What sort of timeline is typical for a house move?

They say that moving home is one of life’s most stressful events, alongside coping with divorce or death. So, if the prospect of a house move is making you nervous you’re not alone. However, whether you’re looking to buy property in Surrey, Hampshire – or anywhere else across the UK – there are some simple steps you can take to minimise the pressures. The most important of these is planning - and for that you need a timeline.

One year pre-move

If you know that this time next year is likely to be move day then now is the time to start preparing. This is the ideal stage to begin saving money for all the expenses that you’re likely to have to cover, from the cost of storage for your possessions between moving out of one property and into the other, to pet boarding. The earlier you start saving, the smaller the amounts that need to come out of your salary payments to ensure that you’re covered.

A couple of months before you move

Take a good look around. Now is the time to start clearing out anything that you know you don’t want to take with you. Many people leave this far too late and end up moving more boxes than necessary because they haven’t had a clear out in advance. If you haven’t used an item for a while do you still need it? Could you sell something to raise some money to help cover moving costs?

Inventory your possessions. This will give you transparency on what you have, both for the purposes of insurance and making sure nothing gets lost in the moving process.

Start to get your paperwork together. Documents are easily lost during a move and there may be important pieces of paperwork that you need during the process. So, before the madness starts, collect together all your important documents in one file, from passports to utility bills.

One month before you move

Find a removals firm. Or recruit your friends and family to help you. Whatever you decide to do make sure that you’ve locked it in at least a month before the move date.

Plan the packing. That means buying or borrowing the materials for your move, from boxes and packing peanuts to bags and labeling kit.

Get to grips with the utilities. Do you need to give 30-days notice to your energy company or just 24 hours? What utilities are there in the new place and how quickly can you get set up? These are all questions to answer now, not the night before you move.

One week before you move

Set up a mail redirect. There is always some post that doesn’t make it to the right address during a move and you want to make sure you’re not missing something essential.

Start packing. If you’re not using a removals firm to do the packing for you then the minimum time to allow is one week. You’ll be surprised how much “stuff” you’ve acquired and how long it takes to put it all in boxes.

Make sure your finances are ready to go. It’s the money that can hold up the move so go through everything that’s required and make sure you know what you need to pay and when.

The night before you move

Finish your packing. Make sure you’ve got one or two boxes for “essentials” i.e. everything you’ll need in the first 24 hours. Ensure these are easily accessible.

Unplug all your appliances. Hopefully you’ve already emptied and defrosted the fridge and freezer – if not, do it now.

Bag up rubbish. Get it out of the way for tomorrow.

Sleep. Tomorrow is a big day. 

If you’d like help planning your move to Surrey we can help – contact our experienced team to find out more.