Moving Home Checklist

Moving to a new home is up there with one of the most stressful things that we’ll ever do in our lifetime.  So, it pays to be prepared.  Take it from someone who has moved to a new home ten times in 15 years including from country to country.

With this being said, I thought that if you are moving in the near future, you might be interested in a helpful checklist that I have put together to keep you focused and on target for a smoother moving process.  Let the countdown begin…

8 Weeks Before You Move –

  • Research House Removal Companies and Self Storage Facilities. First on this moving home checklist is to research companies who specialise in home removals. Ask for removal advice from friends and family for their favourite local removal companies and compare removal costs.  Conduct online research on what you need to know before you work with a company that will help you move all of your belongings. Find out how you can protect your valuable items.  The main question to ask is regarding availability around the time you are expecting to move. Contact at least two moving and self-storage companies and ask for estimates and their availability.
  • Buy a small notebook to help you keep track of all your to-do lists, paperwork, and important phone numbers.
  • Put all of your paperwork in one folder for easy access and keep it handy.
  • You can start to pack up items that you use only during certain seasons in different boxes and label them.
Self storage facilities

6 Weeks Before Moving Home –

  • If you have a large freezer, start to whittle down the contents. Make sure you cook all your frozen food before you go.
  • Choose a removal company and ask them what additional services they cover. You may want to hire out your own van, if that’s the case, make sure to get van insurance or breakdown cover. You can get instant quotes for insurance online. You may also want to get content insurance if transferring your own stuff.
  • Check with your home insurance cover, gas, and electricity suppliers about the steps you need to take when you change your address.
  • Check if all of your furniture and rugs will fit well in the new house. If not look online for new furniture and home decor, delivery times can be unpredictable, so to ensure your new furniture is delivered on time start ordering now.
  • Date for the diary-Warn family and friends about your possible moving date and request that they give you a hand packing and unpacking.
  • If you are moving out of the area contact your doctor if you receive repeat prescriptions, to ask for enough medication to cover for a few weeks after the move and so you can register with a new medical practice.
  • Make a list of all the moving supplies you need, including boxes, tape, special boxes for fragile items, bubble wrap etc. 
  • Inform any subscriptions to magazines and newspapers, as well as any local services you may be using of your new address. If you’re moving out of area cancel them if needed.
Arrange repeat prescriptions

5 Weeks Before Moving Home –

  • Start Decluttering Your Home – This can become an emotional minefield, especially where children and their toys are concerned.  It may seem harsh, but wait until they are not around and begin packing the toys that are not used daily into a labelled box, seal it and place it somewhere like the garage.  If you come across things that are broken or jigsaws or games that are incomplete they need to be disposed of.
  • In your moving notebook, write down all the steps you need to change your address, and put aside a few minutes every day to make some phone calls or write some emails.  Some services may need at least a month’s notice.
  • Contact your TV, phone, and broadband provider and ask about transferring your package to your new address.

4 Weeks – A Month Before You Move Home –

  • Speak with your employer about your move and ask for at least two days off.
  • Look over the contract signed with the company that is helping you move and make sure you have a moving/travel insurance in place for everything in case something breaks or gets lost during the move. Your home insurance may not cover the move.
  • Take photos of your furniture and belongings.  In case your items get damaged, the photos will serve as proof.
Photograph all of your belongings for insurance purposes.

3 Weeks Before You Move Home –

  • Purchase packing boxes and start serious packing.  Look for items you rarely use, and get rid of them or donate to charity.
  • Contact a babysitter or a family member if you have children. You’ll need that extra hand during the packing process.
  • Ask one of your friends and family to help you out if you have a pet, or consider a pet hotel for a couple of days.
  • Return borrowed books, DVDs and Video games to the library.
Collect packing equipment including boxes, tape, bubble wrap etc.

2 Weeks Before Moving Home –

  • You may also want to inform the post office to re-direct your mail.  However, there is a cost to this.
  • Get rid of all of the items that can’t be taken with you (e.g., flammable chemicals).
  • Make sure you packed all the essentials for the move.
  • Call the movers company for any last-minute changes and re-confirm the moving date.

1 Week Before Moving Home –

  • Begin dismantling furniture
  • Pack some comfortable clothes for moving
  • Give away all your plants if you can’t bring them with you. Keep in mind that some moving companies don’t accept plants since they are very fragile.
  • Allow your children to have a small goodbye party with their friends.
  • Email your friends the new address you’re moving to.
  • If you are moving out of the area and have contact with the estate agent who you are buying the property through, ask them if the previous owners would leave any take-away menus in a kitchen drawer.  You will probably not be in the mood to cook dinner after a long day of packing, travelling and un-packing.

2 days before Moving Home –

  • Defrost fridges and freezers if you haven’t already.
  • Do a final clothes wash before disconnecting your washing machine.

The Day You Move –

  • Go Through Your Moving House Checklist!  Make sure you have covered everything!
  • Check boxes and folders with important documents, give the moving company a call to confirm.
  • Pack up the most valuable and personal items, it’s generally a good idea to have them with you instead of packing them onto a moving van.
  • Take Utility meter readings.
  • Collect keys to your new house.
It’s time to pick up your keys!

When you arrive at your new home, firstly, find your utility meters and take the readings!  Let the un-packing commence…

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