June 17 2021
Moving out is a big step in life, marking a new chapter – a fresh start to freedom and personal growth. However, it can also be daunting with numerous decisions and responsibilities.t also means no more nutritious hot meals on the table for you at 6pm every evening, your clothes won’t miraculously go from a dirty pile on the bedroom floor to washed, ironed and hanging in the wardrobe, and you must ensure you budget for rent and bills or you could see yourself kicked out on to the street. That’s where a complete moving-out checklist comes in handy.
In this article, we’ll go over the essential things to include in your checklist, from finding a new place to settling into your new home. By following this checklist, you can confidently navigate the transition for a successful move towards independence.
Here are some essential items that should be included in your list:
Finding a New Place to Live
Finding the perfect place to call home is an exciting yet challenging task. Here are some steps to follow when looking for a new place to live:
☐ Determine Your Needs and Preferences: Consider the location, size, amenities, convenience and accessibility. Make a list of your must-haves and prioritise them.
☐ Start Your Search: Use online resources like real estate websites (we suggest Rightmove or Zoopla) to search for available properties in your desired area. If this seems too overwhelming for you, seek the assistance of a real estate agent.
☐ Visit Potential Homes: Once you have shortlisted a few options, schedule visits to the properties. Take note of the property’s condition, the neighbourhood, and any potential red flags. (Here is a House Viewing Checklist that you will find helpful while house hunting).
☐ Review Lease Agreement: Before signing a lease agreement, carefully review all the terms and conditions. Pay attention to details such as the duration of the lease, the amount, and any additional fees or restrictions.
Managing Finances and Budgeting
Remember the money part! We’ve got some budgeting tips to help you out.
☐ Create a Moving Budget: Find out how much it will cost to move, including packing supplies, hiring movers, transportation expenses, and storage fees. Take the guesswork out of budgeting by setting a specific amount for these expenses and avoid overspending.
☐ Downsizing and Selling Unwanted Items: Clear the clutter and make some money! Sell your unwanted items to ease the cost of moving.
☐ Research Moving Companies: If you decide on hiring a moving company, research different options and obtain quotes from multiple providers. Compare services and prices to ensure you get the best value for your money.
☐ Account for Additional Expenses: Factor in additional expenses such as utility setup fees, security deposits, and any necessary home improvements or repairs, short-term or long-term storage requirements.
Sorting, Decluttering and Organising
Sorting, decluttering and organising your belongings before the move will save you time and effort in the long run. Here’s how you can efficiently tackle this task:
☐ Create Categories: Create categories for your belongings, such as clothes, kitchenware, electronics, sentimental and seasonal items. This will help you stay organised throughout the sorting process.
☐ Declutter: This is the opportunity to declutter by removing items you no longer need or use. Donate or sell these items to reduce the belongings you need to move.
☐ Pack Room by Room: Pack one room at a time. Don’t try to rush the process. Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking much easier once you arrive at your new home.
☐ Create an Inventory: Keep track of your belongings by creating an inventory list. This will help ensure that nothing gets lost during the move and can be used for insurance.
Packing tips and tricks
Packing efficiently and securely is essential to protect your belongings during the move. Here are some packing tips and tricks to consider:
☐ Wrap Fragile Items: Use bubble wrap, packing paper, or blankets to protect fragile items such as glassware, dishes, and electronics. Use sturdy boxes and label them as fragile.
☐ Use Suitcases and Bags: Utilise your suitcases and bags to pack clothes, linens, and other soft items. It will save space in boxes and make transportation easier.
☐ Pack Heavy Items at the Bottom: Place heavier items at the bottom to ensure stability when packing boxes. This way, you can prevent damage to lighter and more fragile items.
☐ Label Boxes: Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking and finding specific items much easier in your new home.
Hiring a Moving Company
Should you hire a moving company or do it yourself? Here’s what to consider: your budget, time limits, and the size of your move.
☐ Cost and Budget: Compare the costs of hiring a moving company versus renting a truck and doing the move yourself. You must factor in additional expenses such as packing supplies and fuel costs.
☐ Time and Availability: Moving can be time-consuming, especially if you have many items. Assess your availability and determine if you can dedicate enough time to handle the move yourself.
☐ Insurance and Liability: Moving companies often cover your belongings during the move. Consider this factor when deciding between hiring professionals or doing it yourself.
Moving Day Essentials
On the moving day, be prepared and have all the essentials ready. Here’s a checklist of items you should have on hand:
☐ Basic Tools: Keep a toolbox handy with essential tools such as a screwdriver, hammer, and utility knife. These tools will come in handy for assembling furniture or making minor repairs.
☐ First Aid Kit: Accidents can happen during the move, so having a well-stocked first aid kit on hand is essential. Include items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.
☐ Important Documents: Always keep important documents such as lease agreements, identification, and insurance policies in a safe and easily accessible place and hand.
Setting Up Utilities and Services in Your New Home
Setting up utilities and services in your new home is crucial to ensure a smooth transition. Here’s what you need to do:
☐ Notify Service Providers: Don’t forget to contact your utility providers for electricity, water, and gas to organise the smooth transfer of services to your new address. Remember to give them the essential details and dates.
☐ Internet and Cable: Arrange to install internet and cable services in your new home. Research different providers and compare their packages to get the best deal.
☐ Change Your Address: Update your address with necessary parties such as your bank, insurance providers, and any subscription services you use. This will ensure that your mail is delivered to the correct address.
☐ Forward Mail: Visit your local post office or use their online services to set up mail forwarding. This will ensure that any mail sent to your parent’s home now comes to your new address.
Storage Options for Excess Belongings
☐ Renting a self-storage unit allows you to securely store your belongings until you have a permanent place for your belongings. Research storage facilities in your area and compare prices and amenities. Find your nearest Ready Steady Store here.
Settle into Your New Home and Embrace Your Independence
☐ Unpack the Essentials: Unpack the necessary items like bedding, toiletries, and kitchenware. This will help you settle in comfortably as you unpack the rest of your belongings.
☐ Explore Your New Neighbourhood: Take some time to explore and familiarise yourself with your new neighbourhood, like the closest grocery store, pharmacy, and recreational areas.
Unfortunately, whether you are renting a room or purchasing a new build, it isn’t likely to have much space. So, why not invest in one of our units and see it as an extension of your home? It’s the perfect place to store the items you don’t use on a day-to-day basis but don’t want to get rid of.
Moving out is a significant milestone that marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life. By following the ultimate moving-out checklist provided in this article, you can ensure a stress-free transition into independence. From finding a new place to live to settling into your new home, each process has been carefully outlined to help you stay organised and prepared. Embrace this opportunity to create a space that reflects your style and enjoy the newfound freedom of living on your own. Cheers to your successful move and embracing your newfound independence!