In the madness of moving it’s easy to overlook the essentials. There are items you don’t want hidden at the bottom of a box, or still in the moving truck on the big day. From pet food to toilet paper, we’ve put together a checklist to make your move as streamlined as possible.
This could include ID to collect your keys from estate agents, removal company details and a list of what you plan to do as soon as you arrive.
The house keys
First aid box
A basic tool kit
Having things like screwdrivers, allen keys and a hammer to hand will help you put together key furniture and resolve any issues like exposed nails and screws.
Scissors or a craft knife
Top tip: Save your moving boxes for when you’re ready to paint. By flattening them, you can use the boxes to protect the floor.
Clean and tidy
All-purpose cleaner and cloths
Dishcloth and washing-up liquid
A dust pan and broom
Top tip: Brushing your walls with a broom is a great way to remove dust and prepare it for wiping down before decorating.
Food and drink
Be prepared to keep everyone going with snacks, tea, coffee and meals that are quick and easy to make.
Kitchenware and utensils
Keep a set of plates, cutlery and cups for each person. A couple of pots and pans might come in handy too.
Pack a spare change of clothes, your toiletries, and a towel.
Pillows, bedding or sleeping bags
Children’s entertainment – Toys, an iPad with a movie or colouring books.
Pet food and dish
Top tip: If you’re in need of some time out while moving, why not sit back, have a tea or coffee and use the Visualizer app to reimagine your new walls in your favourite colours.
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Once you’ve moved in, have a look at our painting hacks to make the next steps of moving more efficient.