If you’ve ever moved home, you know what a stressful task it is: there are lots of people, a lot of furniture, a lot of boxes, and a lot of potential for forgetting something important. It’s very useful to have a list to follow to help you remember everything you need to do and to take. Here’s ours.

1. Mark your calendar

There are multiple stages that you need to go through for a successful move. Split them up so they seem less daunting, then schedule them into your calendar so you know you can make time for them, and check them off as you go.

2. Spread the word

The first job on your calendar should be informing people and authorities that you plan to move. If you have a landlord, that’s where you start, but don’t forget to tell your bank, insurance companies, government organizations, and the postal service, as well as extended family and friends. You don’t want to miss important mail because it slipped your mind to tell someone that your address was changing.

Library cards will have to be cancelled if you’re going out of the area. You may be able to get a refund for unused gym membership, or have it transferred to your new area. School and medical records will need to be transferred, too; your child’s school and your health care provider should be able to help you with this.

3. Compare Quotes For Moving Services

The next job, and just as important, is to schedule a moving company. The cost of moving is expensive enough, so make sure you get the best quote you can from a reputable company – you need to know that they’re competent and insured. They’ll do all the hard work on moving day, so you can focus on other things.

4. Remember Your Pets

Of course, if you don’t have pets, you can skip this step. If you do, they’ll need health records and a new vet, too. In fact, they should see the vet before you leave, to make sure they’re healthy for the move. While you’re there, ask about tranquilizers if your pet hates travelling.

5. Think Boxes

You’re going to need packing materials, unless that’s part of your deal with the moving company. For free boxes, ask friends or local businesses, and to cushion breakables, try using old bed sheets and newspaper.

When you start filling them, which should be sooner rather than later for non-essentials, label them. It’ll save you time and heartache if you write down the room or contents on each one, and whether they’re breakable.

6. Pack Essentials Together

Have a box/boxes, to take with you in the car, of things that you’ll need immediately when you arrive, such as toilet paper, snacks, drinks, kettle, soap, medication, tools, flashlight, etc. Put important documents in a folder so you don’t lose or bend them.

7. Move Safely

On moving day, it’s going to get hectic, so keep children and pets out of the way, perhaps with a friend or family member. If you do any lifting yourself, take care – the last thing you need is an injury. Keep corridors and doorways clear, lift with your legs, and keep both eyes open.

8. Move carefully

If you’ve got a lot of large furniture moving about, something could get damaged. To prevent it, wrap corners, tape edges, cover flooring, and consider using wall protection or corner guards.

9. Inspect thoroughly

Just before you leave your old house, check you haven’t left any hidden valuables, and that everything is as clean as possible. At your new home, check for water damage, holes, cracks or anything else that might need fixing or reporting, inside and out. Find your main water valve and fuse box, and note the readings of your new electricity and water meters for reference.

10. Organize health care/vet

You’ve barely arrived, and there’s plenty still to unpack, but don’t put this off. You’ll want it in place in case your family or pet become ill. Once done, you have that peace of mind.

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