They say moving house can be one of the most stressful things you can do – but you can make the run up to moving day, and the day itself, go more smoothly by being organised. Creating a checklist for moving house ensures you won’t forget to do any of those important tasks whilst helping to reduce stress. Because there are many things you need to consider before the big day, we’ve got a few things you may wish to add to your moving house checklist.
Instruct an RICS Registered Valuer to carry out a survey on the property that you intend to buy as soon as you agree a price. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Discovering problems just before you had hoped to exchange contracts is really stressful and can result in you making rash decisions on your new ideal home.
Two months before the move
- Order cardboard boxes
- Organise self-storage, if needed
- Have a clear out – think about what you will want to keep and what you no longer want, this is a good time to sell unwanted items or donate them to charity
- Pack non-essentials; it’s never too early to start packing!
- Book time off work for your move
5-6 weeks before the move
- Get quotes from several removal companies and book one – it’s a good idea to ask friends for recommendations or find a reputable company on the British Association of Removers website
- Check your home insurance policy will cover your contents during the move
- Review your contents and buildings cover to ensure it’s suitable for your new home
3-4 weeks before the move
- Now is a good time to search online for the best TV, phone and broadband deals for your new home, do you want to stay with your current providers or move to a new one (Tip: they will often do special deals to keep your custom, so it’s worth asking).
- Redirect your mail (we recommend 12 months of redirecting as it can be hard to remember ALL of the companies that have your old address, you can then update the “less urgent” changes throughout the year).
- Check out new energy tariffs
1-2 weeks before the move
- Finish packing and start cleaning your home from top to bottom
- Register to pay council tax at your new address
- Cancel any local services or deliveries (such as newspaper deliveries)
- Sort out your bills – update your address with your bank, credit cards, insurance providers, TV licence etc.
The day before the move
- Pack an ’emergency’ box filled with essentials you’ll need straight away, such as kids/baby supplies, kettle and toaster, mugs, toiletries, device chargers etc.
- Do a final clean of your home
- Walk through your house and check everything is accounted for
- Make sure you’ve got keys to your new property or have arranged to collect them
- Prepare any moving-day essentials for your pets
The day of the move
- Take final meter readings and keep these in a safe place
- Switch off electricity and gas supply and check your property is secure before leaving
- On arrival at your new home, check your furniture for any damage when the removal company unloads
- Get your pets settled in – it’s a good idea to keep them in one room away from noise and stress until they are settled
Things to do after the move
Congratulations; you’ve survived moving day! There are still some things you’ll need to do though; once you’ve tackled the unpacking. Updating the electoral register is a must as you won’t automatically be registered to vote – you can do this online. Switch utilities providers once you have found the best tariff for your family’s needs and ensure you register with a local doctor and dentist. If you have pets, registering with the local vet is also a good idea.