Two weeks before
•Keep identifying items that you won’t need before the move, and pack them away as you go.
•Don’t leave all the packing to the last minute – little and often will make it more manageable.
•Tie up loose ends. Conﬁrm that you’ve changed addresses, have all the proper moving insurance in place, and are ready to make your move.
•Put together an info pack for the people who will be moving into your old home. Add things like the recycling arrangments, when the bins are collected and instructions for any appliances. Make sure you include any relevant instruction booklets as well.
•Take a photo of the wires at the back of TVs and any other electronic equipment, to help you set them up more easily in your new home.
•If anyone needs medication, it’s a good idea to check that they have enough for the ﬁrst week or two in the new home. It’s one less thing to organise while you’re settling in.
•Plan time for a good spring clean, or book professional cleaners to do it for you.
•If you are taking a chest freezer with you, now is a good time to defrost and clean it.
•If you are taking gas appliances with you, you will need to book a professional to disconnect them.
One week before
•Make one ﬁnal check with your moving company to conﬁrm when they will be arriving and any last-minute details.
•Check that utility providers at both properties are aware of your moving date.
•By now you may have accumulated more items to be donated to the charity shop, so do one ﬁnal run before you leave.•Back up computers before you go, and check that you have a way to get online in the new house.
•Get each family member to pack a bag as if they are going away for a long weekend so that they have the essentials to hand. Remember to include medication, toiletries and comfy clothes for unpacking.
•Pack a ‘survival box’ with the things you will need ﬁrst. This may include box cutters, loo roll, cleaning supplies, bin bags, some cutlery and of course everything you’ll need for a cuppa!•Double check where and when you will be able to receive the keys for your new home.