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What To Do Checklist 5 Days Before Moving Home
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What To Do Checklist 5 Days Before Moving Home.

You have been hard at work over the last month or so, getting everything ready for the big day.

With just a week to go you have to get everything into place to make sure that moving home day goes as smoothly as it possibly can.

Here are some suggestions on how to be sure that you keep your cool and even enjoy moving home.

1. Run down the perishables -

Over the last few weeks you have been trying to reduce to a minimum the things that you need to carry with you.

One of the biggest areas that you can run down is your food stocks. Use up all of your freezers contents so that you can clean and dry it ready for moving day.

Use up excess dry goods and store cupboard standby's. You'll probably find a few 'out-of-date' goods that you can chuck as you go along.

This is also true for toiletries and cleaning products.

2. Pack a box and a bag - Think like you're going on a weekend holiday break. You'll need a change of clothes and underwear, your basic toiletries and some comfort essentials like your kids favourite blankets etc.

The survival box will contain absolute essentials to keep you going for the first day while you find out where you packed everything. Things like:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Selection of light bulbs
  • Flash light
  • Matches
  • Basic tool kit
  • First aid kit
  • Important documents
  • Money

3. Plan a safe place for you valuables -

It is also a good idea to think about what you want to do with your valuables like jewellery and family heirlooms and important documents.

Organise information into a concertina file and buy a special box for valuables that you can keep locked in the car between moves.


4. Signs and Information Box -

On moving into your new home it is a good idea to have some A4 paper with 'Living Room', 'Main Bedroom', Bedroom 2' etc these should coinside with the marking on the packing boxes... don't confuse the removal men by marking the 'Study' on the packing boxes but calling the room they are to go to 'the office'.

In this box put:

  • The signs (A4)
  • Spare sheets of paper.
  • Marker pens.
  • Blue Tac & cellotape.
  • Scissors.
  • String.
  • Packing tape.

This box is only of use to you if it is with you as you arrive at your new home, so keep it in the car to travel with you.


5. Laundry - There won't be time to do everything in the last couple of days so do as much washing and laundry as you can.

If the washing machine is going with you then you will need to disconnect it before the removal men arrive... remember that it will still have some water in it!

It is inevitable that you will have some dirty laundry to take with you but try and keep it to a minimum.

6. Tell the kids - Tell them what is happening and why everything needs to go into boxes. Get them used to the idea and even make it a game so that they feel involved.

Kids may feel sad that they are leaving the one home they have known so give them time to say goodbye before the moving day.

7. In the garden - You may have special plants and shrubs that are being taken with you. Pot up or prepare them for the move. Wrap root balls in fabric and tidy up the garden ready for it's new owners.

Remember that unless you have stated otherwise, all the contents of the garden will belong to them, so don't break your contract by removing shrubs with out agreement.

8. Instructions for the house - Be nice to the people who have bought your home and prepare a simple manual on how to turn on the gas, electricity and water (I recommend that you turn them off before you leave your home on the day of your move).

I also think it is considerate to put together a file of all the information and instructions on the large electrical goods that you are selling with the house. If they are still under guarentee then leave all that documentation.

Leave the setting combination for the house alram as well.

If you are feeling really generous tell the new owners about things like 'rubbish collection', 'recycling', 'what the neighbours are like' and any other useful information you think will help them to settle in.

The next few articles are all about what to do as the 'Big Day' approaches.

What to do checklist 4-6 weeks before moving home

What to 2 days before moving home.

What to do checklist on moving home day.

What to do checklist on moving in

Who to notify when moving home, checklist.


Useful contacts and further reading

British Association of Removers -
National Guild of Removers & Storers -
Pack'n'move for all your packing up supplies -
Share the cost of moving, find someone else to go halves -
Pack up your home yourself -
Recycle in your area, find someone who wants what you've got -
General advice on the whole home moving process at the BBC -


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