When it comes down to moving your life from one place to another, there is just about anything and everything that could go wrong. From leaving your grandmother’s pearls in the old house, to having your mail delivered to the wrong address, moving can be quite stressful.

That’s why you need a detailed checklist to help you have a successful and enjoyable move. Here are the things you need to check off the list before leaving the keys in the old lock.


Make a detailed list

It’s all about making lists. You can use your smartphone to write down everything you need to pack and cross it off when it’s done. Also, be sure to create a separate list for all the affairs you need to organize, such as mail delivery.

Get rid of the things you don’t need

There is nothing worse than having to transport something you have never used and probably never will to a new place. You can get rid of these useless items by either selling them or donating to a charity. It will declutter your living space and enable you to start fresh.


Clean as you pack

There is no need to leave the old place dirty, and you can save yourself some time and effort by cleaning as you pack. When you’re finished packing a room, clean it right away, and before you know it, the house will be spotless.


What’s in the box?

You need sturdy boxes, bubble wrap and tape to safely pack your things for transport, and you should get these materials on time. You can find boxes and everything else you need online, or with your moving company. Additionally, look for neighborhood businesses that throw away or recycle their boxes and take them for free.

Do people know you’re moving?

Surely, you have informed your friends and family that you’re moving, but what about your colleagues, your utility and service providers, your postman? Make sure you inform all the relevant people in your life about your move, especially that neighbor you don’t like.


Monitor and participate

The movers are there to do all the hard work, but that doesn’t mean you should wait for them at your new house with a cold beer in your hand. No, you should monitor their work and make sure everything is done right. Also, speed up the entire process by helping them out and controlling the way things are handled.


The essentials

When the time comes to move, it can get quite messy, and more often than not, the new house will not be entirely ready for you. Maybe you won’t be connected to the water grid immediately, and you’re definitely yet to furnish it. The task of moving can take an entire day or more, and you won’t be able to finish everything in one fell swoop.

So make sure you have a bag of essentials, like snacks, a change of clothes and hygiene essentials that will let you get through the first night in the new house.


Don’t stress, organize

Moving is stressful because you never know who’s going to handle your things. The transport has to be smooth and efficient, and you never know what can happen in the process. So, in order to minimize stress, you should search for the best truck hire in town that’s both affordable and can provide professional movers who will take good care of your belongings. Simple, don’t stress - organize.


Have you left anything behind?

It’s easy to get excited and jump straight into the van after the loading is done, setting sail for your new home. But before you do that, slow down and do a final sweep of the old house. Double check every room, drawer, nook and cranny for things you might have left behind.

Having a checklist is a must if you want to make sure your move goes smoothly and if you want to make the entire process less stressful. With this ultimate checklist, you can turn your move into an adventure!


Published by Emma Lawson