Your Moving Timeline: When Should You Start End of Tenancy Cleaning?

There’s no denying it: moving is a big job. Use this moving timeline to stay on track with your packing, end of tenancy cleaning, and other tasks.

We get it. Moving is a stressful time. You’ve got overlapping bills, more boxes than you know what to do with, and people who wanted this over a week ago. Point being, there are a lot of avoidable mistakes during the moving process.

Neglecting your moving timeline should be the easiest one to avoid. Here, we’re breaking down a complete moving plan template for you to work with, starting at week eight. Let’s get to it!

Your Moving Timeline

In a move, there is…well, an awful lot of moving parts to balance. You know your moving date and where you’re moving to, but suddenly, a million jobs materialize in the meantime.
It doesn’t have to be intimidating. The easiest way to think about the process is to work in reverse. You should start your moving tasks about eight weeks out.

Week Eight

First things first: it’s decision time.
You know where you’re moving. Now you need to decide whether you’re moving alone or with assistance from the pros. Moving on your own might save you a little money, but it will also cost you a lot more time, so make a decision about what’s most valuable to you.
If you do decide to hire a moving company, shop around and get quotes from a few reputable options. If you decide to move on your own, now is the time to book a rental moving truck especially if you’re moving during the summer months.
Either way, you should create a binder or start a new notebook. This is where all of your moving details will reside.
For example, all of your task lists, or the inventory of the entire house that you need to take. And while you’re taking a household inventory, you also need lists of what’s coming with you, what’s getting donated, and what’s staying behind.
You should also verify your moving dates with your boss (and new boss, if you’re changing jobs).

Week Six

At six weeks, you’ve had two weeks to dig into the early stages of moving.
Now, it’s time to really get the ball rolling.
Specifically, it’s time to get all your paperwork in order. Visit your doctor for your medical records. If you have a pet, visit them for your pet’s records. If you have children, you need to obtain their school records.

On a related note, you’ll also need to find a new healthcare provider in your new area, as well as a new vet for your pets and a new school for your kids (if you have a pet or children). Also, take your pets (and your kids) in to get any vaccinations updated.

While you’re there, ask your vet about things you can do to make the move easier on your furry friends. It’s a stressful time for them, and you want to make it as painless as possible.

This is also the point at which you should get your mail redirected with Royal Mail and update your address with HM Revenue and Customs (if applicable). This will ensure that nothing is lost in the post (and protects important mail, like bank cards).

Week Four

Only a month left before you move house!
At this point, if you’re moving on your own, start calling your friends to ask for help. The sooner you ask, the better chance that they’ll say yes.
You should also acquire moving supplies if you haven’t already, including:
• Boxes
• Packing paper
• Bubble wrap
• Tape
• Markers
The packing process should be well underway. However, you shouldn’t pack non allowable items, which are items that movers won’t transport due to potential health risk or liability.
These include hazardous items like:
• Paints
• Paint thinner
• Nail polish and nail polish remover
• Fireworks
• Ammunition, guns, and other weapons
• Fire extinguisher
• Bleach and cleaning solvents
• Motor oil
• Weed killer
• Household batteries
However, it also includes personal or sentimental items such as:
• Jewellery
• Sterling silver
• Stocks and bonds
• Collections of any kind (coins, postage stamps, etc.)
• IRAs, deeds, tax records, etc.
• Medical and dental records
• School records
• Professional files
• Financial documents
• Car titles and car keys
• Cash and chequebooks
• Computers and other technology
• Insurance policies
• Photos and photo albums
In general, if you have any items of this kind, you should plan on moving them yourself. You should also plan on personally moving any items of particular value or delicacy, like expensive art, fine china, old books, or antiques.
With this in mind, you should begin making travel arrangements, regardless of how you plan on travelling to your new abode. If you plan on driving, get your car serviced. If you plan on flying, find a reliable auto transporter. And while you’re at it, book any hotels, relevant tickets, and important documents.

Week Two

Only two weeks out, and things should be moving along. If you hired a moving company, call them to make sure everything’s going according to plan.
You should also get in touch with your utility companies to negotiate when service will end shortly before your move out and when services will turn back on after your moving day.
If you live in an apartment, reserve a freight elevator for your move-out day, and make the reservation for longer than you think you might need, just in case.
Also, if you haven’t addressed your storage areas yet (garage, basement, attic, etc.) then take the time to pack them. As with the lift, allocate more time than you think you need.
This is also the time to have a farewell party if you plan on hosting one. If nothing else, it helps you use up food supplies that aren’t travelling with you.

Week One

Only seven days left until the Day of Chaos. Are you ready?
Check any lingering bills and pay any that are due before move out, and hold onto receipts as proof of payment.
This is also when you should return any rentals (library books, movie rentals, and borrowed items from friends). Your packing should be finished, and now is the time to disassemble large furniture.
At this point, since everything is packed, you should go through your whole house and make a cleaning checklist. If you’re planning on bringing in end of tenancy cleaners, now is the time to do so.

