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Moving House Checklist And Things To Do When Moving House
Planning to move can be so very stressful but it doesn’t have to be at all. There are so many things to do when moving to a new house.
Even if you have moved from house to house before, there are things that may make things easier by having a moving house checklist.
Tons of things need to be accomplished and it doesn’t start the day that you are moving things out. It can start months beforehand and getting prepared is the key to a smooth transition.
Things to do when moving house
Having a moving house checklist is going to save you so much hassle. I have made one for you that is going to make sure that you hit on everything that needs to get done.
Some of these things you may have never even thought about, which is why this is going to help you out tremendously. It will help you keep track of all the important steps along the way.
The moving house checklist will cover all of the tasks that you will need to complete as you move. Some of it may include hiring a lawyer that specialises in selling the house that you are going to be moving from.
Selling a home can be difficult and you don’t want to exhaust a lot of energy on that if you can find someone reasonably priced that can help take that off of your plate.
The last step is of course getting everything setup for a housewarming party in your new house! This is going to be the most exciting part for sure.
Two months before the move
You may not think that there are things that you should be doing two months before you move out of your house, but there are!
You will want to do things as compare quotes for a realtor and lawyer to help you iron out all those pesky fees that come along with moving house.
Lots have no clue what a good rate for all the costs should be. This is where these specialists come in handy.
Your offer was accepted on your new house, but now you have no idea where to go from there.
You may also want to start researching a lot of the things that are surrounding your new home.
Is there a gym nearby? Coffee shops? What about grocery stores?
If you have kids, you will need to iron out things such as school districts and possibly daycare.
- Make sure that you have your mortgage payment set in stone.
- Research the area for things that you may need in the area; ie daycare and shops.
- You will also need to make sure to get your children’s school records over to the new school to make the transition super easy.
- If you are moving house from somewhere you are renting, you need to make sure your landlord has notice that you will be moving out (typically a 30 day notice is required)
- Make sure that any valuables are insured in case something happens during the move. You never know if things may get lost along the way!
- Make sure that those important papers have a home so that they just aren’t haphazardly thrown into a box. (I’ve made this mistake before and it can be a mess!)
Six weeks before you move house
You now just have a little over a month until this exciting move is going to happen. What should you be doing at this stage?
You may have thought everything was covered two months out but there is still plenty to be doing.
This is where you really want to start getting rid of things that you may not want to come with you when you move house.
You may have collected a whole lot of STUFF along the way.
You don’t want to move house and bring with you a whole lot of clutter.
Some things if they are bulk items may need to be carried away from your old house before you move away.
You may have a new homeowner moving into your old home very shortly after you leave and you don’t want to leave them with a whole lot of mess.
You will need to make sure that you line up a removal service to get rid of these items if they include furniture.
- Get quotes for removals of the items you are not taking with you since it might very well take up more then a trash can and you may need what is called a bulk removal service.
- You will need to find someone to come and survey your home to make sure that everything is still good to go for when you move out and is ready for a possible new tenant or owner.
- This step is probably one of the most important to make note of all of the possessions that you have – especially if you are moving house with a movers service. You want to ensure that everything you take with you makes it to the new house.
- Making a floor plan of your new home is a great idea for making sure that everything you are taking with you will fit in your new space.
- Start cleaning out all of those storage areas and cupboards early so that they are not hiding when it comes closer to the move.
- Find out if there is a way to make some money off of those items – especially furniture and clothing that you may decide that you do not want to take with you. This can put some extra money back in your pocket.
- Get boxes together and any materials that you may need to start putting your items in. If you are using a moving company, they may provide these for you. Otherwise check in with your local businesses and see if they can start to put some aside for you.
- This is a step some don’t think about at all! Is you move due to a new employment opportunity and not necessarily just because you want to? See if your new employer may compensate you for some of the moving expenses. A lot will and it doesn’t hurt to ask!
- Lastly, you may need to get a permit to have the moving truck or even removal bins for junk and things in front of your home. Some cities do not allow these things to just be sitting there and hindering parking etc. Always check!
One month before you move house
You are almost there! Oh my goodness!
