The conveyancing process can often feel like its dragging on far longer than it should.
However, when contracts are finally exchanged you may only have a matter of a day or two to sort everything out for the big moving day.
That’s why it pays to start preparing for moving as early as possible, potentially that means before you even put your property on the market.
One of the best things I ever did, personally, when moving house was starting to pack from BEFORE my house even went on the market.
I had a complete clear-out and got rid of anything that I no longer needed or wanted. I was quite harsh with it too.
Then, from what was left, I started putting into boxes and bags anything that was a non-essential item that I wouldn’t want or need until I was settling into my new home. The boxes were then placed at the back of my garage.
This had several advantages:
1) I was decluttering the house – one of the best things you can do to make your house look bigger, tidier, and more appealing to potential buyers.
2) I was showing potential buyers I was a serious seller – boxes packed and ready to go show that you want to move and want to move soon.
3) I was ensuring I had fewer items to pack and move – that meant the work involved in the lead up to moving day was significantly reduced.
Note that if you don’t have a garage or space to store your packed items, you can always look at placing them into storage for a while. You’ll lose the benefit of viewers seeing you’re ready to move but will still keep the other benefits.
Also, make sure you don’t overdo the packing and declutter. You still want your home to feel ‘lived in’ so make sure you don’t get rid of so much stuff that the place becomes soulless!
Get Removal Quotes In Plenty Of Time
Once your house is on the market you never can be sure how quick it will sell. That’s why it’s a good idea to at least start scouting local removal firms.
You don’t have to already have an offer on your property to start getting removal quotes. Doing so will save you some time and stress when you have to get things booked in.
I’d recommend getting several quotes though as you might not get much notice between contract exchange and the moving date – and that means your preferred removal firm may not be available.
Having quotes from several firms means you can have a favourite and then one or two ‘backups’ on standby just in case.
Many firms will also offer a packing service for an additional charge which can be extremely tempting, just check that the company is adequately insured if they fail to properly protect your valuables.
Decide What To Do With Pets
If you have any pets you’ll need to start thinking about what you’ll do with them during the move.
Keep in mind it’s not just about how you’ll transport them on the day, it’s also about how you can keep them safe and calm throughout the day and over the coming weeks and months in the new home. Pets get stressed too!
If you’ve got pets to consider I’d strongly recommend you read the post we did on what to do with pets on moving day to ensure you consider your pets needs carefully.
Start Selling Unneeded Items
Remember what I said earlier about starting to declutter? Whenever you find an item you no longer want or need, either throw it away or sell it.
If you start doing this several weeks before moving day it will make your life much easier. The last thing you want is a last-minute rush to get rid of items before the removal van turns up!
If you’re struggling to sell an item, you can always give it away on sites such as Freecycle just to get rid. Alternatively, you may need to take a trip to the rubbish tip or call the council to ask them to collect the unneeded items (there may be a charge for this).
Be Packing Savvy!
One last thing to think about is that when you start packing, you can make your life easier by following a few simple rules:
- Always write the contents and room the items are for clearly on the top and side of the box
- Place heavier items at the bottom of the box
- Likewise, place heavier boxes at the bottom of the pile
- Not everything needs packing, clothes can often be lifted straight from the wardrobe into a ‘wardrobe box’
- Use plenty of packing materials to reduce the risk of damage
- Leave any essential items to the very end!
That should be enough to see you through the packing stage and a safe moving day.
Remember, the moving day should be one of the most exciting parts of the process but it can also be one of the busiest and most stressful. That’s why it pays to start getting everything in order as early as possible.