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Moving checklist

There's so much to do before you move home, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.

Keeping track of the things you need to do for your move is the easiest way to keep moving stress to a minimum

Two months before you move home

Download this moving checklist

  • Organise - As soon as you know you're moving, buy a journal or notebook and a box file to keep everything related to your move in one place. In the run up to a move, things can get hectic and sometimes a bit chaotic - having all of your notes, contracts, receipts, contact numbers and plans in one spot helps make sure everything runs like clockwork
  • Declutter - Now is the time to have a clear out - sort through everything in your home and donate, sell, or dispose of anything you don't need or want in your new home. Having fewer items in your home to move can also impact the cost of your removal, so the sooner you tackle this task, the better
  • Hidden in storage areas - Don't forget the loft, garage, outbuildings, and the under stairs cupboard - you'd be surprised by how much you've got in these out-of-sight and often out-of-mind spots, much of which you may not wish to bring to your new home
  • Plan your new home's layout - Start thinking about your new home and where your belongings will go inside of it - if you have a floorplan for your new home (or if you can gain access to measure up the rooms), this will help you to decide where to place your furniture - you may also find your current furniture won't fit into your new home, or perhaps it is too small for your new home. This also helps with making decisions about what you'll be disposing of, if the furniture won't fit in your new home!
  • Furninshing your new home - While you're planning where things may be placed in your new home, also think about the things you'll need to furnish your new home, such as lighting, curtains, blinds, etc in addition to larger items such as floor coverings, laminate flooring and carpeting
  • Give notice - if you're renting, be sure to give your landlord the notice specified in your lease - and make sure it is in writing if you first notify them by phone or in person
  • Get quotes - Begin to get quotes from removal companies (we offer some advice on how to choose a removal company)
  • Broadband & utilities - Begin planning new broadband and television services - can you take your current plan and contract with you, or will you choose another company? Now is the time to start making those decisions and plan for your broadband to be set up as close as possible to your moving date
  • School & nursery - notify schools and nursery of your leaving date, and make arrangements for your new schools and nursery or other child care and school clubs as early as you can
  • Insurance - Check your home and contents insurance - is the contents cover at the right level for your belongings? You may want to compare offerings from various companies to ensure you get the best coverage for your new home and belongings - and be sure to have valuable items assessed for insurance purposes
  • Awkward or difficult to pack items - Identify anything which might be a bit more difficult to pack, needs special protection, or is particularly valuable and be sure to point these items out to the surveyor who comes to estimate your removal costs
  • Start packing - Start packing those things you don't use and won't be using until you move, such as holiday decorations, winter or summer items (depending on when you're moving, of course), or simply sentimental things which you don't use but will not be disposing of
  • Change of address - Begin to make a list of all of the companies and people you'll need to notify of your change of address - it is longer than you initially think, and just when you think you're done, there always seems to be another one to add to the list

How may we help with your home removal?

If you'd like a copy to put in your organisation box so you can tick off the items as you complete them, you can download the two months before moving checklist. If you prefer to tick off the items as you go electronically, you can also tick the boxes on the file, and save it on your phone, tablet, or computer - no need to print the checklist out unless you prefer to.

If you'd like to discuss your move or arrange for a quote for your removal, ring us on 0116 289 9011 (Leicester), 0115 965 6555 (Nottingham), 01283 243001 (Derby, Uttoxeter & Burton) and our removal and storage experts will be glad to assist you.

If you prefer, you can fill in the contact form on this page or use our convenient online removal survey booking service to set up an appointment for your home removal survey - both services can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning you can contact us when it suits you.

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