Moving Home Checklist

There are so many things that you need to keep track of when you’re moving; there’s no way you’ll be able to remember everything. The best way to prevent forgetting anything is to make a checklist of all the things you are going to do during removal period.

With two months until you move, the legal side of moving should be finished, and it would be right time to research your new area to help the location feel like home to you, transfer children’s school records, confirm your moving date, arrange your mortgage and get valuable possessions assessed for insurance.

With six weeks left to move, it is time to start clearing out anything you don’t want to move to your new home, book your removal company and check the parking restrictions for large removals vehicles at your current home and your new home. Also, make a full inventory of your possessions, start to clean out cupboards and place belongings in usable piles/larger rooms, collect packaging materials and redirect or cancel newspaper and other subscriptions.

1 month before you move

At this point of moving, you can organise parking arrangements and permits for the removals vehicle at both addresses and consider the travel route to your new home. Other important things you should do are:

  • Find storage facilities if required
  • Organise to have your new house cleaned before you move in
  • Start packing non-essential items and least used rooms
  • Clear out the loft, shed, and other storage and outside spaces
  • Notify relevant utility companies and switch home insurance to your new home
  • Check that everything you are taking with you in the car fits in
  • Book overnight hotel accommodation if the journey is a long one

2 weeks before you move

This is the right time to confirm all essential details and contact numbers with your removal company and estate agent, schools etc. in preparation for your move. On your moving day, it would be useful to have children and pets cared for at a different location if possible so check if familiar family and friends would be available on a moving day. You should also:

  • Check if you have sufficient medication for the moving period
  • Book people to carry out services if your removal company is not providing them, e.g. house cleaning, dismantling of flat-pack furniture, a plumber for the dishwasher and washing machines
  • Dispose of all flammable materials and liquids that require specialist treatment
  • Arrange transfer of bank accounts, internet, telephone, gas, electricity connections.

1 week before you move

During this week you should be organising all important documents and ensure you store them somewhere safe but accessible. Your packing should be almost finished so you’ll be ready to go on the day, but make sure you have left out all items necessary for your Survival Kit of essentials to get you through your move unscathed. Don’t forget to print out your moving checklist and stick it on your fridge!

  • Put essential items and documents in a plain, sturdy box for safe keeping
  • Prepare a Survival Kit
  • Cross-reference boxes to rooms
  • Gather together keys for your current property and collect keys to your new home
  • Give the post office your new address and arrange mail redirection service
  • Defrost the fridge and freezer. Note that if you have food in the fridge, you’ll need a freezer van to transport those to your new home if you have a lot of stock and have a long trip.
  • Make arrangements to pay for your move and ensure you have sufficient cash assets in the bank for emergencies
  • Send out a change of address cards to friends and relatives – prepare Change of Address Checklist, a full list of who to notify when moving
  • Set aside bed linens, towels to be used on the first night so beds can be made up as soon as possible on moving day.

1 day before you move

It’s time for a final check and walk around the property to ensure nothing will be left behind, and everything is packed and ready for transit. And, don’t forget to charge your mobile phone fully!

  • Pack a night bag for the family, so you have your toothbrush, pyjamas, wash bag and towels handy and make sure that this is separate from the items going with the removal lorry
  • Put together a mini-toolkit including a sharp knife for opening boxes on arrival
  • Ensure you have the keys to your new house and gather together all keys for from your old home
  • Do you have perishable food to transport and a lot of them? Your typical moving company or hired van won’t suffice, consider hiring a refrigerated van from a company like Glacier Vehicles.

On the day you move

The day has come, and it is important to have a plan and know what you need to do on your final morning at the property. Be ready for when your removal company arrives so they can begin promptly. Make sure you take the meter readings for you to give to your providers and leave the keys to the new owner. It’s now time to move to your new home.

  • Identify items going with you in the car to your removals team
  • Ensure one person stays until your movers have finished packing to check the packing inventory
  • Leave all the sets of keys as arranged for the new owners
  • Lock all doors and windows, turn off hot water system if required
  • Give your movers several copies of emergency contact details and directions to your new house
  • Keep copies of contact details for your conveyancer, estate agent and removal company
  • Check off all items as they go into the moving van.

Once you are in your new home

Upon arrival at your new home, make your removal company aware of any special instructions and let them know which room the boxes are headed to. Make sure you are happy that everything in your inventory is accounted for before your moving company leaves. But first things first – it’s time to get the kettle on; your family and removals team will appreciate it!

  • Confirm what is to be moved where and any special instructions to your removal company
  • Account for each item on your inventory
  • Unpack your ‘survival kit’
  • Place moving and other documents in a safe place where they won’t get disturbed
  • Record utility meters in your new home
  • Check all the keys for the property work before the locksmith leaves
  • Inspect the garden
  • Check if the previous owner has left any item

After you have moved in

After a busy moving day, don’t try to unpack everything at once, make up the beds and then spend the evening relaxing with loved ones and a celebratory takeaway, and congratulate yourself on making it through the day.

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