Moving house checklist

So, you’re buying a new home. Congratulations! You’ve cleared the first hurdle. You may be moving into your first home… or have sold your existing one and bought another. Now it’s time to think about the move.

The actual move itself can sometimes seem to be the most stressful and daunting part of the whole process. With a deadline rapidly looming and a million and one things to organise, it can seem like a full time job. Thankfully, a little preparation and planning can drastically reduce your stress levels. And we can help. Our moving checklist covers the important aspects in each major stage before your move.

5-6 weeks to go

This is the ideal time to get started. The sooner you get organised, the easier your big day could be.

  1. Get quotes from several removal firms. As well as asking friends and family for recommendations, ask the removal firms themselves for references. And be sure to ask about their insurance cover, as they will be liable for your precious belongings during the move itself.
  2. Notify all your utility companies and any broadband service provider that you're moving and find out the processes for continuing with their services, if you wish, at your new address. It’s worth bearing in mind that with many of these companies, you have to give at least 4 weeks’ notice.
  3. Start a moving day file. A lot of your organising can be done online, but for all your paperwork, To Do lists and correspondence, an actual physical folder keeps everything you need in one neat and handy place.
  4. Spring clean! Moving house is a great opportunity to take stock of all your belongings and decide what to take with you, what you can sell or donate, and what you want to throw out. It’s the perfect time to look out those dusty old board games with pieces missing, records you haven’t played since you were a teenager and DVDs you got free with Sunday papers – and be tough!
  5. It’s worthwhile looking at your packaging options around about now. Decide whether you want to pack yourself or hire your chosen removals firm to do it for you. Self-packing can save money but obviously involves a lot more effort. Some removal firms will provide boxes, others won’t, so it’s wise to ask your chosen firm about this or make a start with sourcing your cardboard boxes. Some self-storage facilities sell them.

3-4 weeks to go

  1. Contact your home insurance provider to arrange cover for your new home and also confirm your moving-in date.
  2. Whilst you don’t want to be living amongst boxes for too long, if you have decided to pack yourself then you should get a head start and begin packing away non-essential items. It can free up a lot of time nearer your moving day.
  3. Arrange with the Post Office for your mail to be re-directed. You can redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address for up to 3, 6 or 12 months at
  4. Make sure you update the following with your new address (most can be done online):
    • TV Licensing
    • Your bank or building society
    • Any credit card and loyalty card companies
    • Your insurance providers
    • Your pensions and investments providers
    • Your mobile phone company
    • DVLA
    • Your doctor, dentist, optician and vet (if you have pets)
    • The Electoral Register
  5. Register to pay council tax for your new home. Again, this is something you can do online to save you time.

1-2 weeks to go

  1. Start using up all the things that you don’t really want to take with you, such as frozen food or all those half empty cleaning supplies under the sink.
  2. Make a list of family and friends who need to be told you’re moving. You don’t need to buy moving cards – there is a range of “change of address” e-cards available online.
  3. Cancel any local deliveries and services you have set up at your old address, such as milk or newspapers.
  4. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room in your new home that it’s headed for. This will help you find what you need as you unpack. It’s also a good idea to pack and label an ‘essentials’ box or two with items you’ll need straightaway.
  5. Organise on-street parking at both addresses for the removal lorry if necessary.
  6. Remember to think about curtains. If the people you’re buying from are leaving bedroom curtains – great. If not, you might need to improvise for the first few nights!

And then you’re all set! On the day of your move make a note of the meter readings in both houses. And remember to leave out the most important item for use on the big day – the kettle…

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Moving home checklist

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The material contained in this article is intended for information purposes only and not as advice.

You should obtain professional legal or other advice if you are unsure about the effect on you of any matter in this article.

Published: 26 January 2018

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