When moving home it can be easy to forget things or sometimes know where to start. So I’ve compiled an easy checklist to help keep you on track.
Redirect Your Post
This is one that is so important but something most will always forget. If you get a lot of parcels like me (online shopping addiction plus blogger) then it’s a must. You can redirect mail with Royal Mail for 3, 6 and 12 months and they need at least 5 working days to do it, so definitely get in early and make sure your not missing any post. Be sure to notify any important companies eg. bank, council tax, broadband provider to make sure they have your new details too.
Get A Good Quote
You’ve put a lot of money into buying a house and/or renting, so whether you are looking for removals or a man with a van, save yourself some money by using a site like Shiply. Just enter your current postcode and your destination postcode and let the quotes pour in. The free quote service, lets you compare services and make sure you get the best price and best service right for you.
When we moved into our apartment last year, I made sure I kept hold of boxes and bubble wrap that came with things I bought online for packing and we also bought cardboard boxes in a pack from Amazon. These were so handy and were delivered straight to our door so there was no worrying about how to carry big boxes home say from your local supermarket or shop. These came, we unpacked and filled them up. Get a marker pen and labels and mark what is in each box as you go along. There’s nothing worse than not knowing which one to start with first, as unpacking can take time. Also don’t underestimate the amount of brown tape you will need!
It’s good to pack a bag or box of essential items you’ll need when you first move in, in case it’s too late to unpack. Think food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pet food, medications and anything you regularly use.
Have A Clear Out
Moving house is the perfect time to really have a clear out. Start going through your stuff in advance and be strict and throw out what you definitely don’t need. Make a little money from things you have never worn or don’t use. There are plenty great sites for selling unwanted goods; Ebay of course is one of the biggest, but there are other great sites and apps such as Depop for selling clothing and Music Magpie for DVD’s and tech. Alternatively donate to charity, plenty of charity shops are always looking for donations, click to find your nearest Shelter or Oxfam shop.
Leave The Cleaning To An Expert
If you are renting, then getting in a professional cleaner service is definitely a good idea. This means the place will be spick and span and look as good as you moved in, so hopefully there will be no nasty charges for you on the move out. Even though this may seem expensive, in the long run it will save you a lot of hassle and time.
Moving house can be very stressful, so take a deep breath and maybe even check out a meditation app or two before you move. These will help get you in the right mindset and help you not to stress out too much. If you are having trouble sleeping from stressing, check out my tips for how to get good nights sleep. Oh and a bottle of champagne or a glass of wine for moving in always helps!