Moments to consider when moving house


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You’re moving house? There are a lot of things to take into consideration when moving house. Move smarter with our Free House Moving Checklist!

They say moving house is one of the most dreadful stresses in life, but not with the Compare moving.

There are an impressive number of important things you need to take into account when moving into a new house; there is huge probability that you will skip something meanwhile that is way we made for you this MOVING CHECKLIST, so you could monitor each step of the way and have everything under control.

The present Moving Checklist gives you step-by-step instructions, easy to follow, beginning with booking a Conveyancer up till your HOUSEWARMING PARTY. We recommend printing it out for a more efficient completion of each stage. Compare moving Team wishes you a smooth and entertaining move.

2 months before your house move

If you finally found your home you like and the offer was accepted, then you need to start your moving checklist.

With two months ahead of your house moving, start browsing the web and compare market’s offers, check reviews and quotes, ask and select your Conveyancing Solicitor.

It is extremely important to begin with the right foot so make sure that you are all legal and all the sale/purchase phases are legitimate.

For a smoother adaptation take your time and inform yourself about the new community’s facilities and specifications; close by schools, public and/or private childcare available institutions; this will help you to create your safe haven in a short-time.

  • Arrange and book a Conveyancing Solicitor;
  • Settle your mortgage loan data;
  • Investigate the area you are moving to for a clearer vision of the neighborhood.
  • Prepare and transfer your children’s school records if any (previous years’ academic achievement diplomas, dental and medical records, also don’t forget about a new uniform).
  • If you are renting at the moment, confirm your house move date with your landlord for a closing check out day.
  • Gather and keep the copies of as many as possible financial and legal documents from the house that you are moving from.
  • Make sure you get all your significant possessions evaluated for a insurance and check if your insurer will cover your house move; if not ask your removals company to include it in their quote in case of any loss or damage of the transported goods.
  • Open a journal or make yourself a folder where you can keep track of all the documents involved in the house-move; dates, arrangements, contact numbers, contracts.

2 weeks before your house move

Two more weeks before the moving day, time to confirm final details and contact numbers with your estate agent and your removals company in arranging for your move date.

If your chosen removal company does not provide any additional services like disassembling and reassembling of furniture, un-plumbing dishwasher and washing machines and packing – unpacking of your goods, it would be a good idea and time to organize those as well.

You have to keep in mind that small children are more sensible and more influential when comes to leaving the place once they called house, so if it is possible arrange with your family members or close friends they are comfortable with, to have them for the period of moving, this will give you free hand and more concentration on all the steps afterwards. Don’t forget about the pets.

  • Confirm final data and some emergency numbers with all the involved parties of your house move (estate agent, new owner, old owner, Removal Company).
  • Discuss in advance with a family member or friend regarding the children’s assistance while the removal takes part. Don’t forget about the pets.
  • Take with you the first aid kit for emergency situations.
  • Book relevant people to carry out any services in case if your local removal company does not provide them e.g. dismantling of your furniture or assembling your flat packed furniture, house cleaning or a plumber for your dishwasher and washing machines.
  • Securely dispose of all liquids that need specialist treatment and other flammable materials you might have in your house – most removal companies just can’t move such items due to safety legislation.
  • Seal all the perishable food and semi-products from the fridge and take out all that’s left and unwanted.

1 week before your house move

One more week before the big day of moving into your new house, so during this week you need to make sure you set up all your documents and reassure they are well-stored and keep them at hand.

By this time, the packing process should be over; if not make sure it does, for a calm and organized work of the removal company’s service.

Important to mention to leave out specific items necessary for your Moving Day Survival Kit for just in case situations so you get to the end of the day safe and sound.

  • Set aside all the necessary documents (contracts, passports, mail, insurance, bills, driving license, medical reports etc.) in a safe folder always at your sight.
  • Make up a Moving Day Survival Kit with specific medical tools and drugs for surviving the day.
  • Try to pack as many items as you can so you have everything ready to go; do not forget outdoor/garage equipment.
  • Label the boxes with different color or numbers according to the items insidecheck out our advice on labeling boxes here.
  • Gather together your current property’s keys and arrange a day to take the new place’s keys from the Estate Agent of yours.
  • Leave your new address to the post office and redirect your mail service– you can start the process here .
  • Defrost your freezer and fridge – ensure they are both dry and ready to be moved.
  • Return any items you borrowed. Give away garden or swimming pool items, plants and flowers you won’t be taking with you. Refresh all possible linen items and clothing – pack them up and label the boxes so it’s ready to be used when unpacked.
  • Reinsure you have on your account enough sources to pay for your move and sufficient cash for any emergencies or first night at the new place.
  • Announce your relatives, business partners, close friends and abroad ones about the changing address through any available method (gift card, postcard, invitation, letter, short notice, email)- for a “who to notify when moving house” guide take a look at our Change of Address Checklist