How to plan a house move? Moving is usually a stressful time. There are countless things to consider, and having a checklist can help you so that you don’t need to worry about not forgetting anything important. At Now We’re Moving, we’ve helped thousands of people move over the years and we know well about the process. 

To help you, we have compiled a list of the most important things you need to do before moving to your new home. And remember that if you need the help of professionals movers, you can get in touch with our team in Bath.

Let people know you’re moving

This is an important first step before you move to your new home. Make a list of everyone who needs to know about your change of address. The list may include your family and friends, but also your employer, doctor, bank, insurance company, etc. You will need to let all these people and organisations know that they can now call you or send you mail to your new address.

Decide if you need expert movers

If you are wondering how to plan a house move, this is an essential step. Of course, it might not always be essential to employ movers. For instance, if you have a van or a car and are only moving down the road, you might not need to hire someone else. However, if you are moving to another town or city, or if you have plenty of delicate objects or just too many things to move, you will probably need the help of expert movers.

moving a heavy set of drawers
carrying a heavy set of drawers

Notify your service providers

A week before moving out, notify your utility providers of the change of address. The list might include your water and electricity providers, but also other services such as Internet, streaming services and mobile network operators. You will also need to change your TV license address.

Redirect your post

Even after you notify providers of your change your address, you will likely still receive letters every now and then, and some of them might be important. To make sure, you don’t miss anything, set up a redirection with Royal Mail.

Choose what to take with you and what to leave behind

Moving is the ideal opportunity to go through your belongings and figure out what needs to be relocated and how you’ll transport valuable objects. Of course, it’s not always easy to decide what should stay and what should go. If you have problems determining what to pack and move and what to leave behind, it might be worth considering the possibility of getting a self-storage unit for some of your belongings. If you have self-storage, you can always decide whether you still want all of those belongings at a later date. You can also keep some of your least used belongings there if they have sentimental value.

Whatever you don’t need or want can be donated as long as it is in good condition. Prepare your boxes or bags for donating and ask your preferred organisation if they would accept it.

If what you want to get rid of includes furniture, you can take it to your local recycling centre. If this is not an option for you, your council might be able to collect your furniture from your home – look for bulky waste collection on your council’s website to see if this service is available.

Gather all the tools you will need to pack

Get plenty of boxes, scissors, wrapping paper, and all the other supplies you will need before you start organising your belongings. Alternatively, if you are going to hire a moving company, you may be able to arrange the packing of your belongings with them. 

In Bath, Bristol, and the rest of the South West, Now We’re Moving offers a packing service. Typically, our packing crew will come the day before the removal crew. We will prepare and pack all of your belongings so that they may be transported safely and securely to your new home.

Start by packing non-essential items

For those worrying about how to plan a house move, this is one of the most convenient tricks: Weeks before your move you can start packing items that you will not need until after you get settled into your new home. This might include seasonal items such as clothes that you will not need until the summer or the winter, sports equipment or some tools.

Packing non essential items for moving
Packing, Wrapping & dismantling.

Clean your old and new houses

Steam clean carpets and walls before moving in, as you won’t have time to do it on the day of the move (and it will be much more difficult once all your belongings are there!).

You will also need to clean your old house before you move out, especially if it was rented accommodation and someone is moving in after you.

Plan how to move the most difficult items

Think about how you’ll transport fragile or unique things like firearms, pianos, fine art, pool tables, and so on. Ask the mover you are going to employ whether they are familiarised with handling some of your larger (or more delicate) things. Make sure you understand what your professional movers will and will not move.

It is equally important to know how to pack delicate objects. Read our blog on this topic to know how to correctly pack porcelain, dishes, TV and more.

Make a list of all your valuables

Make a list of your important belongings before you start packing and include in the list the boxes in which you packed your possessions. It is often difficult to find what you want after you get to your new home, so this list will help you find where the most important things are.

Do you need help with an upcoming move? At Now We’re Moving we can help you move to/from the Bristol and Bath area in the South West. Do not hesitate to contact us to get a quote.

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