Moving house can be a stressful event, but it doesn’t necessarily have to turn out that way if you are smart and make sure you are well prepared and organised beforehand and on the day.
Many existing renters will be familiar with inventories that need to be checked when you move in and out of a property, but if you have your own moving house checklists to fall back on as well, then you will be greatly improving your chances of a smooth move.
Why you need a checklist
A bit of forward planning and careful organisation surrounding all aspects of your move, will improve your prospects of moving house with the minimum of stress and hassle.
Your moving checklist needs to be in place at least six weeks before your planned moving date, and will help to guide you through the various stages leading up to your move and act as a reminder of who to contact and what needs organising for moving out as well as moving in to your new home.
Six weeks before
As soon as you have confirmed the date of your move, or have a firm idea of when you need to be in your new place by, you can start creating your checklist.
If you are currently renting your existing property, you will need to arrange to contact your landlord or the letting agent, in order to notify them of your intentions and agree a termination date for the current tenancy.
If you are moving from one rented property to another, you should liaise with letting agent or landlord at the new property to confirm that everyone involved in the transaction is in agreement with the proposed moving date.
Don’t leave your home insurance to the last minute. Once you have confirmed your date and new address, call your insurer and make sure that you retain cover for your possessions as soon as you move into your new home.
Help with moving
If you are planning on using a removals firm, six weeks before is when you should be getting written quotes and trying to find the right one for you.
Do also check the limits of their insurance at the same time so that you know it is adequate. If you are planning on doing it yourself and asking a few friends to help, give them plenty of notice.
Six weeks before your planned move is also a good time to notify your gas and electricity supplier about your intended move, and also organise who is going to be your supplier at your new home.
If you have satellite or cable TV, get in touch with the company to book in an installation at your new address. Many of them have a moving home procedure and if you give them plenty of notice, you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get your service back at the new address.
Have a clear out
Moving house is the perfect opportunity to get rid of any unwanted possessions rather than boxing them up and taking them with.
Set aside some time to go through your stuff and take your unwanted items to a charity shop or Freecycle any furniture you no longer need. You could also sell some bits at a car boot if you want to raise some cash towards your move.
New furniture or carpets
If you intend to get some new furniture or have new carpets fitted at your new home, now is time to order them if you don’t want to be waiting when you move in.
The last two weeks
Once you get to two before your planned move, the rest of the items on your checklist will come into play.
Begin packing any unwanted or non-essential items into boxes, to make it easier when packing the rest of your items nearer the time.
A fortnight before your moving date is also a good time to contact your doctor, dentist and optician and give them your new details, or de-register if you are moving away from the area.
The same action applies to other local services you use such as gym membership, but only if you won’t be using them again after your move.
Help with the move
If you have children or pets to look after. Two weeks before your intended move, try to arrange someone to look after them for the day so that you can concentrate your efforts on the move.
Now is also a good time to confirm the arrangements with your removal firm and also try to arrange a time to collect the keys to your new property, so you can plan your day around when you can get in.
A checklist is the best way to ensure you don’t forget to do anything important or trivial, as they all matter at some point. It will also help to ensure that your moving day goes as smoothly as possible.
Daryl Calvo is a property investor in the UK. He enjoys sharing his real estate investing insights on the web. His articles can be found on many home and real estate websites.