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The Ultimate Moving House Checklist 2018

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Moving house isn’t a scenario where you can just lug everything into a removal company van and get going. The process requires planning weeks, sometimes even months before the moving day. This is to ensure that your move goes smoothly, and you aren’t transferring items you may not need in your new home.

Below is a plan created by Simply Removals (we’ve been around for 20 years, so we know our stuff!).

(skip to the bottom for a copy you can download and print out)

Moving house – 2 months before you move

While thinking about packing 2 months before you move may seem slightly over the top, there are certain factors you’ll want to get out of the way before the final countdown to your moving day.

First, confirm your moving date, second inform your landlord (if you’re renting) of your moving date. Once that’s out of the way, next up is finding a removals company you can trust. Of course, that’s where we come in. Simply Removals have been moving people for over 20 years and are one of London’s best trusted removals companies and offer competitive rates. However, we strongly recommend calling a range of removal companies to compare and find a rate that suits your budget.

Next is insurance. It’s advised that you check if your insurance company covers your move, if not, most removal companies should provide cover. You can find out more information on our coverage policy on our legal disclaimer page.

Lastly, keep a journal of dates, contact numbers and references for insurance etc. This will ensure that you’ll be able to contact or provide any details to the relevant parties when required.

Here’s the 2-month checklist:

  • Confirm your moving date
  • Find a respectable removals company
  • Ensure you have boxes/packaging sorted so you aren’t left without
  • Sort out any insurance/coverage
  • Store important contact details in a safe place

Moving house – 1 month before you move

This is the point where you want to start sorting through all the items you don’t want to take to your new home. Decluttering is essential here, and while it may be tough to let go of a few things, lugging it to your new home just for it to sit in the basement isn’t practical or cost-effective. Consider donating anything you don’t want to charity shops or sell the items if you can.

Make a checklist of the important items you’ll be moving, things like beds, wardrobes, large mirrors, cupboards, white goods and sports equipment. This will not only make organising things easier, but it will give your removals company a better idea of what vehicles will be required and how much it will cost (if the quote hasn’t already been agreed).

Additionally, it’s advised that you ask your removals company if they supply packing materials. If they don’t you will have to source some. At Simply Removals, we supply a variety of packing materials and even offer a bespoke packing solution.

You can begin packing away certain items to make it easier to the move them on the moving day. Foods should be stored in easily accessible areas, so you can still live comfortably without having to worry about organising nearer to the moving day.

It’s worth remembering that the less you move, the less expensive it will be!

Here’s the 1-month checklist:

  • Declutter and sell/donate items you don’t want
  • Make an inventory list of your bigger possessions
  • Start organising where you’re going to store items for easy access come moving day
  • Check if your chosen removals company offer a packing service (boxes, bubble wrap etc)
  • Check for parking (removals vans are usually quite big!)

Moving house – 3 weeks before you move

Although the necessary checks should have already taken place, it may be wise to have a Chartered Surveyor inspect your new property. This is also around the time you will want to speak to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and confirming the moving date.

During this time, you will also need to ensure that parking has been sorted for the removals company at both addresses. Travel routes will also need to be confirmed to ensure that your belongings arrive safely on and time (watch out for peak traffic times!).

Stick your moving checklist somewhere where you can see it and keep your moving journal to hand for any last-minute calls or changes!

Here’s the 3-week checklist:

  • Contact your solicitor regarding contracts
  • Confirm moving date and parking with your removals company
  • Have a travel route sorted
  • Ensure your new house is cleaned and emptied before you move
  • Begin packing non-essential items
  • Dedicate one or two rooms as packing/storage rooms
  • Ensure all outside spaces are clear (gardens, patios, sheds, greenhouses etc).

Moving house – 1 week before you move

During the final week of your moving process, you’ll want to ensure that you first have a folder entailing all the important documents you’ll need (insurance, leases, contract etc). Packing will be nearing its final stage, only the white goods, beds and larger items such as cupboards and wardrobes should remain, waiting to be transferred to the removals van.

As almost all your items are primed for moving, this will make the removal company’s job faster and easier, making your moving day easier. Keep your moving checklist to hand to ensure all important items are packed and ready for transport.

