Pre-move checklist

Okay, so you are committed to moving house and suddenly the reality of the big move hits and it looks oh so daunting. A bit of preparation can help to ease the stress for the big day.

Here are 7 tips to ensure it goes to plan:

  1. Make a list – There’s so much going on so a list is vital to ensure nothing is forgotten. Some items will be obvious such as contacting utilities and banks or redirecting your mail. There are many varied things that are different to every household. Keep a pad and pen on the kitchen or hall table and get everyone in the household to add to them as they think of something. Add a date when they have to be completed by and just tick off as they are done.
  2. Inform family and friends – You don’t want to move and no-one knows where you are. With social media and email it so easy to let family and friends know when and where you are moving to. A postcard using a sticky label with the new details is a more personalised way of letting everyone know your new details. And it’s a handy way for them to stick on the fridge door or in an address book as a way to find your details quickly.
  3. Change of address – It’s not just the utilities, doctors, dentist, bank and credit card companies that have to be informed of your change of address. Don’t forget to change the details of your driving licence and let the local council know for your rate notices both on your new and existing properties as required.
  4. Diarise all information – Use a notepad or dairy to list all the account and phone numbers for the utilities, finance and medical institutions and local schools.
  5. Redirect your mail – No matter how many friends, family and organisations you let know your new address details there will be a time lag before these go through. Some people will also forget or loose the information. You simply need a form from the post office to complete and pay the fee and you are done. There are many options but a 3 month period would generally be enough for most. However if you have a business from home or are close to a Christmas a longer booking may be the best.
  6. Label boxes correctly – This will help yourself and the removalist to quickly move each box into the correct room. And it means a quicker emptying of the boxes to start making the new home feel like it yours…..especially for children to feel settled.
  7. Get your boxes in advance – Whether you are doing it yourself or hiring boxes from BoxNgo it helps if you can get boxes a good week or more before you move. The assembling of many boxes with tape can take more time than you realise and the packing itself is not as simple as just throwing some items into a box.

Good planning and a checklist is a big step to making any move that bit easier.

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