Whether you are moving out from your parents’ home, student accommodation such as Urbanest, or you’re just moving house, it is important to be prepared. Careful organisation and forward planning can help to minimise the stress of moving out. This checklist will make sure you’ve got all the basics covered.
Two months to go
Planning ahead two months before you move out will reduce a lot of stress later on. Start by going through every room of your house and deciding what you’d like to keep and get rid of. Decide which items will need special packing or might need extra insurance coverage.
Start researching moving company options. Contact a range of different companies and request an estimate of how much it will cost.
Six weeks to go
Six weeks before it’s time to start ordering boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, permanent makers etc. Start collecting newspaper to wrap your valuables in to keep things more compact. Don’t forget to order wardrobe boxes for your clothes.
Try not to buy in much food apart from your fresh items, and start using things up that you don’t want to take with you such as frozen foods, and cleaning products.
One month to go
Confirm the moving arrangements with your mover and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs and other details. You could start packing things you don’t use as often. Whilst doing so, note items that are breakable which may need additional insurance. Make sure that you clearly label what is in each of your boxes to save time when unpacking and what room the box belongs in.
Make sure you go to the post office and let them know of your change of address or you can do it online. To be on the safe side, ask the new owners of your new home to forward on any post that may turn up to your new address. Also, you need to inform your bank, employer, magazine subscriptions etc. that you have a new address.
Two weeks to go
If you are moving on a week day, arrange the time off work with your employer so that you can supervise the move. Otherwise you will be spending the day at work, worrying if things are going to plan and you will be able to deal with any problems that may occur if you are at the scene.
A few days before
If you are taking your freezer with you, make sure you defrost it and clean it at least 24 hours before you move out. Make sure you have somewhere to put any frozen foods before you do such as a neighbours, friends or relatives freezer.
Ring the moving company and double check the details such as times so that everyone is prepared and things run smoothly. Make sure you have planned how you are going to pay them.
Enjoy your moving day and try not to stress about it. Soon you will be living in your gorgeous new home!