It can be rather exciting to be moving to a new home, but it is much less so when it comes to the moving day itself or the days leading up to it. As a matter of fact, many people find moving homes to be an extremely stressful experience and therefore dread the entire process. What could help anyone who is feeling this way is to be prepared and start early. As long as you do these two things, your moving experience could even turn out to be more enjoyable than you had thought. That is where We Buy Any House comes in. We have created the ultimate checklist for you to do prior to moving day, including anything from packing to notifying utility companies about the move. Having a to do list to follow will significantly improve the organisation and preparation of your house move and make the whole process much easier and stress-free. 

Confirm Moving Day

Whether you’re renting or buying a new house, it’s important that you confirm the actual date of moving. Not only is it essential so that you can be fully prepared for that day, but also you will have the time to book a removal company if you are hiring one. 

Deal with the Paperwork

No one likes paperwork but it is a vital part of moving out from your home. Cancelling services, switching addresses and closing off accounts are some of the things which you might have to do as soon as you know your moving date. Some services may require a longer notice period for cancellation, others may ask you for final meter readings, so it is rather important that you make a list of all the service providers, utility companies and make a note of when they need to be dealt with. Some you may be able to update the address easily and in advance, but others you may need to wait until it’s closer to the moving day. Nevertheless, being prepared and organised with your paperwork will keep you at ease during this stressful time. Here is a starting list of people you might need to notify about your move which is not exhaustive:

  • GP and Dental Practice
  • Banks
  • The Council
  • Insurance Providers
  • Your employer
  • Utility companies (Gas, Electric, Water)
  • Service providers (Internet, broadband, TV subscriptions, TV licensing)

Declutter First, Pack Later

One mistake many people make is start packing before they have decluttered their space. More often than not, there will be loads of unnecessary things which will need to be thrown away prior to packing. Moving to a new house is an opportunity to cleanse from all the material junk we hold so dear to us and only leave the essential things to bring into the new place. Chances are you are going to be purchasing many more new things for your new house which is why it would be beneficial if you make some space by getting rid of unnecessary items first. What’s more, it would be a great opportunity for you to donate things to charity shops and give back to your community. 

Pack & Label Everything

Now that you have a clear plan set out, you have decluttered your space and dealt with the paperwork it is time to start packing. The easier you start, the better. No one says you have to do all the packing in a day or two, instead spread it between a few weeks and start packing things you are unlikely to need. It’s important that you label everything and packing room by room is a recommended tip for anyone struggling to be organised. Moreover, it will also help you when you are unpacking in the new house. 

Prepare a Survival Kit

Imagine you are now in your new home with boxes, furniture and all kinds of other things compiled there ready to be organised. Surely, it will be difficult to find anything you need in that mess which is why having a survival kit is going to make your move so much smoother and easier. Ensuring you have all the necessary items close to you without having to open several boxes trying to locate whatever you are looking for is vital. This survival kit may include things like toilet paper, phone chargers, toiletries, first aid kit, valuables, tools, snacks and drinks. 

Deep Clean

Before leaving your old house, you would want to make sure you have deep cleaned it properly. Moving out whether it’s from a rental place or a house you have sold, leaving it as clean as you found it is a must. If there is any damage to the walls or mold forming in the bathrooms, make sure you perform repair jobs prior to your moving day. It may pose a more challenging task than you had thought at first, so it is advisable that you allocate enough time for you to really leave everything spotless without getting overwhelmed at the last minute. 

The time has come for you to say your goodbyes and welcome the new chapter of your life in a new place. Have a final walk around your old house and check that everything is cleared. Remember that no matter how stressful this moving process may appear, being prepared and organised from early on is a key to a seamless transition from your old home to your new one. 

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