- Fantastic Team
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- Published: November 28, 2017
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50+ Tips for Moving into a New House
Moving into a new house is one of the biggest organisational challenges in a person’s life. There are a lot of things to consider -the distance between properties, all the big and small items you have to physically move, not to mention the change that comes with all this.
Below, you will find a comprehensive list of helpful tips for moving into a new house. With some luck, they will turn the endeavour into a less stressful and organised experience, even if this is your first move.
3 months before the move
1. Have a plan
A systematic packing and wrapping process increases your efficiency on the day of the move. The responsibilities you’ll need to take on will be too many to count, so a plan can help. Extra nerves, haste, irritability, unwillingness, and many other negative feelings will be an inevitable part of this day.
Invest in a large notebook that can hold anything from checklists to vital invoices. Make sure you’ll be able to hold important documents in the notebook as well. Having a book dedicated to the move will make the process of going through the “To-do list” much easier.
3. Calculate moving costs
Being financially prepared for the move is another thing you have to take under consideration. Think carefully about everything that can cost you money, regardless if you are hiring professional removal services or plan on moving out on your own.
4. Inform friends and family
Contact all your family members and spread the news about your move. This might prove to be quite a tricky move, but it’s also a smart one because hey, you never know – you might just be able to convince them to help you out with the moving!
5. Change your address
Change your address before you leave the old place. Notify your current gas, electricity, and water suppliers, as well as your local council and bank tax of your moving date. If you are moving out of the country, don’t forget about your credit cards, bank accounts, magazine subscriptions, and mail. Inform your new local council so you can vote at your new address. Register here.
6. Hire a moving company
If you’re too busy and don’t have the time to deal with all the hassle, hire a professional removal company instead. It may turn out to be a more cost-effective solution and it will definitely save you a lot of time.
If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any unusual rules. Avoid moving on Fridays and bank holidays when removal firms are in high demand and will be stretched out (and may charge more). For a less stressful move, opt for off-peak times such as mid-week.
7. Ask for help
Helpers can be split up into shifts! If you succeed to acquire enough helping hands, divide them into groups. For example, you can ask the first shift to show up during your packing and decluttering day to help. The second shift can come on moving day to help you load all items in the truck. The third shift can help with unloading the boxes in the new place and even help with unpacking.
8. Treat your helpers
No matter how many shifts you have, make sure to treat your helpers once the job is done. You can never go wrong with food, so ordering pizza and drinks will always bring a smile on people’s faces. Additionally, if they helped you during the decluttering day, you can let them have an item you’ve chosen to part with.
1 Month Before the Move
09. Notify your landlord
If you are currently renting, notify your landlord by using the proper notice conditions in your tenancy agreement. Most would ask you to notify the landlord about your move one month in advance. If you don’t abide by this rule, you might not get your security deposit back.
10. Check with providers
Give your current TV/broadband/phone providers your leaving date and don’t forget to arrange new services for your new home either on your moving day or a day or two afterwards.
11. Stop by the post office
Inform the local post office of your move and arrange a redirection service for your mail. By taking such measures, you won’t miss out on a single envelope in your post box. It will also give you more time to contact relevant companies to let them know of your change of circumstances.
12. Buy packing supplies
Many people do the mistake to leave the packing preparation for the last few days before moving day. The time it would take you to pack depends on the number of items you have. In any case, it’s important to buy packing supplies for at least one month in advance. This way you will have time to buy more if it turns out they’re not enough. The supplies you need are:
- Moving boxes. Cardboard boxes are the standard container for any move. Look for double-sided corrugated, new cardboard in four different sizes – small, middle-sized, large and a wardrobe box. You can also invest in reusable plastic boxes.
- Sealers. Packing tape is your best friend that would safely seal your cardboard boxes. Stretch wrap is perfect for wrapping furniture and protecting it from scratches during loading and unloading. You can additionally find small sealable plastic bags for storing a multitude of tiny items in one place.
- Fillers. Bubble wrap, tissue paper, old rags and even old clothes are perfect for filling the gaps in your moving containers so the items inside are nicely cushioned. By doing this you will prevent potential damage during transportation.
- Labels. Labelling the boxes is a good way to make sure you won’t lose anything and it will provide ease when you have to unpack at the new place. You can find special sticky labels or simply write on the box with a marker.
