Property removals can seem overwhelming at first glance, as there is usually a vast array of things to do and issues to consider. Indeed, moving places can be tricky but keeping a properly timed checklist of all things that need addressing prior to removal day will make life a lot easier, and take the edge off moving. What needs to be done and when varies depending on the removal and the individual set of circumstances.
Generally, the moving checklist separates the removal preparation in two halves – 4 to 6 weeks before the removal, and 2 to 3 weeks before the removal
In the 4 to 6 week period, it is best do deal with things like:
- Setting and confirming the removal date, if possible settle for a an off peak time of the week or month;
- If moving out of a rental property, inform the landlord of your intent to move, and keep your one month’s notice condition, unless otherwise agreed;
- If moving out of your own place, then contact your insurer if you have such, and notify them of your moving to another home, they will advise you further on what needs to be done in regards to your current home insurance policy;
- If you will require storage organise that on your own or through your selected moving company, the earlier you do the better;
- Notify utility and telecom service providers of your removal, and ask for services to be transferred to your new address;
- It would be a good idea to get rid of unwanted items, de-clutter and travel light;
In the 2 to 3 week period leading to the removal, deal with:
- Sorting and packing all non-essential items like out of season clothing for example;
- Deregister from local medical and dental services, also optometrists and chemists you have membership with, unless of course you intend to continue using them (if moving only short distance);
- Forward your snail mail to your new address, this can be easily done at your local post office;
- Discontinue any deliveries of fresh produce, food, newspapers, magazines etc. to your old address;
- Make arrangements for children and pets to stay with friend or relative during removal day – it will make life much easier for everyone.
- Inform relevant people of your change of address, these might include friends, family, colleagues etc.
- Double check your removal booking with the moving company;
- Don’t forget to make key drop off and pick up arrangements with landlords or estate agents;