The Ultimate Pre-Move Checklist: Everything You Need to Organise Before the Big Day

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Moving house. It’s an exciting journey, isn’t it? A new place to call home, new neighbours, and maybe even a new local pub to try out. But let’s be honest, the thought of packing up your entire life and shifting it to another location can feel a tad overwhelming. It’s like preparing for a long holiday, but multiplied by a hundred!

Fear not! We’re here to help simplify this mammoth task for you. There’s a reason we’ve been in the business for over 20 years as a premier house moving company in Cambridgeshire, assisting countless individuals and families with their moving needs. And today, we’re sharing the distilled wisdom of those years in the form of an ultimate pre-move checklist. This list is your roadmap, guiding you through every little task, ensuring nothing is left to the last minute, and making your moving experience a breeze. After all, at Cromwell Removals, we believe in making your move not just hassle-free, but dare we say, enjoyable? So, pop the kettle on, take a deep breath, and let’s dive into the ultimate pre-move checklist and make your move smooth and stress-free!

We’ve condensed all the information from the post into a handy checklist at the bottom of this blog post. So don’t feel as though you need to memorise the whole thing!

8 Weeks Out: The Early Bird’s Ultimate Pre-Move Checklist

Ah, two months might seem like a long time, but when you’re prepping for a move, every week counts. The beauty of starting early is that you can ease into the process. You’ll have the luxury of time, and with the help of the ultimate pre-move checklist, ensure you’re being thorough and not forgetting anything important.

Research and Book a Reliable Removals Company:

The earlier you start hunting, the better deals and dates you might snag. Consider:

  • Checking online reviews.
  • Asking friends and family for recommendations.
  • Getting a couple of quotes to compare prices and services.

Sort Out Your Belongings:

Start decluttering room by room. Less clutter means fewer items to move, which can save you time and money.

  • Decide what to keep, donate, sell or throw away.
  • Consider organising a carboot sale for items you don’t need.

Notify Important People and Companies:

Add to the ultimate pre-move checklist and start making a list of who needs to know about your move. This might include:

  • Your current and future utility providers.
  • Your bank and any loan institutions.
  • Subscription services, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Your children’s schools (if applicable).

Gather Packing Supplies:

Even if you’re not packing right away, start collecting boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing materials. You’d be surprised how many you might need!

  • Visit local shops for spare boxes.
  • Consider purchasing sturdy boxes for fragile items.
  • Don’t forget about packing tape, markers, and bubble wrap.

Remember, these steps are all about setting a strong foundation for your move. Ticking these tasks off now will save you a flurry of last-minute stress. At Cromwell Removals, we’ve seen it all, and trust us, a bit of preparation now will make all the difference later. Onwards to week 6! Check out our Stress-Free Relocation, Part 1: Pro Packing Tips for Securing Your Belongings blog for some expert tips.

6 Weeks Out: Getting Down to Business

As we inch closer to D-Day, things start getting a bit more real. Six weeks out might still feel comfortable, but there’s a fair bit to dive into. Let’s get started:

Begin Packing Non-Essential Items:

With two months’ worth of days before the move, now’s the time to pack items you won’t need immediately.

  • Seasonal items, like winter coats or summer hats.
  • Books, DVDs, and rarely used gadgets.
  • Decorative items, artworks, and photo frames.

Start a Moving Folder:

Having all your moving-related documents in one place can be a lifesaver. This could include:

  • Quotes and receipts from the removals company.
  • A list of items you’ve packed (for insurance and reference).
  • Important contacts, like your new utility providers.

Research New Amenities:

It’s not just about leaving your old home; it’s about settling into your new one.

  • Look into schools, doctors, dentists, and other essential services in your new area.
  • Map out the nearest grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential shops.
  • Consider joining local social media groups for recommendations and community news.

Plan for the Transportation of Plants and Pets:

Your green friends and furry pals need special consideration.

At six weeks out, things feel more tangible. You’re not just planning; you’re doing. It’s a mix of excitement and perhaps a touch of nerves. But with every checkbox on the ultimate pre-move checklist, you’re one step closer to your new home, and remember, Cromwell Removals is here to support every step you take.

4 Weeks Out: Gearing Up for the Big Day

With just a month left, the countdown truly begins. Every week matters, and it’s essential to stay on track. The more you can get sorted now, the less hectic it will feel as the day approaches. Let’s dive into what you should focus on.

Contact Essential Services and Utilities:

It’s essential to ensure there’s a seamless transition from your old place to the new one.

  • Notify your current utility providers (electricity, water, gas) about your moving date.
  • Set up the same services in your new home or research new providers if you’re moving to a different area.

Start Packing the Less Used Rooms:

Think about rooms like the dining room, guest room, or the attic.

