Your Moving House Checklist
Get organised well in advance with our moving house checklist – can you tick everything off? When you get your completion and moving dates it is time to get the ball rolling.
2 Months Before
The first stage of any moving house checklist is to do your research – the area, legal process, removal companies – and don’t underestimate how long this process can take.
Make sure you have everything sorted well in advance to ensure everything runs smoothly.
- Take your time to select a Conveyancing Solicitor to ensure the legal aspect of the move runs smoothly.
- Research the area you’re moving to – what amenities and facilities does it offer you and your family?
- If you are currently in rented accommodation, you must notify your landlord and give the required notice.
- Gather all important documents – passports and birth certificates – and put them in a secure folder to keep them organised and in the same place, minimising the risk of misplacing or forgetting one of them.
- Sort out your home insurance, so that you are covered during the move and at the new property from there on after.
- Get a number of home removal quotes and find a removal company that is affordable and suitable for your needs.
6 Weeks Before
You would be surprised at just how much stuff you need to pack, and even more surprised at how much clutter you have. This stage of the moving house checklist is about organising and decluttering.
- Create an inventory of everything you plan to bring to the new house. You can label the boxes so you know what room everything belongs in. To make this easier, we have already reviewed the best apps to help you organise your items into a digital visual inventory – Sortly is just one of them.
- Create a floor plan of the new property so you can plan where all your furniture is going to go. Roomle is one of the apps we reviewed that is great for this.
- It can be difficult to let go of things we’ve had for a long time, but you need to be brutal; Get rid of anything you don’t use and takes up storage room. Don’t forget that removal companies charge based on volume. The more you have, the more it’s going to cost.
- If you need new carpets or any other furnishings, order these now as there will probably be a wait.
- Think about parking on moving day. Is there ample space for a removal truck or will you need to apply for council permits?
1 Month Before
The next stage of the moving checklist involves working out the logistics of the move and notifying the relevant people.
- You should have a chartered surveyor inspect the new property and inform you of the structural condition and any problems.
- Talk to your solicitors to solidify an official moving date and exchange contracts.
- Try and work out a suitable route for the moving day and give it to your chosen removal company – are the roads suitable for removal vans?
- Organise for the new property to be cleaned when the old occupants move out and before you move in.
- Make sure to notify your utility companies of your moving date and inform your home insurance providers. If you are moving area, find a new doctors and dentist, and de-register with your current ones. Our change of address checklist will help you make sure you’ve notified everyone of the move.
- If you will be requiring extra storage space during the move, make sure to book your storage in advance.
- Pick up packaging materials, such as boxes and bubble wrap – some removal companies supply these themselves, though, so it’s worth contacting them to find out!
- Start packing non-essential items, things that you don’t use on a day-to-day basis. This could be clearing out the attic and garage or starting to pack up the kitchen cupboards or airing cupboard.
2 Weeks Before
Finalise the details of your move with the removal company; it will take a lot of stress out of the move. They know exactly what needs to be done and when, which will ensure the process runs quickly and smoothly.
- Removal companies are usually happy to accommodate any specialist services such as disassembling and reassembling furniture or un-plumbing washing machines, but ask just to be certain.
- If they are not able to carry out specialist service, you now have enough time to hire the right people.
- Confirm the arrival time, parking details and directions to your new property.
- Safely dispose of any non-allowable items by carefully reading instructions or seeking advice from professionals.
- As your packing progresses mark boxes with details of the new room they intend to go in.
- Use as much of your freezer food and other perishables as possible, so they do not spoil during the move.
- Arrange for care of small children or pets during moving day with friends or neighbours
- Arrange a time to pick up your keys.
The Day Before
You should have everything basically ready by now, but do a couple of last minute checks to reassure yourself that you have remembered everything!
- Do a final check around the house to make sure it’s clean and you haven’t forgotten anything. Run through your inventory a couple of times to make sure.
- Check our moving day survival kit so you can prepare everything you’ll need on moving day.
This is going to be a tiring day no matter what – but if you follow our instructions, it will be bearable.
- Make sure you’re ready when the removal company arrives so you can get started as quickly as possible.
- Do all of your final meter readings.
- Leave the keys for the new occupants and any helpful instructions about the property they might need.
- It’s essential that you don’t feel stressed on moving day, and so you should follow these 8 steps to reduce moving house stress.
At your New House
Try not to do too much all at once. Once you have relaxed, allocate tasks to everyone in the family. If you want to learn more about the area you’ve moved to, get to know the neighbours.
- If you haven’t labelled your boxes, let your removal company know where everything goes so they don’t then waste time moving everything around.
- The only thing you should do is make the beds as you will probably want to collapse after a long day of moving.
- But don’t try to unpack all at once – you’ll be exhausted.
- If you have older children, let them organise their rooms themselves – then everyone can have a job to do and you’ll be finished faster.
- Talk to your neighbours! Invite them in for a coffee – you might make some new friends, or even find out more about the area.
Follow this moving house checklist and the only thing you will have to worry about doing on the day is getting everything packed and out in time. You will be ready to move home. Good luck!