Congratulations, your offer to purchase that new property has been approved. Next, you’ll need to think about packing up your home and getting ready for the big day. While this day is exciting, as it very well should be, this is also the most stressful time your family will encounter. Moving home is no easy feat, there are a lot of things to remember and even more to do before the day arrives.

The easiest way to take some of the stress off of the day you move is to be prepared. There are several things you can do before the move to make the process easier. At the same time, there are essential things you need to do on the day of the move which will ease the stress even more. Here is our checklist for everything you need to do for a stress-free move:

Who needs to know?

Before you move you need to let certain people and companies know that you will be moving. This is vital and will ease the moving burden on the day and afterward. You need to let companies such as internet service providers know ahead of time that you will be moving. Additionally, you need to let your TV provider and the bank also know. Do you have store cards? Yes, they will need to be notified too.

You can change your address with your employer before you move in and you can also let your children’s school know what your new address will be. If you’ve subscribed to any magazines they would also need your new address. When you move, everyone will already have your new address and that will be less stressful in the long run.

Before You Move

Before the day arrives when you have to move you need to make sure that you are packed and ready to go. It really makes no sense that you are running around on the day of your move trying to shove things in boxes. Set out a schedule for what needs to be packed by when and get it done. Start by picking up items from the room you use the least to the room you use the most. Set aside items which you do not want to take with you and donate them. Always make sure that your boxes are correctly market.

Moving Day

• Get up early in the morning.

• Move the bigger items out of the house first. This will include your beds, fridges, and tables.

• Pack the boxes in one room at a time. When they arrive at your new house you simply need to make sure that they get to the right room.

• Ensure that electricity, lights, geyser, and gas are switched off before you leave.

• Give the house a quick clean.

• Hand over the keys to either the estate agent or the new homeowners.

• Explain the new house layout to everyone involved in the move and tell them which boxes go in which room.