Moving House In Summer: A Checklist

Tuesday 23rd May 2023

In the UK, summer is prime time for moving house. This tends to be because people have more time off in the summer, and particularly for families with children, schools will be shut. However, a poorly planned move can easily ruin what is supposed to be a time for relaxation and fun.

As your upcoming summer move draws ever closer, we’ve put together a moving house checklist of the most important tasks you want to have ready in advance in order to make the process as painless and stress-free as possible.

Notify Utility Companies And Service Providers

One of the first things you want to get done on your moving house checklist is to alert your utility companies and service providers of the move. You don’t want to be paying for services that you won’t be making use of, and you also want these services running in your new home ASAP. Getting in contact with these companies about a month in advance should ensure that the transition is as quick and simple as possible.

Begin Collecting Packing Materials In Advance

If you’re moving, then obviously you’re going to need packing materials with which to store your belongings. Securing moving boxes and paper should be a priority on your moving house checklist. Alternatively, you could decide to make use of Hackworthy’s packing and removals services. Depending on the service you select, you will be provided with moving cartons or simply have us do the packing for you for maximum stress relief and peace of mind.

Put Away Everything You Won't Be Needing Until Autumn Or Winter

Moving house in summer gives you a fair bit of room to start packing certain items early, and generally makes the whole process much easier in the long term. Items that you might need in autumn or winter, but definitely not summer (think thick coats and other cold weather clothing etc.) can be packed up early and kept in a room, or even put into Hackworthy’s container storage to get it completely out of the way before you move.

Ask For A Quote From A Removal Company

This is one of the most important things to get sorted on your moving house checklist. Summer is normally a very busy time for removal companies, due to the popularity of it as a moving season. It’s a good idea to get a quote and book a date as early as you can. If you’re still looking for a removal company, you can get a quote from Hackworthy here. With 50 years in the business and stellar reviews, Hackworthy is a name that you can trust to get the job done.

Set Up A Labelling System

When unpacking your items, it’s much easier to make sure everything goes in the right place if you have some kind of organisational system to tell you where it needs to go before being unpacked. To that end, you may want to add setting up a labelling system to your moving house checklist. Whether it be colour-coding, numbered or even just writing down what room it’s meant each box is meant to be in, organising your belongings this way will save loads of time down the line.

Collect All Of Your Keys

Before you move, you’re going to need to hand off your keys. That includes the ones kept by your neighbours and relatives. As you’re moving house in summer, this is something you want to get done early. Otherwise you run the risk of your neighbours and relatives being away on holiday and thus having no access to them to retrieve your keys. For that reason, getting this ticked off your moving house checklist nice and early is a good idea.

Make Arrangements For Moving Day

Now’s the time to start putting together your plan of action on the day. Most important of all - make sure you book time off of work and arrange plans for child and/or pet care so that you have all the right people in the right places for the big day. This should normally be ticked off of your moving house checklist a couple of weeks in advance.

Put Together The Essentials You Need On Moving Day

Last on our list is putting together the things you need on the day. This will generally include things like cash, phone chargers, a change of clothes, food and water. The exact list of items will vary from person to person, but it’s advisable to travel as light as possible while still meeting all of your needs.

So there you have it - our checklist for moving house in summer. If you’re in need of packing, removals or storage services, then have a look at our removals services, or get in contact with the awesome team at Hackworthy & Sons for expert support today.