Moving Day

Moving Day actually starts the day before. Do any final checks, pack up any remaining items, and put anything you’re personally moving in the car. Give everyone a good meal and a good night’s sleep the night before–you’re going to need it.
The morning of, you should get up extra early to do any last-minute tasks. Kids and pets should be removed from the epicentre of moving, preferably in a safe/empty room of the house.
If you have movers, keep an eye on everything. Before a single box is touched, make sure they have all the right information (destination and phone number). And if there are forms, don’t sign anything without reading it.

Your End of Tenancy Cleaning Service

Moving is a stressful experience no matter how zen you are. Making use of a moving timeline (and a good end of tenancy cleaning service) makes your life whole lot easier.
If you’re in need to a cleaner to help your move go off without a hitch, click here to check out our prices, or get a free quote to see what we can do for you.


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When we hear the word tantrum we always think of toddlers. 2 and 3 year olds being grumpy over the slightest things. I am not joking when I say some of the reasons there have been tantrums in my house are just…. Well you sit back and wonder if you’re actually going in sane

Top 5 Toddler Tantrums

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I thought I would enlighten you all on what I consider the top 5 tantrums I’ve experienced with my kids. I will work from number 5 down to number 1 which I consider the ultimate tantrum so far.

5. Bethie kicked off because she wanted to watch Ryans Toy Review. What was on the TV? Ryan’s Toy Review like she had asked. She even chose the episode but no, that Ryan wasn’t good enough she wanted a different one.

4. Harry was the most devastated boy on the earth when I gave birth to Annabelle. He did not want a baby sister and my god did I know it!

3. Ellie wanted to leave home. At the ripe old age of 3 she packed a bag and waved me goodbye on the doorstep. Why? I genuinely can’t remember but Ellie used to kick off about the world so it was probably something as simple as not having the right spread on her toast. ( she even made me do her hair before she left) She only got to the end of the path before running back saying I’m sorry mummy I love you.

2. Annabelle was sent to her room and her tantrum was probably one of the best I’ve ever seen. Annabelle doesn’t know when to stop and argues back ( not sure where she gets that from ) On this particular occasion she was sent to her room. All we heard from down the stairs was her asking the cat to help her. It was hard not to giggle as we heard “Mimi help me”

  1. My number one favourite tantrum from my kids so far was when Harry was about 1 and a half and Ellie was pretty much a newborn. Ellie had been a little whiney all day and I just heard ” Mummy she is doing my head in” Queue massive tantrum about his sister. Unbelievably that was also his first full sentence.

I’d like to tell you it gets better

But I just can’t! You get past the tantrums from toddlers into a lovely middle phase that I like to call the calm before the storm. Usually between the ages of say 6 and 10. This is where you think you’ve cracked the parenting thing. They’ve started to listen to you. Behave well in general. You can take them anywhere with very minimal fuss.

They like to lull you into a false sense of security. You have amazing incredible bonding moments where they are even able to sit down and enjoy a whole film with you. Help you around the house and become what can only be described as angels. DO NOT BELIEVE IT

Pre-teen and Teen Tantrums begin

Just when you think you’ve got it all cracked and you may actually be doing an alright job as a parent they have yet another trick up their sleeves. They become preteens and teenagers.

With this new-found status comes many things including hormones, smelly pits , acne and dramas but worse than that you get Teen tantrums!

Top 5 Teen Tantrums

Now you wouldn’t think the tantrums would continue once they hit an age where they pretty much fully understand the world. They know their own minds and can listen to instructions but you would be very much mistaken. Here are my top 5 Teenage tantrums.

5. I would not let Harry finish tidying his room. Now I know what you’re thinking. What teenager does their room but Harry isn’t a typical teenager and has a thing about tidying up. His brother was going to bed so he was asked to leave the rest till the morning. You would swear I’d taken his last sweet off him.

4. Telling Ellie she had to walk to school. Now I need you to understand the school is literally a 5-10 minute walk from my house. If I drop her off and pick her up I’m stuck in a sea of traffic and the whole experience takes around 30 minutes to complete. When I suggested walking you would think I had asked her to chop off her left arm. ( I don’t know why I said left I just did lol )

3. Now when you pass the toddler phase you would think the arguments over sweets would stop but this isn’t true. In fact tonight Ellie sulked because Harry had a lollipop and she wanted it. Queue arguing over a lollipop! Yes a lollipop aged 14 and 13 my kids are throwing strops over a sweetie!

2. Now this one I’m sure others could relate to. It’s a school morning. You’ve asked 15 times if they have everything ready. Done their homework etc and then you get in the car for one of them to realise that they haven’t done it. Of course naturally this is all your fault and absolutely nothing to do with the fact they spent the whole night chatting to friends or watching YouTube videos.

  1. This tantrum is by far the best tantrum I’ve witness in a teenager yet. Ellie discovered she likes boys! In particular this boy also liked her. Now unlike most teenagers who just get excited over the fact. Ellie had a full-blown meltdown because she liked a boy who also liked her. I’m not joking when I say there were tears and everything!


In conclusion this post is literally to prewarn you all that up until now the tantrums in our house are still very much here and that you really shouldn’t get fooled by the calm before the storm.

God help us when puberty full hits. I think I may book myself a trip away until they’re 18 then return once it’s all over.

Parents of older kids/ young adults please tell me it gets easier.

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