Moving House Checklist
Moving home can be really exciting, but also really stressful! Use our handy moving house checklist to make sure you don't forget any important details in the run up to moving day.
Set your moving date
One of the first steps in your moving house checklist is to decide on a moving date (usually the completion date). It is a good idea to choose your moving day as soon as contracts have been exchanged.
If possible, avoid moving on Fridays and bank holidays as this is when removal companies will be in high demand and may charge more. For a less stressful move, opt for off-peak times such as mid-week. See why Friday isn’t the best day to move.
Work out how you will move your belongings
This is a good time to have a clear out. There’s no point moving items you no longer need. Donate them to a charity shop or if they’re valuable, try selling them at an auction or sell to a second-hand furniture dealer. If you’re looking to have items safely and conveniently disposed of, take a look at our partner AnyJunk. They send two crew members to clear junk or bulky waste from anywhere on your property. They can arrange same day collection in most cities and on average 95% is diverted from landfill.
Decide if you are using a removals firm to help with packing and moving your belongings.
- Get an idea of what you can expect to spend with our guide to the Cost of removals.
- See our advice guide on questions to ask and how to Find the right removals company
If you are doing your own packing, the removal firm should provide boxes at a cost. Don’t over pack your boxes so you can still lift them. And label them with what is inside and where you want them to go in your new home to make things a lot easier when it comes to unpacking.
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Make sure your possessions are insured for transit. Most removals companies provide insurance, but check what this covers and whether there are any exclusions (e.g. anything you pack, rather than the company). If you’re planning to move any precious items yourself, check these are covered when in transit by your contents insurance.
It’s a good idea to keep a box of essentials for when you move in with kettle, cups, milk etc so you can at least have a cup of tea when you get there.
Leaving your old home
Write out a fact file for the people who are moving into your property. Include instruction leaflets and service information for the heating system and appliances you’re leaving, together with details of rubbish collection, milk deliveries, recycling schemes etc.
Collect all the keys to your home, including those left with neighbours, nannies and relatives, and give them to your solicitor or estate agent.
Organise the post office to redirect your post. You can redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address for up to 3, 6 or 12 months from just £29.99 for each different last name.
Cancel milk and newspapers if you have them delivered.
If you are moving to a different area, make sure you notify your GP and register with a new one.
Moving in to your new home
Make sure the foreman of the removals company has the right keys for the new home on moving day. Travel with them or make sure someone will be there with the keys to let them in.
Ensure that all items that were included in the sale such as carpets, curtains and any white goods are there. If there is anything missing, contact your solicitor.
If you notice any serious faults in the building that were missed in the original survey, alert your surveyor immediately.
Check that the phone, security alarm, smoke alarm, electricity, gas, central heating and water all work.
Read the gas, water and electricity meters – take a photo in case you need to change suppliers.
Think about getting the locks changed on your new property – you never know who the previous owners may have given spare keys to.
This is also a good time to arrange your home contents insurance and ensure you have the right level of cover.
Once you’ve moved in, you may need the help of tradespeople to assist with repairs or maintenance. Use our service from Checkatrade to find local, rated tradespeople for your job
Who to tell you’re moving
There is a long list of people you need to inform of your new address:
- Telephone and internet service providers
- TV licensing – your TV licence doesn’t automatically move with you when you move house and if you don’t you could end up being unlicensed in your new home, even if you paid for a licence at your old address. Fines run up to £1,000, so ensure you’re covered
- Bank, building society, pension provider and any company you have loans or investments with
- Credit card and store card companies
- HMRC, Inland Revenue
- Local council – for council tax and to re-register to vote
- The schools your children attend
- It is a legal requirement to notify DVLA and renew your driving licence and vehicle registration document
- Friends, family and colleagues