Moving house is never as simple as your ABC, although we wish it was. There's so much to think about including logistics, time frames and finances before you even start to think about bubble wrap and boxes. What's more, you need to be certain that you are making the right decisions every step of the way.
Fortunately, we are here with a bumper checklist to help buyers and renters count down to the big move. Plus you can also download this handy Moving Checklist as a PDF by clicking the link.
8 Weeks Before
During this period before you move home, you may have accepted an offer on your property or be looking to relocate in the near future.
Get Quotes From Removal Firms
Researching the best deal will save money. Plus, if you are a first time buyer and moving out of home with less to transport, ask your friends and family whether they would mind lending a hand. This will help cut down on costs.
Insure Your Valuables
You don't want to have to spend more money replacing or repairing electricals which get broken in the move.
This is a brilliant opportunity to de-clutter. Take items to charity shops or hold a car boot sale which will help with the expense of moving. Remember one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Buy less during your weekly food shop and use up what you have, this will mean less to pack and money saved too!
TOP-TIP: Keep essential items safe, this includes your passport, birth certificates, finance documents and anything else extremely important.
6 Weeks Before
Moving house will seem more of a reality and you have an opportunity to get ahead of the game by making preparations.
The Important Dates
If you are renting, give your landlord plenty of notice (check your tenancy agreement for the exact notice period required), and find out the confirmed date of when you can start moving into your new home.
Bills, Bills, Bills
Don't forget to inform your utility companies of your move.
You will need insurance on your new home, so start investigating providers and quotes. Book time off during your move to take the stress away.
To avoid being disappointed and left sitting on the floor instead of a sofa, get to the shops early to order carpets and furniture.
Especially if you are moving to a smaller property, look into storage space for belongings or furniture which won't fit into your new home. You can decide what to do with them at a later date.
Pets Are Family
Ask friends and family if they are able to look after your pets during the move, or look into kennels or a cattery, this will keep both you and them happy and stress free.
TOP-TIP: When arranging the change of address for your passports and driving licences etc. Don't forget to change the address on your pet's identity tags too!
1 Month Before
If you're buying, you'should have exchanged contracts by this point, and if you're renting, your landlord will be aware that you are ending your tenancy agreement
Stock Up On Bubble Wrap
There is no time like the present, so why not pack a few things which you know you aren't going to use and box and tape them up ready to go.
Finalise your moving in date and double check arrangements with your removal company.
You will need to update the gym and any clubs you are a member of, of your new address. Plus if you are moving out of the area, enquire as to whether you can transfer your membership to another site, or give notice and cancel your contract.
TOP TIP - Make unpacking easier by labelling each box with the contents and the room which they need to go in.
2 Weeks Before
This fortnight will fly past and you will soon be knee deep in cleaning products and boxes.
Get Your Finances In Check
Inform your bank of your move and alter any direct debits or standing orders.
Remember to advise your doctor, dentist, opticians and vets of your new address, or de-register if you are moving out of the area.
The Finishing Touches
If relevant, advise the milkman/your newsagents that you will no longer require deliveries to your previous address. Set up a forwarding address with the post office and ask a charity or council if they would like to collect any large unwanted items.
TOP TIP: Regularly pack non-essential items so you have less to do in your final week of packing.
1 Week Before
From leaving memories behind, the anticipation of your beautiful new home, and stress of the logistics, it is natural for you to be feeling tired. Keep your energy levels high, and remember that the end is near.
Tenants - remember some landlords forbid any rubbish to be left behind.
Defrost the freezer, collect the keys for the shed, windows etc. Plus don't forget someone will be moving into your old home, so make sure to confirm when your buyers will be collecting their new keys.
The cleaning process can take a while, so get a head start.
Look High and Low
Don't forget to check the shed and loft for any belongings which need to be packed.
TOP-TIP: Pack a survival bag of clothes, toiletries, basic cooking utensils and some food and drink, this is to make sure you're prepared should any delays occur with the move.
Moving In Day...
Take notes of all meter readings (gas, electricity and water) in both your current and new properties.
Ensure all the doors and windows are locked and your house is clean. Once you have loaded up the vehicles with the removal team, walk round one last time to double check you have everything.
If you are moving into a rental property, cover your back and take photographs of any damage, fill out relevant inventory lists and report any queries to the letting agent/landlord.
TOP-TIP: If you can, take photographs with time stamps on to help support with disputes about cleaning or meter readings.
Here at Martin & Co we wish you well with your move, you can also contact your local Martin & Co branch if there is anything we can do to help.
REMEMBER: You can download this Moving Checklist too!