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Moving Home Checklist

By Jules Mortimer
Moving Home Checklist, plan your dream move! If all of your belongings could magically appear in a new home without any stress or sweat on your part, you’d move in a heartbeat and wouldn’t it be fantastic!! But actually, the moving process can be less of a chore if you break down the tasks — […]

Moving Home Checklist, plan your dream move!
If all of your belongings could magically appear in a new home without any stress or sweat on your part, you’d move in a heartbeat and wouldn’t it be fantastic!! But actually, the moving process can be less of a chore if you break down the tasks — scheduling, packing, and cleaning — into weekly to-do lists.

Follow this eight-week guide for a stress-free move.

8 weeks
The plans are underway. Now, it’s time to figure out the logistics of how and when you’ll move, along with the plan for when you first step foot in your new home.
• Research moving companies and get recommendations from friends and family who have recently moved.
• Consider extra insurance coverage you may need for your move. Ask prospective moving companies what insurance is included and check your homeowners’ policy to see what it covers.
• If you are moving to a new area, research banks, doctors, and schools. Gather all the proper paperwork you will need to access their services and make tentative enquiries.

7 weeks
• You’re on a research drive — keep it going. Get your removers round and firm written estimates under your belt. Start to track moving expenses….
• Start a folder or spreadsheet where you can keep all of your moving estimates and moving-related paperwork.
• Make a list of businesses you will need to contact to change your address. Don’t forget to list your online accounts, too.

6 weeks
Put your plan to action by going around your house and dispose of unnecessary items. Then start the packing process:
• Get the packing process started by working room to room and donating to charity unwanted items.
• If it can’t be recycled or donated to charity —- dispose of it.
• Research and contact schools.
• Begin packing items that aren’t used frequently. Seasonal items, rarely used gadgets, and items stored in the loft or cellar are a good place to start.

5 weeks
Before you start throwing everything in boxes, map out a room-by-room plan. Oh, and give loved ones a head’s up that you’ll have a new address next month.
• Use up food from the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Refrain from buying too many groceries, especially bulk orders, from this point.
• Purchase moving supplies including boxes, packing material, tape, labels, and box cutters. Remember to order speciality items like mattress bags if your mover is not supplying them.
• Get a box-labelling system in place. Numbered boxes, color-coding by room, and a master list with inventory are key elements.
• Make a room-by-room packing schedule and start packing!

4 weeks
It’s getting near! Ditch the packing tape and boxes this week, and spend your time getting all of your official documents in order.
• Contact your Bank, Council Tax and utility companies and research how you will change your address.
• Look at that holiday planner at work and see who is off and when!
• Look into Buildings Insurance, you are going to need that for exchange of contracts, have it lined up to put in place.

3 weeks
• Now that the basics are out of the way (the bank and post office, especially), sort out your annual subscriptions, valuables, and sentimental items.
• Gather valuable paperwork, jewellery, and small family heirlooms. Keep these special items separate from your moving boxes and make a plan for transporting them by hand or via a trackable shipping service with insurance.
• Take photos of any high-ticket items. Note any existing scratches, dings, or damage to your furniture.

2 weeks
Pretend you’re going on an extended holiday: Pack your belongings, ditch any perishables and double-check prescriptions.
• Pack little by little so that you don’t save it all for the last week.
• Tie up loose ends: Confirm that you’ve moving insurance in place, and are ready to make your move.
• Put together a packet for the new owners of your home with any warranties and a note with your contact information in case they have questions or need to forward your mail.
• If you are moving major appliances, make sure that they’re clean and ready to go. Remember: Freezers need to be defrosted and you may need a professional to disconnect gas lines on particular appliances.
• Top up prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed medications they need in their suitcase.
• Withdraw cash and make sure you have enough money on hand for any unexpected expenses.

1 week
It’s here! It’s finally here! Tie any loose ends before moving to your new home sweet home.
• Utilities should be turned off in your current home on your move-out date. All utilities in your new home should be turned on the day before you move in.
• Dispose of all flammable items that can’t be transported, including paint, chemicals, and aerosol cans.
• Take one last look at the items you’re packing. If you have additional items to donate then takethem!
• Back up all computers/ipads/devices.
• Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week holiday with their daily toiletries and comfortable clothes.
• Confirm details with your moving company, including the moving-day arrival time, mobile numbers, and last-minute details.
• Hire a cleaning company to do a quick clean after the movers leave if you can afford it – before the new owners arrive.
• Most importantly, celebrate the memories you’ve made in your home and get ready to start a new chapter in your life. Onward and upward!

And then it is here, that time you have been waiting for …

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