A moving house checklist [Infographic]

22nd January 2021 by Metro Removals

Moving house is often said to be one of the most life’s most stressful events. Not only does the change and uncertainty make people anxious, but it can also be difficult in a practical sense. After all, moving everything you own to a new property can be challenging to say the least! That’s why the team at Metro Removals have created a moving house checklist to help relocating easier. Read on to find out how to make moving house a smoother and less demanding process with our moving house checklist.

Moving House Checklist [infographic]

Two months before moving day

Don’t underestimate how much planning moving house requires. That’s why we recommend starting to think about your move at least two months before the event. As soon as your moving date is confirmed, book time off work. Forgetting to do so and then finding that you’re due to be in work the day of your move can be incredibly stressful. It’s sure to leave you in hot water with your boss if you don’t turn up! Consider booking a couple of days off either side of your move. This will give you time to ensure that you’re ready for your move as well as unpack and settle in once you’re in your new home.

The first steps to take

Thorough planning and preparation are so important when it comes to moving house. It can help to ensure that moving day is organised and stress-free. One of the first steps to take is to source packing materials for your move, including boxes and bubble wrap. Keep in mind that some removal companies, including Metro Removals, can provide these for you. Another thing to consider at this early stage is whether you have items you no longer need. Now is a good time to declutter and throw away, donate, or sell any unwanted or unneeded goods. You’re likely to be shocked at how many things you own when it comes to packing up your belongings, so lightening your load early on can make the moving process far easier down the line.

Six weeks before moving day

Around six weeks before moving day, you should start looking for local home removals companies in Kettering and Market Harborough. Keep in mind that the best and most reputable firms get booked up far in advance, particularly during the summer months when more people are looking to move house. Therefore, we recommend getting in touch and booking the removal service you need at least six weeks in advance. At Metro Removals, we’ll do our best to be available for you on your desired moving day. We can usually cater to short notice moves too in many cases.

Other factors to consider 

You’ll need to consider if you require storage facilities during your move. You might not think that you need them, but there are many situations where they can prove useful. Our clients use our storage facilities not just for storing bulky goods like furniture, but also for keeping expensive items such as jewellery and confidential documents safe until they’re settled into their new home. Moving house can be chaotic, but you won’t need to worry about your valuables when you hire a secure storage unit from Metro Removals. 

Another thing to do at this point is to decide where your belongings will go when you get to your new property. This can take so much hassle out of the move and allow you to unpack and get settled into your new pad more quickly. If you hire our team to pack for you, we can place labels on the boxes so that we can place them in the correct rooms once we’ve unloaded. 

Four weeks before moving day 

Around a month before moving day, it’s a good idea to make an inventory of everything you’re taking with you to your new property. You can start packing your belongings too; however, make sure anything you do pack away won’t be needed before you move. Examples include ornaments, DVDs, CDs, and seasonal goods like Christmas decorations or summer clothing. 

Get packing!

The rest of the packing process should begin around a week before you move house. Don’t leave it much later than this. You don’t want to find yourself still tackling the task when the removals vans turn up! Pack your belongings in strong and secure boxes with similar items. Boxes should be clearly marked to let you know what’s in them when you start to new pack at your new home. Remember that the top-rated house removals companies in Market Harborough and Kettering usually offer a packing service to their customers. We do here at Metro Removals. We can take care of all your packing needs, allowing you to relax and look forward to making your new house feel like home.  Once you’ve packed, it’s a good idea to start cleaning your home from top to bottom. This will ensure it’s ready for the next residents to move in.

The day before you move house what to do

You’re likely to be feeling excited and probably a little nervous the day before the big move! You should be fully packed by now, with only clothes for the next day and toiletries left out. In an overnight bag, put anything you think you’ll need for the next 24 hours. This may include snacks, medication, your phone, money, and most crucially – the keys to your new property.

The day of the move

If you’ve hired an experienced removals company like Metro Removals, there will be little to worry about on the day. The best removals team will aim to take the stress and strain out of the process, dealing with all the hard work for you. If you have any concerns during the day or feel we need to know something, let us know. We want to work with you to make the moving day fun and easy rather than chaotic and stressful. 

Contact Us

We hope that this moving home checklist will assist you in your move. There’s no doubt that moving house can be challenging, however, with the right removals company by your side, the process becomes so much simpler. To discuss your removal needs with one of our team, call 01536 688 149 (Kettering) or 01858 790 000 (Market Harborough). You can also send an email to sales@metroremovals.co.uk and we’ll get back to you right away.