At Quealy & Co Estate Agents we understand just how much there is to do when you move home and want your move to run as smoothly as possible. With this in mind, we have compiled a handy moving home checklist to help you remain stress free.

The very thought of moving house 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 the Sittingbourne area or relocating 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 property move during one of the most stressful periods in your life?

Stay focused!

Moving home calls not only for excellent organisational skills, but also proactivity. Completing certain chores well in advance will go a long way to helping you stay ahead of schedule.

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 early on in the process is to sort through all your ‘stuff’ and get rid of the things you don’t need. Moving unwanted ‘stuff’ from your current property to your new home is a waste of time and effort. 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, eBay or donating to charity.

File important papers and documents together

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

Make sure all 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 in a notebook as well as on your phone, 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. If your phone dies on the big day then you can still contact these people, taking away another element of stress.

Plan, plan, plan…

With proper planning and preparation, the whole moving process will be much smoother, 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 the important documents at your fingertips and there will be much less chaos.

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For more home moving planning and preparation advice, get in touch with our expert moving team at Quealy & Co on 01795 429836 or email and we will be happy to help ensure your house move runs smoothly.


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