Although moving into a new house or flat can be a really exciting time, it can also be a stressful one if you're not organised. There's so much to think about including your packing, getting everything moved, making sure you've told everyone who needs to know, and doing everything at the right time. It's best to have a checklist of things to do, but this article will cover a summary of things.
Depending on your budget you may want to consider using a professional removal company and/or a change of address company to help you move. This can take a lot of the work off your hands. If you do decide to use a removal company and you're in the UK it's best to ensure they're approved by the British Association of Removers or National Guild of Remover and Storers. You'll also want to check that things you're moving are either covered by your home insurance, or otherwise by the removal company if you're using one.
The list of people you notify when you're moving house should include your utility companies, local council (for council tax), doctor, employer, bank, credit card company, and of course don't forget your friends and family!
When it comes to packing, it's best to start with a big clean-up. This helps you throw out any rubbish, pick out the things that you'd like to sell or give away, and leaves you with everything that needs to be packed. It's best to start with this clean-up well in advance, perhaps a month. When actually packing, start with the things that are not essential like old books and clothes that you won't be wearing for a while. Label boxes clearly and colour code them with a location of where they should go. Later you can draw a room plan of the new residence and colour code the rooms so that the movers know where to unload everything. This is especially important for furniture.
Before the actual move you'll want to double-check a few things. Confirm the move date and time with the removal company, make sure the keys to the new house will be available to pick up on the day, and that you've sorted out a child and pet minder.
When you've arrived at your new place it's important to check the property for any issues. If you're renting it will be important to point out any problems to the landlord immediately so that he or she is aware they there before you moved in and not after. If you're the lucky new owner of the property then you'll need to check with your surveyor if you find any problems that weren't already mentioned in the survey.
You'll be exhausted after the move so make sure you've labelled a box with a well deserved treat.