Moving House Checklist
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The hassle-free guide to moving house.
Moments to consider when moving house
2 months before your house move
6 weeks before your house move
1 month before your house move
2 weeks before your house move
1 week before your house move
1 day before your house move
On the day of your house move
Once you arrived in your new home
After you have moved in
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They say moving house is one of the most dreadful stresses in life, but not with the WeCare Removals.
There are an impressive number of important things you need to take into account when moving into a new house; there is huge probability that you will skip something meanwhile that is way we made for you this MOVING CHECKLIST, so you could monitor each step of the way and have everything under control.
The present Moving Checklist gives you step-by-step instructions, easy to follow, beginning with booking a Conveyancer up till your HOUSEWARMING PARTY.
We recommend printing it out or downloading the checklist for a more efficient completion of each stage. You can do it by pressing Download button right below.
If you want to keep this Checklist as a memento for the upcoming moving, you can simply add your email address in the box below and we will gladly send it to you so you can have the digital copy of it.
WeCare Removals Team wishes you a smooth and entertaining move.
If you finally found your home you like and the offer was accepted, then you need to start your moving checklist.
It is extremely important to begin with the right foot so make sure that you are all legal and all the sale/purchase phases are legitimate.
For a smoother adaptation take your time and inform yourself about the new community’s facilities and specifications; close by schools, public and/or private childcare available institutions; this will help you to create your safe haven in a short-time.
Inventory items. With over a month ahead before the move day, begin to clear out any items you think won’t have a place in your new home. You can donate them to any charity center or even to make a garage/yard sale.
Start off with the items you definitely want to take with you and what you need to leave out and make a list so you don’t forget anything major.
This will also help you to view the volume and the quantity of the items that need to be transported, if you will require any furniture dismantling and reassembling service and likewise will help the removals company to have an idea of what you are moving before they visit you for a survey.
Reassure yourself and get up between 3 to 5 quotes from local removal companies – check their reviews online for your peace of mind.
Don’t forget the less items you move, the cheaper your house move will be.
One month before moving into the new house, you should have had a Chartered Surveyor inspect all the property in order to identify any structural defects and inspect your new house.
After this stage, set out the moving date with the solicitor, sign and exchange the contracts so you can proceed to next step- booking and hiring a removal company.
Don’t forget to check if there are any specific parking restrictions at both ends, if so get some parking permits.
You should also consider checking the travel route to the home you’re moving to and if it is suitable for a large removals lorry.
Don't forget to have your moving checklist on hand so it is a good idea to print it and stick it on your fridge !
- Water supply
- Landline phone
- Alarm service
- Sewer service
- Garbage collection service
- Mail, magazines, newspaper
- Credit and banking services
- Seasonal specific services (lawn, exterminator, snow removal, etc.)
- Any other service that would need an updated billing address
Two more weeks before the moving day, time to confirm final details and contact numbers with your estate agent and your removals company in arranging for your move date.
If your chosen removal company does not provide any additional services like disassembling and reassembling of furniture , un-plumbing dishwasher and washing machines and packing – upacking of your goods, it would be a good idea and time to organise those as well.
You have to keep in mind that small children are more sensible and more influential when comes to leaving the place once they called house, so if it is possible arrange with your family members or close friends they are comfortable with, to have them for the period of moving, this will give you free hand and more concentration on all the steps afterwards. Don’t forget about the pets.
One more week before the big day of moving into your new house, so during this week you need to make sure you set up all your documents and reassure they are well-stored and keep them at hand.
By this time, the packing process should be over, if not make sure it does, for a calm and organized work of the removal company’s service.
Important to mention to leave out specific items necessary for your Moving Day Survival Kit for just in case situations so you get to the end of the day safe and sound.
One more day and you’re out, use it to look around and observe with a calm eye all the corners, verify if everything is closed, packed, disconnected and ready for the big ride.
Don’t forget to have arranged the first over-night pack with all those things that will help you get through the move-day number one. Make sure it is separate from the rest of the boxes ( use the color or number labeling) so you can easily identify it when arrived, also make sure you have chargers and batteries at hand and charged phones and laptops.
