Moving from your current house to a new one is a big task. Remembering everything that has to be accomplished is quite impossible. Moving needs a lot of preparation and organisation to avoid confusion and losing valuable items. Having a moving checklist will help you keep all particulars in order and check. Below are some things to consider when creating a moving list or as a reference point of jobs to mark off during your relocation.
1. Two Weeks before moving date
- Create a list of all items you need to carry along. Start packing the things that you rarely use. De-clutter, donate or sell unwanted stuff.
- Plan the cash for the move. Plan the financial aspect of your move. You need cash on hand for moving day and enough money to pay for a removal service.
- Inform others
Check with Royal Mail and get a mail forward form. This enables you to forward your post to your new address. Inform all your utility suppliers that you are about to move. Remember to inform your dentist and doctor. Do not forget to cancel or change your television service and change the licensing of your TV. It is also essential that you tell your family, friends, and associates about moving.
- Service your car
This is crucial, especially for a long journey. The last thing you need at this time is a motor problem!
- Arrange for storage
This is only necessary if you have possessions that you will not be taking to your house right away.
- Backup data
Backup the data on your computer’s hard disk to prevent against data loss during the move. Use cloud service, backup drives etc.
- Medical records. Have your medical records to hand. It should be simple to transfer between surgeries to your new doctor or dentist if there are any urgent medical conditions you may want to phone ahead and inform the GP’s. Do the same with your pet’s medical records to that you can hand them to the new vet.
- Pack your boxes!
If you haven’t already started to pack, then get some boxes. The sturdier the better. Also, label the boxes with a marker as these provide useful info to the removal company and yourself at a busy time. We recommend the pack of 25. They are double walls providing that extra bit of sturdiness required for the moving day. Amazon sells a complete pack that includes 25 boxes, bubble wrap and tape needed which is ideal for a 2-bed house.
2. Moving Checklist- One week before.
- Plan the last night at your current house.
As you approach the last day, most of your belongings will be packed. Planning will ensure that you do not pack what you need on the final day. You can plan to drop mattresses on the floor or have kids share bed just in case you want to dismantle all furniture a day before moving. If you want the beds disassembled and beddings packed before the last day, then this is the time to book a hotel for your family.
- Hand over the spare keys
Assemble all the spare keys to the house and return them to the agent or hand them to the new homeowner.
- Eat stored food
Do not shop for groceries, consume what you have. Plan to consume all the food in the freezer and refrigerator before the due day for moving. This will allow you to clear the fridge for cleaning. You do not want to carry defrosted food to your new home; it will spoil and produce a bad odour.
3. Two days before
- Clean your fridge and freezer
Plan to defrost, clean and dry the freezer and refrigerator at least two days before moving. These appliances can leak water that can damage other items. Moving without cleaning the freezer and refrigerator can cause them to yield foul odour and risk contamination by microbes.
- Pack Documents
Assemble all your important documents and keep them in a safe place. Find a closable folder to put important paperwork. Relevant documents include your insurance policy details, all tickets, travelling plans, legal documents just to list a few.
- Prepare important contacts. Create a list of contacts. For example, have the cell phone number of the estate agent, solicitor, mortgage, moving company, etc. ready.
- Contact your new agent
It is crucial that you call your agent or landlord early to avoid any inconveniences. Confirm when you will be getting the keys to your new home.
- Return and collect your belongings
Start returning items that you do not need such as satellite dish, cable box, and any borrowed items. Make arrangements to ensure that everything acquired from you is returned. You do not want to leave behind your belongings, neither do you want to carry a friend’s items.
4. One day before moving
- Remember first-hand items
Pack a box with necessary items such as soap, medication, toothpaste, toothbrush, cosmetics, and clothes for the next two days. Leave the toiletries box open pack the remaining toiletries after everyone has cleaned their teeth on the day of moving. Remember to keep these essentials in an accessible place so that everyone can freshen up the next morning before unpacking.
Remember to pack your food and serving utensils close. Have everything you need first hand close for easy access.
- Dismantle and disconnect
Dismantle any furniture that cannot move as a unit. You can organize with your moving company if you are unable to do so. Disconnect and pull down all the fixtures that you want to carry along. Disconnect the washer and other appliances. Pull down your curtains as well as the rods and rings if you are moving with them.
- Plan for your first night at your new home
Pack pillows, duvets, blankets and bed sheets in a way that allows you to access them quickly on your first night in the new house. Moving is often tiring, and you want to retire to bed smoothly so you can prepare for the next day.
Prepare some snacks and refreshments for the moving day. Remember that your cooker will be disconnected and packed so you will not use it on the due day. The foods are essential to keep you energized during relocation. Prepare coffee or tea and pack some cold beverages to cater for thirst.
5. Moving day
Pack all your last-minute items. These entail largely the toiletries and the last things you use before proceeding.
Walk through the entire house before you leave. Check storage spaces, cupboard and every other place to avoid leaving anything behind.
Compare your inventory alongside the mover’s inventory to ensure you leave out nothing. Plan to be present during loading to ensure that movers carry everything and the process proceeds smoothly. Ensure your movers have your cell phone contact or a contact where they can quickly reach you in case of an issue.
Once the house is empty, check all the rooms to ensure you leave nothing behind. Ensure you leave all the windows closed and lights switched off including security lights.
At your new place, check for broken or missing items. This is very important. In case of any damages, notify the moving company immediately.
Moving a house without a checklist is tantamount to going for shopping without a grocery list. It is possible, but you end up much disorganized you may lose some items that you need. Using a mover’s list will help you prepare to move your home. It will provide all the tools that you require to ensure you leave nothing undone before the moving day. Retain the moving checklist to ensure you accomplish everything prior to relocating to your new home.