize when you get to your new home.
5.) You’ve got your new keys
Another common error. You have packed, cleaned and loaded perfectly and driven some 50 miles to your new home, only to find that the keys are in the now empty kitchen drawer back at home. To prevent this, tape your new keys to the back of the front door so that they are in your face as you are leaving and they are the last thing you take with you, so they are ready to hand when you get to the other side.
About the Author
Brendon is a moving expert for Livingroom, Guernsey’s leading estate agent.