Countdown to moving home

It cannot be stressed enough that the key to a smooth move lies in plenty of preparation and work before the big day. Here is compiled list of everything you should do in the weeks and days before your move. Remember that with time and planning your move can be a relatively stress free experience.

One month before the move

  • Go through your house from the attic to the basement and throw out or give to charity all those items which you will no longer need. This is a big clear out and is a great chance for you to sell items either at a car boot sale or garage sale
  • Take a look at the amount of belongings you need and book your removal company. Make sure they give you an accurate quote that suits your needs. Check that your possessions will be insured. Ask them to help with packing if you have lots to move.
  • Eat all the frozen food in the freezer as the chances are they won’t last the journey and will start to defrost.
  • Make travel arrangements if necessary for the trip, car rental or book a hotel if necessary.
  • Contact the council to let them know you are moving. Also inform the bank or building society and utility companies.

3 Weeks ahead of the move

  • If you have pets now is a good time to book them into kennels or look at safe ways to move your animals. Check with the vet if necessary.
  • Plants will need to be made ready for the move too! Take advice if you need it as to how to move and store certain outdoor plants for any change in environment.
  • If you have library books or have borrowed things from friends or family now is a good time to return them. Pick up any outstanding dry cleaning. Collect borrowed goods that you have lent out to friends or similar.
  • If you have any leftover paint or similar hazardous substances that you do not wish to take with you now is a good time to dispose of them.
  • Let the DVLA know of your upcoming change of address.

Fortnight before the move

  • Some people feel that it’s helpful to draw a floor plan of your new house or similar so you can plan where to put furniture when you arrive at the other end.
  • It is advisable to have your appliances such as washers/dryers etc made ready for the move by getting a white goods firm in to take a look.
  • Begin packing items you will not need in the next two weeks.
  • If you have children organise a baby sitter to take care of your little ones the day you move. This can help reduce stress on a difficult and often tiring day

7 days before the move

  • Make sure your car is serviced and ready to go if you have a big drive to your new home. It is also advisable to take any important documents such as passports or birth certificates with you. Also it is a good idea to carry your jewellery and other similar valuables with you on the big day.
  • Defrost you freezer and clean as best you can your fridge.
  • If you are not leaving your curtains it is advisable to take down the rods. Also remove any shelves that you will be taking with you.
  • If you have a number of electrical tools it is worth taking these apart in plenty of time so that you can pack them away.
  • Pack up essential items to keep you going for the first few days of your move. Simple items can help make the days that follow a lot easier.

24 hours before moving

  • Prepare any garden tools for the move, make sure the hose is empty of water and that the fuel is drained from lawn mowers or similar.
  • Pack up electrical items such as heaters, air conditioning units or any similar items.
  • Remove towel rails and similar from their fixtures.
  • Prepare your washing machine for the move and secure the drum so that it doesn’t move in transit.
  • If you are taking the carpets remove any screws or tacks that might be holding them in place.
  • Pack up your indoor and outdoor plants ensure they are watered and are as strong as they can be before the move.

Unpacking Top Tips for your First Day
Where to start in your new home

Moving is a daunting task for many, but what comes after can be pretty tricky too. That’s why with these handy hints and tips you will be able to unpack with ease on your first day in your new home.

Day One Unpacking

  • It’s a good idea to put all your furniture in the places you would like. This will be made easier if you have already made plans as to what furniture will go where in your new home. If you have not made a floor plan in advance do a walk through on arrival to get a good idea of what should go where.
  • It’s a good idea to check the electricity is on and get your fridge and freezers on and working as soon as you can.
  • Make up the beds. You will be tired later in the day and this will be the last thing you will want to do before you go to bed.
  • Put labelled boxes into the correct rooms so that unpacking is easier.
  • Make sure your essential items such as toilet roll and toiletries are located.
  • Work out what your priorities are. Moving is a personal experience and what works for one person is not necessarily what works best for you. As a general rule it is helpful to start with kitchen as this is where most people find it easy to congregate and is a source of food and drink for a tiring day!
  • Other unpacking options include unpacking some items in a given room then doing the same in the next.
  • Bathrooms are key, for many people a clean bath and shower area can be a welcome respite after a long day.

Wherever and whatever you to start to unpack first try and take your time. Settling into your new home can take many weeks if not months. The first day is more about making your new home as comfortable whilst you take your time to make your new home exactly how you want it to be.