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Moving checklist

Moving checklists are necessary to create when you are moving home or office, and following them will enable you to avoid many of the stresses that often accompany moving. Two checklists are best; one for the move and the other for notifying everyone who needs to know that you have a new address.

Packing up your life into boxes is already difficult enough. But remembering to coordinate water, gas, electricity, phone, broadband, the banks and what seems like a million other people without a list is a nightmare.

The Moving Checklist
This list helps you keep track of all the things you need to arrange for the moving day. Include points like getting moving quotes from removal firms, arranging packing materials and arranging new furniture or carpets for delivery to your next home or business premise. Keep the list at the front of a transparent, plastic folder and keep important documents, contact details and receipts in the same folder. Other important additions to your list should include what to do with children and pets on the moving day. Do not forget to arrange all the details with the moving firm and ring a couple of days before to make sure they have the right time, date and addresses in their diary.

The Notifying Checklist
Keep this in a folder just like the moving checklist. This one deals with sending out change of address cards to friends, relatives, the local council and utility firms. If you are a business, don’t forget to tell customers and suppliers well in advance of the move that your phone numbers and address are changing. What you must do is tell everyone the date you can be found at the new address. If you rent or own your own house, this is a great time to remove yourself from all those junk mail lists. Set up mail forwarding by filling in a form at your Post Office and then only tell the people you want to receive mail from that you have moved. Make it a priority to tell certain organizations about your move such as banks, credit card companies, insurance companies (you could invalidate your car insurance if you don’t tell them you have moved house), the driving licence authority, your doctor and your old and new town or city halls.

Moving checklist and notifying list are both great for making sure your move goes well and you do not end up facing a disaster, like the removal men failing to turn up or no electricity at the new address. Working to a checklist is all well and good, but if you don’t start making the lists about a month or six weeks before you move, you may find you do not have enough time to cover all the points. Ask your removal company if they include new address labels and moving checklists as part of their service. Many offer these free to customers. Another good idea is that if you have a partner, one of you should take responsibility for the list so no important task is left off your moving checklist because you both left it for the other to do.



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