What should you do before moving? It’s true what they say – moving is one of the most stressful things you will ever do. However, you are over the worst. It’s just before you’re done and moving in, and you’re frantically packing boxes, sorting the final bills, and cleaning the house. But suddenly you remember what you should have done, but didn’t. Do not worry; we’ve put together this handy checklist of all the things to do before moving to make sure you don’t get caught at the last minute.
1. Confirm the date of your move
First, you need to have your move date officially confirmed by your transportation attorneys and the real estate sellers.
If you rent or are not in a real estate chain, you may be lucky enough to be able to spread the move between houses over several days. This way you can start working in your new home, such as cleaning and organizing, or maybe even furnishing, without the stress of moving within 24 hours.
Alternatively, if you are at the very end of the chain, you can wait a while for all other transactions to complete. You need to find your place in the chain and plan accordingly if it takes a little longer than expected.
2. Get quotes for removals
Before you move, you need to decide how you want to transport all of your belongings to your new home.
If you’re moving to a small property or leaving your parents’ house, it may be cheaper to rent a van for the day. However, if you need to move a lot of furniture, it’s probably best to enlist the help of a moving company.
Whichever moving service you choose, make sure all your valuables and personal documents are stored in a safe place. If you can, keep them with you while you travel.
3. Change your address
Let everyone know at least two weeks before you move that you are moving and changing your address. Don’t forget to change your address on all your services and providers before you leave your old home.
If you don’t communicate your change of address to everyone, you may miss out on important correspondence and your personal information will end up in the wrong hands. Just some of the companies you should inform about your move are:
- Utility suppliers
- Local authorities
- Vehicle Services
- Banks and credit card companies
However, there is an almost endless list of companies that you should report when moving. To make sure you don’t forget anything, check out this handy address change checklist.
4. Tidy up your old house
Just before you move is the perfect time to go through all your old stuff and decide what is and isn’t worth keeping.
Before you start packing everything into boxes, sort all your old clothes, electronics and furniture and see what you still use regularly. This way you can see what’s worth bringing to your new home and avoid taking things that take up space.
Reducing the number of items you have to move also minimizes moving costs and a lot of back pain on the other hand.
5. Record the latest meter readings
On the last day before you leave, you should take your final meter readings and give them to your supplier. Then write down the tasks and the date, in case you’re in doubt about your last energy bill.
Your energy supplier will use your final meter reading to close your account and send a correct final bill to your new address. If you don’t send a final meter reading, your provider will use an estimate instead to calculate your final bill, which can be more expensive.
You should receive a final statement within six weeks of closing your account. However, do not cancel your direct debit during this period as this will make it easier for your supplier to refund the remaining credit on your account or collect the final payment.
6. Pack your things
When it comes to moving, packing can be one of the most tedious chores. But hopefully you’ve already cleaned up your stuff, so this part should be a little easier.
When packing, make sure to label all boxes correctly. Then make a list so you know exactly what’s in each box and where it should go in your new home. This makes everything a lot easier when you get to the other side, so you don’t have to dig through boxes to find what you need.
7. Arrange care for pets and children
It can be easy to overlook the need for pet and childcare when you go home when you have so many other things to think about. However, it is essential to make other arrangements for children and pets before moving day.
Having children and pets in the house can slow down the moving process considerably and make it much more stressful. So ask a family member or friend you trust to take care of them for a few hours.
8. Pack a Moving Day Survival Pack
You should have everything you need for the first night in your new home, so it’s a good idea to pack a box or two with items you may need to grab quickly, such as:
- Kettle, mugs, tea, milk, coffee, sugar
- Cleaning products, vacuum cleaner, garbage bags
- phone chargers
- Loo roll, kitchen roll
- Duvet and bed linen
- Temporary furniture
- TV or radio
- Snacks and water
Also make sure to keep all your important documents, such as your passport and mortgage papers, in a safe place.
Moving to your new home…
Congratulations! You made it to moving day! You should now have packed all your belongings and have them transported to your new property by a moving company.
Before you start unpacking everything, you may want to do a thorough cleaning of the house. This will be much easier without all your belongings taking up space and blocking your path.
- Unpack room by room, starting with the kitchen
- Make sure all your utilities are running
- Double-check that you have the keys to every door, window and closet
- Find out on which day your bins will be picked up
Finally, take the rest of the evening off – relax, unwind and start getting used to your new home. I hope the article on “What to Do Before Moving” has provided you with useful information! Thank you for visiting Greenhouse Center!