What Should You Do Before Moving To A New Home?

So, you’ve decided it’s time to move, and you’ve found somewhere to go to. That’s a great start, but it really is only the beginning, and there’s a long way to go before you can settle down in your new place. Don’t worry, though; it doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you’re prepared. With that in mind, here are some of the things you’ll need to do before moving to a new home; once you know what they are, you can relax a little more over the process. 

Create A Moving Timeline 

One of the first things you should do when you’re planning a move to a new home is create a moving timeline. When you do that, you’ll have a checklist to go through at every point in the process, and it will be much less of a chore. Plus, you’re less likely to forget anything important, especially if you start making this timeline well in advance of when you’re going to actually need it. 

Start by setting a moving date (or using an approximate date if you don’t have one yet) and then work backwards to make a schedule for all the tasks you’ll need to do between then and now. You’ll stay much more organised and ensure nothing falls through the cracks. 

Hire Professional Movers 

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If you’re not planning to do the move yourself (which is generally not a good idea), you’ll need to hire professional movers to help you. Research reputable removalists in plenty of time so you can choose between them without feeling rushed.

You’ll need to get quotes from at least three good moving companies, but the price isn’t the only thing to be aware of – you’ll also need to read reviews, ask questions, and make sure you’re entirely happy with the company you’ve chosen. Once you are, book them as soon as possible so you’re not disappointed or left without any help. 


Do you really want to take everything from your current home to your new one? You might initially say yes, but take some time to really think about this because it might be that you can take this opportunity to remove some items and throw them out, sell them, or donate them. 

Not only will this make moving easier as you’ll have less stuff to pack and take from place to place, but you’ll adobe able to start in your new home with a clean slate, and with only the things you really want and need around you. 

Set Up Utilities And Services

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When you get to your new home, you’re going to need heating, electricity, water, gas, broadband, and all kinds of other useful things, so make sure you set these utilities and services up ahead of time. 

You might have to wait a couple of days to get connected to some of them, but in the main, you’ll be able to use the most important utilities as soon as you move in as long as you’ve notified all the companies that you’re going to be living in the house. Also, don’t forget to take meter readings when you leave your old place and before you start using any utilities in your new one – you don’t want to end up paying for what other people are using. 

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