Finding a new home may bring with it the promise of an exciting and fresh start. As moving day approaches, however, your high spirits may start to fade and be replaced by stress and frustration. Preventing the horror story everyone has warned you about from coming true simply requires the right kind of preparation. Thankfully, we have compiled a list of useful tips and important things to keep in mind when moving home which can help you on this journey. So…

Sit down, breathe, and begin! 

Checklist 

When preparing for your move, having a simple checklist of things you can easily tick off is vital. Here are a few things you may need to add to your list. 

  • Contacting your utility company 
  • Let your utility company know that you are moving and when you need services stopped at your old address and started at your new one. This can be done days or even weeks before your move.  
  • Discontinuing internet and TV services 
  • Try let your providers know about a month before moving (if possible) that you would like to discontinue your old service. 
  • Redirecting your post
  • In most cases this is a simple process which can be done ahead of time; some cases like magazine subscriptions may require a different process to your general post redirection. 
  • Notifying your bank 
  • Let your bank know of your move as soon as you know your new address. 

Typical Costs 

Excluding the costs of your new home and the legal costs of buying and selling, here are a few other costs you may be likely to encounter while moving. 

  • Cleaning  

If you’re selling your home, leaving it clean and tidy for the new homeowner can be part of closing the deal, so make sure not to underestimate the importance of this. Leaving behind a rental also calls for some cleaning. Hiring a professional cleaning company to get those corners you never reached may be worth it. 

  • Storage 

If you need to store a few of your items before the move and you do not have the option of storing at a friend’s house, shop around for storage facilities; time will influence what you will be charged, so factor that into your budget. 

Removal companies tend to charge between £100 and £2000+, all depending on the size of your home, the total distance travelled and the volume of your belongings. 

  • Small, extra costs 

If you have children or pets, factoring in a babysitter or kennel costs may be necessary. 

Cooking may be difficult during the first days of the move, so expect some take-away expenses. 

Planning 

Determining how much time you have to prepare for this move can help you get organised in terms of when to start packing and ticking off some of the things on your checklist.  

Plan your budget first thing to make sure you have enough money for the move and if needed, how you could make up the amount needed (selling some of the items you no longer need can help with this). 

Making sure you have sufficient packing supplies (boxes, packing tape, newspaper, markers) and starting the process as soon as possible can ease last minute stress. Have a general idea of where you would like things to go in your new home, so that you can pack accordingly. 

Once the planning for the time before moving is complete, plan how the actual moving day will run. Check whether you need to take off work, that you have a babysitter organised if needed, that you have kept certain items aside to use on the day and that you have arranged parking for the moving service. 

By taking the time to organise your move properly, the process won’t be as grim as you expected and can leave you transitioning into your new life comfortably!