So you’re moving house, and no doubt about it, you’re stressed out, financially stretched and emotionally exhausted.

One month before

By now you should be starting a collection of moving estimates, quotes and services, so one month before moving you should start to create an organised collection of prices and services to keep on top of budget, costs and to understand clearly what is still left to organise. Look into services such as storage and removal vans to start getting an idea of what it will cost you. You can also use this time to put items in storage or stuff that’s rarely used into storage to give you plenty of space to crack on with packing everything else. You can also start to look into the more interesting and exciting parts of moving house. Now the drama of finding a house is over, you’ll probably feel like you have a lot of spare time, you may as well enjoy it before the nightmare of packing starts to kick in, now you can enjoy exploring the new area and take a look at what’s on offer from parks to bars and gyms.

Two weeks before

Two weeks before moving and the excitement and panic really starts to kick in, now you should be concentrating on finalising everything that will make your moving day finally become a reality. It’s also important to collect together important documents such as Passports, household papers and spare keys as well as any information relating to family members that you may need immediately and at hand. It’s best to keep these in a safe place to avoid them getting lost in the chaos that will soon be your home. Right now, you can start to make arrangements to switch off, transfer or cancel services and providers. Get comparing to make sure you’re getting the best deal before moving any direct debits across all services and providers with you to the new house, and try to think of everything, you’ll be surprised at how much comes to your house once you don’t want it too. Whilst on the phone to financial services you should double check if your contents are covered whilst in transit, or how much it would be to get extra coverage on valuable items. Finally, make arrangements for cleaning the property after you’ve pretty much moved out, especially if it’s rented, and make arrangements for pets and children to be well looked after and out from under your feet on moving day.

One week before

Make sure all papers relating to moving into a safe and easily accessible place, perfect for referring to reference numbers and to find contact numbers should you need them. Packing should be done for the majority, apart from things you’ll use regularly, and everything should be labelled and structured so it’s ready to go into the moving van. It’s important to collect or return anything that isn’t yours; dry cleaning, library books, borrowed lawnmowers, anything you might have in your possession that you don’t want in the new house. By now you should have a clear idea of what you are and are not taking, any items that are unwanted should be at a charity shop if it’s not already been sold. The freezer should be cleared and cupboards can be packed, keeping only what is necessary, ready to be defrosted and cleared. You could also disconnect washers and dryers to prepare for transit.

24 hours

Everything is packed and ready to go so there’s nothing left to do than to clean what you can and to set an order for moving day. One common forgotten thing to do is to collect all keys for your home, including spares, garage, shed and window keys. Keep them in a safe place and try to arrange a collection with the agents or solicitors.

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