Getting the keys to your new pad is an amazing feeling. However, it’s often a long road to getting you, and your stuff, settled at your new address. Moving doesn’t have to be overwhelming though – with a little planning you can make it as easy as possible.
Planning a house move
To be carefully planned and executed a move needs to ideally start around six weeks before. The first set of things to think about are:
- Have you notified your landlord of your moving date, or do the people whose house you are buying know your timeline? It’s important to keep everyone informed of what’s being planned. Also make sure to update these people if there are any changes.
- Start thinking about what stuff will come with you and what doesn’t need to be taking up space. It’s a good time to make decisions about selling off items on eBay, giving to friends or making charitable donations.
- If you’re choosing new items for your new address then ordering them now should ensure they arrive when, or before, you do.
The next leap in the process should come about two weeks before you’re due to move. This is when you need to lock in the logistics and finalise your arrangements. There’s several really important things to cover here:
- If you need help with removals, then local firms or marketplace sites like Shiply should be able to help. It’s great if you can get some flexibility in your transport choice – plans may change about what you’re taking and when.
- Visit the Post Office to organise mail-forwarding for your letters. You can set these up for a date in the future, so any post sent to your old address can immediately catch up with you.
- Think about arrangements for any pets or children you’ll be looking after on the day of the move. It’s often helpful to draft in a friend to keep them out of the way.
What to do on moving day
Finally, after all your hard work, comes moving day! This is often an emotional and tiring day but there’s a few things you can do to make your life easier:
- Make sure you take records of all your utility meter readings for water, electricity and gas. Taking a picture on your phone is often really useful.
- Decide which items are so fragile they need to be transported by car. Ask a friend to give you a lift if needed
- Try and ensure there’s always at least one person at the property you are moving out of. This is to make sure everything that is supposed to move does so – and that everything is accounted for.
Once everything is loaded to go you just need to remember to close all the windows and leave the keys for the new occupiers. Moving home is always hard work but with these top tips you’ll be enjoying your new property easier than you think!