Moving House Checklist
Read through our comprehensive moving house checklist to help make your move a little bit easier. Using this, you won’t forget a thing! Bare in mind that the process in this checklist can vary slightly depending on the area you live in, or where you are moving to.
1. Confirm the date of your move
Ensure you know your move out the date which is usually confirmed by your conveyancers and house sellers.
If you’re renting a property, you may be able to spread moving out across several days if your notice period ends after the day you move into your new house.
If you are part of a chain, you probably wont have the luxury of being able to take your time.
2. Give notice to your landlord (if you're renting)
If you’re renting, you will need to let your landlord know the exact date you’re planning on moving out. In an ideal world, this would coincide with the end of your lease, as this avoids paying for both rent and your mortgage at the same time.
3. Contact utility suppliers
Let all of your utility suppliers know that you’re planning to move out, such as your gas & electric, phone and broadband suppliers, etc.
Ensure to give your suppliers as much notice as possible as moving services across can sometimes take several weeks.
Your internet connection can usually take a long time to get set up at your new property so it might be a good idea to download some films, or games to pass time while you’re waiting for things to get set up at the new property.
Finally, take a meter reading of your property and pass them on to your suppliers. Taking a picture of the meter is usually a better idea, as the photo will have a timestamp proving exactly what the meter reading was when that photo was taken.
4. Get quotes from a removals firm
When it comes to removals, a lot of factors determine the price, what might be practical for your budget and the size of your new property.
If you’re moving into a smaller property, or if your budget is limited, you might find it cheaper to rent a van and hire a few friends to help make the move. However, this can easily add to the stress on moving day.
If you’d prefer a professional service, contact Triple A Removals for a quote. Triple A Removals have an established reputation and years of experience in the removals industry.
5. Have a big clear out before you move
Moving house is the perfect time to go through old things and decide what is and isn’t worth keeping. Before you start boxing up your possessions, go through your old clothes, belongings and furniture to decide what is actually worth keeping and what can be recycled or donated.
Doing this can usually save a lot of time, effort and backache if you reduce the number of things that need moving to the new property.
6. Make a list of where everything is in your new home
You don’t want to move into your new home and have a problem, only to not know where to find the things to fix it. Ask the sellers of your new property where the following things are:
- Main water supply tap
- Instructions for appliances
- Gas and electricity meters
- Fuse box
If you’re selling, it would be beneficial for the new buyers to leave them a list of the above things.
7. Start packing!
When you’re packing everything up, make sure to label boxes properly, as well as note the room that they should be moved into. If you want to go an extra step, make a list of everything that is in each box, so you don’t have to root around whenever you’re trying to find something before unpacking in the new property.
8. Pay bills and inform friends and family that you're moving
Settle any unpaid bills that you have outstanding on your current property, like council tax. Then, make sure you inform the following people that you’re moving house:
- Your work
- Your bank (Insurance, bank cards, etc)
- The council and electoral roll
- TV Licencing
- Doctors and dentists
- National Insurance/DSS offices
- Post office (to arrange a post redirection)
Tip: Don’t forget to delete your old address, as there’s nothing worse than realising your package has been sent to your old address.
9. Grab the essentials for moving day
You’ll need the essentials for your first night in your new house, especially if you have children; so it’s a good idea to pack a box or bag with the following things that you can access quickly:
- Kettle, mugs, coffee, tea, sugar, etc
- Cleaning products
- Phones, laptops and chargers
- Kitchen & toilet roll
- Duvet and bedding for the first night
- Television or radio
- Food and drinks for children
- Change of clothes
10. Relax and move house
Once you’ve unloaded everything into your new property, with the help of a professional removal company, now might be the best time to give the new property a deep clean.
- Once you’re in, start to unpack room by room, probably starting with the kitchen.
- Ensure all utilities are up and running.
- Ensure you have the keys to every door, window, cupboard and garage, etc.
- Find out what day bins are collected
Finally, try and relax. Find a local takeaway for the first night and put your feet up.