Moving into a new home is incredibly stressful for the majority of us, but it doesn’t have to be. This guide will walk you through the entire process and advise you on how to make your move as stress-free as possible. Why not print this article and use it as a checklist? Here’s to the easiest move you’ve ever had!
Prepare for the move at least a month in advance
Much of the stress that is associated with moving is feeling like you’ve left everything to the last minute. You can eliminate most of this angst by getting the process started early and by spreading out the work over several weeks.
- An audit of your home should be done a month or so in advance. Sort through your entire house from top to bottom and decide which of your possessions you’d like to keep, donate or throw away (hint: be ruthless!)
- If you plan on using one, begin to source your quotes for a number of different removal companies. Once you’re confident you’ve found the best deal, get yourself booked in. You’ll take great reassurance from knowing that this element of the move is all taken care of.
- Begin to make your way through your cupboards full of food and only buy new food if you absolutely can’t make do with what you’ve already got in.
- Keep an eye out for used cardboard boxes that you can get for free from local shops. You’ll also want to purchase a couple of rolls of industrial tape.
- Arrange transportation for your pets, if necessary. If you’re moving abroad you will need to get a Pet Passport.
- Create a floor plan for your new home and assign a number to each room. Later you can label boxes with the corresponding number to keep everything organized.
A couple of weeks leading up to your move…
- Start packing items that you won’t need between now and moving day. Label the boxes with their assigned number and set them aside.
- Request a final bill from your utility providers and give them a forwarding address to send the last bill to. You should also notify your bank, post office etc of your change of address.
- Transfer plants to containers more suitable for moving. Clean out decorative pots and pack them.
- Clear and pack items from shelves, wall hangings and curtain rods as well as all other decorations from around the house.
- If you’re taking it with you, defrost the freezer several days prior to the move. Drain water from fountains and any other items that carry water and give them a few days to dry out.
- Set aside the items you’ll need for moving day and begin packing everything else. Try to keep boxes with corresponding numbers together.
- Disassemble furniture the night before moving. Keep all screws and tools packed together and labelled correctly.
- Provide directions and a spare key for your new home to removals staff and give them a copy of the numbered floor plan you created.
- Do one final check of your home to make sure nothing gets left behind. Turn off any necessary utilities. Give your key to the landlord or estate agent.
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