The Moving Checklist I Wish I Knew Before Moving
Moving home is something that most of us rarely do, so it isn’t too surprising that we don’t have all the answers when it comes to making the process smooth-running and convenient. However, with this moving house checklist, you’ll be able to enjoy a hassle-free relocation. Read on to discover the top 10 tips to get you started.
1.Get A Minimum Of 3 Cost Estimates From Removal Companies
It can be tempting to simply go with the first removal company that you spot in your online search, however that’s a bad idea. You should get at least three quotes from different companies so you can get a good idea of how much you should expect to pay.
Removal companies will need to come to your home to give you the most accurate price, and this will also give them the chance to make a suitable plan for the day of the move, to avoid any access problems and to ask specific questions regarding the move.
It also gives you the opportunity to talk to the company and determine whether they can offer you the quality service you demand. Make a list of prepared questions so you’re ready for the interview.
2.Check Which Items Cannot Be Moved By Your Chosen Removal Company
Many people are unaware that there are certain items that cannot be moved by removal companies due to health and safety laws. Each company has their own list of items, so you’ll need to check before you make arrangements. Usually, the list will include items like:
- Perishable food
- Dangerous, corrosive, inflammable or explosive materials
- Valuable items like personal documents, bank cards, jewellery, keys and bank cards
It’s important to be prepared and to make alternative arrangements for such items before moving day.
3.Plan And Organise For The Smoothest Move
It sounds obvious that you should plan and organise in advance for your home move, however, there are so many things to think about at such a time that there’s a strong possibility of overlooking something vital. Use a calendar and home moving checklist to make sure nothing is forgotten and that you can take a logical approach.
A moving into a new house checklist should include a change of address list to help you to manage the people you’ll have to tell about your move.
4.Declutter To Cut Costs
Getting rid of any surplus and unnecessary items around your home won’t just cut your packing time but will also help to reduce the amount of packing materials you need to use and will save space inside the removal van. All of this adds up to lower costs for the removal process.
5.Create A Moving House Packing Checklist
Before you get ready to pack your belongings up for your move, you should create a moving house packing checklist. This will ensure that nothing gets left behind or overlooked. It will also give you a clear idea of what needs to go where from each room so there’s no disorganisation or hassle on the big day itself.
6.Hire Professional Packers
If you don’t mind spending a little more money for convenience you should consider hiring a team of professional packers. Packing your belongings is time-consuming, tedious and stressful. Professionals can massively reduce the amount of time it takes and will ensure your possessions get to your new property intact. Get in contact if you would like a quote for professional packers. At £175 per packer per day you normally need 2 men for a standard 2 bed house the day before the move.
7.Avoiding Packing Errors
You can save money if you opt to pack your belongings yourself, but there are a number of potential pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. Here are a few common errors to steer clear of:
- Don’t underestimate how much packing material you’ll need
- Leave yourself sufficient time to get the job done
- Don’t pack books in large boxes
- Use smaller boxes to carry heavy items and larger ones for light items
- Always tape the bottom of the box
8.Label Your Boxes
It can be tempting to simply throw everything into boxes at random to deal with when you get to your new home. However, taking the time to label your boxes properly will help save you time and effort in the long run. You and your removal team will be aware of which boxes need to go into each room, and you’ll know what is inside the box for easier unpacking. You can also label any fragile items so they won’t get broken.
9.Create An “Open Me First” Box
When you get to your new home, there are some items you’ll need straight away. This is why you need an essentials or “open me first” box. Because, this will contain things like medication, snacks, drinks and toiletries and should remain with you and not go inside the removal van. You won’t have any stress when you arrive since everything will be to hand.
10. Lastly 3 Top Things To Do When You Move Into Your New Home
When you arrive at your new property, there are 3 things you should take the time to do first before you focus on anything else:
- Create a fire evacuation plan
- Child-proof the home if you have small children
- Change the door locks
Follow these top tips and you should find that your upcoming house move result in a smooth and stress free one.Sophie Turner- SW12 London