Everything You Need to Know When Moving House
Anyone who has moved house before will tell you that it can be quite stressful and certainly very busy! The task of packing up your life and relocating it may seem like a daunting one, especially if you have a lot of family members and children to pack for too. You can never do enough forward planning. As with most things, the more you do in advance the more time you will have to focus on things like unpacking. To help make the transition a little easier, we have compiled a complete moving house checklist with all the things you need to know when moving!
Packing is probably the biggest task when it comes to moving house so you will want to get this one right! Our advice would be to start packing early. Start with the rooms you need the least and pack one room at a time. Prepare a box of essentials that include everything you will need for the first night in your new home so you don’t have to hurriedly search through box after box searching for your toothbrush. Do not over-pack your boxes as this could lead to injury. It is recommended that you do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds per box when you pack.
If you have any suitcases, why not put them to good use? Pack all of your clothes, bed sheets and towels into the suitcases. It is much better to transport them full of things rather than empty. Make the most of the space! You can also vacuum pack soft items, this will free up a whole lot of space in the moving van.
Top Tip: Our packing essentials are: boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, old newspapers, markers and labels.
Declutter and Clean
Although moving house can be a big task, it is a great opportunity to declutter your home of any unwanted or unused things. We all have those areas in our homes that we have unconsciously reserved for clutter or things that we keep ‘just in case’ when, in reality, we can just get rid of them. Sort through everything and do a couple of charity shop runs with all of your unwanted stuff. Trust us, it is such as nice feeling to know your new place isn’t full of all the clutter that your old place was.
This is also the time to confirm what you are leaving. You may have agreed to leave certain things in the house such as curtains, fridge freezer etc. So, it is important that you know what you are leaving so that you don’t accidentally take these things with you. Also, work out what cannot move with you. Furniture that is in your existing home may not fit into your new home. Take some time to measure the doorways and the rooms in your new home to check whether or not you need to get rid of a few things before moving day.
Cleaning is very important. You want to make sure that your new house is fully cleaned, carpets and all, before you move in. Clean your current house thoroughly as well so that you can serve the newbies moving in with a clean home. Consolidate cleaning supplies: If you must clean out your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags.
Top Tip: Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows etc). And, if possible, vacuum each room as the movers empty them.
Prepare a home-cooked meal, like lasagne, that can be easily transported and popped in the oven when you arrive at your new home. The power of a home cooked meal should never be underestimated. It can boost your energy levels and make you feel more at home.
Organise a food shop in advance to be delivered to your new home the day after you move so that you can stock up the fridge and fill the cupboards without the stress of having to run to the shops amidst unpacking.
We would suggest that you pack your important documents together, such as birth and marriage certificates, to keep them in a safe place. On moving day, to ensure they don’t get lost, travel with all your paperwork and valuables in your car.
Label all your electricals. A great tip is to purchase coloured stickers and stick the same colour to each socket and each end of the cable so that you can easily set everything technical up in your new home. This is a great way to make sure that you can have a relaxing evening watching TV after your busy day moving.
Make sure to switch off and unplug your fridge or freezer the day before you move so that they have a chance to defrost. This way, they can be moved easily and safely. Put anything you want to take food-wise into cool bags or an ice box for the move itself. And always allow the fridge/freezer to stand for a while in its new home before switching it back on.
Once everything is packed into the van and you are ready to go, do one final sweep on the house. This is the ideal time for you to take note of your meter readings for gas and electricity and it will ensure you get an accurate final bill and will help you avoid in hassle when closing accounts.
Familiarise yourself with your new home as soon as possible. You don’t want to have a power cut and not know where the trip switch is, or an alarm goes off and you don’t know how to turn it off etc. Make sure you know where these things are so that you feel equipped to deal with any situations that may unexpectedly pop-up.
We would also recommend, if you own the property, that you change the locks. This is often something that gets missed, but changing the locks on your new home is very important because you simply have no idea who has a set of keys.
After you have finally unpacked the last box, don’t forget to recycle all of your (now empty) cardboard boxes. It’s all about caring for the environment.
Who to Notify
There are so many people you will need to notify of your move, from family and friends through to banks and businesses. We would recommend that you make a checklist of all the numbers to call to get utilities switched into your name and that you get your mail redirected before you move. If you would like to know who to notify of your new address, check out our article with the full list here.
There are some quick and easy things you can do to ensure that your new home is warm and working before you settle in for the night.
- Make sure that all your home’s windows and doors seal properly to stop warm air escaping.
- Check your boiler and make sure that the boiler is at the right pressure, topping it up is necessary.
- Make a note of the meter readings for your gas and electricity. If your new home doesn’t have smart meters already installed, consider upgrading.
- Test all of your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly and the batteries don’t need replacing.
We hope you found this article useful. Let us know in the comments below what your last experience of moving was like. We would love to hear from you!