Ultimate guide to moving – everything you need to know when you move house!

The mountains of boxes, the never-ending pile of things to bin and how on EARTH do we get our post redirected?

If we’ve filled you with dread at the thought of moving and all of the stresses that come with it, this post might help you to feel slightly more at ease with the moving process.

Declutter your belongings

It’s so easy to accumulate extra things just in case or saving things for a rainy day when it reality, they’re just taking up more room. And if they’re in your current house, you’ll have to take them with you. This is where you have to be strict and decide what to keep and what to throw. Any duplicates of anything you may have should be thrown, old toys and clothes could be donated and that 1 coat in the back of your wardrobe can be passed on.

Pack the least used rooms first

If you have any spare bedrooms, a garage or guest bathrooms; pack these first. Pack the most used rooms like the bedrooms and living rooms as late as possible so you’re still able to live in the house as the move is progressing.

Leave cupboard doors open

By leaving cupboard doors open, this allows you to see which kitchen cupboards have been emptied already. Then when moving day rolls around, you can get a proper look and check that nothing has been left behind or forgotten.

Hire a removal company

If the idea of packing your own boxes fills you with dread, consider hiring a removal company to take the pressure off of you. They can help you create an inventory and pack and load heavy items, but also take care when it comes to handling delicate items.

Update your address

Call your doctors surgery, bank and dentist to change your address so you’re able to have letters sent to the correct place. It’s worth considering paying a small fee for the Royal Mail to have your mail redirected.

So now that you’re in your brand-new shiny house, where do you start?

First of all, it’d probably be advisable to just un-pack everything and get that all out of the way. This can sometimes take days so it’s better to start sooner rather than later. Whilst doing this, inspect the boxes to ensure nothing is missing and all items are as you packed them, no chips or cracks. Be sure to recycle any materials that you don’t need any more and try reuse boxes or pass them on to someone else who may be moving and in need of boxes.

In terms of utilities such as electricity and water, this will probably have been arranged before you moved in. However, if not be sure to try get that up and running as soon as possible to make the transition from one property to another as smooth as possible. Get organised and write a to-do list. Then nothing gets forgotten or neglected until the last minute. It may even help to purchase a calendar to pencil in all the important.

It’s advisable to change your locks on outside doors to ensure you and your family are the only ones who have access to your home. Be sure to install smoke detectors in every room and provide a fire extinguisher on every floor. Also install a burglar alarm to protect your home from unwanted guests.

Connect major appliances and allow them to stand for as long as required. Leave your fridge upright for at least 3 hours before plugging it in after moving. If you’ve chosen to not move with your large appliances (ie: washing machine, microwave, fridge etc) give them away to friends or family as opposed to throwing them to landfill.

Unsurprisingly, you will need to clean your house after moving. Extra dust and debris is inevitable after moving, so it’s the perfect time to give your home a really thorough clean to get settled in. Purchase good quality cleaning products and invest in a good hoover as this will not only help you with the initial clean up, but also in the long run.

If you’re moving with pets, keep an eye on their behaviour. Being unable to communicate in the same way as you or I, they may communicate in other ways such as not eating or exhibiting out of character behaviours as a way to show their feelings towards new surroundings.

When moving to a new area, make sure you meet your new neighbours and research schools in the area that best suit your children (where applicable). Look into the distance of schools close to your home and which is best suited to your child/children and their individual needs.

And there you have it. You’re all set. Enjoy your brand-new home and have a smooth moving process.

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