Are you excited about your new home but stressed about the moving itself?
Moving house is more than just carrying boxes from one place to the other and putting together furniture. You will probably start weeks in advance to go through the different tasks. We have put together a checklist for you to follow and make sure nothing falls between the cracks.
This is probably the most time consuming part of the moving process. But if you consider a few details, you save yourself a lot of time and the hassle of having to handle each item multiple times.
Sort and declutter
Divide your items in “moving”, “storage”, “disposal”, “giveaway” and “sale”. Make sure you sort the items you decide to keep in categories but be aware that you have to be able to move them; don’t fill a whole box with books. Check if you can get boxes at your supermarket or hardware store.
Write outside the box what it contains and what room it is supposed to go to make it easier for your helping hands to know what to do and for you to find what you need until you unpack all of your boxes. Mark boxes containing fragile items specially.
Allow enough time for dismantling your furniture. Pack all the parts secure to avoid damage and mark what they belong to. Pack screws or other small parts in a bag and attach it to a bigger part of the item they belong to so you don’t lose anything.
To get all your belongings safe across to your new home, plan carefully how to organise the transport.
It is likely that you need a bigger vehicle than you own so think about if you can borrow a truck from friends, if you need to rent one or if you want to hire a moving company. Make sure you check the access for both properties and arrange for a Trolley if you can’t get the vehicles close enough.
Pack and secure
Make sure you pack your belongings safely. Wrap all fragile items in newspaper or cloths before putting them in boxes or drawers. Never transport glass or mirrors lying down but upright. If you can’t move your fridge upright, make sure to let it stand upright overnight before plugging it in at the new place. If you decide to move on your own, get enough supplies to secure the load for transport and consider getting transit insurance.
Especially if you plan to move everything in one day, you may want to ask some family and friends to help you move. If you have kids, consider organising a babysitter for them.
Consider eventual periods for giving notice if cancelling fixed contracts and think about what providers you would like to keep and which to change.
Phone, Internet, TV
Settle outstanding bills and inform the providers about your new address or cancel the contract.
Electricity, Gas, Water
Inform the providers of your new address and arrange a final meter reading. Make sure everything is turned off when leaving the house.
Cancel all the subscriptions for newspapers and other mails you would not like to receive anymore.
Let everyone who might send you mail know your new address or consider using a postal box service until you are settled.
Bank, insurances, government bodies and others
The easiest way to capture an overview of who you need to inform about your new address is to start a couple of months prior to moving to create a list and add all the companies you get mail from.
Redirection of mail
To make sure you don’t miss anyone who would send you mail maybe only occasionally, you can arrange for your mail to get redirected to your new address directly through the post.
Family and Friends
At any Post Shop you can pick up free postage included “Change of address” cards to send to your family and friends.
Another thing you might want to start planning early depending on how far you move away, is to make sure you don’t transport too much food.
A couple of weeks before moving, start planning your meals around what you have and try to use as much of your supply as you can.
Sort and pack
Make sure you can cool the items that need to be cooled until you are able to put them back in the fridge. Take care that all items are properly sealed, if necessary add some tape or put the packages in zip lock bags to avoid spillage.
Plan to have enough snacks and food for the moving day for you and your helping hands. It is a nice gesture to offer a simple BBQ or ordering pizza for everyone when arriving at the new house to say thank you for helping you out.
Start early enough with the cleaning process. Deep cleaning a house is more time consuming than you might think.
Defrost fridge and freezer
Allow some hours for the fridge and/or freezer to defrost before transporting it.
Deep clean carpets
If your carpets need deep cleaning, organise a professional carpet cleaner to be there and get started as soon as your house is empty.
Take pictures of the empty house
For your own peace of mind you might want to take pictures of the clean house and note the little defects that might come up when having the handover to the new owner.
To ensure everything goes smoothly, there are some arrangements you should put in action previously.
Arrange a time with the previous owner of your new and the next owner of your current house for moving in/out and the key exchange.
Choose a school or child care facility for your kids and make sure you start the enrolment process early enough.
You may need to choose a new doctor and arrange for all the documents to get transmitted to your new provider.
Moving houses is always a stressful time, we hope this guide helps you to think about the important things early enough to be able to get the moving process done as smooth and relaxed as possible.