Update Your Address:

Make a list of all the places that need your new address.

  • Start with official places: banks, insurance companies, and the like.
  • Don’t forget subscriptions, online shopping sites, and memberships.
  • Use Royal Mail’s redirection service to catch anyone you may have missed.

Inventory Check:

Taking stock of your belongings ensures that everything is accounted for during the move.

  • Make a detailed list of significant items. This will also be handy for insurance.
  • Note any items that are fragile or need special attention.

At four weeks out, it’s all about dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. As you tick tasks off the ultimate pre-move checklist, you’ll feel the weight lifting. And remember, moving is a significant change, but with good planning, it’s a breeze. Keep calm, stay organised, and before you know it, you’ll be settling into your new space.

2 Weeks Out: Crunch Time!

As the move day looms closer, the reality of it all might just be hitting you. Two weeks might seem like a tight squeeze, but with a clear plan, and the help of our ultimate pre-move checklist, you’ll have everything sorted without breaking a sweat. Let’s delve into the essentials for these final fortnights:

Begin Packing Commonly Used Rooms:

Now’s the time to start boxing up your everyday spaces like the living room, bedrooms, and the kitchen.

  • Leave out essentials that you’ll need for the next two weeks.
  • Remember to label each box according to its contents and its room.

Confirm Moving Details:

Make sure you’re on the same page with everyone involved.

  • Reconfirm the move date and time with Cromwell Removals.
  • Check any last-minute details or needs, like parking space for the moving lorry.

Dispose of Prohibited Items:

Removal companies, including Cromwell Removals, might have a list of things they can’t transport for safety reasons.

  • Dispose of flammable items, chemicals, or perishable food.
  • Consider giving away plants if you can’t transport them yourself.

Notify Relevant Parties of Your Move:

Make sure everyone who needs to know is in the loop.

These last two weeks are crucial. By staying ahead and ticking off these tasks, you’re ensuring a smooth transition. Keep your eyes on the prize: a stress-free move and the thrill of a new beginning in your new home.

1 Week Out: The Final Stretch

We’re in the final countdown! With just one week to go, the excitement (and maybe a touch of nerves) is palpable. But there’s no need to panic; with our trusty ultimate pre-move checklist by your side, you’ll stride through this week with the confidence of a seasoned mover.

Pack Your Essentials Bag:

You know, the essentials you can’t do without for a couple of days.

  • Clothing, toiletries, medicines, and any important personal documents.
  • Include chargers, kids’ favourite toys, and snacks.

Deep Clean (or Arrange for One):

Your new home deserves a fresh start.

Defrost and Clean Your Fridge:

Avoid unwanted leaks and odours on moving day.

  • Eat or give away perishables.
  • Defrost the freezer and wipe down the interiors.

Confirm Any Last-Minute Details with Your Movers:

You want the day to go off without a hitch.

  • Ensure Cromwell Removals has clear directions to your new home.
  • Notify them of any specific requirements or challenges they might face.

Settle Outstanding Bills:

You don’t want any lingering commitments after you move.

  • Ensure all local services, subscriptions, and utility bills are settled.
  • Inform your utility providers of the move and give a final meter reading.

Breathe! With these tasks ticked off the ultimate pre-move checklist, you’re in excellent shape for your moving day. The next chapter of your life is just around the corner, and with our checklist by your side, it’s bound to start off brilliantly.

The Day Before: Final Touches and Checks

Here we are! Just one sleep away from the big move. The anticipation is at its peak, and the adrenaline might be making you a bit jittery. But don’t fret. We’ve got your back. Here are the tasks for the day before, ensuring a seamless transition to your moving day.

Do a Final Walkthrough:

Make sure nothing gets left behind.

  • Check every drawer, cupboard, and hidden nook.
  • Look in the attic, basement, and garage.

Prepare a Moving Day Kit:

You’ll need easy access to certain things on the actual day.

  • Gather essentials like keys, documents related to the move, and your wallet.
  • Include a first-aid kit, bottled water, and some non-perishable snacks.

Charge Essential Electronics:

The last thing you need is a dead phone on moving day.

  • Charge phones, laptops, and any other essential gadgets.
  • Remember your chargers in your essentials bag!

Confirm the Moving Time with Your Movers:

Last-minute sync-ups can prevent mishaps. A quick call to Cromwell Removals to double-check everything can give you peace of mind.

Relax and Get a Good Night’s Sleep:

You’ll need your energy for the day ahead.

  • Treat yourself to a relaxing activity: read a book, have a bath, or watch your favourite show.
  • Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep.

As you lay your head down, know that you’re well-prepared for the day ahead. Remember, every move marks a fresh start. And with all this planning, it’s bound to be smooth sailing. Sweet dreams!

