Moving home is an exciting time for everyone involved, but there’s plenty to get stuck into before the big day arrives. With so much to do in a short amount of time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about where to begin.
Don’t worry though – we’re here to reduce some stress by offering some guidance. Keep this moving house checklist to hand and you’ll know exactly what your next step is.
When to start packing
As tempting as it is to leave everything until the last minute, you’ll regret it later on down the line. Start packing your non-essentials around a month in advance as this will give you more time to spend sorting out essentials like furniture nearer to the day. You can pack larger pieces over the month depending on how often you use them. Always start with the items you use least and end with things you consider vital.
Make sure you use strong packing supplies and mark them clearly to ensure you know where everything is. This will make unpacking a whole lot easier as you won’t have to rummage through box after box when trying to find the kettle.
What about storage?
Moving a house full of belongings is difficult to do in just one day, especially when you don’t have a stop gap in-between. There’s a multitude of benefits to using a storage unit when moving house, helping to reduce the stress and ease the entire process.
Benefits of using a storage unit
- You can decorate your new home without damaging furniture
- Allows you to declutter without throwing anything away
- Allows you to sort through non-essentials at a less stressful time
- You’ll have a Plan B should something go wrong on the day, such as a delay in moving in and having to stay at a hotel
- Gives you more time to plan how you want to decorate and furnish your home
- Prevents items like bikes from rusting if you don’t have a garden shed
Our storage units are safe and secure, so you won’t have to worry about your belongings when you’re sorting out your new place.
Contacting removal companies
With so much to sort out, the majority of people will need a helping hand when moving house. They often offer additional services, such as unloading and assistance with furniture assembly, to help the process go smoothly.
The information you’ll need to provide
- An estimation of how much needs to be moved
- Date of the move as well as prefered times
- What needs to be moved – fragile pieces and expensive equipment can sometimes cost more
- How far away the two houses are
- What other services you’re interested in, e.g. assistance with unloading or assembly of furniture
You should ideally start contacting removal companies around two months in advance to get a quote. This way you can find a deal that fits perfectly into your budget, plus you won’t have to worry about them being fully booked on your chosen date.
If you want to store some of your furniture straight into a storage unit, Ready Steady Store can put you in touch with a van and man service to help you do so with ease.
Who should I contact when moving house?
As busy as you may already be, you’ll need to take some time to contact a few different organisations. Some of the below can be updated online in a matter of minutes, but some may require proof of address or at least a phone call.
You’ll usually need to provide your new address and move in-date, as well as meter readings from both homes.
- Water supplier
- Gas provider
- Electricity provider
This will vary from person to person as we all invest in different things. For example, if you pay for subscriptions or extra television services, you should update your details online as soon as possible.
The main things to include:
- Landline phone
- Mobile phone
- Gym or clubs
Always check what items come under your insurance policy while you move. You may find that your belongings are covered during transit, but if not, you’ll have to get additional insurance.
The main types of insurance companies you should contact:
- Breakdown provider
- Health and dental
- HM Revenue and Customs
- DVLA (leave this until after you’ve moved in if you’re hiring a vehicle as you’ll need your licence)
- TV Licensing
- Electoral roll
- Department for Work and Pensions
Banks and lenders
You don’t want your bank statements going elsewhere, as this puts you at risk of fraud.
Make sure you update your details for:
- Credit card providers
- Any bank you have a card and account with, including savings accounts
- Mortgage provider
Work and education
- If you have children, their school will need to be notified
- Any educational facility you currently attend, such as university
- Your alumni network if you’re a graduate
If you’re moving down the road, you might not have to re-register for health services, but you should still update your details. This includes doctors, opticians, nutritionists and dentists as well as any specialist services you require.
Should I use a redirection service?
Changing all your details at once can be overwhelming, even more so when you’re about to move house. If you’d prefer to put it off until you’re a bit more settled, you can do so using Royal Mail’s redirection service. Anything addressed under your name will get sent to your new home regardless of the fact it has the old address on it, giving you more time to update all of your details.
You should still prioritise updating your details with your service and utility providers, but using a redirection service can give you more time to do so.
Prepare the home for the next occupants
Although it’s not required, it’s nice to be conscious of the new homeowners and what you can do to help their move run smoothly.
- Give the house a deep clean
- Leave any manuals that came with installed appliances
- Double check that all cupboards are clean before leaving
- Leave a small homeowners manual, including where the mains and metres are
- Leave light bulbs behind
Whether you’re decluttering or decorating, storage units keep your belongings safe and secure. Find out more and get a quote from Ready Steady Store today.