Here’s the 1-week checklist:

  • Ensure all important files and documents are ready for transportation
  • Ensure almost everything is packed, ready for transportation
  • Label boxes accordingly
  • Inform the post office of your new address
  • Arrange a time to collect keys from your estate agent

Moving house – 1 day before you move

This is the part where you walk around your property to ensure everything is packed, labelled and in boxes ready for transportation. All important documents and keys should be readily at hand and every item should be easily accessible for the removals company (unless stated otherwise).

Here’s the day before checklist:

  • Final check of your property
  • Pack tools for box opening and any potential lifting and shifting after the move is finished
  • Leave your old keys in your house for the new tenants
  • Turn off all electrical units and ensure windows are shut before leaving your old house
  • Leave contact details for the new tenants
  • Keep the contact details for your estate agent, solicitor and removal company

Moving house – Once you’ve moved!

You’ve arrived at your new home! But there’s still work to do…

Once you arrive, you will want to let your removals company know if there are any specific requirements that need to be addressed and which boxes go into which rooms. Check your item inventory, then check it again, it’s important to ensure that every item on your list is accounted for, so that nothing is left behind.

However, before you dig into the unpacking process, remove the kettle and tea set, as this is going to be a long day!

Here’s the moving day checklist:

  • Inform your removal company of any important moving instructions
  • Check your inventory and journal to ensure everything is accounted for
  • Find a safe place for your important documents – don’t lose them!
  • Ensure all keys fit all doors around the property
  • Inspect the garden for any damages or potential pest infestations
  • Check for left items of previous owner(s)

Moving house – after you’ve moved in

You’re in! First things first things first, put the kettle on, you’ve earnt it. Everyone should now be able to breathe a sigh of relief, and the bulk of the items should be unpacked. This includes beds, white goods, furniture and some food.

Don’t try and unpack everything immediately, the important thing at the moment is ensuring you’re comfortable in your new surroundings and the beds are made! Invite some friends round, grab some food, relax before you start unpacking the rest of your belongings. The rest of the unpacking can be done at your own pace, there’s no rush!

Here’s the ‘after you move’ checklist:

  • Do a quick clean and tidy (rid spare boxes, dispose of bubble wrap, hoover etc)
  • Plug in white goods and any important electrical appliances (phones, TVs, chargers etc)
  • Learn how to use your boiler and heating!
  • If you have kids, settle them in a room with some games and activities
  • Relax! The hard part is over!

That concludes our moving house checklist! Simply Removals are always on-hand to deliver expert moving advice. If you’re looking for a trusted removals company that offers both competitive rates and bespoke packaging options, why not give our team a call today on 020 3613 0935 or use our contact page!

Download our checklist here:

The Ultimate Moving House Checklist 2018

How to Make Moving House Easier

The thought of home removals is stressful for many people and the concept of packing everything and transporting it to a new property can seem overwhelming. However, there are a number of simple ways you can help make life easier for yourself on moving day. Whether you’re only moving down the road, across the country, or overseas, we’ve got the moving tips you need to help make the entire process a little bit easier.

Organise Your Move as Early as Possible

When you’re moving into a new property, the best thing you can do is start preparing for the move as early as possible. There is nothing worse on moving day than making those last minute arrangements. The best thing you can do to make moving home easier is to start organising early. We would recommend you start organising everything between 4-8 weeks before moving day. You can even refer to our full moving house checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Luggage, Packed, Travel, Trip, SuitcaseGive Away Items You Don’t Want or Need

The first step to moving into a new house is donating or giving away any items you don’t want or no longer need. There is no point moving house and transporting a number of items you no longer need into your new home, only for them to take up unnecessary space. Save yourself time, energy, and space by decluttering your home, it will make the moving process so much easier.

Start Packing as Soon as Possible

Packing all of your belongings into cardboard boxes and wrapping your cups and plates in bubble wrap is one of the most time-consuming aspects of moving. So, if you want to have an easier moving day than most, it’s great to start packing as soon as possible. Get together your packing material and start packing the belongings that are not necessary for daily use such as books, picture frames, and ornaments. Making a start on packing these items can make moving day a whole lot easier.