Throw, give away, donate, or sell the stuff you won’t need at your new place. There are lots of ways to get rid of certain types of clutter.
- Sell valuable items online. If you own items that are too valuable to just give away, make use of eBay or Amazon.
- Be charitable. Arrange for a charity organisation to come and pick up the items you don’t want.
- Dispose of hazardous materials. Dispose of all flammable items that can’t be transported (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).
Decluttering your home will not only lighten the load of your move but will also give you peace of mind. The fewer items you have, the fewer things to worry about.
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2 Weeks before the move
14. Pack early
If you’ve decided to pack by yourself, you will need some help from your friends and family. Just make sure it’s at least two weeks before the move. Pack early, starting with the items you won’t be using the following two weeks.
15. Vacuum seal clothing
When vacuumed, clothes will take less space and will be a piece of cake to organise when it’s time for packing. Off-season-clothes can go directly into the storage at the new place.
16. Use a colouring system
Pick a colour code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker or tape. Doing so will simplify the whole process and the movers won’t be asking you for directions. In addition, attach a note to each box with its contents.
17. A system for electronics
The average UK household has between 10 and 18 electronic devices in their home. These include TVs, sound systems, laptops, PCs, smartphones, tablets, printers and more. All of these devices have cables and some of them are difficult to put together once unplugged. So, snap a photo of the wire to know later what goes where.
18. Kitchen dishes go vertically
Dishes and cutlery are tricky items since they’re both heavy and fragile. When packing, it’s important to arrange them in the box vertically, like record players in order to reduce the chance of damage. Each dish should be wrapped in bubble wrap, packing paper or soft cloths. Make sure there are no gaps in the boxes before you seal them.
19. Packed books are heavy
A box of books will be one of the heaviest boxes you will have to load and unload in the moving van. It’s best to pack them in smaller boxes to both prevent you from lifting anything too heavy and to make sure the box doesn’t tear under the weight. Pack the books vertically, just like the dishes.
20. Small kitchen appliances
Toasters, blenders, microwaves are small appliances that ideally need to be packed in their original shipping box. If not, you should find a box that’s close enough.
21. Large kitchen appliances
Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens are going to be a challenge if you don’t have a dolly, lifting straps, and at least one additional helper. If you have to carry them up or down the stairs, it’s advisable to leave the job to professional movers.
22. Wrap the furniture
Living room and bedroom furniture should be wrapped in either stretch wrap, or soft blankets (or both) to prevent scratches. You can also secure the wrapper with packing tape to make sure it doesn’t fall off during loading, unloading or transportation.
23. Don’t risk the piano
Whether you have an upright, or grand piano, the Fantastic Services team recommends not moving it yourself, no matter how many helpers you have. It’s best to leave this type of task to the professionals.
24. Special items are tricky
Having to move items such as a hot tub, a pool table, a treadmill, a safe, a large aquarium or any large sculpture with an irregular shape, are going to be the source of your biggest headaches. That’s why the Fantastic Services team recommends making use of professional packers and movers who can give you insurance that everything will be moved smoothly.
25. Prepare the pets
Pets are going to have a hard time on moving day and even before that. All the preparations, decluttering, packing, all the moving around and the expectation that something will happen soon can cause a significant effect on your dog’s or cat’s behaviour. The best way to prepare them for the big change is to give them lots of love and attention. And make sure they are comfortable in their cat or dog carrier.
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1 week before the move
26. Last grocery trip
Put your groceries to good use before the move. Plan your last meals accordingly to avoid leaving any leftovers. The more food you end up using before moving out, the less you’ll have to throw away. Buy only the most important products and remember to predict what you’ll need to prepare in order to have something to eat on the day of the move.
27. Pack an overnight bag
Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. You’ll want your essentials within easy reach: changing clothes and toiletries are a necessity. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could otherwise run the risk of getting stolen or broken during a move. Depending on what you intend to do once you unload everything in the new place, you can store the box with:
- Food and liquids. You and your household will probably want to rest after the long trip, eat and drink something. So make sure you have packed food and bottles of water.
- Washing products. If you’d like to have a shower before unpacking, prepare a towel, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, soap, a hairdryer and a change of clothes.
- Cleaning supplies. If you prefer to give the place a quick clean before starting anything, make sure the box contains rubber gloves, dishwashing liquid, a bucket and a mop, cleaning rags and bin bags.
