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When it comes to moving home, it can feel like that there is an endless list of tasks to take care of. Moving home is one of the most stressful activities a person will do in their life, so it makes sense to be as prepared and as organised as you can. Our helpful checklist will hopefully help you make the process a lot smoother and enjoyable.

Eight weeks before you move home

• If you need to arrange time off for the moving day, arrange this as early as possible

• This is the time to review schooling options and to make sure your kids are catered for

• Arrange to have boxes and packaging material to start the packing process

• Look at your belongings and if there are items you don’t need, dispose of them

• Search removal options, obtain quotes from firms and confirm your plans for the moving process

• Review your home insurance policies, make sure it covers you for the move and consider if you need to change plans for your new property

Four weeks before you move home

• Look at utility providers and see if there is a better option for you when you move home

• Look at your broadband, TV and phone options for your new home and see if there is a better process

• Carry on with the packing process making care to list and label boxes as you go on

One to two weeks before you move home

• Once the majority of packing has been concluded, start to clean your home

• Set aside things that will make the moving day easier

• Begin to contact all local authorities and organisations about your move and give them your new address

• If you get papers or milk delivered, cancel this or have your details changed

• Contact Royal Mail and get a mail redirection service put in place

• People who have pets or children should make arrangements for them to be taken care of on moving day

The day before the move takes place

• Clean the home as best as you can

• Ensure the fridge is defrosted

• Make sure you have food, drink and essential items for the moving day put aside

• Ensure everyone has directions to your home and your new home

On the day that you move

• Take readings of all meters at your home

• Once your home is empty, review it and make sure everything is closed and turned off where applicable

• Ensure you hand over the keys to your old home and make sure you have the keys to your new home

When you get into your new property

• Undertake a quick clean

• Unpack the essential items such as toiletries and towelling

• Make sure you offer refreshment to people who helped you and pay professionals

Once you are settled into your new home

• Get unpacked and get used to the new home and local area

• Ensure that all of your details have been updated

• If you need to register with a new dentist or doctor, take care of this

You will find that moving home is a difficult and stressful situation but following this checklist will help you take control of the process.

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