16 Sep Creating your moving checklist
So you’ve received your moving date, you’ve started your packing and you already have a million and one things to do. With the best will in the world, even the most efficient people are bound to forget something, so writing out a checklist and, more satisfyingly, ticking things off once you’ve done them, is a basic necessity. Areas you should think about are:
How are you moving your stuff from your old house to your new one? If you’re using a removal company, make sure you not only obtain quotes for the job, but ask for references too. If you’re doing it yourself, ask your friends and family for help – it’ll definitely take longer than a removal company, and most people always underestimate the size of their self-hire van they’ll need, so the more people you have to help, the merrier!
Change of address notifications
Don’t just think about the obvious ones like family, friends, the bank, utilities companies, insurance companies, DVLA, work, doctor, dentist, schools, vet, subscriptions and Post Office redirect, there are also all your online accounts to update, e.g. Amazon, eBay, clothes sites, supermarkets etc. Ordering things online can be so easy, if you haven’t changed your delivery details you could end up sending your shopping to your old address by mistake!
Declutter and reclutter
The less you have, the less you have to move! If it’s usable but you don’t want it any more, sell it on eBay, give it away to friends or charity, or Freegle it. Remember to use up all the food you have in the freezer and your cupboards (or put it in the compost bin). And if you’re going to need new curtains and a sofa for the new house, order them now to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting on packing cases in full view of the neighbours while you wait for them to be made!