It's pretty exhausting getting to this point I know and in your heart you've been holding back. Yes, you might have told a few people but it's hard to actually imagine you're going, but now it's real. This can be a sense of huge celebration for some, for others it's a daunting time of reality kicking in, but don't worry it's quite normal to feel a bit overwhelmed by it all.
A few things to think about -
1. Book your removal company as soon as you can. If you can avoid a Friday move so much the better. If you need help choosing a removal company check out this article. Organise council parking if you need it for the removal company.
2. Draw up a list of the key people you need to tell about your move - the following are some of the people/businesses. You can do some of the changes prior to the move.
Bank, Standing Orders, Direct Debits, Credit Cards
Loyalty cards, Mail order /online shopping, Store Cards
Subscriptions to magazines
Landline and broadband
Inland Revenue and National Insurance
Private medical insurers
Home insurers and Pet/Critical Life/Car Insurance
Driving licence and Car Breakdown Services
3. Do a redirection via the post office but also print out a few sheets of labels with your new address so the new owners can forward anything that gets missed or arrives after the redirection.
4. Research energy suppliers as well as TV/Broadband suppliers. The best time to change is when you move. Lots of people rate Utility Warehouse as having great deals.
5. Set yourself a target for sorting/packing. If you've got packers coming to you chances are you'll want to de-clutter a bit. Rather than feeling like all you do is sort, set yourself a daily target. If you're packing a few boxes yourself (or doing everything yourself) be careful not to over pack boxes as you won't be able to move them but also don't under fill as they will get squashed in the van.
6. Start eating up the freezer, no point moving a full freezer.
7. Print out the new floor plan and work out some of the furniture, paying close attention to measurements and what will fit where. Place stickers on furniture with corresponding room/place so that the removal company put things in the right place.
8. Children aren't always an asset on packing/moving day. If you can possibly find someone to have them for you it really will make it easier. We've written articles on helping children move which include information about sorting their bedrooms first and putting up a family picture as soon as you move. For more read here. The same applies for pets, try and make sure they aren't around on the day.
9. Take a picture of a 'measuring wall' if you have one showing your children's growth. Alternatively you can tape some A4 plan paper together and mark it up on the piece of paper so you can 're-create' in the new house.
10. If you're not sure which items of the house you're meant to take/leave a great test is imagine turning the house upside down - anything that moves you can take. You should have the fixtures and fittings list you completed with the lawyer but make sure you're absolutely clear so there are no disputes.
11. Write the buyer a welcome note with information about how the house works, alarm codes, boiler information and anything else that might come in handy. It's also nice to leave loo roll and maybe a pint of milk or tea bags.
12. It's not obligatory but you could book a cleaner to come in and clean after you've gone. If not just make sure you leave it in a good state, that includes cleaning out the oven/fridge and also mowing the lawn.
13. Don't forget to tell the neighbours so you can say goodbye but also so they know it's your removal van coming. Also round up all your spare keys, from neighbours or cleaners or nannies.