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Plan and Prepare: Your Moving Home Checklist Courtesy of Moving You

Plan and Prepare: Your Moving Home Checklist Courtesy of Moving You

Moving home! The very thought of it is probably
enough to send shivers down your spine and cause you to break out in a cold
sweat, and this is unsurprising as moving home is right up there with divorce
and death when it comes to heightened stress levels!

The fact is though, that any kind of ‘change’
creates stress and whether you are moving home within South Wales or relocating
from further afield, plenty of planning and preparation will be required.

Moving home, and especially relocating to a new
town or city, represents one of the biggest changes you may make in your life
and so naturally brings a great deal of stress along with it. This in turn can
lead to a double whammy, as stress can often lead to a lack of energy and
motivation. So how are you expected to plan and prepare for your home move
during one of the most stressful periods in your life?

Stay focused!

When preparing to move home there will be an
element of multi-tasking required as there are such a lot of elements vying for
your attention which need to be done. At Moving You we understand this and
genuinely want your move to run super smoothly, so with this in mind, we have
compiled a handy moving home checklist to help you remain stress free.

At first glance, some of our suggestions may appear
to be common sense, but you will be surprised at just how often the simplest of
tasks is overlooked or forgotten when the dreaded stress strikes!

Moving home calls not only for exceptional
organisational skills, but also proactivity. Grabbing the bull by the horns and
completing certain chores well in advance of their deadlines will go a long way
to helping you stay ahead of schedule, so the aim of this home moving checklist
is to help you accomplish that by concentrating on the basics of planning and
preparation.

Get rid of everything you don’t need

One thing you can accomplish efficiently is to sort
through all of your ‘stuff’ and get rid of the things you don’t need. Moving
unwanted items from your current property to your new property is a great waste
of time and effort, so don’t do it! It’s surprising how much more in control
you will feel once you start narrowing down your inventory. Getting rid of
unwanted items can be done through a car boot sale, selling on eBay or donating
to charity.

File important papers and documents together

Since moving home is hectic to say the least, you
need to be aware of the exact location of all your important items. These are
the things that you absolutely must not misplace and should be hand carried on
moving day, not placed in a box for the removal company to transport.

Make sure all of the following paper items are kept
together in one secure place such as a document wallet:

  • Address
    Books

  • Birth
    Certificates

  • Passports

  • Bank
    Statements

  • Insurance
    Policies

  • Marriage
    Certificates

  • Credit
    Cards and Statements

  • Medical
    and Dental Records

  • Irreplaceable
    Memorabilia

  • Photos
    and Photo Albums

  • Vehicle
    Documents

  • Pet and
    Vet Documentation

  • Wills

  • Any
    other important or legal documents

Prepare well in advance for the move to your new
location

There are many things you can organise before you
reach your new home that will help smooth out the bumps of the moving process.
In particular, make sure you contact utility companies and arrange for your new
services to be connected. These can include:

  • Cable
    TV

  • Gas

  • Electricity

  • Water

  • Oil

  • Telephone

  • Internet
    access

Contact your insurance companies too as you will
need to have your policies amended ready for moving day:

  • Car
    insurance

  • Home
    & Building Insurance

Prepare change of address forms for all of your
correspondents:

  • Credit
    card companies

  • Banks

  • Vets

  • Kennels/Cattery

  • Insurance
    companies

  • DVLA

  • Magazines
    and other subscriptions

  • Family
    and friends

Register for new medical providers such as a new
doctor and dentist if necessary.

Keep a ‘little black book’

Keep all your important phone numbers written
clearly and legibly in a diary or notebook, for both your old and new contacts.
This should include banks, doctors, emergency contacts, family members,
friends, estate agents, removal companies, pharmacies, schools, storage
facilities and utilities.

With proper planning and preparation, the whole
moving process will be smooth, and you won’t frantically be searching for a new
doctor, pharmacy or important information at the eleventh hour.

With proper planning and preparation, you will have
your important documents at the tips of your fingers at all times and you will
endure minimum chaos and clutter.

Keep this handy moving checklist safe and get
organised or for more home moving planning and preparation advice, drop in and
talk to the expert team at Moving You or telephone us on 03334041188 and we
will be happy to ensure your home move runs smoothly.

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