28. Hire a babysitter
If you have small kids, arrange for someone to take care of them. You might possibly need a babysitter for the night as well – who knows how long the moving day will last?
29. End of tenancy cleaning
If you want your security deposit back from your landlord, you would have to give a deep clean to the place. The end of tenancy clean should be done no more than 3 days before moving day, in order to ensure it’s clean on the day you move out. You can arrange for a cleaning company to do an end of tenancy cleaning for you, or you could try doing it yourself (though it’s not advisable).
30. Clean the new place
Before moving into the new place, it would probably need a good clean. You can hire a cleaning company to do a pre-tenancy cleaning, or you can do it yourself. This way the place will be ready for your items. You can also do a quick check to make sure all utilities are working and nothing needs repairs.
31. Store what you don’t need
If you have furniture or other bulky decorations that you couldn’t sell or give away, but don’t want to bring them to your new place, the next best thing you can do is hire a storage facility and keep the items there until you find a use for them.
32. Plants have special needs
Transplant plants from your breakable pots into lighter-weight sturdier ones that will be easier for you to move. If it turns out you can’t move your plants, give them to friends, donate them to a botany class or a local retirement home.
33. Find a parking spot
Think in advance about a parking spot at your new place on the day of the move. This is a must, especially if you are hiring a removal company to take care of your stuff.
34. Research new accounts
Closing your old accounts won’t be enough. If you are moving to a new area, you have to spend some time researching the banks, doctors, schools, etc. in the new region to pick the best among them. Gather all the proper paperwork you need to set up your new accounts.
35. Car service and registration
36. Take care of your health
Fill up on prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed any medications they need in their suitcase.
37. Hold a farewell party
Don’t forget to hold a farewell party for your closest neighbours and friends you won’t be seeing an often anymore.
1 day before the move
38. Last call
Consult your plan or your moving company one last time to confirm that everyone is on the same page. Re-confirm the moving day arrival time, as well as cell phone numbers and last-minute details. It won’t hurt to ask again if the movers will move all your items. Misunderstandings happen.
39. Defrost the refrigerator
There is no way to skip the refrigerator when talking about groceries. Eat or dispose of all your supermarket goods at least a day before moving and clean up any stains.
40. Check the weather forecast
You won’t be able to change anything, even if there is a storm coming your way, but you could prepare some emergency supplies in case the weather tries to stop you from moving house.
41. Cash in
Unfortunately, things can go wrong anytime, so make sure that you have enough cash, checks, or a credit card to pay for any unexpected expenses. Also, if you’re using a man and van, or removals service, it won’t hurt to tip the movers when they’re done.
42. Delay deliveries
If you’ve made some new purchases, such as a couch or a dining room suite, schedule the delivery after the moving day, and of course, change the address.
43. Share your experience
Why not leave a little instruction or experience manual for the new owners? Let them know when the bins are collected and how to set the hot water timer. It may be useful to collate any necessary instructions for the appliances you are leaving behind.
44. Leave contacts
Put together a packet for the new owners of your home with any warranties, vendor recommendations, and a note with your contact information in case they have questions or need to forward you an email.
45. Charge your phone
Charge your smartphone the night before the move. You might need to make some calls or use the GPS, which will drain your battery life.
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After all those preparations, it’s easy to assume that everything is done, and now you just have to wait until you arrive at your destination. But there are a few things you should take care of on moving day.
- Take metre readings. On moving day, take metre readings of the property you are about to leave and submit them to your local suppliers. Take a photograph of your metres on your mobile phone.
- Load the moving van strategically. When loading the truck, load all of your furniture and other heavy items first, then follow up with your boxes and bags. If there’s anything you’ll need right away at the new place, save it until the very end.
- Hold valuables and documents. Gather valuable paperwork, jewellery, and small family heirlooms. Keep these special items separate from your moving boxes and transport them by hand or via a trackable and insured shipping service.
- Avoid rush hour. There can be a moving “traffic jam” at certain times of the year. The most reputable movers get booked early during the late spring and summer months when half of all moving takes place, so plan ahead!
- Take photos of your cleaned out new home. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old new home before moving in. This is essential if you ever hope to get your deposit back.
Once you’ve moved to your new place, it’s always a good idea to make friends with your new neighbours. Making a good first impression always helps. You can throw a party in order to get to know everyone.
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- Last update: November 6, 2019
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