Moving Home Checklist
Get ahead; Learn how to plan your move for minimum stress.
Moving home is time-consuming and stressful, with countless tasks requiring your attention. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. But you don’t have to go through it alone! Assistance with the physical labour – loading and unloading – is available, and there are also several steps you can take to reduce the strain before move day arrives.
To help you get ready, here are a few things to consider when creating your moving checklist:
- Research moving companies: Get quotes from different moving companies to compare services and prices. If you’re on a tight budget, look for self-service movers or ask friends and family for help with the physical labour.
- Create an inventory list: Write down all of your items and their respective locations in your old home and their destinations within your new home. This will help you stay organized during the move.
- Pack early: Start packing weeks in advance to avoid last-minute stress and chaos on moving day. Label all of your boxes for easier identification, and consider colour coding based on room or item type. We offer packing kits ideal for any size move, from student relocations to large 2-3 bedroom homes.
- Protect your items: Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and use newspaper or packing paper to fill empty spaces in boxes. Use heavy-duty tape to seal the bottoms of each box, and don’t forget to label them with their contents.
- Donate or sell unwanted items: Sort your belongings before moving and get rid of anything you don’t need. This will reduce the amount of packing and unpacking you have to do and save you money on moving costs.
- Notify all relevant parties. You should give 30 days notice to the following:
- Your existing landlord. Put this in writing to ensure there are no disputes.
- Contact your phone and internet provider and request a disconnection, or transfer to your new property, as of your moving date.
- Give your water company notice that you will vacate the property on your moving day.
- There are many others to contact, but most do not require a 30 day notice. These include:
- The TV licensing authority will need to know your moving date and new address.
- Your bank and any other financial institutions you deal with. You don’t want important personal information to fall into the hands of strangers after you move.
- The DVLA if you have a car registered in your name at your old property.
- Any magazine or newspaper subscriptions.
- Arrange for a Royal Mail post redirection.
- Notify organisations such as HMRC or the Electoral Register that track your voting rights.
- Consider putting larger items (or collections of smaller items) into storage if you’re unsure if you will ever want them again. For example, upright pianos and extensive DVD and CD collections are often stored long-term. If you’ve not wanted them back from storage within a few months, maybe it’s time to finally part with them for good. The same holds for our business storage. We know many business owners who need to store items, such as stock and trade show equipment, until the next season. Our Business storage is safe and secure while simultaneously being easily accessible.
- Finally, if you’re planning to move beyond the range of your children’s current school, you’ll need to fill out a transfer form and arrange a meeting with their new school. This can take a while, so it is worth starting this process as early as possible. Whether you’re moving home within the UK or internationally, or you’re planning an office move, our service is designed to make the process simpler and more stress-free. Whether you need extra help with packing or want to move quickly and efficiently, we can provide a bespoke service tailored to your needs. With us on hand to lend a helping hand, moving home won’t be such a daunting task again!
By preparing for your move properly, you can reduce stress and make the process smoother. With some organisation (and help from friends or our professional movers!), you’ll be settled in no time! Good luck!