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Moving Day

It is important to have a plan for your moving day. It can be entirely too emotional, too busy, too everything. It’s important to remember that most of the big things have been taken care of. If you organised a moving company, your stress levels will probably be much lower than doing it yourself. Once you have emotionally prepared yourself and organised your horde in the right direction it’s time to get things going. It would probably be a good idea to get any children to their care arrangements earlier rather than later.


Step 1: Make a note of meter readings. Record the readings for water, electricity and gas. Take a picture of each with your mobile phone.


Step 2: Do a final walkthrough to make sure that nothing has been left behind in cupboards. Strip the beds and pack bedding and curtains if necessary. Make sure that all personal possessions have been packed away and/or removed.


Step 3: Make sure all boxes are properly labeled to avoid confusion at the new address. Make sure the boxes you are transporting yourself (usually fragile items or last minute items like the kettle) are not mixed in with the main move items.


Step 4: Be ready for when the removal company/friends and/or family arrive to get the show on the road. That way no one is standing around waiting for anyone else. Moving days are full with activity and there is a lot to get done and supervised before your head will hit a pillow on the other side.


Step 5: Make sure one person is on hand when the movers have finished packing to check the packing inventory. Generally someone will be required to sign that the inventory is satisfactory.


Step 6: Leave all the sets of keys as arranged with the new owners/tenants/estate agent. Make sure a current inventory is available. If you were renting, get the exit inventory taken care of with the designated party.

Step 7: Check all the windows are secure and closed and that all the utilities are switched off.


Step 8: Pack yourself and any items you will be transporting and make a break for your new home. Check all meter readings and note them.


Step 9: Get the kettle on the boil, maybe even consider buying paper cups as yours may be packed away somewhere. Order in dinner. No one will fancy cooking after such a full day. It may be helpful to order in advance.