Moving houses can be a stressful event, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Thankfully, we live in times where everyone can share their experience so you can learn from other people’s mistakes and make the right decisions.
When it comes to relocating, preparation is key. Starting early and working with a checklist, will help you will feel less anxious and more in control of the process.
So to make things easier for you, we’ve created a useful moving-out checklist and a very detailed timeline that includes each step of the process.
Let’s dive in!
6-8 weeks before moving
Begin planning the process as early as possible. Usually, two months ahead of time is the best time to begin. At this stage, you will have to decide whether you will be doing the moving yourself or call upon the services of professionals.
Here are some of the steps which you can take at this stage:
- Make an inventory of everything to be moved;
- Research moving companies and have at least 2-3 options in mind;
- Get to know the area of your new home. Research how close is the nearest public transport or a hospital. Explore kindergarten and schooling options if you have children and prepare for the transfer.
- Start amassing moving supplies (boxes, newspapers, bubble wraps, etc.)
- Throw away things you won’t need (or donate them to the Red Cross);
- Declutter your house to organise your moving easier and faster. You can either organize a garage sale or use a service like Decluttr to sell some unwanted items;
- Inform the post office about the change of address in order to redirect your mail;
- Think about which day of the week would be best to move out and plan accordingly.
A month before moving out
At this step of the process, you should book your move with your chosen company, as well as notify the proper authorities of your relocation.
The checklist below includes the following steps:
- Book your move with the company you have chosen (the earlier, the better);
- Plan which furniture will go where in your new home;
- If you rented the property, you might want to get your safety deposit back. This means using a service like end-of-tenancy cleaning;
- Book the day(s) needed off work;
- Notify all utility companies (as well as your bank and insurance company) about your moving;
- Notify the council (so they cancel your current council tax), as well as the council in your new area (so they can set the new tax);
- Order new curtains and carpets for your new home;
- Organize the parking spot for your movers (which will save you time and money);
- If you need extra storage space, book it in advance;
- Book extra storage, if you need it;
3 weeks before the move
Your goal at this stage is to set up your new home’s services and gather all remaining supplies for moving day.
You’ll also want to:
- Start emptying the freezer (you can plan your meals so to finish everything or if you can’t, you can still give leftover items to friends or neighbours);
- Fill your prescriptions so as not to get stuck without meds;
- If you are doing the moving yourself, plan and organize your trip;
- Contact service providers and arrange for services at your new home;
- Get all packing supplies you need upfront;
- Be sure to pack all your documents and essential items in one place. It’s best to take them with you when you move.
2 weeks before
The goal here is to update your contact information and finalize moving day arrangements.
- Let family and close friends know that you are moving;
- Make sure the flooring in your new home is protected before Moving Day;
- Update/Cancel subscriptions;
- Make arrangements with a babysitter/pet sitter to have your kids and pets out of the way on moving day;
- Update your car registration, auto insurance, and driver’s license information.
1 week left until the move
Seven days left. The goal here should be to finish any last preparations and get ready for moving day.
Here’s your checklist for this week :
- Disassemble big furniture like bed frames, bookshelves, section couches, etc.;
- Plan your meals several days ahead of Moving Day;
- If you are using a moving company, call a couple of days before Moving Day just to confirm and make sure everything’s proceeding as agreed;
- Arrange for a final walkthrough of your new home. Be sure you can find where the meters, the circuit breakers, water shut-off valves, etc.;
- Prepare an essential box list (phone chargers, important documents, snacks, toilet paper, towels, spare set of clothes, etc.);
- If you have a car, inspect it, and also make sure it has enough gas;
- Clean the empty rooms (even if you are not aiming at getting your security deposit back);
- Clean your new home before moving in;
- Return any borrowed items and get back items you’ve loaned;
- Make sure you finished packing all items before Moving Day.
The day before the move
You hopefully have very few items left to pack and everything else has been sorted or prepared for the move.
The checklist for that day should include:
- Double-check if everything is ready, and make sure nothing is left behind;
- Charge any electronic devices;
- Load the car with the essentials box;
- Make sure all boxes are labelled for their intended rooms, either on top or on the sides.
- Determine which boxes will go in first, and which to go in last;
- Set the alarm clock a bit earlier to get a headstart on moving day;
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
Moving Day Checklist
All your hard work and planning have been building towards this day. Hopefully, you’ve crossed all items on your checklist thus far and are ready to move. Now, the most helpful thing you can do is to get an early start on the day. That will ensure plenty of time for unpacking and settling into your new home.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Double-check all rooms, closets, and cabinets so that you are not leaving any important items behind;
- Make sure your necessities and important documents travel with you;
- All items are removed from the top of the furniture, cupboards and etc.
- Ensure the floors of your new home are protected during the move (especially the high-traffic areas).
- Don’t forget to tip the movers;
- Once the movers leave, unpack your shower curtain and toiletries and make your bed. It’s likely the first thing you’d want to do once you get settled.
It would also be considerate of you to prepare a briefing sheet for your home’s new owner. Simple stuff like how to operate the boiler, the location of the fuse box and meters, and any other useful information about the property.
After all your hard work, ensure you and your loved ones properly celebrate moving into your new home.
Your Post-Move Checklist
You have just moved into your new home. Allow that to sink in and savour this wonderful feeling. All that hard work and preparation is almost behind you, and you are off to a fresh beginning.
Here’s the Post-Move checklist:
- Don’t unpack everything at once;
- Meet your neighbours and explore the neighbourhood;
- Clean your floors, and carpets, and don’t forget to sweep the chimney before you use it;
- Either give, donate, or post your cardboard boxes on Craigslist;
- Change the locks and install a security system;
- Make spare keys;
- Send a thank-you note to friends and family who helped you move;
- Host a housewarming party.
Proper planning is the best way to go when it comes to moving into a new home. By working from a checklist you ensure that every single step of the process has been completed, and you will be a lot calmer for it during the entire process. So if you are planning to move soon, don’t put it off and ensure a smooth transition into your new and beautiful home.