Moving house is often regarded as one of life's most stressful events. The tasks may seem endless, but with the right planning, a step-by-step approach, and a dash of foresight, you can turn this potentially overwhelming process into a manageable – even rewarding – experience. Welcome to our Ultimate Moving House Checklist for 2023. Whether you're a first-time mover or a seasoned home-hopper, this comprehensive guide will serve as your roadmap to a smooth, stress-free move.
Start Early. It's never too soon to start planning your move. The more time you have, the less pressure you'll feel. Begin by decluttering and organising your belongings. You may refer to our guide on what to do with unwanted items when moving house for insights.
Budgeting. Prepare a budget for your move. Consider costs such as packing materials, moving company or van hire, and potential storage fees. Our guide to Mastering the Art of Affordable Moving can help you navigate through this process.
Choose Your Moving Method. Decide whether you’ll hire professionals or orchestrate a DIY move. Each has its pros and cons, as discussed in our article "The pros and cons of hiring a moving company vs. doing it yourself".
Gather Packing Supplies. You'll need boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and labels at a minimum. For tips on maximising your box space, refer to Maximising Space: Tips for Packing Your Moving Boxes Efficiently.
Start Packing Non-Essential Items. Begin with items you won’t need before the move like books, decorations, or out-of-season clothes.
Special Items. Some items may require special care or professional assistance to move, such as large furniture or fragile items. Our guide how to disassemble and reassemble furniture for a move might come in handy here.
Prepare an Essentials Box. This box should contain items you'll need immediately after the move like toiletries, a change of clothes, and essential kitchen items.
Check Your Inventory. Ensure nothing has been left unpacked. For a seamless move, consider hiring professional movers or a van, as detailed in our guide Discover the Top Benefits of Van and Driver Hire.
Update Your Address. Notify relevant parties about your address change. For a detailed list of who to inform, refer to our article when moving address, who do I need to inform?.
Unpack. Start by unpacking your essentials box, then move onto the other boxes room by room.
Settle In. Make your house feel like home. Take your time and enjoy the process of settling into your new space.
We understand that moving house can be stressful. However, by taking a step-by-step approach, referring to this Moving House Checklist, and avoiding common mistakes, your 2023 move can be a stress-free experience. Don't forget to refer back to our other articles for more specific tips and advice on each step of the process. Happy moving!