Moving House Checklist

Moving is often described as one of the most stressful times in life. But at some point, we all move, so it is not something that can be avoided. However, it doesn’t have to be such a bad experience, with the right removal experts and a little preparation, your move, whatever it may be, can go smoothly every time. Here are our tips for making sure your moving day is one to remember for the right reasons.
Two months before you move

You’ve found a home; your offer has been accepted and you need to start your moving checklist. With two months until you move, it is time to compare quotes and reviews and select your Conveyancing Solicitor. It is essential to get the legal side in place early on to ensure a smooth legal transaction of your property sale/purchase. It is also worth taking some time to research the facilities and amenities of your new area to help the location feel like home to you.

Six weeks before you move

With a little over a month until your moving day, it is time to start clearing out anything you don’t want to be moved to your new home. It’s always best to start by making a full checklist of all your major items so you know everything you are taking, and the things you no longer need. It will also help Alpha Pros get an idea of the volume of items you will need moved before they visit for a pre-move survey. Moving is the best time to declutter there is.

One month before you move

With one month left before you move, you should have had a Chartered Surveyor inspect your new property and inform you of its structural condition. You will now be able to talk to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and finalising your moving date so you can appoint Alpha Pros and organise parking arrangements and permits for the removal vehicle at both addresses. Don’t forget to print out your moving checklist and stick it on your fridge!

Two weeks before you move

It is now two weeks left until your moving date, where you should be confirming all important details and contact numbers with your removal company and estate agent, schools etc in preparation for your move. Alpha Pros can provide additional services such disassembling/reassembling furniture and packing, it`s a good time to organise these too.

One week before you move

It’s your final week at your old address before moving into your new home, and during this week you should be organising all important documents and ensure they are stored somewhere safe but accessible. Your packing should be almost finished so you’ll be ready to go on the day and your removals firm can start promptly, but make sure you have left out all items necessary for your Moving Day Survival Kit of essentials to get you through your move unscathed.

One day before you move

It’s your last 24 hours at your old address; it’s time for a final check and walk round the property to ensure nothing will be left behind and everything is packed and ready for transit. You should have a night bag for all members of your family packed to help you all settle in to your new home and have a good night sleep, make sure that this is separate from the items going with the removal van. Don’t forget to fully charge your mobile phone!

On the day you move

On a day where emotions can run high, it is important to have a plan and know what you need to do on your final morning at the property. Be ready for when Alpha Pros arrives so they can begin promptly and identify whether any boxes need special care or are not to be taken by them. Make sure you take the meter readings for you to give to your providers and leave the keys for the new owner. It’s now time to move to your new home.

Once you are in your new home

Upon arrival at your new home it is important to make Alpha Pros aware of any special instructions and that they know which room the boxes are headed to. Make sure you are happy that everything on your inventory is accounted for before Alpha Pros leaves. But first things first – it’s time to get the kettle on; your family and removals team will appreciate it!

After you have moved in

After months of preparation and planning, you and your family are in your new home. It is important to make sure everyone is comfortable in their new surroundings and start feeling settled in at home as soon as possible. After a busy moving day, don’t try to unpack everything at once, make up the beds and then spend the evening relaxing with loved ones and a celebratory takeaway, and congratulate yourself on making it through the day.