A first timer’s guide to moving into a new home
Moving home can be a daunting occasion, writes Hassan Ali, particularly for first timers. But anything can be made easier with a little planning and moving home is no different. So if you’re a moving beginner and aren’t sure where to start, follow this step-by-step guide designed to take the stress out of this momentous event.
4 Weeks Till Moving Day
If you’ve decided to arrange the big move yourself, hire a van – leaving it too late to book one may result in having to pay over the odds. Shopping around now will help you identify the best prices. Alternatively, if you want to minimise the stress associated with the move, contact a few removals companies for quotes and book in advance.
Now is also a good time to contact your home insurance provider to ensure you’re covered from the day you move into your new place. Also, those currently living in rented accommodation will need to give their landlord appropriate notice.
3 Weeks Till Moving Day
With just 3 weeks to go it’s time to inform all your utility and service providers of your new address. Some companies will process the changes within a week or so, while others won’t be quite as speedy, hence the need to contact them well in advance. For most people this could end up being a lengthy list…
2 Weeks Till Moving Day
This will be your packing week. For some, it may seem a bit early to begin packing, but come moving day, you’ll be thankful you started early. First off, you’ll need to start gathering boxes and packing materials. Ask your local supermarket if they have any spare cardboard boxes you can have, they’ll usually be happy to hand them over.
Before you start packing up though, you should spend a couple of days de-cluttering the house, identifying the things you want to recycle, donate or throw away. This will undoubtedly make moving day easier – not only will you have less items to pack, you also won’t be filling your new home with things you don’t need or want. Now that you’ve done the preparation, you can wrap up this week by packing all non-essential items.
1 Week Till Moving Day
Now that moving day is just around the corner you’ll need to prepare a box of essentials. This should comprise of basic supplies such as a kettle, tea/coffee, snacks, towels and toiletries for when you arrive at your new home.
Once you’ve done that, the truth is there isn’t much else that you need to do this week. If you have some spare time, you may want to draw up a rough floor plan of your new home and think about furniture placement. Not only will this extra organisation save you time when you move in, it should create a bit of excitement and help reduce the stress associated with the impending moving day.
For extra peace of mind, it may be worth confirming your arrangements with the removals company if you’re using one.
So, the big moment is here and you’re dreading the day ahead. But there’s no need to stress – if you planned well over the previous four weeks, today’s move should be a breeze. Simply load all your belongings onto the van early in the day, or if you opted for a removals company, leave them to it.
Once that has been taken care of, do a quick check of the house and make sure you aren’t forgetting anything. Surprisingly, important items such as keys and small valuables are among the most forgotten things when people move home. Also, take meter readings for both the old and new properties before you leave.
Now that you’ve moved in, take your time to settle in. You’re better off having a good night’s sleep tonight, leaving the unpacking for the next day. Last but not least, familiarise yourself with the neighbourhood – introduce yourself to the neighbours and of course, enjoy your new home!
This guest post was written by Hassan Ali on behalf of Alexanders, a London-based removals and storage specialist.moving house
Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter