Need some help moving house?
Today is the day! You’re moving into your new home…
However, in all the excitement and chaos it can be very easy to forget important essentials or find yourself rummaging through boxes and boxes of your stuff.
As a result, here is a quick and easy guide to remember the essentials and to make your move as simple and easy as possible! Pack all of these smaller items within the same box and label them as ‘Open First!’.
The Cleaning Product Essentials
First things first, when you move into a new home you’re going to want to clean it from top to bottom. Make sure you have a box of all your favourite cleaning products This way you can get straight to your first job and get the place spruced up and ready for you and your furniture to move in. Most importantly, make sure to include:
- Clothes and sponges
- Floor cleaner
- Mop and Bucket
- Kitchen and Bathroom Sprays
- Bin bags
The Kitchen Essentials
You may not have the time or equipment to be cooking and creating lavish meals, so make sure you pack a few essential pieces to have on hand for any drinks and snacks. An essential appliance is a kettle. This can then be used for hot drinks such as tea and coffee and also cooking simple yet hot snacks such as a pot noodle. Adding to this, ensure to pack your plates, cutlery and mugs so that you have something to drink out of and eat with!
Make sure you also remember you will need the following at some point:
- Washing Machine
The Bathroom Essentials
Whilst you’re pottering about cleaning your new home and constructing your furniture, make sure that you’ve packed your bathroom essentials. Nobody wants to be caught out without any toilet roll! Furthermore, packing a toiletries bag is also a great idea if you need to freshen up throughout the day. An extra tip is to pack a first aid kit or medicine bag. Moving home can include many hazards such as carrying heavy items, unpacking sharp objects and constructing furniture.
Prioritise Certain Furniture
Getting everything clean and ready is a daunting task in itself, the thought of getting all your furniture up straight away can be near impossible. Ensure that the first item of furniture that you construct is your bed. This way you will have somewhere to sleep and sit comfortably for a break. Moving in comfortably may take a number of days and a good nights sleep will definitely help those long days.
Ensure to also prioritise your sofa and other large furniture items after. Something to note is if you’re buying new pieces of furniture, there can be very long lead times. Try and match all of these delivery times just after your move-in date.
Of course, to put up your furniture items you will require a tool kit. Make sure this is filled with all your essentials tools such as:
- Screwdriver Set
- Allen Keys
- Measuring Tape
- Spirit Level
Make sure that on the first day you receive the keys to your new home, you check the meter readings and submit them. This way you are making sure you only pay for the utilities you use from day one and not from the previous owner. Keep track of all your new accounts by creating a detailed list that includes account numbers and direct debit details.
For safety reasons ensure you check :
- All the windows and doors lock securely
- The fire alarm and carbon dioxide alarms are fully functioning
- There are no faults with the boilers, heating and pipes.
- No other hazards or electrical damages
Please check out How To Organise Your Home, for extra tips on being organised. The article includes tips on storage solutions, decluttering and Alexa!