Book a Professional Moving Company

Moving is made significantly easier with the support of a professional removal company. Professionals like our team of experts can pack your belongings, dissemble furniture, and even move everything to your new property. If you want moving day to be a success, booking a professional moving company can make all the difference.

Pack a Bag of Essentials

Luggage, Antique, Teddy, Soft ToyOne of the things people don’t consider when moving into a new property is packing a bag of essentials. Once you’re all moved in to your new place and surrounded by boxes, the last thing you want to do is riffle around trying to find your toothbrush. Even if you’re only moving down the road, having a bag of essentials packed makes the process of moving house significantly easier.

Your essentials bag should be filled with all the items you need to function easily over the next few days. A fresh change of clothes, toothbrush, phone chargers, toilet paper, and perhaps even some of your favourite snacks will help take away some of the stress of moving.

Notify Your Contact List

There are so many must-dos when moving into a new home and one of the most important things to remember is to notify your contact list. You need to notify everyone on your contact list, including utilities and companies that have your address. We have written a full list of everyone you need to notify when you’re moving into a new house.

Create an Inventory List of Your Belongings

Creating an inventory list before moving day is a great way to know which of your belongings are in what box. What’s more, you’ll be able to easily tell if you’re missing an item and you’ll easily be able to check off items as the boxes are delivered to your new home.

Top tip: Label your boxes, it makes the moving process significantly easier.

Hire a Domestic Cleaner

Leaving your property clean and moving into a clean home is an absolute must. While having a clean home may sound like a faraway dream, particularly during moving, the help of a domestic cleaner can make your clean home dreams a reality. Hire a domestic cleaner to clean your new home before you move in. Professional cleaners mean you won’t turn up to your new home to find it covered in grime.

While it’s great moving into a clean home, it is also important to hire a domestic cleaner for your old home. Cleaning your old home after you’ve moved out is a nice courtesy to whoever is moving in and will also allow for a final sweep to ensure you’ve not left anything behind.

Take Pictures of Your Electronics

Library, Books, Tv, Multimedia, RoomOnce you’ve moved into your new property and begun unpacking a couple of boxes, you’ll want to rest and relax in front of a movie or your favourite TV programme. However, organising all the wires and plugging everything in can be the last job you want to deal with. So, something that will make the process easier is to take pictures of your electronics as they are before unplugging and packing them. That way, you’ll be able to sees how and where cords are attached to make your move-in that little bit easier on the day.

Consider Storing Your Storage Options

When moving into a new property, it can be difficult knowing where to put larger items of furniture. Will they fit in your new place? What if they don’t, would you be happy to simply get rid of them? If you’ve got some extra items in your property that you either don’t know what to do with or that won’t fit in your new place, it may be worth considering storage solutions.

Storing your belongings is a fantastic way to make the process of moving house easier and it also means you don’t need to figure out every single thing before moving day. Can’t decide whether you want to keep that old chest of drawers or your grandmother’s writing desk? Put it in storage.

Treat Yourself

With all the jobs that need to be completed when moving house, the considerations that need to be made, and the packing that needs to be done, it’s important you have something to look forward to. Once all the moving boxes have been moved and you’ve made it into your new home, it’s time to relax. Treat yourself with your favourite takeaway, a movie, or even a really early night.

When moving into a new property, no matter how organised you are, you can’t get everything done in one day.

Looking to Move House? 15 Things You Should Do in Advance

Moving to a new house is a time-consuming and stressful process for many people. But if you’re looking to move house with a moving company, you’re in the process, or you’ve already found your new home, there are a number of things you should do. The below six points will help make the moving process much easier and will also ensure there’s nothing you forget to do during all the busyness.

1. Redirect Your Mail to Your New Address

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When moving into a new property, one of the most important things you need to do right away is redirect your mail. This can be done at any time, but we would recommend a month or two prior to the move so that all your mail is redirected to your new address by the time you move in. The last thing you want to miss any important documents, have your personal details fall into the wrong hands, or become a victim of fraud!

Redirecting your mail is an extremely important step in the moving process and ensures that none of your mail gets lost between houses. Redirecting your mail is easy. You can redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address for 3, 6 or 12 months from just £33.99 for each different last name. The Royal Mail has more information on mail redirection so you have all the information you need.

