Continuing on from last week, here’s what you’ll need to think about two months before you’re due to move.
By this time you should have found your property, had your survey done and be well on the way with the process.
Moving can be time-consuming, so you’ll probably need a couple of days to get moved and settled. Well, you’re going to need more than a few days, but you don’t really want to be moving over a weekend and then having to go back to work on the Monday. So, why not book a few days off either side of the move now, this way you’ll not have to worry so much about finding your work shirt and iron.
Find a suitable school – if you’ve got kids, and a school in the locality is important to you, we’ll assume that you followed our advice in the previous post and scoped out the options before deciding on your new home. Now it’s time to get the administration done and dusted. If you didn’t look for local schools, it’s a good idea to get it done now, or you’ll risk being in your new home, with no local school for your kids to attend. Checking out where the school comes in the performance tables might be a good place to start.
Clear the clutter – this is a good time for you clear the clutter from your life and unless you do this on a regular basis, you’ll probably find you have way more than you thought you would, especially if you have a garage, cellar or loft area. It’s therapeutic and will make moving so much easier. Be ruthless! Throwing away anything that you’ve not used for a year is a good place to start. Give the things that can be used again to charity, recycle all you can and ditch the rest.
Gather your boxes – this is also a good time to start gathering boxes for your move. You will require more than you think you need, so make sure you gather plenty – you can always recycle the ones you don’t need. You may also want to think about what kind of boxes you need, cardboard is a good bet, but if you’re planning on moving in the winter, when the weather could be bad, you may want to think about hiring something more study, like these study boxes from Cratehire, which you can rent out.
Arrange for storage – if you’re downsizing you may need some space to store things until you decide what to do with them. Even if you’re not downsizing, you may need to carry out repairs before moving in, and you’d like to keep the builders' dust off your fancy new sofa. So, if you don’t have a friend with some spare space in their garage or spare room, you’ll need to arrange for storage of your things at a place like Safestore.