Here’s our top 10 tips for moving day

Moving home can be a stressful task, but with thorough planning, preparation and guidance, you can minimise the headache and get through the process efficiently.

With this in mind, here at Key Property Consultants, we have compiled a guide featuring 10 of the best tips to help you move home successfully.

Make a checklist

You’ll want to be strategic from day one and start planning well in advance. One way to do this is by creating a checklist; this will allow you to keep on top of important tasks and itemise everything you need.

Ensure the checklist encompasses all aspects of the move – from moving date to when you’ve officially settled into your home. There’s also no better feeling than ticking something off a list.

Declutter your belongings

Decluttering the home is one of the most important first steps when moving, as this determines what you will be taking with you to your new property. If something hasn’t been used or worn in a while – unless it’s seasonal – then get shot of it.

Before even attempting to pack, consider what you could sell, donate or throw out. Sites like eBay, Gone for Good and freecycle are good places to start.

Book a removal company

Once you’ve decluttered your belongings and have a rough idea of what you’ll be taking, it’s worth booking your removal company well in advance.

Of course, there is always the option to move yourself with the help of family and friends, but this could potentially add stress.

Plus, a creditable removal company will have years of experience of expertly packing, handling and loading both delicate and heavy items.

You won’t need to look far, however – here at Key Property Consultants, we can put you in touch with a local reputable removal firm. Contact us for more information.

Pack as early as possible

As soon as you’ve set a moving date, you should start packing straight away. By now, you will have already decluttered, making it easier for you to do so. Once you’ve sorted out packing materials, a good starting point will be rooms and items that are least used, such as the spare bedroom, garage or attic.

Use the checklist to tick off the rooms and items that you’ve been through, leaving everyday items until the last day before the big day.

Label items properly

This may seem obvious, but it’s important to label boxes with the room it’s going to and a brief summary of what’s in the box to avoid confusion when you’re unpacking. If you don’t want to write short paragraphs on every box, consider colour-coding using stickers or sticky labels to categorise rooms.

Ensure that you write on the sides of the boxes and not the top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they are stacked.

Create an inventory

Creating an inventory helps you to keep an eye on of all your belongings to make sure nothing is lost during the moving process. Keep in mind that your removal company can create an inventory for you if they have been hired to pack your belongings.

Arrange utilities early

It’s important to set up your utilities such as council tax, gas and home insurance early when moving home. This will save you a lot of stress once you’re moved in, giving you time to settle in and relax without worrying about making calls and filling out online applications.

If you’re moving to a completely new area, you’ll need to set up a new account for your council tax band.

Pack a ‘survival’ and ‘essentials’ box

Remember your everyday items that haven’t been packed away yet? Well, they will need to go into a separate bag or box and kept with you during moving day.

These items could include toothbrushes, a change of clothes, medicine, water and phone chargers.

Also, having a separate box for essentials – passports, birth certificates, bills etc. – will prevent important documents from getting misplaced or damaged.

Take pictures

Before they get boxed up, take snaps of the wires at the back of your TV and other electronics. This is a great way to keep track of what goes where when you’re putting everything back together in your new home.

If you’re keen to recreate certain setups in your new home, you can also take photos of any wall displays, ornament placements or shelving arrangements so that this can be done quickly and easily.

Do one last walk through

On the day of the move, go through your home one last time and keep an eye out for anything you might have forgotten.

Anything you leave behind might be difficult to get back, so you don’t want to miss this vital step. Ensure you visit every room, checking all storage spaces, shelves and cabinets before you leave.

All in all, while moving can be taxing, particularly if you’re selling at the same time, some preparation and a clear head can go a long way to making the process less of a hassle.

For more information on how we could help you to sell your home in South London, Croydon and parts of Kent, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on: 0203 793 2033.

You can also request a free and instant online valuation to see how much your property could be worth in the current marketplace.