2. Declutter Your Home Before Moving

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Moving home is a big job. Packing, transporting, and then unpacking everything at your new place is a time-consuming process and there is nothing worse than transporting a whole bunch of belongings you didn’t want to keep in the first place. So, the best thing you can do in preparation for moving is to declutter your home beforehand.

For many people, the thought of decluttering can be overwhelming. However, if you start far in advance and declutter one room at a time, you can successfully declutter your home well in advance of moving into your new place.

3. Confirm Your Booking with a Removals Company

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Your moving day is the final step in the long process of preparing to move home and it’s a day you want to go as smoothly as possible. All you’re waiting for is the removal company to turn up and transport all your belongings to your new home.

But what happens if they don’t turn up?

Understandably, one of the main concerns for homeowners is that the removal company won’t turn up on the day. That’s why it is always essential to book with a trusted, reputable moving company, in addition to confirming your booking and the time they will arrive.

4. Find Storage Facilities for Your Belongings

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Whether you’re downsizing, moving into temporary accommodation, or simply not sure you want to keep all of your furniture items, finding a storage facility is essential. Storage facilities provide you with a safe, secure, and dry space in which to store your belongings while you move properties and work out what you’re doing.

We provide fantastic storage facilities for all our customers at competitive prices. What’s more, our team can pick up your furniture items for storage and transport them to the facility so that you don’t have to worry about the logistics of moving items from one property to another. You can choose the size of the storage space you need and the amount of time you need it for. And our team can work hard to make it happen.

5. Books Domestic End of Tenancy Cleaners

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There’s not much in life that’s as exhausting as moving home. That’s why, after all the packing and moving and unpacking has happened, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning your old place. Sure you could do it yourself, but it would take hours to get everything cleaned up to standard and you’d have to wipe down every kitchen cabinet, every inch of skirting board and clean the windows – and that’s just the beginning!

To save yourself time, money, and energy, book a domestic end of tenancy cleaner well in advance of your move. It is far easier to book someone else to clean your property so that you don’t have to worry about it. What’s more, a professional end of tenancy cleaning company will ensure your property is thoroughly cleaned top to bottom so that it’s sparkling and ready for new tenants.

6. Cancel Local Services You Receive

Washing Windows, Window, Clean, Person

Lastly, it is important to cancel any local services or subscriptions you receive. So many people forget to do this, and it can end up costing money you didn’t want to spend! So, be sure to cancel any newspaper or magazine subscriptions and settle any outstanding bills. Also, ensure you cancel the window cleaners, your house cleaner (if you have one), and any oil deliveries if you live in a rural area.

If you forget to cancel any of the local services you receive, you may notice money coming out of your account for their services after you’ve moved. Keeping on top of these things in advance can help reduce the likelihood of missing anything important.

7. Alert Your Banks About Your Move

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When moving into a new property, you need to ensure you tell any banks, insurance companies, or building societies you’re a part of so they can update their records. Keeping them up to date with your new address allows them to get in touch with you easily, should there be an emergency and it also stops your financial documents from falling into strangers’ hands.

Contact each bank in advance of your move, letting them know your new address and your moving date so that they can keep their records up to date.

8. Update Your Car Details

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Keeping car details up to date is something many people forget about when moving into a new house. However, you need to ensure the address on your driving licence, your car ownership certificate, and car insurance certificates are all up to date. Set aside an hour or so to update everything. You can easily apply for an updated driving licence on the gov.uk website or by post.

Although updating all of these details won’t cost you anything, if you fail to update the DVLA, you could be fined up to £1,000! So, it’s best to stay organised and get it all sorted.

9. Change Your Details on the Electoral Roll

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Maintain a good credit score rating by updating your details on the electoral roll. When you move into a new property, updating your status on the electoral roll means you can still vote in all local elections after you move. What’s more, being registered on the electoral roll at your new address is also a good way to improve your credit score rating.

10. Apply for a Parking Permit

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For some properties, a parking permit is required as residents are restrictions to certain parking areas. If you are moving to an area that requires a parking permit, it is helpful to apply well in advance of your move as they can take time to arrive. To apply for a parking permit, you will need to contact your local authority or council. Alternatively, if it is a private residential parking scheme, you can apply directly through them.

