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Worried about moving or just don’t know where to start? Don’t panic we’re here to help! Covering everything from preparing the move to unpacking and decorating, here are our top tips for moving home.

A Mover's Checklist - by Sophie Fitzgerald

Preparation is key, so the mortgage is done and the house is ready to move into. What’s next?

1. You will need boxes, big ones, medium ones and small ones. You’ll need more than you think! Get tape for the boxes, a sharpie or permanent marker and some bubble wrap or newspapers for those delicate ornaments and frames.

2. Start as early as possible, packing takes time! Allow up to two weeks to pack up all your possesions.

3. You’ll want to write a list for each room of all your items so you can check nothing goes missing on the move. It makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first so writing them at the top of the list will help. You may want to create an essentials box to use when you’re finished moving. This should but will vary depending on the person, include items such as:

• Toothbrush & Toothpaste
• Toilet Roll
• Shampoo//Conditioner/Shower Gel for that shower after your long day moving
• Hairbrush & Make-up – in case you want to get ready for the following day
• Clean clothes for the next day
• Kettle, mugs, tea bags, milk and sugar. You’ll be thirsty and need a tea break! Even if you don’t drink tea/coffee the removal company employees might

4. Make life easy for yourself, do one room at a time. Concentrate on one thing at a time.

5. Whilst you're packing up your things and you see things you haven’t worn or used in a while, consider making a charity box or bag. This will not only help you to have a clear out, you will be helping out the less fortunate at the same time. That’s one way to make yourself feel good too!

6. Make sure all your valuables and ornaments are well packed with newspapers or bubble wrap.

7. Label each box so when you get to your new home you can take the right box to the right room and won’t have to re-organise everything when you get there. Put everything in the middle of the room if you plan on re-decorating.

8. Unpack rooms one at a time, start with the one you need most. If you have children, it will be their rooms and toys to keep them content and happy whilst you finish off the rest of the house. The kitchen should also be one of the first that you unpack if you want to make your own dinner so this would be a good place to start - or just order in a takeaway or venture out to your new local pub!

9. Get inventive with your organisation and decorating. Try to put things in a different way to your previous home. Buy some new cushions to give your living room a pop of colour or go out and buy a big mirror to reflect the natural light making your house feel more light and homely.

10. Settle in and enjoy!

Sophie Fitzgerald,
Associate Director of Marketing for Countryside

Countryside are currently developing a number of new homes across London and the rest of the UK. To keep up to date with our latest launches and available properties, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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Here you’ll find property related blog articles from the team at Countryside as well as independent experts. Expect regular tips and advice on topics such as buying a new home, interior and landscape design, setting up home, mortgages and finance, plus articles on architecture, the property market, regeneration and more.

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