Here you are, one last roundabout the house and one more check-out to do.
With a little patience and small plan in your hand you can actually enjoy the move-out.
Start early and get everything suited-up for the removal company’s arrival, stay focused and monitor each box, assist which can go at the bottom, which need a special care, which go personally with you (the document box), which have to stay opened (fragile object).
Take the a final overview in each room, leave the meter readings and keys for the new owner and your new address in case you forgot something, and hit the road!
Once you’ve reached your new house, you may feel enthusiastic and in a bit of rush, it’s not the time to lose it, so inform the removal company about any particular solicitation regarding which and where to unload the boxes. Point again a person to count down all the packs while you take your first host task, and prepare the lemonade for everybody- moving is stressful so with just a simple gesture you can make everyone feel like home and you’ll definitely start with the right foot by showing a good example; this may release tension and increase team-work capacity.
Now that you and your family have moved-in, after months of planning and preparation, you can give yourself a round of applause. What a relief !
Try and pamper yourself and enjoy the fact that you did it; take it easy and don’t rush into unpacking and arranging everything at once.
Just make sure everybody has that achievement feeling and that you all have one more chance to fill your new house in a different way- take it as a team-building activity- as a family-building activity.
Now, it will take couple of days to set a cosy atmosphere, but now , make up the beds and try to spend the evening relaxing with your family and a celebratory takeaway.
Meanwhile keep your head organized and mind next things :
Turn on your larger household appliances such as the freezers and fridges and connect the most important devices: the alarm, the telephones, mobile phones, the internet and make sure everything works.
Plug in your heating and boiler – ensure that you know how to use them. You deserve a warm house and a hot shower this evening.
Organize a cleaning quest, take some time just to refresh the floors and air so you and all of your family members feel involved and responsible for their further comfortable staying while questing each room’s potential. Don’t forget about the beds so you can fall straight into them tonight.
Of course you have to unpack something, but it’s not necessary to have a full-house in the same day, especially when you know that it will take a lot of effort and concentration to arrange everything in the best way.
Your kids, are more sensitive to changes, it is the best time to give them some space to embrace and meet the room, so make sure you leave them some sweets or a midnight snack, some things you know they feel good around, maybe some pictures, toys or clothes, even a lamp on.
Advisable is to keep pets away , at least for the first days until you’re settled in. You wouldn’t like to have the problem of a crying child because of a missing pet under the cartons, moreover they are extremely sensible to new smells, so make sure to bring them in only when the house fells like home.
Don’t forget you can make this moments memorable so invest constructive emotions and make this lifetime experience positive; order a surprise meal or a simple takeaway snack that kids love and take your time and spend it with all together in a round family meeting settling the rules or expectations.
Relax – everyone knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your new home won’t get sorted within few days.
Here are some things you may wish to do:
Give older children the chance to organise their own rooms – this will help them feel at home, even if you may want to rearrange things later.
Whenever you have time in the first days arrange for your daily newspaper delivery or talk to your milkman to have your fresh milk delivered. Don’t forget to note any emergency phone numbers, public transport time-table, taxi service numbers, local hospitals and police departments, take a look at surroundings to identify all the roads, road signs and distance between your house and local shops etc. This is important for a safety feeling and a good way to overcome future unpleasant situations.
Take into consideration the fact that you’re new in the area is stressful for your neighbors too, so make the first step toward a fruitful relationship with them, you can bake something and take a minute and pay a visit to the closest ones or you can invite them over to your place for a tea-time chat.
When talking with your neighbors be attentive and observe or you can even ask what are the traditions, activities, strange things or next holiday routine around the area, this will tell you more than you think and you’ll adapt easier and smoother to the area you just moved in and its new traditions.
As the experience of moving out / moving in is fresh, take a moment to reflect on what just happened and take advantage and leave feedback reviews for your solicitor, surveyor and removal company on their website or on trustpilot.com . It is also a relief moment as you recollect all the stages and you can really arrange one more time your thoughts in a calmer pace.