11. Deal with Old Post Right Away

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Once you’re all moved in to your new home, it’s time to relax. But wait, there’s a pile of post on the doormat that doesn’t belong to you…and you legally can’t open it and you really shouldn’t chuck it, so what should you do?

The best way to deal with the old residents’ post is to write ‘return to sender’ or ‘not known at this address’ on the envelope and pop it back in the post. This will ensure the mail is returned to the sender and will encourage them to find the new correct address from the recipient.

12. Find Out Where Everything is in Your New Home

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Many people don’t bother with this step and it can cause them significant stress later on – especially if there’s a gushing radiator or a tap that won’t stop running when they move in! Don’t leave it until the last minute to find out where everything is in your new home. Ask the estate agent you’re renting from or the sellers you’re buying from where you can find the following in your new property:

– Fuse box
– Stopcock (the valve for turning the main water supply on and off).
– Instructions for appliances
– Gas and electricity meters
– Thermostat

Knowing where these things are in your new home can help the process of moving and settling into your new home significantly easier.

13. Book Time Off Work in Advance

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Moving into a new property is a very time-consuming job and you will nee plenty of time off either side of your moving day to get everything done. One thing we advise a lot of our customers to do when they’re moving into a new property is to book time off work in advance. Once you know the date of your move, book a day or two off work either side of the moving date so that you have the chance to unpack and get settled in your new home.

Having a bit of extra time to unpack and settle in can help take the stress out of moving, helping to make the whole process a little less daunting.

14. Put Together Important Documents

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Gathering your important documents together so that they’re all in once place is extremely important as it saves you the nightmare of losing any valuable pieces of paper or misplacing your passport. Keep all your important documents in a safe place so that on the day of the move you can easily transport all of these personal items in a folder.

15. Find a School for Your Children

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If you are moving into a new house with children, it is important to find a school for your children to attend and the more you do this in advance, the easier the process will be. Finding a school in the new area you’re moving into is something you need to consider well ahead of your move. We would recommend you start looking into this process about two months before your move.

Take the time to speak to your child’s current school about transferring all their school files over to the new school and chase up any applications you have put in if you haven’t heard anything. The local authority in the new area you’re moving to will assist you with the admissions, helping to make the admissions process easier.

Follow a Full Moving Checklist

If you’re moving house and you don’t want to forget anything, check out the Simply Removals Full Moving Checklist. We have put together a list of absolutely everything you need to remember when moving home, right down to the very last detail. Our hope is that it makes the process of moving a little bit easier, a little less stressful, and a lot more organised!

So, it’s important you give yourself a change to rest and relax before tomorrow comes and you’ve got to continue unpacking.

The Cost of Moving House

If you’re lucky, moving house will be something you only do a couple of times throughout your life. Said to be one of life’s most stressful experiences, many people say that moving house is the next most stressful thing after the death of a family member or the birth of a baby. Perhaps one of the most significant factors in moving-related stress is cost. So, how much does it really cost to move house in 2019?

The estimated cost of moving house in the UK in 2019 is £8,885.66

This figure is based on all the necessary (and sometimes unexpected) fees you need to pay to ensure a successful UK home move. It is also based on the average UK property price in 2019, so figures are subject to change. And it’s important to remember that moving home is a complex process and the cost of moving home is often dependent on individual situations.

Moving House Cost Summary

Pound CoinsLet’s start with everything you need to know straight up. What are the costs of moving home in 2019 you ask? Well, below we thought we’d write out a basic moving house cost summary to give you a ballpark figure to work from.

The Cost of Buying a House

There are many costs and fees to consider when buying a house and it is important you take these into consideration before making any significant decisions.

Stamp Duty: £2,021
Property Surveyors: £400
Conveyancing: £580
Valuation Fee: £227

The Cost of Buying Total: £3,228

The Cost of Selling a House

It is easy to assume that selling your home is a reasonably simple task. After all, you only need to find someone to buy your property right? Wrong. There are many costs involved in selling a house.

