Moving House Checklist - Stress-Free Plan

Here’s a our moving house checklist to ensure a smooth transition to your new home:

BEFORE THE MOVE

Mark the calendar: Once you have a moving date, mark it on your calendar. It would be best if you ideally start preparing at least two months beforehand.

Start decluttering: Evaluate all your belongings and decide what you need to take with you to your new home. Consider selling, donating, or discarding items that are no longer necessary.

Secure Packing Materials: Start accumulating boxes, bubble wrap, newspapers, packing tape, and other necessary materials.

Arrange a moving company: If you decide to use professional company to move home, now is the time to start comparing rates and arranging a date.

Organize documents: For instance, if you have children, secure school transfer documents.

A MONTH BEFORE THE MOVE

Start packing: Begin with items you use less frequently.

Change of address: Notify the necessary organizations or individuals about your move: post office, bank, credit card companies, etc.

Arrange utilities: Schedule appointments to disconnect your current utilities and connect new ones at your new home.

A WEEK BEFORE THE MOVE

Pack an essentials box: Pack a box with things you will need as soon as you arrive at your new home (basic toiletries, change of clothes, basic kitchen items, etc.).

Confirm with your movers: Double check the arrangements with your moving company.

Prepare for the moving day: Make sure all boxes are clearly labeled, disassemble furniture if needed, and plan your route to your new home.

ON THE MOVING DAY

Check your former home: Do a final walkthrough of your old property to ensure nothing has been left behind.

Guide the movers: Be present to guide the movers and ensure all items are handled with care.

Inspect your new home: Upon arrival, check to ensure all utilities are working correctly, and setup is as requested.

AFTER THE MOVE

Start unpacking: Begin unpacking by room, starting with the essentials.

Register in your new area: If necessary, register for local services, utility companies, broadband, local government or council, and new doctor or dentist.

Collect any mail: Collect any mail that might still be going to your old address.

Take meter readings: Take note of your new residence’s utility meter readings upon arrival to ensure accurate billing for your usage.

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How to cope with moving to a new house

A moving checklist for house moving with a truck packed full of items.
A moving checklist for house moving with a truck packed full of items.

Coping with stress from moving away from your current home is a big move. It can cause anxiety and stress, especially if the new residence is far away.

Since we have moved quite a few houses ourselves, we’ve decided to share our own “moving into a new house checklist”.

While relocating can bring a sense of excitement especially if it’s somewhere you want to be, undoubtedly comes with its share of stress and uncertainty.

The following actionable tips can help you navigate and make it a less stressful and more manageable:

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Plan Ahead: Begin planning your move as soon as possible. Create a moving checklist outlining all the necessary tasks, from hiring movers to changing your address.

Declutter: Before packing, take the opportunity to declutter. Consider donating, selling, or discarding items that won’t be necessary in your new home.

Organize and Label Boxes: Pack room-by-room to stay organized. Clearly label each box specifying its contents and the room it belongs to in the new house.

Hire Professional Movers (if feasible): If your budget allows, hiring professional movers can alleviate a significant amount of physical and mental stress from the moving process.

Prepare an Emergency Box: Pack an essentials box with items you’ll need immediately upon arrival (toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, etc.).

Ensure Utilities Set-Up: To avoid disruption, make sure all utilities at your new house (like water, electricity, internet, etc.) are set up before your move.

Seek Support from Family and Friends: Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Family and friends can provide both emotional support and practical assistance.

Give Yourself Time: Remember that settling into a new home takes time. Don’t rush feeling at home – it’s okay to unpack and arrange your place at your own pace.

Explore Your New Surroundings: Take time to explore your new area. Familiarizing yourself with local amenities and attractions can help you feel more at home.

Practice Self-Care: Moving can be physically and emotionally draining. So don’t forget to look after your well-being throughout the process.

Managing Utilities in Two Houses: When moving, you are indeed allowed to have electricity in both your existing and new home. It’s actually advisable to ensure a seamless transition of utility services to avoid inconveniences.

Fumigation Prior to Moving In: Depending on the condition of the new property, it may be worth considering fumigation before moving in, particularly if there were pets in the property or if it was vacant for an extended period.

Pets and House Moving: Our pets often struggle with change, particularly moving houses. Try introducing them to the new home gradually if possible or ensure their favourite toys and bedding are readily available to make them comfortable.

