Moving house can be an exciting yet stressful time. Many people put off cleaning their homes until close to their moving date, and then find that they have to quickly get all of their stuff ready as their moving date arrives. This can lead to forgetting to pack certain items, or packing things in a hurried manner, which causes damage to some of their items. Planning ahead can help you avoid this and leave you calm and relaxed on the day of the move. Let's take a look at how to properly prepare for a house move.
One Month Before Moving
Assuming you have booked the removal firm for the move, there are some other things you can do around four weeks before the actual move itself. This includes beginning to sort out items in your garage and shed, sifting through what you plan to take with you, and what you want to discard. It is a good idea to make a 'charity' box, and fill it up with items you no longer need, and pass this on to a local charity. You can also begin to use up all of your opened up packs of food in the kitchen, and begin to finish off using food from your freezer. Make a folder for all of the moving documentation, and note down any items which may be fragile and require a little more care to move.
Two Weeks Before Moving
At this time, you should start to notify companies who you use for gas, electricity and the internet about your move, and provide them with your new address. Remember to notify your bank as well. If you have small children or pets, arrange for family members to take them on moving day if necessary. If you are using your vehicle to help with the move - and you are travelling a fair distance - book the vehicle in for a quick check over by a mechanic. If you have a trailer or boat, arrange to have this moved as well.
One Week Before Moving
Using boxes, set aside and pack towels and bed linen which can be used on the first night in your new home. You can arrange to cancel any deliveries you may have coming to your house, such as milk or newspapers. You can also arrange to have your post redirected. Drain any lawn-mowers or other fuel powered machines you may have in your shed.
The Day Before
Make a box which contains all of you and your families' toiletry needs, and another box which contains snacks, a kettle, tea, coffee, milk and snacks and drinks for the children. In another box, place work clothes, school clothes and any relating items needed for the first morning in your new home. Remember to store any favorite toys and pet bowls and leashes in another box you can easily access. Mark the boxes so you know which box contains what. You can also fully empty, defrost and air your fridge/freezer unit.
On the moving day itself, remember to keep your 'essentials' boxes at hand. Conduct a final walk around, checking everything is packed, and turn off the power before you leave. Even as the removal van, like those at AA Furniture Removals, is being loaded you can check, for example, the tops of cupboards for items you may have missed.