Estate Agents: £3,391
Conveyancing: £950
EPC: £80

The Cost of Selling a House Total: £4,421

General Moving House Costs

If you are simply moving from one rental property into another, there are a number of costs to take into account, including hiring a removal company.

Removal Costs: £1,192
Postal Redirection: £43.99

General Moving House Total: £1,236.66

*all moving cost summary figures are sourced from Compare My Move

Stamp Duty Costs Broken Down

Stamp Duty is a cost that many people forget about, until they come around to buy a property and are surprised by this extra expense, Stamp duty must be paid by anyone purchasing a house above the value of £125,000.

Property Survey Costs Broken Down

The price of property surveys depends on the type of survey you choose depends on the properties worth and size. There are four main types of property surveys:

Condition Report £250: this is the most basic of the property surveys and provides a ‘traffic light’ rating system for properties that rates the property as a whole. Buyers will also receive a property valuation alongside their valuation report.

HomeBuyer report £500: this home survey provides a more in-depth look at the property, but the surveyor will not move any furniture or check behind walls or underneath floorboards. It is uncommon for a valuation to be included in a HomeBuyers Survey.

Home Condition Survey £400-£500: A Home Condition Survey is presented to buyers in a 1-3 rating system that easily reveals any serious issues. Your surveyor will also provide details on how you can deal with the highlighted issues in the best way possible.

Building Survey £700: This survey is the most detailed of the four as your surveyor will look behind furniture and give detailed assessments of the walls and underneath the floorboards. What’s more, they will give their advice on how to fix any issues they’ve discovered so that you can live in your property without any problems.

Providing a Deposit when Buying a House

Man Holding a Piggy BankIf you’re buying a house, it is likely you’ve been spending years saving for a deposit. You will need to pay your deposit to your solicitors on the day you exchange contracts. Once you have paid the deposit, it is extremely difficult to break the contract and you are committed to purchasing the property.

An average deposit amount in the UK is around 10% but it can sometimes be as little as 5% If you would like advice on property deposits, types, and amounts, you should speak to a mortgage advisor.

Property Valuation Fees

If you are buying a house with a mortgage, you need to pay for a property valuation. Although this is another cost to consider, it is definitely worth it as it ensures you are paying the right amount of money for the property you’re buying. Your mortgage provider will carry out the house valuation if it is not automatically provided as part of your home survey.

Solicitor Fees when Buying or Selling a House

It is common in the UK to spend an average of £900-£1,000 on solicitor fees. However, this amount includes conveying costs, search fees, and land registry fees. It is worth exploring the costs of various solicitors in your area, as there will be some that offer their services cheaper than others – it’s all down to the research!

Estate Agent Fees

If you are moving house because you are selling your current property, it is important to note that estate agent fees are anywhere between 1% and 2.5% of the final house price. The job of an estate agent is to put your property on the market and sell it to potential buyers. Most estate agents will also negotiate viewings and take the time to show potential buyers around your home, at viewing times suitable for you.

Council Tax Fees

If you are moving into a new area, you will need to update your details and ensure you pay the correct amount of council tax. If you don’t know what council tax is, it’s an annual fee that the local authority in your area charges for local services such as rubbish collection and local libraries. Although students are exempt from paying council tax, everyone else has to pay in monthly instalments. You can find out more about council tax charging on the Gov.uk website.

Energy Performance Certificate Costs

When you’re moving into a new property, it is important to be on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) register. The EPC of your property reveals how energy efficiency your property is and whether there are any areas that can be improved.

How to Save Money When Moving House

If breaking down the moving house costs has you stressed about money, don’t worry, there are many ways you can save money when moving house. In fact, we’ve written a number of money-saving home removal articles on the Simply Removals blog. Check out our top 7 tips to save money while moving on a budget and keep your moving costs as low as possible!

The 10 Essential Items to Unpack First

So, the good news is that the main bit of moving house is over – you’ve had help with the removals process, all your boxes stacked in your new property and you’ve handed back the keys for your old place. The bad news is that it’s time to unpack.

This can be an overwhelming thought for many people, so it’s important you take your time and unpack the essential items first as this will make life significantly easier for you.

