Published: 25/03/2022Moving home and divorce are two of the most stressful things in life. However, attacking your move as if it were a military operation doesn't need to be the 'horrendous' day you anticipate; you may even look forward to it.
We hope this essential guide will make it less hassle and stress-free.
One month before
- Confirm the date of your move, or if renting, notify your landlord.
- Declutter and clear out some of your belongings.
- Check all contracts for TV, broadband, and the internet often; they require 30 days' notice.
- Compare, research, and get quotes from removal companies. If you decide to move, book your hire van, buy some boxes, bubble wrap, and tape, and sign up a friend or two to help you!
- Schedule some time off work. If you are moving on a weekend, make it a long weekend as the extra time will be helpful.
- If you need extra storage, then research possibilities and get quotes.
- Start packing the non-essential items like books, DVDs, and ornaments early.
- Start to run down your freezer. Transporting frozen food isn't ideal, especially when it comes to ice cream!
- Arrange for mail to be redirected to your new address; this will incur a small fee depending on how long you have it redirected.
- If applicable, arrange for your children and pets to be farmed out for the day as they'll only get under your feet otherwise.
- Continue with the packing; write the room in which the items belong on each box.
- Send change of address cards to your friends and family to let them know your new address.
- Ensure that your belongings are insured for transit. Most removal companies include this but best to double-check.
- Gather the instruction manuals for appliances, boilers, new owners, etc.
- Notify your bank, credit card company, pension providers, insurance companies, mortgage providers, council tax, employers, schools, utility providers, and the doctor of your change of address. Don't forget the DVLA, a legal requirement to notify of any changes.
- Have a 'last out, first in' box full of essentials.
- Have an early night as you'll need all the rest you can get!
- Take final meter readings, and do the same when you arrive at your new home.
- Before you shut the front door for the last time, check every room one more time.
- When you arrive at your new home, check everything you expected, i.e., furniture and appliances.
- Change the locks because there may be sets of keys unaccounted for.
If you have any questions or need more advice about moving, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 020 3137 7877. Circa London is an independent central London Estate Agents: we have a wonderful portfolio of properties to buy and rent in central London from period to contemporary.