Moving home is often cited as one of the most stressful events in your life. It’s not difficult to see why. First, you have to prepare your current home for sale, and that’s often no easy feat. After de-cluttering, making minor (or major) repairs, decorating, etc. you then have to worry about all those viewings. And when you finally get a buyer, there’s always the worry they’ll pull out at the last minute.
Then there’s finding your new dream home to plan, the removal company to book and the endless packing. When it finally comes to moving day, many people breathe a sigh of relief. But it doesn’t stop there. Now that you’re in, there is a whole new checklist to put in place.
Write A List
Write a list before you move. This will include everything below and anything else you’ll need to do when you move. Make sure you keep this with you so that it doesn’t get lost among the packing cartons. Working from a list is so much easier, and it gives you the peace of mind that nothing has been forgotten.
Unpack The Essentials
Anyone who still has packed boxes somewhere in their home when they moved over six months ago will tell you that unpacking is a long process. Unpack the essentials first. Each member of the family should have an overnight bag holding essential items such as a change of clothes, toiletries, medication, phones, etc. Coffee and tea making accessories, toilet rolls, soap, phone chargers, and towels are also essential items, so don’t bury these when you pack.
Make Provisions For Pets
Moving is not just stressful for humans; it’s stressful for pets too. Make provisions for them in advance. Try to allocate a room where they can stay for the duration of the move. Ensure they have their own beds, toys, and access to their food and water.
Inspect Your New Home
Walk around your new home from room to room and check everywhere meticulously. Check for any signs of damage or causes for concern. Don’t forget to inspect the exterior.
It’s important to secure your home when you first move in. Change all the locks and ensure only family members have keys. Look at robust alarm systems and find a system to suit your needs. Not only will this alert you if an intruder attempts to enter, but it will also deter potential burglars.
Make an escape plan in case of fire or another emergency and ensure all family members are aware of it. Establish a meeting place at a distance from your home, should the worst happen. Put smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in place.
Set Up Your Utilities
Take metre readings as soon as you move in. Phone utility companies with the reading and ensure your gas, electricity, and water are all set up. Make sure you’re aware of where the fuse box and water stop tap are located. You won’t want to be searching for those during an emergency.
Connect any major appliances you have such as the washing machine, dishwasher, cooker, fridge, and freezer. Your fridge will need to sit for at least three hours before you plug it in.
Moving is a stressful time. Take away some of the uncertainty and anxiety by making a moving-in list ahead of moving day. This will assist a smooth transition and ensure the only thing you feel when the movers leave is excitement.