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Our ultimate moving home guide…

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Moving house is one of life’s big events, but have you got everything ready?

  • Start packing as early as possible so you have less stress in the lead up
  • Make a list of things you may need to buy, to avoid last minute costs
  • Keep a to do list - being organised is the key to making moving day a stress-free experience

So, you’ve reached the other end of the buying process and all your days of back-and-forth emailing with your solicitors and estate agents are behind you – now it’s time to pack up. The process of moving to a new house can be stressful, but it becomes a lot less daunting when you break everything down and plan out what needs to be done and when.

This guide will provide you with the ultimate moving home checklist so you have one less thing to worry about…

When should you start packing to move home?

You should kick-start the process when you know your move-in date. This could mean sourcing storage boxes and researching moving companies, if necessary. If your move in date is more than a few weeks away, there’s probably no need to live among cardboard boxes for that length of time.

Most people like to leave 1-2 weeks to pack up all their belongings, depending on the size of your house and exactly how much there is to pack. You want to make sure you’re waking up to cardboard boxes for as little time as possible, to avoid any extra stress... or having to rummage in the boxes for things you actually need day to day!

To make things a little easier for yourself, when packing and unpacking, make sure to label each box with the room it’ll need to go into. You should also mark down exactly what’s inside so you’re not having to open every box to find your favourite pair of shoes or that family photo for the mantle when you’re unpacking.

Another good tip is to clean everything before you pack it up. It’ll save you a job on the other end in your new home when you want to get sorted and settled in as quickly as possible.

What to buy for your new home

In most cases, you will be able to take most of your furniture with you. However, if you’re a new buyer or renter, it’s a good idea to make a list for each room in the house and note down what you need to buy. This will avoid you overspending and make sure you have everything you need for your new home.

If you’re moving to an unfurnished property, you may have a lot to buy, but, don’t feel like you need to get everything for as soon as you move in, sometimes it’s good to feel the space and collect items over time. However, there are a few essentials that it’ll be handy to have from day one…

  • Bed: For obvious reasons
  • Sofa (or bean bags!): To kick back and relax after a day of unpacking
  • Kettle: The first cup of tea in your new home always hits differently 
  • Kitchen essentials: You’ll want to have a few of the essentials there to cook, eat and drink
  • Curtains: If you want a decent night's sleep from day one, these are an essential 
  • Toolkit: Hammers, screwdrivers, nails – they’ll all come in useful for building furniture, making any repairs 
  • Cleaning supplies: Who knows what you’ll be walking into - whilst some properties come fully cleaned it’s always best to have supplies to hand
  • Electrics: Make sure you’ve got the batteries, extension leads and chargers
  • Toilet paper: There’s nothing worse than forgetting this!

So, who do you need to inform when moving house?

There are a few different organisations you’ll need to notify when your address is changing, so we've put together a helpful change of address checklist:

  • Banks and building societies
  • Gas, electric, and water providers
  • Wi-Fi and broadband companies
  • Insurance providers (house, car, health, etc)
  • The DVLA
  • The local council
  • Your employer
  • Your doctor
  • Update the electoral roll
  • And, if you have furry friends make sure you let the vets know

For service providers, you won’t need to alter or cancel your current plans. Simply inform them when you’re moving and tell them a date you want to be connected by. The same goes for banks and other organisations, as they will need to arrange your address change. The council will also need to update your tax code and liability. This all usually needs to be done around 2-3 weeks before you’re due to move.

If you have children make sure you get in touch with their school as soon as possible. Not only should the school be informed but also if you’re moving further afield, a new school may be needed - be warned sometimes waiting lists can be exceptionally long.  

This is also a good time to take a look at your home insurance or renters insurance policies. If you’re a new buyer or renter, you will need to make this a priority before moving into your new home. You should make sure that you’re aware of what exactly the plan includes - whether that’s contents insurance or buildings insurance. If you’re renting, you’ll need to discuss with your landlord what you’re liable for in terms of damages and repairs. 

Moving from a rented property? Before leaving be sure to check the inventory from when you first moved in. If there are any damages not already listed, these will need to be fixed before the move out date to guarantee you get your full deposit back. Also make sure to take pictures of the property to check against the inventory once moved out, in case any potential defects are reported which weren’t caused by you.

Taking care of the extras

So, you’re all packed and ready to go. Your house is filled with perfectly organised boxes and bags and you’re ready to move into your new home in a few days’ time. There are a few more things you need to tick off of your moving home checklist– but these shouldn’t take too long.

First, you should make sure you have a perishable food clear out in the days leading up to your move. Eat, give away, or throw away if you have to, as much as you can. Then you should fully defrost your fridge and freezer. It’s a good idea to set aside some cupboard items and non-perishables to eat for a few days during this process.

You should also set aside a few days’ worth of clothes for when you’re still in your old house and unpacking in your new one. The worst thing is running out of clean clothes and having to unpack and rummage through your perfectly packed boxes in search of a pair of jeans. Pack a small bag or suitcase so you can store your dirty clothes in there too.

Finally, out of courtesy, you should clean your house before you leave. Some people prefer to make a big project of this, while others clean as they go whilst packing. The estate agent, and new tenants, will be very grateful for this added touch. You’re probably wanting to walk into a clean new home in the next few days, so why not do the same for someone else?

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