Moving house checklist

Published on 24 August 2018

Are you moving house? Read on to find out the key things you should do to prepare for your move.

2 months before

Decide whether you’d like a removals company or if you’d prefer to do it yourself (enlist your friends and family to help if you can!)

If you’d prefer a company to do the moving, make sure to get quotes from different companies to get the best price.

Start sorting your belongings – moving is a great opportunity to sort through your things and decide what to keep and what to get rid of for a fresh start.

Places like charity shops are usually very happy to accept smaller items.

1 month before
Start packing away non-essential items such as seasonal clothing, as well as items you haven’t used for a while but would like to keep.

It can be tempting to pack as much into a box as possible, but lots of smaller boxes are easier and safer to move about than a few heavy ones.

Make sure to buy strong boxes and packaging such as bubble wrap and tissue paper, you can usually buy moving home packs which include everything you’d need.

When you start packing, it’s a great idea to label the box on the top and on the side so you/the movers know what room the boxes should go into in your new property.

2 weeks before
Tell your banks/credit card providers, insurers and other financial companies that you’re moving home.

Provide them with your new address and the date you’ll be there from – you don’t want confidential and sensitive documents falling into the wrong hands at an address you don’t live at anymore.

Apply for an updated driving licence – you can apply online or grab a form from your nearest post office.

It doesn’t cost anything to update your address, and you could potentially be fined for not updating your details.

Make sure you notify your car insurance company of your address move too.

Find out about parking permits at your new property – you may be able to apply before you’ve moved to your new address.

Contact your local council authority about parking permits - https://www.gov.uk/parking-permit

Arrange a mail redirect service – the Royal Mail offer a service at a cost where your post can be redirected for either 3, 6 or 12 months.

Start giving the property a deep clean, or if you’d prefer not to do this yourself get some quotes from local cleaning companies.

Now would be a great time to start using up your freezer and cupboard food – if you won’t get through it all, ask your friends and family if you can store it in their freezers until you move into your new home.

Let your neighbours know in advance so they can expect the removal van temporarily in the area. They may even offer to park their car elsewhere to allow the van some extra room to manoeuvre.

Similarly, if there are parking restrictions outside your property, you may need to make arrangements to allow the removers to set up.

1 week before
Get in touch with your bill/utility providers and let them know about your change of address, a lot of providers allow you to notify them through an app, if not just give them a call.

Arrange for your main domestic appliances such as your washing machine to be disconnected.

Inform your doctor/dentist that you’re moving and provide them with your new address.

If you are moving further afield, research for a new doctor/dentist in the area you’re moving to.

Cancel any local deliveries you have for milk, newspapers, window cleaner.

Day before
Create a moving home pack with essentials for your new home – kettle, mugs, milk, tea bags, plates, cutlery as well as fresh clothes, toiletries, washing up liquid, bottled water, cleaning products and important documents you need to hand.

A power bank is essential to have on the day you move house!

Take final meter readings around the house (taking a photo of your meters on your phone is easy to do) and means you’ll only pay for your usage at the property.

Update your details on the electoral role, this means you can still vote in local and national elections when you move house.

These details don’t automatically update when you move, you can update them on the Gov.uk website.

Pack smaller boxes of more fragile/important items such as jewellery, important documents – you might prefer to pop these in your car and take them with you yourself.

Day of
Make sure to place your boxes within the right rooms of your new home – if friends and family are helping you move, they’ll be able to help with this with clear labelling on the boxes.

Disassemble large furniture such as corner sofas and beds – these will be the first things that you’ll need in your new home!

Make sure to check and lock all windows and doors.

Do a final check over the house – things can quite easily get left behind in the attic, garage and back of cupboards.

Leave a list of the property’s suppliers (water, electric, gas) for the new owners, write down where important things are located such as the water stop tap and anything else you think they should know.

Day after
Change the locks on your new property for added security – a set of keys may have gone missing in the past for your new property.

Celebrate, you’ve moved home!