10 Essential Things to Do Before Moving Into a New House
Packing up, leaving your home, and essentially your life can be messy. It quickly becomes apparent there are a million and ten things to do before moving into a new house. It’s a big enough job just to box your belongings up without having to think about much else. So to help provide a bit of organisation amongst the haze of madness, here are our top tips that will ease your move into a new life.
Change Your Address in Good Time
People generally change their address after they have completed their move. It is a lot more beneficial to do so in advance. The ideal time to change your address is roughly two weeks before you move. This allows plenty of time to receive mail that has already been sent. Furthermore, the new occupant won’t be receiving your mail.
Declutter Your Old Home
One of the crucial things to do before moving into a new house is to dispose off of junk. Before you begin packing, a good session of decluttering is essential. After spending a few years or more in a property, it’s natural to accumulate random unwanted, unused or unnecessary items. Disposing of unwanted items before you pack will free up space and keep your new home free of clutter. A new house is a chance for a fresh start. Leave your unneeded junk behind.
Eat Smart and Save Money
Give yourself enough time before your move date to sort through the kitchen. You will likely be surprised by how many tins of food and random ingredients you still have. To save moving it all to the new house or letting it go to waste, try doing a few meal-plans to use it all up. There’s little point in spending money on food shopping if you already have stocks in your cupboards. Plus, you might not have time to go to the food bank to donate it before you leave, and that food might go to waste.
Pack Essential Supplies
It may seem a bit obvious to include on a list of 10 things to do before moving into a new house. However, it’s actually quite surprising how many boxes, rolls of tape, and wrapping you end up using. Last minute trips to the shop to grab some more tape is an easy way to get sidetracked. Before you know it you are way behind schedule. The more prepared you are, the better. A great way to grab some large and sturdy boxes is to pop into your local supermarket. Make a simple request for them to save some for you.
Choose The Right Moving Date
Believe it or not, there is actually an ideal time to pack up and move. Just like with most things, school holidays and weekends are generally a lot busier. During these times there are a lot more cars and the roads and so moving house it made much more complicated. Taking a week or a few days of work so you can move house during weekdays is much more ideal. Also if you have hired a moving company, then the prime time to get them to start loading up is late morning to mid-afternoon. This way, you can avoid the morning rush hour and the school run.
Find A Moving Company
Not everyone will need the assistance of a moving company. For those who do, there are a few things to look out for when choosing a moving company. Firstly make sure the company is legit. Surprisingly there are many scams out there. One sign of a scam is companies advertising fees that are just too good to be true. We encourage you to undertake due diligence. Check for reviews of the company as well as business contact details. The last thing you want is to end up scratching your head, wondering where the moving company is.
Notify Your Utility Providers
Very much like changing your address before you leave the property, notifying utility providers early is also a good idea. More often than not, they will ask you for your moving date. and request that you send them the meter readings just before you leave. Once your move date arrives, they will automatically update their records. Doing this in advance is one less thing to think about during the move. Also, it will prevent you from overpaying for usage.
Pack An ‘Essentials’ Bag
When packing all your belongings into boxes, make sure you pack a separate ‘essentials’ bag you will have easy access to. Throw in a couple of outfits, bedding, towels, medication, money, and basic toiletries. Moving house is a tiring process. and when it is eventually complete, you may not have the energy to start sorting through boxes. After the hectic ups and downs, you’ll be exhausted. The temptation to collapse into your new bed and sleep it off will be strong. However, you will be heartbroken if you don’t have a clue where any of your things are.
Undertake a Thorough Cleaning
Moving house and packing everything away takes a lot of time. Common courtesy demands you ensure the property is clean before you leave. This can be done one of two ways. Either you clean it yourself, or you hire a cleaning company to do it once you’ve left. By taking care of the cleaning yourself, you can use up the last of your cleaning products, hence save yourself a bit of money. However, if you simply don’t have the time or energy to clean the property yourself, then there’s the alternative. Hiring a cleaning company will again require some due diligence. Ensure it is a legitimate company before hiring them. You may want to look online for reviews of their work.
Take Time to Say Goodbye
No matter whether you’ve been in the property one year or ten years, there’s always a small sense of sadness when you leave. Before your departure set some time aside to take it all in. If you are friendly with the neighbours, call by and inform them of your move. Its also a good idea to leave your forwarding address with them in case something comes up, or a stray letter arrives.
That just about sums up our list of 10 things to do before moving into a new house. Just remember the way in which the boxes are loaded will determine the unloading order. The first boxes in the van will be the last ones out. All the while making sure your bag of ‘essentials’ is near. You may need it sooner than you realise.
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