Conclusion: Embracing the Day of the Move

The day has finally arrived. As dawn breaks and a new chapter in your life beckons, it’s natural to feel a blend of excitement, anxiety, and anticipation. But remember, the meticulous planning and weeks of preparation you’ve undertaken is about to pay off.

On the day itself, it’s essential to:

  • Stay Calm: With the ultimate pre-move checklist and preparations, you’ve set the stage for a smooth move. Take deep breaths if you feel overwhelmed. Everything is in order.
  • Keep Communication Open: Stay in touch with your movers and anyone assisting you. Frequent communication can pre-empt and address any minor hiccups.
  • Prioritise Safety: Ensure pathways are clear, children and pets are secured, and everyone is aware of their responsibilities.
  • Trust the Process: Rely on the expertise of your trusted removals company, Cromwell Removals. They’re there to handle the heavy lifting and ensure your possessions are transported safely.

As your belongings are carefully loaded and your old home fades in the rearview mirror, take a moment to reflect. This is more than just moving house; it’s about new beginnings, opportunities, and adventures waiting to unfold.

Here at Cromwell Removals, we’re privileged to be part of this journey with you. And as you step over the threshold into your new home, we wish you nothing but happiness, comfort, and countless cherished memories in the making. Onto the next adventure! 🏡 🚚 🌟

Your Complete Ultimate Pre-Move Checklist:

8 Weeks Out
Research & Book Removals

Researched at least three removal companies

Checked their online reviews

Got quotes and compared services

Booked your preferred company
Sort Out Your Belongings

Decluttered each room

Bagged items for donation

Listed items for sale online or in local newspapers

Organised a date for a carboot sale
Notify Important People and Companies

Made a list of all companies and individuals to notify.

Notified utilities and set a date for services to be turned off

Updated address for subscription services

Informed schools and requested transfer of records if moving out of the area
Gather Packing Supplies

Collected or purchased various sized boxes

Bought packing tape and bubble wrap

Secured markers for labelling
6 Weeks Out 
Begin Packing Non-Essential Items

Packed all seasonal clothing

Boxed up books and entertainment items

Wrapped and packed decorative pieces
Start a Moving Folder or Binder

Purchased or designated a folder/binder

Collected all relevant documents in it

Maintained a detailed list of packed items
Research New Amenities

Listed all necessary amenities in the new area

Registered or applied for any necessary services or institutions

Joined local community groups online
Plan for the Transportation of Plants and Pets

Decided on the transportation method for plants

Arranged logistics for pet movement

Booked any necessary facilities for pets
4 Weeks Out
Contact Essential Services and Utilities

Contacted current utility providers

Set up utilities for the new address

Confirmed disconnection at the old house and connection at the new one on the move day
Start Packing the Less Used Rooms

Packed up all less frequently used rooms.

Clearly labelled all boxes with contents and room names

Special items packed with extra care or noted for professional packing
Update Your Address

Created a list of all companies and institutions with your address

Started updating your address, beginning with the most critical

Informed friends and family of your upcoming move
Inventory Check

Made a comprehensive inventory list

Highlighted items that are delicate or valuable

Communicated any special moving needs to Cromwell Removals
2 Weeks Out
Begin Packing Commonly Used Rooms

Started packing up main living areas

Left out two weeks’ worth of essentials

Every box clearly labelled
Confirm Moving Details

Confirmed moving date and time

Checked parking and other logistical details

Prepared a ‘moving day kit’ with essentials like snacks, chargers, and first-aid
Dispose of Prohibited Items

Checked prohibited items list

Disposed of or given away such items

Ensured no prohibited items remain to move
Notify Relevant Parties of Your Move

Notified all essential contacts about the move

Set up mail forwarding

Collected all essential documents in a safe and accessible place
1 Week Out
Pack Your Essentials Bag

Prepared an essentials bag for each family member

Included all necessary items for a couple of days
Deep Clean (or Arrange for One)

Booked a cleaning service or marked out a day for cleaning

Got all cleaning supplies ready if doing it yourself
Defrost and Clean Your Fridge

Emptied fridge of perishables

Started the defrosting process
Confirm Any Last-Minute Details with Your Movers

Given clear directions and other details to the movers

Made them aware of any last-minute changes
Settle Outstanding Bills

All bills and subscriptions settled or transferred

Informed providers of the move
The Day Before
Do a Final Walkthrough

Conducted a thorough sweep of the entire property

Checked all storage areas and rooms
Prepare a Moving Day Kit

Assembled a kit for moving day essentials

Ensured important documents are within reach
Charge Essential Electronics

All devices fully charged

Chargers packed in an easily accessible location
Confirm the Moving Time with Your Movers

Confirmed the exact time and any final details with the movers
Relax and Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Engaged in a calming activity before bed

Ensured a full night’s rest

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