4 Things We Always Forget Before Moving House

August 18, 2021

When I count the times I’ve moved, eleven seems a small number for the amount of time and stress that went into it. Perhaps a better measure of the experience is to count the number of hours spent setting up utilities, calling the right removalists and then packing up all my belongings into organised boxes. Or maybe I could recall all the times I got close to moving day and forgot the most important, most obvious things. 

Most of us have been there! They’re the kind of mistakes we kick ourselves for. But with all the other items to check off our list, it’s hard to keep track of everything. So to save you some time and heartache, we’ve compiled a list of things people often forget about when moving homes.

Packing an Essentials Box

You’ve done it—separated all your clothes and crockery and books into their respective boxes and then you realise you have nothing to wear or brush your teeth with. Say hello to your much-needed essentials box. 

While its name is self-explanatory, what goes in it isn’t so clear. Here’s a shortlist of what we think would be necessary for the weeks leading up to and after the move. Feel free to make this your own. 

  • Toiletries (it’s about to get messy so make sure you have everything including toilet paper, toothpaste and nail clippers) 
  • Sheets and pillows (everyone seems to leave this out!)
  • Cleaning supplies (you won’t regret prepping these beforehand. Think multi-surface cleaner, paper towels, dish soap, rags, and a broom and dustpan)
  • Any medicine or supplements you normally take
  • Snacks
  • Chargers
  • A speaker (to blast uplifting music, of course) 
  • Duct tape
  • Something just for you (this can be a candle, a bottle of wine… an item you love to keep you grounded and happy during the transition)

Electricity

Seems obvious, doesn’t it? But studies show around 30% of people forget this when they move homes. I was one of those people. Clearly WiFi took precedence over everything else. 

Soho for renters services

Fortunately, Soho has an awesome service that does all of this for you with our Soho for Renters service. And when I say all, I mean all of it. You can opt to just have us coordinate your electricity, or we can also connect your internet, gas, cable, as well as organise removalists and your home insurance. 

It’s really the simplest and easiest of processes. All you need to do is navigate to our Soho for Renters page and fill in what you need arranged for you. We’ll then put you in touch with a moving expert to do all the tedious stuff you don’t have time to spend on. Whether you have your own preferred provider or just want the best deal out there, our team will sort that out based on your preferences. Now that we’ve told you, you shouldn’t forget!

Hidden Treasures

If you’ve lived in one home long enough, there will be lots of hidden gems about the house that can be forgotten over time. We had a tenant who lost their emergency cash when they moved because they had forgotten it was hidden underneath the shelf of one of the built-in cupboards. So unless you’d like to leave a gift for the new tenants, make sure to check all the nooks and crannies. 

The same goes for your spare keys! You know—the one under the doormat that has surely saved the locksmith several visits. So unless this too is a gift for the people moving in, best clear it out. 

Changing Your Address

While most snail mail these days has found its way online, many services still rely on having your updated home address. Here are a couple providers to contact with this new info before you move house:

  • Banks and credit card accounts
  • Place of employment
  • Schools
  • Life and car insurance
  • Subscriptions (magazines, newspapers, etc)
  • Other professional services
  • Family and friends

Of course, all of these steps are in addition to moving must-do’s. There’s also the cleaning of your new rental, and the organising of important areas like your pantry. But fret not, we’ve got you covered.

If you haven’t found your dream home yet, we can also help you out in that department. Browse our search page to check out some amazing listings available right now. But don’t just stop there, download our app to get the full Soho experience. Just remember to shortlist or swipe left on our listings so we can send you others that better match what you’re looking for.

Isabelle de Braux
Isabelle is the Content Lead at Soho. Her dream home has a beachfront and giant kitchen island—possibly in the Byron region. Get in touch to explore content opportunities or just to say hi!
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