Failing to plan, as they say, is planning to fail, and that’s never been more true than when you’re moving home. Anyone who has ever been through the process will openly admit that it can be a logistical nightmare, not to mention an extremely stressful experience.
There is so much to organise and arrange that it’s all-too-easy for things to be overlooked and problems to arise. With this in mind, removal companies in York share our stress-free moving house checklist. Once you’ve chosen your moving date, here is your week-by-week guide to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
8 Weeks Before Your Moving Day
Even as early as 8 weeks before the day you’re due to move home there are several tasks that you should undertake to set yourself up for a trouble-free move.
- Make a moving binder – moving house is a process that involves a vast amount of paperwork. If you’re organised from the get-go and have a moving binder set up, you’ll be sure all your important documents are on hand when you need them.
- Get prices from York removals companies - decide how you’re going to physically move your furniture and possessions between properties and then get some estimates. You could self-move, but that isn’t an option for everyone. If you don’t need full scale removals in York, a man with a van in York could be a cost-effective option for you.
- Get contact numbers together – make a sheet of important contacts including the landlord or seller, your chosen company for house removals in York, your mortgage provider, solicitors and estate agent. You can then keep these close at hand just in case any issues arise over the next few days and weeks.
6 Weeks Before Your Moving Day
Once you reach the sixth week before your due day to move, it’s time to start making physical preparations.
- Begin packing – Although some companies offering removals in York will pack for you, many people choose to pack themselves to save money. This is a time-consuming task, so it’s best to begin at this early stage. Ensure you have sufficient packing materials and decide on an organised packing process including labelling your boxes, so it’ll be easier to unpack on arrival at your new home. Remember to take extra care with any items that are fragile or breakable.
- Book your removal company – if you’re using a removal company, use the quotes your received a couple of weeks ago to make your final decision about which one and make your booking now.
- Confirm your moving date – if you’re renting your current property, you should now confirm the date on which you plan to move with your landlord.
- Arrange insurance – contact your existing home insurer and tell them about your move. You should also arrange insurance on your new property from the date that you plan to move.
4 Weeks Before Your Moving Day
With just a month to go before your move, it’s now time to start arranging in earnest. A lot of calls need to be made at this stage to ensure everything is in place and ready to go.
- Inform schools – if you have children at school, inform them of your move and new address. If you would rather have your children out of the way on the day of the move you may need to arrange childcare too.
- Notify companies – contact all your utility providers, banks, subscriptions, credit card companies, medical providers, internet provider and others to let them know you’re changing address.
- Arrange mail forwarding – if you’re worried about mail being sent to your old address, this is a good time to contact the Royal Mail about forwarding your post.
2 Weeks Before Your Moving Day
The time for your move is approaching rapidly, so it’s time to tackle some basic tasks.
- Empty your freezer – eat as much of the food in your freezer and the contents of your cupboards now so you don’t have to take it with you.
- Review your security – visit your new home and carry out a security review. You’ll need new keys and locks to be arranged.
1 Week Before Your Moving Day
With 7 days left before the big day, you’re going to be very busy.
- Dismantle furniture – any pieces that can be taken apart for easier transit should be dismantled carefully and all fixings bagged and tagged.
- Spring clean – as you pack each room, give it a thorough clean.
- Confirm with the removals company – make sure that everything is on track for moving day.
- Arrange a final inspection – if you rent your home, contact your landlord to arrange for them to come around to inspect the property.
2 Days Before Your Move
Things are getting real now! There shouldn’t be much left to do, but there are three key tasks that you should make sure are tackled at this stage.
- Defrost the freezer.
- Prepare a box of essentials for the day of the move.
- Make sure everything has been boxed up and labelled.
The Day Before Your Move
By the time you reach this point, everything should be pretty much ready to go. There are just a couple of things to do before you leave your old home and move into your new one.
- Give your home a final clean.
- Ensure your phone is fully charged and ready for use.
- Put your last few essentials such as toiletries into your essentials box.
Finally, the day that you’ve been waiting for so long has arrived! If you’ve followed this checklist for the last 8 weeks, you should be well-prepared for everything that will happen.
On the day of your move, you’ll need to be up early and dressed appropriately for the hard work that lies in store. Deliver your children to their carers if necessary and any pets that you need to be taken to sitters need to be dropped off.
Take one final look around your home to ensure that the rooms are all secure, clean and empty. Now, you’re just ready for the removal van to arrive and you can be on your way to your shiny new property! Good luck with your move!
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