Impact of Moving House on Mental Health: Although moving can be stressful, it does also have the potential to alleviate depression, particularly if the move is to a supportive, positive environment or away from negative or stressful circumstances.

Moving Large Appliances: Particularly when moving large appliances like fridges, proactive planning and safety precautions such as securing loose parts and using appliance dollies are paramount.

Relocating Plants: Moving houseplants can be a delicate task. Carefully wrapping them to avoid any physical damage, and transporting them in a temperature-controlled environment, such as your own vehicle, can help your plants arrive happy in their new home.

Moving essentials list

Moving boxes and other items on a white background, featuring a checklist for moving into a new house.
Moving boxes and other items on a white background, featuring a checklist for moving into a new house.

Having these basics covered will help make your moving process smooth and efficient.

Here are some key moving essentials:

  • Boxes – You’ll need lots of sturdy boxes in a variety of sizes to hold all your belongings. Use bubble wrap and packing paper inside boxes to protect fragile items. Having enough boxes keeps items secure during the move.
  • Tape and markers – Packing tape is essential to seal boxes and keep them closed. Markers allow you to label boxes by room or contents so you know what is in each box. This organization helps when unpacking in your new place.
  • Furniture pads – Protect your furniture by placing pads on the legs and corners. This prevents scratches and dents during the moving process. Rent or buy pads from a moving company.
  • Equipment – Invest in or rent useful equipment like a dolly, hand truck and utility straps to safely move large, heavy or awkward items. This makes moving bulky items much easier.
  • Utility knife – Keep a sharp utility knife to safely open taped boxes upon arrival. You’ll also need it to break down boxes and packaging after unpacking. Extras can be useful if one gets misplaced.
  • Basic tools – Have a hammer, screwdriver, wrench and other tools on hand. You’ll need these to assemble or disassemble furniture.
  • Phone charger – Be sure to keep your phone charger handy on move day. You’ll want to keep your phone charged to communicate with movers, family etc.
  • Food and water – Moving requires lots of energy so stock up on grab-and-go snacks, meals and bottled water. Stay nourished throughout the packing and moving process.
  • Toiletries – Keep needed toiletries and medications separate so you can access them before fully unpacking. Have what you need for move-in day.
  • Cleaning supplies – New place means new mess. Have cleaning wipes, sprays, brooms etc to wipe down your new space before and after moving in.
  • Garbage bags – Use these to easily discard all the packing materials like bubble wrap and cardboard boxes after you finish unpacking.

moving day essentials

A room filled with boxes and other items, part of a moving house packing list.
A room filled with boxes and other items, part of a moving house packing list.

essentials box for moving (moving night before)

Here are some recommended items to include in an “essentials” box when the night before moving day:

Main box:

  • Identification – Driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates for everyone ensure you can provide ID if needed.
  • Insurance – Copies of renter’s/homeowner’s insurance and auto insurance provide policy details for any claims.
  • Vehicle paperwork – Car registration and title for all vehicles in case required during the move.
  • Medical records – Copies of prescriptions, immunization records, medical history documents.
  • Bank info – Account details, credit/debit cards, checks in case immediate access required.
  • Moving paperwork – Itemized inventory, moving truck rental agreement, change of address confirmations.
  • Pet records – Vaccination paperwork, vet contact info for any pets.

Second box:

  • Phone chargers – Fully charged phones provide communication and access to important contacts or information if needed. Don’t pack these.
  • Medications – Pack at least a few days’ supply of any prescription medications for you and family members. Critical for health.
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer allow personal care when other items are still packed.
  • Tools – Flashlight, multi-tool, duct tape, and zip ties address minor repairs or issues encountered during move.
  • Snacks – Granola bars, crackers, dried fruit boost energy levels during a long moving day. Stay nourished.
  • Bottled water – Important to stay hydrated when doing physical work like moving heavy boxes and furniture.
  • Paper plates & plastic utensils – For quick meals before unpacking kitchen items. Convenient.
  • Can opener & bottle opener – Allows accessing canned food or drinks before kitchen is set up.
  • First aid kit – Bandages, antiseptic provide treatment for minor cuts or injuries during move.
  • Cash – Have some smaller bills on hand for tips, delivery, or other payments needed on move day.

Keeping these essentials handy in one designated box ensures your basic needs are covered no matter what happens during the move. The items provide convenience and peace of mind.

