Here at Westbeach Properties we realise how stressful moving house can become, this is why we have created a moving house checklist help things run a little bit smoother.
A few months before the move:-
· Book some time off of work around the move date, so you can focus purely on moving.
· If you have children, now is the time find a new school if you are moving further afield and start getting their records transferred over. This may not be necessary if you are staying close.
· Place an order on cardboard boxes! And lots of them. When they have arrived you can start packing up items that you know you are not going to use in the next few months. For example if you are likely to me moving in the middle of June, it is unlikely you are going to need your winter coats, so pack them away! Doing this also give you the opportunity to have a bit of a clear out of things that are no longer needed.
Around a month before you move:-
· If you cannot bare to do it all yourself, now is the time to find a removal company that will do it all for you. Ask around and find a few quotes before committing.
· Check your home insurance will cover you from the day you move in to your new home, if it doesn’t now is the time to get it changed. This will give you the chance to review your policy and see if there are better and cheaper deals out there.
Three weeks before your move:-
· Now is the time to arrange TV, broadband and phone deals. When telling your provider you are moving, you may find that they can offer you a better deal.
· Research to find the cheapest energy deals for your new home.
Fortnight leading up to moving day:-
· Make sure your packing is almost done, ensuring you are not rushing the night before you move in.
· Change your address on your bills. This could include: your TV license, your bank, insurance providers, and pension companies. It is also worth cancelling or changing the address on any subscription you have, for example the local newspaper or retail catalogues.
· You must also register to pay council tax for your new home.
· Pack a few boxes of essentials you will need on the first few nights in your new home as its unlikely you would have unpacked everything on the first day. This could include; bedding, toiletries, change of clothes, kettle with tea and coffee, breakfast for the next day, something easy to make for dinner or even better a local takeaway menu, plastic plates and cutlery, first aid kit, pen and paper, phone charger. It is also important that the essentials for moving are easy and at hand for example have another box with cleaning products, rubber gloves, plastic bin bags, tools and scissors, so they are all in one place and easy to find during the move.
· Keep your personal documents safe. Although these may not be needed on the actual moving day, it is likely you might need reference numbers for one thing or another within the first few days. So to save them getting lost, prepare a folder of all important documents such as passport, birth certificates, national insurance, insurance certificates, list of utility suppliers and their phone numbers. Put this folder either in a safe and locked away place in your new home and have it as the first thing you move in to the home or if you still worry about them getting lost during the move than maybe give the folder to someone you trust for a day or two, maybe a parent or best friend, to ensure you know where it is at all times and can get to it quickly if you needed to.
The day before the big move:-
· Do a final clean for the new residents
· Do final walk through of the house and check that you haven’t missed anything.
· Collect the keys for your new home or arrange to on moving day.
· Make a note of all meter readings and keep this somewhere safe (maybe in the important documents folder).
· Do another quick check to completely make sure you haven’t left anything. It is also important to make sure all windows and doors are shut and lock, switch of all water, gas and electricity outlets.
· Be there and waiting for your removal company to come and collect boxes so you can guide them round the house on what boxes should be kept together for each room. (also, check for damage when they are unloading the boxes).
Once you’re in the new home:-
· Switch utilities providers.
· Introduce any pets you have to their new home and make sure they are secure whilst there are still lots of things going on.
· Change the locks if this hasn’t already been done for you before you moved.
· Update the electoral register at gov.uk
After you have moved in:-
· Register with a local doctor, dentist and find a vet if you have any pets.
Hopefully you will find this checklist helpful for when you are moving house, feel free to print this checklist off so you can tick it as you go!