Moving House? Start a checklist…

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It seems some of you found our Home Move Packing Tips particularly useful. So, with that in mind, we thought we’d expand the brief a little and focus on the whole moving home thing. Which means it’s checklist time. Moving House checklist to be precise.

That’s right – a quick reference guide to all the things you need to sort before, during and after your move. Cross them off as you go and you’ll be on your way to a less worrisome moving experience… 

First let’s assume a few givens:

  • You’ve seen your dream home and had your offer accepted.
  • If you’re a selling a current property you’ve accepted an offer and got a buyer.
  • If you’re a first time buyer you’re moving from a furnished, rented home.
  • You’ve got your mortgage and finances all sorted and agreed.

1. Appoint a Conveyancing Solicitor

Conveyancing is the legal process of moving the ownership of a property from one person(s) to another. The larger law firms have property departments who’ll undertake this, whilst smaller operations might have lawyers who work across a wider range of case loads. You can also find specialist firms who only do conveyancing. They can be worth seeking out as they won’t be distracted by anything else and know their craft inside out.

2. Set a move date

You might decide that a bank holiday or Friday will suit you best. Trouble is – so does everyone else. And convenience can cost as the removals companies can put a premium on the fees. Most people choose the date of exchange as their ‘M-day’ (but you can move out beforehand).

3. Choose a Moving Method

Book your removals firm as soon as you know your moving date. The reputable ones will be members of the British Association of Removers, or ask our store teams, they’ll be able to recommend you a friendly, trustworthy and local ‘Man-in-a-Van’ removals operations (lots of them store with us).

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If you’re doing the move on a budget (either by yourself or with family and friends) you could ‘prepare’ by moving the bulk of your stuff to a storage unit. That way you can move at a pace that suits you – which doesn’t have to be all on one day.

4. Prepare and Insure

Think about what is going to happen on your moving day. We’re not talking just the packing of your stuff – but the wider practicalities and logistics of your move. Do the kids need to stay with Grandparents or sleepover at a friends? Does the Dog/Cat/Chameleon or other pet need to go to kennels, the cattery or specialist care during the move?

Also at this stage you could draw up a plan of your new home to give to your removals company – the ‘what needs to go where’. It’d be equally useful if you’re getting help from friends and relatives to carry out your move.

5. Redirect and Notify Utilities

All the services to your home – including ‘leccy, water, gas, telephone, broadband and mail, will need to be cancelled in your name or redirected. Your utilities and telecoms providers will have advice and guidance on this on their websites.

6. Pack it all up

See our previous blog for the ins and outs of packing properly.

7. Collect all your Keys

You’ll likely have several sets of house keys. Some might be with the grandparents, others with neighbours.  Round them all up so you can leave them with the Estate Agent/Solicitors for the new owners.

8. Keep the important stuff separate and safe.

As your move gets under way, you’re going to want to keep the important stuff – like passports, Birth certificates and other essential documents separate and safe. Heaven forbid it goes missing during the move. You could leave it all at a friends or relatives, or if that option isn’t available one of our storage lockers

9. Fluids and Food.

Come move day, you’re going to be rushing around, lifting, carrying and more – and it’s surprising just how much exercise you’ll do. Make sure you have bottled water on supply to keep hydrated and food to keep you going. Of course, at the end of the day you can celebrate your hard work with a takeaway from your new local!

10. Don’t rush to unpack in one go.

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Of course, you’re going to want to unpack the essentials – beds, linen, kitchen equipment and bathroom toiletries first – but don’t rush to do the whole house in one day. Get to know your new space and plan where stuff will go. Perhaps even put furniture in place without unpacking the contents to get a feel for where it fits. It’s far harder to move things around once drawers and shelves are full of your stuff.