A successful house move comes down to good project planning. It’s a huge undertaking so if you don’t have a good plan to work off you’re going to run out of time and moving day will be a disaster.
In order to guide you through the planning process we have created this moving house checklist. It includes all the things you need to get done in order to make moving day an exciting adventure, rather than a stress-filled nightmare.
No Time Like The Present
They key to a successful move is starting the preparations as soon as you’ve set a date. The later you leave it, the harder it will be. So, to get ahead you can begin working on:
- Ringing moving companies to find a service and quote that meets your needs and your budget. Never accept a quote unless it is based on a free in-home visit and volume estimate – there’s no way you can rely on the price unless it is based on an accurate analysis of the volume of your needs.
- Creating an itemised list of expenses to ensure your move stays on budget. Costs can add up quickly and if you don’t take stock you’ll end up spending a lot more than you wanted to.
- Doing a spring clean and a big garage sale to get rid of as much of your belongings as you can. You’ll be surprised at how much junk you’ve accumulated over the years, so be as ruthless as you can be. Only keep what you love and need and sell or donate the rest. As hard as it is at the start you’ll thank yourself when moving costs are cut in half and you start setting up your new de-cluttered home.
- Don’t forget about storage! If you need it make sure you book it nice and early or you may be forced to store your treasures in an unsuitable space.
Pack With A Purpose
Packing for a move isn’t the same as packing for a holiday. You need to pack with a purpose and you need to be aware of the fact that it will take a lot longer to pack than you think it will. So. Start with plenty of time out and:
- Purchase the correct materials by investing in new moving boxes. Recycled boxes are liable to break and it will cost a lot more to replace your treasures than it will to buy some new boxes.
- Buy specific boxes for specific items. You can buy custom-made boxes for your wine collection, TV’s and other electronic equipment and they will offer far superior protection for your valuables than a traditional moving box can.
- Never fill boxes to their absolute limit. A good rule of thumb is to pack the box so one person can lift it, any heavier and you risk having the bottom fall out of the box.
- Label every box to make unpacking easier. Don’t label by room – make the labels more specific. Instead of just writing ‘Kitchen’ write cutlery or frying pans, that way you can locate what you’re looking for in no time.
No Time To Rest
Getting an early start doesn’t mean you can slow down as moving day approaches, keep your foot on the pedal and with two weeks until the big day you need to start:
- Finalising your moving plan so you and your provider can get on the same page. You don’t want there to be any confusion about arrival time and access points when the big day comes around.
- Liaising with local authorities to ensure you’re clear about any possible restrictions on parking, traffic management as well as lift and access restrictions.
- Communicating with utility providers to ensure you have a disconnect/reconnect service organised for the day of your move. You don’t want to spend your first night in your new home without power or water.
- Booking your car in for a service so it is in prime condition for the big day.
- Asking family and friends to babysit young children so you can devote all your attention to the task at hand.
- Creating a floor plan of your new home, with diagrams showing where furniture should be placed. You should pass this on to your removals team to make the set-up a lot easier and get you into your home a lot faster.
If you’ve ticked off every item on the list by the time moving day comes around you’ll be in the perfect position to enjoy a smooth, stress-free moving day.