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A survival guide for moving home

  07 May 2015

When it comes to preparing for a property move, the key to making it as simple as possible is to be prepared. This means thinking ahead, making plans and ticking things off the list. Not everyone likes making lists, it is an act that suits some people’s personality while annoying or possibly offending others! However, given the importance of moving home and the amount of work that needs to be carried out, making as many lists and having plans in place as you possibly can will help to make the move go a lot more smoothly. There is also a great deal of satisfaction that comes from ticking an item off of your list of things to be done, which can provide an impetus to carry on working.

If you know the date that you are looking to move on, this is the date you should focus on. Arrange time off work if you need to, inform any friends or family members that you are looking for support and create a list of all the businesses and organisations that you need to inform of your property move. This is also a good time to start creating some lists of what you need to take with you and what you may want to give away or leave behind when you move property.

Make sure you have plans in place in advance

At around two or three weeks to the move, you want to have your removal plans in place. Whether this is hiring a van, hiring a removal team or just making sure that you have enough people to help, this is the time that you should step up your plans to get ready to move. You also want to make sure that you have enough boxes or containers too. This may be something that a removal firm can help you with, or it may be something that you need to source yourself.

At this point you should also be contacting all of the companies with your moving date and of any information regarding your new property. This means informing your insurers, banks and any other organisations. The period of two to three weeks before the move should also see you starting to pack up the items you are taking with you but won’t necessarily need for day to day living. By the day before you move, you should have everything bar the essentials you need for that day and the next packed up and removed from your home. This is a day to focus on cleaning and ensuring that you are leaving your home in good condition. On moving day, you should pack up all of the remaining items you need and then carry out one last look of the property before you move out. If you need to exchange keys, this is the time to do so and then hopefully you will be all set to move into your new home. You may find that moving into your new home is a reversal of the packing up and moving out process but keeping everything methodical will make the process simpler.


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