Whether you’ve got a big move coming up or you’re just stepping onto the ladder, follow these tips to keep your move as smooth as possible.
Write a tick list
To avoid forgetting anything important, it’s useful to have a list of tasks to hand before you move. Everyone will have their own things to consider, but items to tick off might include:
Letting your landlord know you’re moving (if you rent)
Finding a removal agency and booking a date with them
Cancelling any phone or broadband contracts at your address and arranging to be connected at your new home
Informing energy suppliers i.e. Gas/Electricity and Water suppliers.
Letting companies know what your new address is (for example banks, the council and HMRC)
Get removal quotes in advance
As soon as you know when your moving date is, it could be worth haggling for the lowest quote from a range of removal agencies. If you leave it to the last minute, you could risk paying over the odds by having to accept the first quote you’re offered.
Create a timeline
It’s one thing knowing what you need to do, but it’s also important to figure out when you need to do them. Once you know when your exchange date is (when you legally exchange contracts), you can start to map out the ins and outs of your moving day.
From clearing out the freezer to handing over your old keys, having a clear idea of what you need to do and at what stage can really help you wrap your head around the moving process.
Work out the total cost
Nobody likes unexpected costs, so it’s worth totting up the total cost of moving house to save any nasty surprises. According to recent figures released by comparemymove.com, the average cost of moving home adds up to £8,885. This includes the cost of everything except the actual house price:
A Typical Example of The Cost of Buying a House
A Typical Example of The Cost of Selling a House
A Typical Example of General Moving House Costs
Have a big clear-out
Before you start packing up your belongings, it’s well worth having a proper clear-out and getting rid of any clutter. Having lots of unnecessary things to sort and throw away could slow everything down on your moving day, so taking a day to de-clutter a few weeks in advance is a savvy decision.
If there’s anything you no longer need taking up space in the garage or that cupboard under the stairs, scheduling a day to visit a charity shop or the local skip could make your move considerably smoother.
Have a ‘first-night’ box of essentials
The last thing you need after a long day of shifting boxes into your new home is not having your essentials at your fingertips. Putting a box together with things like a kettle, tea/coffee, mugs, pyjamas, phone chargers and snacks will mean you can settle in straight away before having to rummage through every box. Just remember to label it!
Find a babysitter (or pet-sitter)
Moving home isn't really a walk in the park for anyone, but if you have little ones or four-legged friends getting restless, it can make the day more difficult than it needs be. If you have a willing friend or family member who’s happy to play babysitter for a day, you could get the job done much quicker.
Labelling everything both on the top and the side (so it can be seen when the boxes are stacked) will mean you can unpack the essentials first. Also, it will help you decide where to put everything when you arrive at your new home.
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