Making Moving Easier


Moving home can be easier than most people make it, if you approach it in a planned and organized manner. Here’s how to break it down into easily manageable tasks which you can tackle in advance – and avoid that frazzled feeling when it’s all left to the last minute.

8 weeks out

  • Research movers; ask for recommendations or referrals from people you know who have moved recently. There are plenty of established firms specialising in removals Gloucestershire offers, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a good one.

  • Check out additional insurance you might need for extremely valuable items during the move.

  • Explore your new neighbourhood for local resources such as doctors, schools, and banks and set up the necessary accounts or paperwork so that you don’t have to do it after moving.

7 weeks out

  • Obtain written estimates from at least three local moving firms. Make sure they have all been to visit your home and actually seen what the job will entail.

  • Compile a list of service providers you’ll need to contact before leaving to shut off services: gas, electric, water, cable, internet, etc.

6 weeks out

  • Start decluttering – get rid of unwanted or unnecessary items either by selling them, donating them or throwing them away.

  • If your kids are transferring schools, it’s a good time to make sure all records and enrollment requirements are taken care of.

  • Start packing seasonal items, items which won’t be used before the moving date, and items in storage in attics, basements, etc.

5 weeks out

  • Get packing materials and other moving supplies such as boxes, labels, packing tape, and bubble wrap.

  • Start your packing schedule room by room. Make sure you have a master inventory list with all room contents and number and label the boxes so you know exactly what’s where.

  • Take stock of food in freezers and pantries which should be consumed before leaving rather than carting it all with you.

4 weeks out

  • Inform the post office of the change in your address.

  • Makes sure all service providers have been informed of your pending change of address.

  • If you’re taking time off work – don’t forget to give notice and reserve it.

  • If you have kids, you might consider offloading them for the day to parents, or get a sitter to help make the day easier for everyone.

3 weeks out

  • Photograph or video any high-value furniture or items as part of your inventory. This can help resolve any disputes regarding damage inflicted during the move if you can show the condition prior to moving.

2 weeks out

  • Organize an info package for the new owners of your current home; include warranties, appliance guarantees, as well as your forwarding address for any mail which arrives after your departure. You might want to include your phone contact just in case they have any questions once they’ve moved in.

  • Arrange to defrost freezers and get them cleaned. Other major appliances which will be moved should also be disconnected, cleaned and made ready to move.

1 week out

  • Organize current utilities to be switched off one day after moving out, and make sure services will be switched on one day prior to moving into your new home.

  • Get everyone in the family to pack a backpack or suitcase with essential items for the first couple of days to avoid the need to hunt around inside boxes for small items; think toiletries, clothing, favourite toys and so on.

  • Confirm one last time all the details with your moving company.

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