Essential Preparations to Make Before Moving to a New Home

Essential Preparations to Make Before Moving to a New Home

Even people that have never moved house before will understand the basics of how to go about it. You pack your belongings, clean and prepare your house, set a date to move, have your possessions driven to the new space, turn off your home utilities, arrive at the new location, and set up your life. So far, so good.

That said, there are many smaller, hidden efforts that make this process easier to deal with. Without considering the full scope of each decision on the way, it’s easy to leave out little questions worth considering. For example, are you packing your belongings yourself, or have the removalist company do this for you so they can vary the contents and offer you insurance? What household moving service are you using in the first place? What date do you need to transition your utilities to the new address?

In this post, we’ll tackle some smaller, hidden but essential provisions to prepare for a move. This way, even those with experience can avoid being caught out:

Preparing Your Driveway & Home For Removalists

Household moving services tend to provide large moving trucks or vans to carefully store your possessions in a secure environment. However, depending on the size of your residential street, this can be easier said than done. That’s why it’s good to plan ahead. Opening up your front gate, moving your cars, or even moving freestanding garden plants or other artificial obstacles can allow them easier access. You might even ask a neighbour to move their car to the other side of the street so the removalist has room to pack your items. It’s a temporary measure but allows for easier logistical planning and movement.

Securing Your House Effectively

Securing a house effectively for the new owners is important, but it’s also important to limit some security features you may have implemented. Resetting your alarm system with a simple PIN like 1234 or 0000 can help the new owners apply their own administrative settings. You might have certain locks changed, or a couple of keys recut for the new owner, or add a chain to your gate and provide a key to that lock so only the new owners have access to the surrounding external property when they move in a month from now. It will make a difference.

Make Sure To Cut Those Home Services

To avoid invoices being redirected to your new address, it’s good to cut all services you may be subscribed to, from frequent window cleaning to pharmacy deliveries to garden care. It can be easy to forget about all this, even the neighbour’s kid you promised money to in order to cut your lawn each month, and so it’s good to spend an afternoon going over all the ties, cancelling contracts, and making sure all of your addresses are updated in your personal information. In the long run, that will make a big difference and clean up loose ties.

Essential Preparations to Make Before Moving to a New Home

In addition to these three provisions, there are other smaller but important details to keep in mind when preparing for a move. For example, it’s crucial to pack your belongings strategically, label boxes clearly and make sure to keep important items in a separate, easily accessible box. This will make unpacking much smoother and less stressful.

It’s also a good idea to create an inventory of your possessions before the move, noting any valuable or fragile items that require special handling. This will help you keep track of everything during the move and ensure that nothing gets lost or damaged.

Another important consideration is notifying important contacts of your change of address. This includes banks, credit card companies, insurance providers, and any other organizations that you regularly interact with. This will help ensure that you continue to receive important mail and avoid any potential issues with missed payments or important documents.

Finally, it’s important to take care of yourself during the moving process. Moving can be stressful and overwhelming, so it’s important to take breaks when needed, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest. Asking for help from friends or family members can also make the process much smoother and more manageable.

Overall, while moving can be a complex and challenging process, taking the time to plan ahead and consider all the details can make a big difference in ensuring a successful and stress-free move.

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Essential preparations to make before moving to a new home
Josie Smith
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