On this page you can find a comprehensive moving checklist in order to make sure that your move goes off without a hitch.
Moving abroad is a busy and stressful process even at the best of times. Moving to another country adds another level of pressure. That is why Sirelo is here to help! The video below is a short summary of the information on the page. Below the video you can find all the different phases of a move and the things you shouldn’t forget.
After finding your new home
Congratulations, you’ve found your new home abroad! A new and exciting chapter of your life is about to begin – take a moment to savour it…
Okay moment savoured. Now its time to get down to the nitty gritty of your international move.
- Get a conveyancing solicitor – make sure that such a big purchase has no problems.
- Work out what you’ll do with your house – sell or rent? If renting discuss what will be included in the lease agreement.
- Work out the measurements of your new home so you can know whether your furniture fits, what size curtains to buy etc.
- Research your new area to find out about facilities, amenities, local supermarkets, schools, local news etc
- Confirm your moving date with your landlord.
- Look into taking out insurance on any important possessions that you may have, also look at health insurance in your new country.
- Get yourself organized – put together a file with all of your removal paperwork, documents, to do lists, notes etc
- Mortgage and bills – Pay it off or get a new mortgage?
- New gas and electricity contracts – Research online for the best rate.
Little but important things
6 weeks before your move
With time ticking down and just 6 weeks to go make sure that you start preparing your home and family the move.
- Get a free removals quote.
- Make a list of your possessions – What do you want to take with you? What do you want to throw away? Do you need a storage container for the future?
- Make a floor plan for your new home – this helps you to envisage what fits where and saves you from moving .things that you won’t need. Removals companies calculate their rates of quantity so the less you move the cheaper your move will be.
- Start to clean out the loft and cupboards, leave the things you want to keep in manageable piles where you can see them.
- Get materials for packing e.g. boxes, bubble wrap etc. Your removals company may be able to provide these for you.
1 month before you move
T minus one month until your big move and its time to get a bit more serious. Now is the time to use a surveyor to check the condition of your property as well as finalizing any legal paperwork.
- Speak to your property lawyer.
- By now you should have confirmed your booked a removals company to take your things – check their removals ratings on Sirelo to ensure that you move with a reliable company.
- Cancel any ongoing subscriptions that need 1 months notice e.g. gym memberships, utilities bills, WiFi etc.
- Switch your home insurance to cover your new home.
- Arrange for your house to be cleaned in the time between you moving out and the new residents moving in.
- Start packing any items that you can live without for the month. Even start packing up the furniture or rooms that you use less frequently.
2 weeks before your move
With just two weeks to go its time to start planning the finer details. Make sure you confirm all of the important arrangements. Clarify what the removals company will and won’t do. Is it door to door? Are they helping you with the packing and unpacking of boxes? Will they dismantle and rebuild any furniture? Think about what children and pets need to do.
- Start to pack the suitcases you will take with you – make sure you can live out of for them for the first week or two. International removals take time and jumping on an airplane will be quicker than moving the contents of a home abroad.
- Book any services that your removals company won’t provide for you – plumbers, dismantling of furniture etc
- Make sure you have enough medication for a few weeks – at least until you are able to arrange healthcare in a new country with a bit of contingency.
- Consume or throw out any perishable food or whatever is in the freezer.
- Safely dispose of any flammable materials that you will not be permitted to take by your moving company.
1 week before your move
Its your final week before your new adventure begins. This is where you need to be super organized to ensure that your next step gets off to a positive and seamless start. Make sure you have all of the important documents you need in a safe but accessible place. This is the time where almost everything should be packed and you should start to prepare your moving day survival kit.
- Get a box together with valuables and important documents not vital for the move – jewellery, house deeds, wills, insurance documents etc.
- Create a survival kit for moving day – think about what you will need in your first couple of days in your new house. This can range from things like bedding to just cutlery and mugs.
- Finish as much packing as possible – make sure you go through all the rooms of your house and tick off what you have packed in accordance to your inventory list. Make sure you don’t forget the outside furniture!
- Mark your boxes to each room it will go to in the new house – writing or colour-coding on boxes works great!
- Defrost the fridge and freezer – make sure they don’t leak in the removals van.
- Wash and dry bed sheets. This means they are ready to go be up and running as soon as you arrive.
- Confirm the time of arrival in your new home. Make sure you can collect your new keys at this time.
1 day before your move
Your last day before the big move! Time to make sure that nothing is left unpacked and that your family is prepared. Make sure final essentials are packed ready for the move. Its important to make sure that everything is organized so that you get a good nights sleep for the big day tomorrow.
- Have one final stroll around your house. Make sure that you’re not forgetting anything and reminisce about any old memories.
- Pack the essentials for your time without your bag – Toiletries, pyjamas, towels, socks etc.
- Make a mini tool kit for unpacking your boxes, – A sharp knife is a must.
- Tell your neighbours, friends and relatives what time you’re moving. You never know when you might need an extra pair of hands.
- Gather all the keys and locks from your old home and double check the arrangements for picking up your own keys.
On the moving day
So you’ve finally reached the day of the move. D-Day can come around really quickly where all of your months of planning come together. Moving abroad is a big day and can be full of emotions, thats why its important to do be organized beforehand.
- Record all of the utility meter readings. The simplest way of doing this is by taking a picture on your mobile phone.
- Ensure that someone stays behind to check the packing inventory list. You will need to sign that everything is okay so make sure that you are happy with things.
- Strip your bed and pack your bedding.
- Check that your windows are secure.
- Switch off your utilities.
- Give your key to the caretaker or new owner.
- Give copies of your contact details to the movers and take down their details.
Once you arrive at your new home
You’ve finally made it. You’re there but your stuff isn’t so be prepared to live without your things for a while. After your belongings arrive the house will start to feel like home. Make sure that everything that you have sent has arrived there, use your inventory list again.
- Read the utility meters in your new home – take a photo on your mobile phone.
- Unpack all of the boxes.
- Give clear direction to the removals company about what goes where – this is why marking the boxes is important.
- Make sure you place your important documents somewhere that they won’t be disturbed.
- Check all the keys for the property.
- Double check that the previous owners haven’t left anything behind.
After you’ve moved in
Now you can begin to settle in to your new environment. Its been a busy few months but all of this hard work has paid off. Although the move is done, now its time to make sure that you settle in to your new environment well.
- Meet the neighbours – the sooner the better. Don’t feel like a stranger in your new environment.
- Settle your family into the house and the area.
- Talk to the previous tenants about any damage.
- Leave a view of your removals company on Sirelo, let other people know about your experience.