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Moving in Checklist

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
19th January 2017 (Last updated on Tuesday 19th February 2019)

Moving into your new home is exciting. There is nothing quite like the feeling of getting in and closing the door behind you after what has felt like an age of planning and counting down to moving day. In your new found euphoria, it can be too easy to overlook important details and final jobs that need doing, so, as always, we have thought of everything for you. Use our tried and tested, Moving In Checklist to tick off all those last few fluffy bits that need doing.

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This article will cover the following points

Moving Day First Couple of Days Renting

Moving Day

So, moving day is here… You have so much to do, but hopefully, you’ve been smart and forward thinking enough to have used a removals company so all the heavy lifting and laborious logistics is being handled for you. This should keep your mind free to focus on the things that will need your attention:

Items included in the sale

If you can get into the house and do a quick spot check before the removals team start unloading the van, you will have a chance to ensure all that was to be included with the sale is there as promised. Be sure to take photographs of anything that isn’t as it should be.

Check Boxes

Once your boxes arrive, open a few and make sure your items have arrived unharmed. Check your most fragile items, as it’s likely that, if they have arrived in perfect condition, the rest of your items have too. If you have hired a professional removal company through Compare My Move, you can rest assured they will take the utmost care of your belongings with minimal risk of damage.

Make your Bed

Unpack your essentials first… You are going to want the kettle and the tea, coffee and sugar out for a start… not to mention toilet paper and a shower curtain… but something that might seem less than obvious is making your bed. Having your bed set up, with all the sheets on is a perfect way to make your new home feel like home… Not only that, but moving house can be exhausting so by setting up the sack, you are free to just crash and put off the unpacking until tomorrow… we won’t tell anyone.

Look after Pets

Be sure to check out our ultimate guide on moving house with a pet for tips on getting your furry friend safely settled into their new home. Moving day can seem pretty chaotic to a pet that doesn’t quite understand what’s going on. Be sure that the garden is secure before letting the dog loose and if you’re moving with a cat, it’s best to set them up in one room to begin with, you can slowly familiarise them with their new home over the next few days.

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First Couple of Days

Council Tax and Utilities

Council Tax is like a sneaky assassin, creeping up on you while you busy yourself with the ‘to dos’ of unpacking and settling into your new home. You must register with the Local Authority to pay your council tax and the sooner the better because it will only be backdated anyway.

Use our partners Just Move In who will do all the hard work for you. They will help you save time and money by arranging your council tax, gas, electric, water and broandband on your behalf. Request a call back today.

Check the Boiler

Sometimes overlooked, checking a boiler should be part of every moving in checklist! The boiler is a bugger that has been known to cause quite a few problems for homeowners in their first few weeks in a new home. It is one of the most important elements in any home, especially as we head towards the cold and chilly winter months… which lest face it, is most of the year in the UK! A boiler service will ensure your boiler is ready for action when it’s called upon and prevent any nasty surprises. It’s worth doing even if your boiler is fairly new because many new boilers have ten-year warranties but require an annual boiler service in order to validate it, so you’ve nothing to lose. Whilst you’re in the process it may also be worthwhile checking with alternative energy suppliers to see if you can find yourself a better deal. Remember, always get the best deal suited to your needs


An unusual addition to the moving in checklist but stick with us… Certain materials will need to be carefully treated in order to maintain them. This will include things like wood flooring, kitchen worktops, stone paving, bathroom tiles and so on. You never know, you could have a solid gold bath… Sometimes these materials react badly with chemicals in standard cleaning products and need specialised treatment. It’s something you only need to check once but could potentially save you a lot of trouble.

TV License

Heads Up - The TV license from your previous home does not automatically move with you so you’ll need to contact TV Licensing to transfer your license across to your new address. If the previous occupier is particularly charitable, it is possible for them to transfer their license to you but don’t hold your breath! If you continue to receive TV licensing mail for the previous occupant, you’ll have to contact TV Licensing and inform them of any changes.

Change Locks

It is a good idea to change your locks as soon as you move into your new home. You don’t know how many people could still have spare keys to the house and that’s just creepy. Changing the locks will eliminate any security risk and give you peace of mind. If home security is a concern, take a look at some of these home gadgets.

Change Address

It may seem blatantly obvious to change your address when you move house but it’s so easy to forget some of the people, businesses and services that need to be informed. It’s more than just your friends, family and catalogue that need to know… there’s the GP, schools, LA, Electoral role. Check out the Compare My Move Change of Address Checklist to be sure everything is covered,

Sort Mail

This one should really be arranged by the previous owner, the Royal Mail’s Postal Redirection service will ensure that any bills or other mail should be redirected to the correct address. However, if you do start to see your post box stuffed with letters that are not addressed to you, it may be a good idea to return to sender. It is important to remember that throwing away post that does not belong to you is a crime in the UK, the Postal Services Act 2000 states that any person who commits this offence may be “liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both”.

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If you are Renting

Moving into a rented house means there are a couple more things that you need to do. First of all, check the inventory you should have been given by your landlord or estate agent. This contains an account of all fixtures and fittings that come with the house, as well as their condition. Take a walk through the house and make note of any issues that are not in the inventory. If you are uncertain of anything in your inventory, take a time-stamped photo as proof of a fixture or fitting’s condition and let your landlord know.

So, there it is, you’ll certainly have a lot on your mind on moving day but now you’ve got a checklist to ensure that nothing will slip under your radar. If you’re yet to move out, you can use our moving house checklist to ensure you have everything in order. 

Good luck!