Moving Guide Checklist
We all know how stressful and tiring moving can be. It is hard to balance the many tasks associated with moving as well as the physical move itself. Our team at KEJ Removals want to make the whole moving process as smooth as possible for you. We have created our handy Moving Guide to help you to get organised and stay on plan to ensure you cover all those important details. By following our Moving Guide, you can cross off the to-do list with ease and focus on the excitement of your move.
Six Weeks Before
You may think that you have plenty of time to prepare but six weeks can come and go very quickly, so it really is best to start getting organised and planning ahead. The more you can get done in the early stages, the smoother the move will go.
- Hopefully, your move date has now been confirmed and is on …
- If renting, notify your landlord of your leaving date.
- Notify the relevant utility companies:
- Television Provider
- Inform your home and car insurance company of your move date to ensure you are covered at your new address.
- Inform your bank of the change to your address.
- Book any necessary time off from work.
Four Weeks Before
With a month to go, you can really start to look forward to your new property. This is the perfect time to start thinking about what is coming with you and what items you can get rid off. This is also the perfect time to plan what new items you might need at your property so that you can stay a step ahead regarding the delivery times.
- Start to think about items you no longer need and can sell.
- Local charities will really appreciate any ornaments, books, clothes or bric-a-brac that you can donate.
- If you need new furniture or carpets for the new property, consider ordering these now as delivery can take quite a while.
- Plan the fresh start for your new home, so you can decide exactly how you want it to look.
Three Weeks Before
It is time to start thinking about the move day itself and how you are going to manage the day. Now is the time to make any necessary arrangements for the move to go as smoothly as possible.
- Arrange childcare for moving day, the childlike excitement of moving will soon wear off when they realise it is just carrying boxes. Arranging childcare will help to reduce your stress, and their boredom come moving day.
- Consult a vet for pet advice. Pets can find moving very distressing, speak to a vet for tips on how best to move your pets and consider temporary accommodation while you are transitioning from one property to another.
- Start to pack or gather together non-essential items. Remember, KEJ Removals can provide you with packing and wrapping if necessary.
- Start to make use of the food in your freezer and get creative with the foodstuff at the back of your kitchen cupboards. This is a great time to experiment with unusual dishes and reduce the amount of packing.
- Organise for your post to be forwarded to your new address. The Post Office provide this service for a nominal fee.
Two Weeks Before
The time is soon approaching, but if you’ve been following the checklist so far you should be feeling comfortable with the number of tasks you have left. Start to look forward to the move and don’t forget to let everyone know.
- Send out the change of address cards to everyone that needs to know about the move.
- If moving out of the area, deregister from your doctor and dentist and research new facilities closer to your new home.
- Arrange for meter readings so that you can receive the final bills for your old property.
- Confirm connections with utility providers, so all services are in place on your move day.
- Transfer or confirm a change to your phone number and arrange the final bill.
- Organise the disconnection of household appliances in your old home and arrange reconnection in your new home. You may need the services of a qualified plumber or gas fitter for appliances such as your washing machine or gas oven.
- If you have your milk or newspaper delivered, inform the milkman and newsagent of your change of address or end of service.
One Week Before
Now is the time to finalise all arrangements and timings to make sure you are ready to go.
- Confirm a time to collect the keys from the estate agent.
- Confirm your timings with KEJ Removals, so they know exactly where they need to be and when.
- Start to pack all of your belongings and enlist help if required.
- KEJ Removals are more than happy to do the hard work for you and we will gladly do all of the packing. We will ensure that all of your items are packed and stored safely ready for transit.
- When convenient, defrost your fridge and freezer. This needs to be done at least 24 hours before the move as transporting appliances when they are still frozen can cause damage.
- Take down any curtains or blinds that you are taking with you.
- Create a ‘Do Not Remove’ section so KEJ Removals can clearly see what is to be left behind.
The Day Before
Remember that time will be limited tomorrow, so try to prepare as much as possible today.
- Ensure that liquids and oil are packed into securely sealed containers.
- If any of your furniture has keys or fixtures, attach them securely to the unit, so they’re easy to find and will not go missing.
Today you can leave the hard work to us, but there are some essentials that you will need to do.
- Note all meter readings. Take a copy for yourself and leave a copy behind.
- Turn the power and water supply off, if nobody is moving into your old home straight away.
- Make sure your home is secured.
- Drop the keys off at the estate agents.
- Start enjoying your new home.