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Countdown list for moving home

Published: 25/03/2021

Moving home and divorce are two of the most stressful things in life.  However, by attacking your move as if it were a military operation, it 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 quite often; they require 30 days' notice
  • Compare, research, and get quotes from removal companies. If you decide to move yourself, 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 useful.
  •  If you need extra storage, then research possibilities and get quotes.
Three weeks before

  • 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. 
Two weeks before

  • If applicable, arrange for your children and pets farmed out for the day as they'll only get under your feet otherwise.
  • Continue with the packing, write the room of which the items belong in 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.
One week before

  • Gather the instruction manuals for the new owners of appliances, boiler, 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, which is a legal requirement to notify of any changes.
The night before

  • Have a 'last out, first in' box full of essentials.
  • Have an early night as you'll need all the rest you can get!
On moving day

  • Take final meter readings, and when you arrive at your new home, do the same.
  • Before you shut the front door for the final time, check every room one more time.
  • When you arrive at your new home, check that everything you expected i.e., furniture and appliances.
  • Change the locks because there may be sets of keys unaccounted for.
Now all you need to do is unpack all the boxes .....

If you have any questions ,or need more advice about moving, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 020 3137 7877.