24 hours of moving day

An illustration of a clock surrounded by boxes and people, serving as a moving house packing list.
An illustration of a clock surrounded by boxes and people, serving as a moving house packing list.

Here is an example moving day timeline detailing essentials needed at the old and new houses hour-by-hour:

4:00 AM (Old House) – Wake up, shower, eat breakfast. Do final walkthrough ensuring all belongings are packed properly in sealed, labeled boxes. Check once again the document box if it’s fully packed and secured.

5:00 AM (Old House) – Load up overnight bags with clothes, toiletries, medications, phone chargers, and snacks/water into your personal vehicles to travel with you.

6:00 AM (Old House) – Moving truck arrives. Provide house tour. Confirm movers have furniture pads, dollies, ramps to protect items during loading.

7:00 AM (Old House) – Movers begin loading boxes, furniture, appliances onto truck. Use inventory list to ensure no items are missed.

11:00 AM (Old House) – Finish loading truck. Do final sweep of house to make sure nothing is left behind. Depart old house.

12:00 AM (New House) – Arrive at new empty house. Do walkthrough and start cleaning. Have cleaning supplies ready.

2:00 PM (New House) – Moving truck arrives. Direct movers where to place furniture using your floor plan. Have utility knife ready to open boxes.

6:00 PM (New House) – Movers continue unloading. Break for quick lunch. Have snacks and water ready for refreshments.

8:00 PM (New House) – Unpacking is still underway. Set up WiFi and charge electronics. Organize boxes by room using your markers.

9:00 PM (New House) – Moving truck fully unloaded and departs. Set up beds with bedding and unpack kitchen essentials and cook basic dinner.

11:00 PM (New House) – Make dinner. Set up other essential rooms like bathroom. Have night lights and basic tools ready.

01:00 AM (New House) – Finish for the night. Shower, arrange your overnight bag toiletries, and go to your new bedroom.

Moving house - Removal and packing strategy (packing list)

A well-thought-out strategy is the key to efficiency when it comes to packing. Depending if you use removal companies or not, you always need to make a list. It’s worth mentioning if you’re packing yourself to have a few dummy moving boxes in advance and test.

Include things all the essential packing supplies beforehand, ensuring you have enough boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and other materials. 

What to Pack First: Start with infrequently used items, gradually moving to daily necessities as the moving day nears.

The Essential Moving House Guide: Preparation is paramount. Compile a checklist of tasks and systematically approach each one, fostering organization and reducing stress.

Timeline for Packing: Start packing seldom-used items weeks ahead to avoid last-minute rush. Gradually pack daily essentials as moving day approaches to limit disruptions.

Keeping Track with a Moving House Packing List: Maintain an itemized list of your belongings to ensure nothing is misplaced or forgotten during your move.

Take a room-by-room approach, packing one area at a time, and label each box accordingly. This method will make unpacking a breeze. Pay extra attention to safely packing fragile items to protect them during transit. 

As you pack, consider creating an essentials box containing all the items you’ll need immediately upon arrival, such as toiletries, medications, and a change of clothes.

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Packing list tips

We can’t stress this enough!

Start planing early, months or at least weeks in advance.

For those planing to move almost hassle-free, a good packing list is key!
Following planned detailed packing steps is vital aspects of the process.

Packing House Plants: Transport your beloved flora with care. Wrap pots and secure loose branches, maintaining a temperate environment to preserve their health.

Protecting Glassware: Pack glasses individually with bubble wrap or packing paper. Arranging them vertically in sturdy, padded boxes can prevent breakages.

Safely Packaging Crockery: Use dividers in your boxes and wrap fragile ceramics individually. This vertical arrangement protects your fragile items from damage in transit.

Packing Clothes: Utilize wardrobe boxes or vacuum-sealable bags for efficient packing and to preserve the integrity of your clothing.

Packing Hacks: Maximize space by utilizing empty compartments in appliances and suitcases. Soft apparel can double as padding for fragile items, protecting them during transit.

Creative Ideas for Packing: Implement a color-coding or labeling system for enhanced organization.

Easy House Packing Techniques: Adopt a room-by-room approach to declutter and pack systematically, making unpacking at your new home simpler.

Packing Bags: Durable bags form effective vessels for non-fragile items. Their malleable nature allows them to fit into nooks, saving space in the moving vehicle.

