Once you’ve found a new home and agreed a sale on your existing property, the clock begins ticking as moving day approaches. Don’t leave things to chance – follow our cut-out-and-keep guide to getting the timings right…
EIGHT WEEKS TO GO – arrange an overlap between old and new properties, so you can clean them both while they’re empty and shuttle backwards and forwards with valuable/fragile possessions. This will incur some duplicate charges, but it’s worth every penny to avoid having to move out/hand back keys/complete legalities/collect more keys/move in during the same day.
SEVEN WEEKS – get quotes from reputable local removal firms, and request a few dozen heavy-duty flat-pack cardboard boxes. These can also be obtained from websites like Freecycle and Gumtree.
SIX WEEKS – scour every cupboard and storage area (especially the loft and outbuildings), to determine what needs to be packed and what can be disposed of. The latter can be advertised online, offered to acquaintances or donated to local charities.
FIVE WEEKS – write the new owners a brief letter, outlining any important information they should know about. This should include any alarm codes, the location of the fuse box and stopcock, how to access basements or attics, and so forth.
FOUR WEEKS – compose a list of every company who has your postal address, and arrange mail redirection to your new address for six months to capture any post from firms you forgot about. Phone and internet service providers are notoriously slow-moving, so this is the time to call their home move teams.
THREE WEEKS – plan all your meals before moving day, to use up as much food as possible and minimise the number of packets or tins that need to be packed. More organised people may wish to schedule a comprehensive online groceries delivery to their new address, the day after moving in.
TWO WEEKS – walk around each room and write down a list of jobs to be completed before handing over the keys, such as dusting skirting boards behind furniture or cleaning inside emptied kitchen units. Do everything you can in advance, and prioritise what to tackle first once the furniture has been removed.
ONE WEEK – phone or email everybody on your list of companies, giving them your new address and contact details. Track down any house keys belonging to friends/relatives/cleaners/childminders, and gather them in a safe place.
ONE DAY TO GO – empty and defrost the fridge freezer, pack up essential kitchen items like plates and mugs, and order a takeaway for the final evening. This is not the night to be cooking or washing pots…