5. How to choose your moving date
Moving house is an incredibly exciting time, but it’s also one that is filled with a lot of stress. Choosing a moving date may not be something to which you have given much thought, but carefully selecting the right moving date can actually make the process run much smoother and allow you to fully enjoy the first day in your new home. Of course, most people who are buying a new home will be part of a chain, and everyone in the chain needs to agree to the same date, which often presents challenges! Here are our top tips on choosing a moving day.
Consider where you are moving from
Successfully coordinating your move will largely depend on your current living situation.
Are you moving from a rental?
Most tenancy agreements have a one month notice period, so where possible, it’s a good idea to hand in your notice exactly a month before your rent payment date. This will avoid any hassle of having to work out extra days in which rent may be due. You also need to factor in that you will need to deep clean the property once all of your belongings are out and before you hand back the keys, so a slight crossover in moving dates is helpful if you can afford it. Some removal companies can help with this by organising cleaners to come and clean the property, the moment the last item has been loaded into the truck. Cheerful Removals offer this service
Are you selling a property?
There are many parties involved in a house sale, so it may be a while before you can even start to think of a moving date. There isn’t much point in planning a moving date until you have exchanged contracts.
Is your move related to a new job?
If you’re relocating for a new job, it’s definitely advisable to move in at least a few days before your job starts. Both are big events, so spacing them out will help to minimise stress.
Check the availability of your helpers
Moving all of your belongings from one property to another is a massive task and one that generally requires multiple pairs of hands. This is why it’s vital to make sure there is help available before confirming a moving day.
The best help you can get is from a professional moving company. They are experts at packing up and moving your belongings, so will be incredibly efficient and take a big weight off your shoulders (figuratively and literally, if you have heavy furniture). Contacting companies for quotes and availability before you have a set moving date will make sure you have the professional help you need.
Alternatively, if you’re relying on friends and family, you will need to check their diaries are free before committing to a date. Of course, if you choose to do the move yourself, you will need to make sure that you have all of the correct equipment, such as tools, trolleys, ratchet straps and transit blankets. Without these items, you are potentially dooming your move to failure.
Align with your schedule
Rather than just picking the soonest possible date, ensure it is something that works around your schedule. It’s best not to plan a move around big events, but don’t forget to look at the day-to-day schedule, too. Think about when your busy periods at work are and what your childcare availability is.
Do you want more help and advice on planning your moving day? Contact us today at Cheerful Removals for more information and advice.