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Moving house and home is always a big endeavour but it can be a less stressful one if you make a few smart moves well in advance and have a checklist to work to.
Read on for a quick checklist of ways to make the whole house moving process much easier by doing as much of these things as you can 3 months to a fortnight before the big day .
Here are the steps you can take in the run up to the house move to make the process easier during moving day.
First things first. Make sure you’re not taking anything that you don’t need. This is a job you can do even when the move is months away.
As soon as you know a move is imminent don’t waste time in reducing the workload on the big day. Start by reducing the contents of your home in the following way
Go to each room (and its inhabitants) and start decluttering. Remove anything that is no longer needed into the following piles and act on them:
The aim is to make sure that you are left only with the stuff that you want to see in your new abode - make sure you are only packing and taking what you know you will be needing.
Be sure to book time off in advance for the moving day and the week after ideally as you unpack, it is easier to do a little packing every day after work and school in the run up to the big day.
However, you will probably need more downtime and freedom from the work and school commute when unpacking, setting up your bedrooms and kitchen and generally settling in.
School midterms or summer holidays are a perfect time for a house move.
You will never remember everything in one sitting. So keep a clipboard handy in the kitchen or the hallway and start filling it up with all the things you’ll need to remember during the house move as it occurs to you.
Here are some of the things you may want to add into the checklist
This is the last box you will take with you and the one that will be next to you in the car for the final journey - have a documents box for the most critical items like passports, birth certs, and insurance policies etc.
If possible scan these and have a backup stored somewhere in the cloud just in case anything gets lost- this is also good practice in general in case there is ever a disaster or fire that annihilates your key documents.
On a lesser level but practical nonetheless…
Take a notebook into your handbag or start an encrypted notes page on your phone where you can store essential numbers like your MRPN number. These are numbers you know you will be calling upon on a regular basis during the house move.
There is a lot of packing you can do, 2 months to a fortnight before the big move! Do a little bit every day after work or on the weekend in the month leading up to your move.
Some obvious items include:
If you already have access to your new home well in advance of moving day, then there is nothing stopping you from doing a few drops every day to ease the pressure.
This means it’s a good idea to start stocking up on packing supplies and even calling around the neighbourhood shops for spare boxes or get in touch with friends.
It might also be worth your while making a big investment in some hardy storage boxes that you can recycle for use in the shed or garage in your new home.
Start stocking up on
Stop by our Storage section to catch an overview of the supplies and brands available.
Have you got a failsafe checklist or super handy tip from your past house move? Don’t keep them to yourself ! We’re dying to know - share them.