Packing Books: Pack books flat to maintain spine integrity and use smaller boxes to manage the weight.

Efficiently Packing Plates: Just like glasses, individual wrapping and vertical placement of plates in a padded box reduces the risk of breakages.

How long does it take to move 3 bed house

The time required to move a 3-bedroom property can vary considerably due to numerous factors. By analyzing various scenarios, we can provide a general estimation of the time frames associated with moving such a house.

Please remember that these timeframes are approximations and offer general guidance. For more precise estimates tailored to your specific situation, we recommend consulting with professional moving companies that can assess your unique needs.

Two-Bedroom Moves: These typically take between 3-5 hours.
Three to Four-Bedroom Moves: These moves can require up to 7 hours.
Three-Bedroom Moves with 3 or More Movers: The presence of additional movers can reduce the time required to about 6 to 8 hours.
Three-Bedroom Moves with 2-3 Movers: In this case, the move tends to take around 4-6 hours.
Three-Bedroom Moves: On average, these moves might take approximately 8-10 hours.
Packing a Three-Bedroom Home: Packing, separate from the move itself, generally takes around 3-5 days.

Factors affecting these durations include the quantity of furniture and personal possessions, the distance to the new location, the effectiveness of your movers, and the need for any additional services such as packing and unpacking.

Top 10 Moving Day Execution Tips

By following these top 10 moving day execution tips, you’ll be well-prepared for a seamless and stress-free transition to your new home.

do the checklist for moving into a new house at least a month in advance
do the checklist for moving into a new house at least a month in advance

Final Walkthrough: Inspect every corner of your property to make sure no items or valuables are left behind.
Prioritize Safety: Keep pathways clear and ensure everyone involved is aware of safety protocols.
Clear Communication: Maintain open lines of communication with your moving team and provide guidance as needed.

Document Conditions: Photograph or note the condition of your items and the property to avoid disputes.
Double-Check Inventory: Before leaving, thoroughly verify your inventory list.
Pack Essentials Separately: Set aside a box with necessary items like toiletries, a change of clothes, and important documents for easy access on the first night.
Label All Boxes: Clearly label your boxes according to room and content for efficient unpacking.

Have Tools Handy: Keep a tool kit readily available for disassembling and reassembling furniture or appliances.
Personal Valuables Secured: Transport important or sentimental items, like jewelry and important documents, personally for added security.
Stay Organized: Keep track of your moving timeline and make adjustments as necessary.

Top tips for Settling into the New Home

By keeping these top tips in mind, you can successfully transition and settle into your new residence seamlessly and efficiently.

Unpack Strategically: Begin with the essentials box, then progress through the unpacking process room by room to keep it manageable.

Arrange Furniture Effectively: Set up each space to establish a functional and comfortable living environment according to your preferences.

Address Immediate Home Maintenance: Prioritize any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks to ensure a safe and comfortable start in your new home.

Connect Utilities: Promptly arrange for utility services to be activated to avoid any disruption to daily routines and essentials.

Explore the New Surroundings: Familiarize yourself with the local community, including amenities, public transportation, and neighborhood facilities for a smoother transition.

planing your house moving checklist
planing your house moving checklist

Self-Care and Stress Management

Keeping these strategies in mind can significantly decrease the stress associated with moving, ensuring you maintain a balance between productivity and self-care throughout the process.

Recognize Moving Stress: Acknowledging the stress associated with moving is the first step towards successful management of this process.

Practice Healthy Coping Mechanisms: Utilize stress-management techniques such as deep-breathing exercises, mindfulness, or yoga to help navigate through the process.

Take Regular Breaks: Incorporate regular intervals of rest and relaxation to maintain your overall well-being and productivity throughout the moving process.

Seek Support: Do not hesitate to reach out to your network of friends, family members, or professional counselors if the stress of moving becomes overwhelming.

Maintain Positive Mindset: Fostering a positive mental attitude can aid in making the transition process smoother and more enjoyable.

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Key Takeaways

Achieving a stress-free move is within your capacity. By employing the strategies outlined in this guide, you’ll be proficiently prepared to navigate through each phase of the moving process with ease and confidence.

Prioritize self-care and stress management strategies during your move. Allocate time for breaks and seek assistance from your network or professionals when necessary. Enforcing a positive outlook can significantly impact your transition.

With meticulous planning, organization, and a focus on self-care, your move is bound to be a successful endeavor.