Despite the excitement and anticipation of what is to come, moving home is, without a doubt, a stressful domestic project. Most people are likely to shudder at the thought of a full house clearance. After all, manually shifting your life from one place to another can be both physically and emotionally demanding.
Getting everything organised, in line, and under control, is key to a successful and streamlined transfer. This means planning your property clearance in advance, as far ahead as a month prior to the big move.
The 5 fundamentals of your property clearance checklist
Three to four weeks before the intended moving date, it’s time to begin putting plans in place. Whether you’re coordinating a finicky flat clearance or a huge house clearance, there are five vital essentials that should make every checklist.
- Start looking around for a professional and affordable house clearance and removal company. You need a flexible company on board, one that is willing to go that extra mile, tailoring their services to suit your home clearance needs.
- Buy your double wall cardboard moving boxes, bubble wrap, and heavy duty packing tape in bulk, online. Many companies will offer free or discounted delivery on large orders. Good quality products will help ensure your possessions remain intact during transit.
- Consider any junk, old furniture, or waste that will require correct disposal in line with government guidelines. It is a legal requirement to select a property clearance company that is registered with the Environment Agency. Give any old clothes or unwanted miscellaneous items to friends and family, or donate them to your local charity shop.
- Arrange for any unwanted homewares or waste to be collected from your property well before the day of the move. In addition to any removal services used, a property clearance company will clear space and save you money. It is a time and cost efficient solution.
- Contact your local authority and inform them of your intention to move. They will want to take care of the logistics, such as reassessing your council tax payments and registering your children at a local school.
Putting your plan into action
With a well-constructed system in place, you can now get stuck into packing and stacking, in preparation for your move.
Don’t fall into the trap of allowing yourself to become buried by the pressure of timescales against the magnitude of the task in hand. Simply work through things methodically, checking off each job on completion.
- Up to a month before you move, box up bits and pieces that you are unlikely to need over the coming weeks. Just filling a few boxes a day, during the working week, can really reduce the final workload. Don’t forget to tape them down securely!
- Make care arrangements for young children and pets for moving day. If possible, continued care surrounding the move can be helpful too.
- Get in touch your work, bank, credit card companies, the post office, all utility suppliers, and Inland Revenue. Inform them of your moving date.
- Register with local healthcare providers near to your new home.
- Keep all important documents together, in a safe place. Ideally, do not box these up with your other possessions. Rather, keep them secure in your car on the day of the move.
- As you leave your property, switch off all electricity and gas supplies to the home from the mains.