Moving house is often said to be one of the most stressful things you do in life; with that in mind, it's important to be organised. The simplest way to do this, of course, is to have a thorough list to hand and check everything off as you go.
Moving house is often said to be one of the most stressful things you do in life; with that in mind, it’s important to be organised. The simplest way to do this, of course, is to have a thorough list to hand and check everything off as you go. Where might you find such a list? Why, right here!
Before The Move
[ ] Confirm your moving date.
[ ] Check or arrange your contents insurance – make sure it covers you from the date you move in.
[ ] Confirm your removal arrangements – if you’re using professionals, get a number of quotes before you book. If you’re getting your friends to help, make sure they know the date and will definitely be free!
[ ] Notify all the utility companies.
[ ] Have a clear out – there’s no point moving stuff you don’t need!
[ ] Order any new furniture or carpets you’re going to need, so that they can be delivered when you move in.
[ ] Arrange a post office re-direct – this does carry a charge, but ensures you won’t miss any mail.
[ ] Pack non-essential items well in advance – this will save you hassle later!
[ ] Make a list of everybody who needs to know your new address, and tick them off as you tell them.
The First Day Kit
The first day is always the most stressful – everything’s in boxes, you can’t find anything you need, you feel you might start screaming at everyone... Relax. Pack yourself a First Day Kit the night before, and you’ll be more organised than Batman.
[ ] First Aid Kit.
[ ] Medications – including painkillers for that moving day headache.
[ ] Phone chargers.
[ ] Lightbulbs – check what fittings are in your new place in advance.
[ ] Torch.
[ ] Scissors/craft knife – basically something to open all your boxes with!
[ ] An extension cord or two.
[ ] Toolkit – especially screwdrivers and Allen keys, which you might need for your furniture.
[ ] Toilet paper!
[ ] Hand towels.
[ ] Rubbish bags.
[ ] Paper towels.
[ ] Notebook, pen & Post-It notes.
[ ] A change of clothes for everyone in the family.
[ ] Toiletries - don’t forget your toothbrush!
[ ] Alarm – essential if you have to get to work the day after moving in!
[ ] A kettle and enough disposable or non-breakable plates, cups and utensils for everyone involved (not just the family – think of your movers and helpers too!).
[ ] Teabags, coffee, UHT milk (because you don’t know when your fridge will be set up) and sugar.
You may also want to include enough supplies for a basic meal – or look up a good local takeaway for your first night.
With those essentials to hand, the first day should be a breeze. After that – well, it depends on how thoroughly you’ve labelled all your boxes!
Things To Do
When you get to your new place, there are a couple of vital things to do before you start unpacking.
[ ] Check the inventory provided by your landlord.
[ ] Check the meter readings for electricity, gas, etc.
[ ] Change the fob on your keys – landlords often attach the address to the keys so they know they’re handing over the right ones, but you don’t want to keep this on for security reasons.
This checklist will help ensure that your move goes smoothly – but what if you’re still looking for somewhere to move to? Fear not! We have a fantastic range of houses to rent in Sutton Coldfield, so we can help you to find your next perfect home. For more information, get in touch with our team today on 0121 321 3388.