Only one month before you are in your brand new space and the excitement is totally there. There are things to think about at this point as well that we have not touched yet.
These can include a surveyor coming out and making sure that your property is up to code. You can now also finalise the move-in date as well so that your removal company or friends/family know when they are to be helping you out.
You can also map out the travel route that will be easiest in getting all of your possessions from one home to another.
- Speak to the surveyor and also finalise the moving date
- Confirm that your removal company knows the date to come and take things from your property. You can find a removal service here!
- Work out your moving day route to take from one home to another
- If you have too much property to take with you over the new home, secure a storage facility for things that are seasonal
- Make sure that your new home is able to be cleaned between the owners moving out and you moving in- this takes something off your plate by hiring a cleaning company. Some moving companies include this service – so check with them first!
- If anything needs to be replaced such as carpet or if you have furniture that you may have purchased for the new house that needs to be delivered – make sure to lock down dates for these things happening
- Start packing all of those items that you do not use on a daily basis so that they are out of the way
- Notify your utility companies that you will be either fully disconnecting service or will be transferring it to a new address – so many people forget about this!
- If you are moving somewhere that is pretty far away – make sure to have your accommodations worked out if you need to stay somewhere else while you get everything into the new home.
Two weeks before you move house
This is when you should be double checking and confirming all the details that we have laid out already.
Make sure that everyone has it down that you need their services and help and have it booked.
If you are not using a moving company, you will need to make sure that you have help in getting all the bulk items out of the house such as furniture and your washer/dryer.
It is also a huge help to make arrangements for children and pets to be out of the way on moving day if they are not old enough to provide help.
- Confirm all the final details with removal company, moving company and family/friends that are going to be helping you
- Gather your medications if that is necessary to make sure you have them accessible and they do not get all the way packed
- Arrange child and pet care to make things go a little more smoothly
- Cancel your services that you may receive and touch base with the utility companies and post office to forward your mail
- This is also when you need to start using up the food that is in your home and not buying a lot of new items
One week before you move house
This is it! You are now down to your last week in your old home and will be in your new home soon. It can be such an exciting and anxiety ridden time.
This is when you should be organising all of the small things.
Make sure that important papers and also medications and every day items are accessible to you. This is considered your survival kit as you pack away EVERYTHING ELSE.
- Put important documents and items in a box that is clearly labeled in case for any reason you may need to get to it quickly
- Prepare your items that you use daily so that they are easily accessible and that you have something to pack them in later
- Finish packing away all the other items in your home minus what you use every single day
- Check that all the boxes you have packed are labeled clearly so they can easily be put in the new home
- Start to defrost the fridge and freezer so that it is ready to be hauled with everything else
- Wash and dry everything that you can so that you don’t take a whole lot of dirty laundry with you. No one wants to be catching up on that during their first few days in a new house!
One Day before you move house and on the day you move
Here we go! It’s the last hours that you will be spending at your current home. You will want to make sure that you walk through the property to make sure you have not forgotten anything.
You will also want to get together a bag for your members of your family so that they have everything that they each need for the first night and day in the new home and are not having to rummage through all their boxes to find things.
You will also want to make sure that any electronics have a full charge!
- Do your final walk through of your home and make sure that you didn’t leave anything behind
- Pack those bags for family members
- Make sure you have necessary devices fully charged up
- Put your moving plan into action
- Make sure all utilities are turned off and the keys are accessible for the new owner
Time To Enjoy and Organise Your Home
After all of this stuff that you have planned and everything has happened – you are now in your new home!
Congratulations to you because this is a huge step. Now all you have to do is make sure that everything gets into the correct rooms and that you haven’t forgotten anything.
You can now plug in all of those items and move in all of that furniture. You can choose bedrooms and start making them your own.
Once your new house feels like a home – have people over to enjoy your new space with you. This is the best part because all of the stressful things leading up to this is DONE!
You can now enjoy company of friends and family in your new space.
The last thing to do is to have a housewarming party to share your space with others and have them bring gifts to make things feel like a home and not just a house.
Moving can be stressful but with these items mapped out for you – it doesn’t have to be!
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