At the heart of every move is the essential ‘list’ that sets out everything you need to consider in the lead up to moving day. Let’s start with what should be on the list six to eight weeks prior to moving.
6-8 weeks beforehand
- Now’s the time to minimise the amount you need to pack. Sort through everything as you have to determine what stays and what goes. Have a garage sale of unwanted items or donate reusable belongings to charity. The rest? Well, that can probably go to the tip.
- Give yourself plenty of time to check out removal companies. Prices – and quality, vary widely, so ask friends and work colleagues for a recommendations. Always ask firms to supply quotes in writing.
- Inform your children’s school about your upcoming move and get in touch with the school you’ll be using at your new address. They may ask for a written report from your current teacher or principal.
- Begin gathering boxes for packing. Websites like Gumtree often advertise free, unwanted packing boxes or enquire at self-storage providers. Start keeping a numbered record of what’s in each box and start packing little-used items like out of season clothing.
One month to go
- Confirm your booking with the removalist; and if you need time off work for moving day confirm this with your employer.
- Notify key service providers about your upcoming move in writing. This means getting in touch with your bank, insurance company and utility company about your change of address.
- It’s also worth speaking with your local post office about a mail redirection service for a month or two after your move.
A week before
- Start winding down the grocery supplies – it makes it a lot easier to defrost and clean the fridge or freezer ready for transporting. (Remember to have snacks and drinks for the removalist – no one works well on an empty stomach!)
- Pack a suitcase of clothing for the first few days in your new home when many boxes could still be unopened.
- Give the removalist another reminder, and contact your power and phone provider to ensure disconnection – and reconnection of services at your new home, on the appropriate date.
- Don’t forget to contact your real estate agent or solicitor to find out where the keys to your old home should be dropped off and when you can pick up keys to the new place.
- Remember to allow some time out to share a farewell barbecue with neighbours. Emailing your new address and contact details to friends and family is a good idea too.
A day or two to go
- Not long now! Time to pack the ‘essentials box’ containing everything you’ll need on moving day – coffee/tea, kettle and mugs, drinks for the kids plus their special toys, and the dog’s water bowl. Mark the box very clearly.
- Write a list of important dates like garbage collection for the buyer of your new home, and if you have a moment, fill up the car with fuel so that you’re all set on moving day. Give any pot plants that are making the move with you a good watering so that no water will be spilled on the journey.
- Last but not least, check through all your cupboards to make sure nothing is left behind. Now, sit back, relax, and get a good night’s sleep – you’ll need plenty of energy for moving day!
If you’re planning a move soon, download our handy Moving Day checklist to keep you organised in the lead up to moving day.
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