Get your marigolds on – now’s the time you should be thinking about gathering your cleaning materials for the final move out, if you don’t already have them. You can start to clean the rooms that are already packed up ready for the movers. Don’t underestimate how long cleaning will take you – it always takes longer than you think! Then, when it’s time go, all you’ll be left with to do is a final run over where your last bits of furniture have been with the vacuum, emptying the bins and a quick flick round with the duster.
Cancel deliveries – if you have anything delivered to your address on a regular basis, like contact lenses, make sure you call the shop and get your address changed over with them. And if you’re one of that rare breed who still have their milk or newspapers delivered, get those cancelled too.
Transfer your essentials – get your bill addresses updated. You’ll need to think about the usual utilities, as well as your bank or building society address, TV licence, driving licence, car insurance, any credit cards you have, plus any other important paperwork, for pensions, life insurances or premium bonds for example, also need to be updated. It might help if you go through where you file away all those important letters – we’ve all got one, even if it’s a big pile next to the TV – to make sure you don’t miss anything. You can use the Royal Mail’s redirect service for the first few months after you move out, just to make sure that anything you’ve forgotten is delivered to your new address.
Add yourself to the list – get your address updated for your council tax and change your details on the electoral roll too.
Read the meters – on the day you move out, you need to read all the meters and let your utility companies know the final readings so that they can either prepare your final bill, or move your account to your new address.
New security – if you feel the need, you may want to get the locks changed on your new place before you move your beloved possessions into it. The same goes for changing the code on the burglar alarm if there is one.
Final checks – before you leave do a final walk through to make sure you’ve not left anything behind. If the new people are not due to move in anytime soon, it might be a good idea to switch off the electricity, gas and water and check that all the windows and doors are securely locked.
Leave a moving in note – it would be lovely of you to leave the new owners a little note about the funny things you have to do when the boiler pilot light blows out, or how you have to lift up the shed door slightly to get it to close properly. Any of those little quirky things that you only get to know once you’ve lived in the property for a while would be of use. Of course this is not something you have to do, but it would be a nice touch.
And that’s it – you should now ready for the off to your new home. We hope you love it and have many happy years there.