Moving home can be both exciting and stressful at the same time.
On the one hand, setting up and personalizing a new home can be very rewarding, whether it’s your first home or your forever home.
Planning and preparation will make your move simpler, easier and less chaotic.
It’s best to start planning and preparing to move home several weeks in advance. This is because it can take a long time to declutter, organize, and pack all your items before moving day, clean your old home once you’ve vacated, and prepare your new home before you move in as well as unpack all your items once you’re there.
Take some time to go through your whole house and think about everything that needs to be moved, and everything that you’ll need to complete the move.
Here are some simple steps to help you with a 4 week plan:
1. Set a moving date, and start planning
If you are leaving a rental property and need to give one months’ notice you will need to terminate the lease in time to ensure you do not end up with extra cost.
2. Arrange a removal company
Get at least 2 quotes. We have an official partner that offers competitive quotes. As one of our agents.
3. Request for time off work
Time off for the moving day, but also maybe for the final inspection and transport at the notary’s.
Week 1: Get rid of everything you do not want to take with you.
Week 1: Get moving boxes and a permanent marker and start packing the items that you do not need in the next month. Write the type of room on the box and a short description of what’s in it to ensure you won’t get lost when it’s time to unpack. Mark boxes that are fragile.
Take photo’s of electronic devices before you pack them when you’re not a cable genius so you will know how to reconnect in the new house.
6. Update address details
Make sure you update your address details so your mail will go to the right address. This is also a good time to pay any outstanding bills.
7. Measure, measure, measure
To ensure your furniture will fit in your new house you will need to have a solid plan. You might be downgrading and no one likes a bad surprise. Also take in account that if you are moving to an apartment you will need to measure and plan how to get your furniture in. Is the elevator big enough, or do you need to use the stairwell. Will your couch fit in the hallway? Do you need extra muscles for help? You will also need to measure the m2 of the floor in case you need to lay a floor and always include 10% cutting loss with laminate. And don’t forget to measure the windows for your curtains. Some items will need to be pre-ordered so it’s good to plan in time.
8. Pack a little every day
You will be doing yourself a favor by packing a little every day and not leaving everything till last minute. The is also great opportunity to clean, wash and iron items for neat packing. Towels make a great wrapping for glasses!
After the move place every box in the room listed on boxes and unpack systematically per room to not get overwhelmed with the amount of work.
9. Don’t forget your modem!
In a lot of cases these are put in the meter box and forgotten. A lot of providers request for the modem to be sent back to them after you have terminated the contract. Not doing so may invoke a fine.
10. Ensure all valuables and important documents are in one place and moved by yourself for all safety.
11. Arrange a maintenance person
Get at least two quotes. Think of paint work, floor laying but also cleaners and gardeners.
12. If you’re moving out of town, find a new school, doctor, dentist, and vet in your new neighborhood.
13. Transfer your cable and internet plan to your new home and schedule your installation appointment. Slots fill up fast!
14. Transfer your utilities and insurances to the new home if this is possible.
In many cases you can take your utility, insurances and internet contract with you to the new address. Check your provider.
15. Meal prep
Meal prep where possible. This will give you more time to focus on the move and will ensure few left overs to throw out.
16. Back up your computer
Better safe than sorry!
17. Arrange a sitter
For your kids or pets, always good to do this at least 2 weeks before moving
18. Unplug your fridge and freezer the day before moving and clean.
Leaving it open will prevent it from starting to smell bad.
19. Furniture can be moved easier with a small piece of felt under each corner.
This also ensures the floors will stay undamaged.
20. Thank your real estate agent.
They’re the reason why you’ve moved into your beautiful new home. A simple thank you note goes a long way.