1. Unpack Your Essentials Box

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If you planned before packing up your home or scrolled through our blog for moving advice, you would have packed an essentials box. This box has everything you need for the first night in your new home. From toiletries to a change of clothes, this box is pretty essential and that’s why you need to unpack it first. This will help to avoid the common problem of riffling through boxes searching for various items.

2. Make the Beds

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One of the most important things you need to do when starting the unpacking process is putting together those essential pieces of furniture for your first night. Something I always recommend is to make the beds. This ensures you have somewhere familiar and comfortable to sleep at the end of a busy day – and trust me, you will need a good night’s sleep after moving!

All the decorative bits you store in your bedroom, your books, the clothes for your wardrobe, and all the trinkets you store in your bedside table can be unpacked another day.

3. Put Together the Sofa

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Putting together your sofa ensures you have somewhere comfortable to sit down and relax or eat dinner at the end of moving day. So, after putting the beds together and unpacking all the bedding, prioritise re-building the sofa and unpacking all the blankets and cushions so that you can relax and be comfortable at the end of a hard day of unpacking. Somewhere to sit down and relax at the end of a busy day really can make all the difference!

4. Unpack Important Kitchen Items

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If you have made the effort to properly label boxes, it should be easy to locate your kitchen boxes and unpack those important items you will need right away. Items such as the kettle, toaster, plates, cups, and cutlery mean you can make a cup of tea and enjoy your ready-made frozen lasagne with ease.

If you get the chance to, get any major appliances hooked up and then you can concentrate on unpacking the rest of the kitchen another time.

5. Unpack the Necessary Bathroom Items

Toilet Paper Paper Consumption Environment

Everyone needs to use the bathroom and so unpacking the necessary items are essential. Prioritise unpacking the items that are needed straight away and are, therefore, most important, such as medication, towels, toilet paper, and toiletries. Be sure to hang the shower curtain, put out the soap, and unpack any other bathroom bits you need to freshen up at the end of a long day.

What matters the most when unpacking is ensuring the essentials are easily available and accessible. So, ensure everything you and your family needs from the bathroom is there to make everything that little bit easier.

6. Important Items for Kids

Music Kids Children Play Xylophone Tambour

If you are moving with a young family, it is important you unpack their favourite toys, books, blankets, and so on during the first few hours in your new home. This will help keep them occupied and help comfort them in their new environment – especially if you need to put the little one down for a nap. What’s more, keeping the little ones occupied with their favourite toys will help give you the time you need to focus on unpacking and getting it done faster.

7. Set Up the Electricals

Toaster, Toast, Bread, Food

Who doesn’t enjoy sitting on the sofa at the end of a long day and switching on the television? Well, this is a lot easier to do if your TV is all set-up and working! So, if you want to relax at the end of the day by catching up on your favourite show, it’s important to ensure your TV is all wired up and working.

8. Important Items for Pets

Dog Sleeping Pet Animals Toy Dog Sleeping

When moving with pets, it is important to deal with their needs upon arrival. Set up a bowl of food and water in the kitchen, put out their bed, and provide their favourite toys so they feel at home. It’s important your pet is given time to adjust to the space, so let them wander around and familiar themselves with their new environment.

9. Unpack Important Documents

Passport, Map, World, Trip, Tourism

Knowing where your important documents are at all times while moving home is absolutely essential. It ensures your passports, birth and marriage certificates, identifications and more do not go missing or get damaged. However, this can easily happen – even once you are in your new home. So, it is essential that you prioritise unpacking those important documents and storing them in a safe space that is out of reach of children or pets. This way, you know where they are at all times, you can easily access them, and you know they are safe.

10. Set Up Your Working Space

Desk, Table, Simple, Mockup

Do you work from home? It is not uncommon for people who work from home to have their own office set-ups. If you have your own desk, drawer space, and computer set-up and you start work in the morning, you must set up your working space. Unpack everything you will need for a full day’s work, set up and position your desk, unpack the essentials such as stationary items, and then you are ready to go.

There you have it, my list of essential items to unpack first in your new home! I hope you’ve found it helpful and, if you follow my advice, it should make the unpacking process significantly easier. For more packing and moving advice, check out our blog. I am regularly sharing my tips and tricks for an easier move.

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