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Moving House Checklist: A Step-by-Step Guide

Moving House Checklist: Guide for a Seamless Transition

Moving house can be both exciting and stressful. Whether you’re getting your first home, moving to a bigger space, or just wanting a new view, moving takes careful planning.

This comprehensive moving house checklist will simplify your move, breaking it down into easily manageable steps to minimize potential stress.


Domestic removals

Planning and Preparation

  • Set a Realistic Moving Date: Consider work/school schedules, peak moving seasons, and the availability of removal companies. Book well in advance, particularly during busy periods.
  • Build a Moving Budget: Factor in costs of professional movers, packing materials, transportation, storage (if needed), and any unforeseen expenses. Track your budget for informed decisions.
  • Declutter and Donate: Set aside dedicated time for organizing. Categorize your belongings into three groups: items to “keep,” “donate,” and “dispose of.
  • Make an Inventory: Create a detailed list of your possessions (photos are helpful) for insurance purposes and during unpacking.
  • Research and Hire Professional Movers (if needed): Obtain quotations from a minimum of three reputable moving companies. Prioritize considerations such as licensing, insurance, and online reviews in your decision-making process. Always verify reviews from multiple sources, rather than relying on a single one.
  • Notify Important Parties: Update your address with these entities to avoid service disruption:
  • Post Office (mail redirection)
  • Utility companies (electricity, gas, water, internet)
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Insurance providers (home, car, health)
  • Subscription services
  • Government agencies (DVLA, tax office)
  • Transfer Records: Contact schools, doctors, dentists, and any other relevant service providers to arrange the transfer of necessary records.
  • Notify Landlord (if renting): Provide your landlord with official written notice of your move-out date, as your lease may require this.
  • Check Home Insurance: Ensure your insurance policy covers your belongings during the moving process.
  • Confirm Child’s School Schedule: Coordinate your child’s last day at their current school and their first day at their new school for minimal disruption

Packing Like a Pro

  • Gather Packing Materials: Purchase sturdy boxes of various sizes, bubble wrap, packing paper, quality packing tape, markers, and labels.
  • Color-Coding System: Consider using different color labels for each room in your new home for easier unpacking.
  • Room-by-Room Efficiency: Tackle your packing one room at a time to create a sense of order and prevent feeling overwhelmed.
  • Prepare an “Essentials” Box: Pack a designated overnight bag or box with toiletries, a change of clothes, medications, chargers, important documents, and anything else you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new place.

fragile packing

Services and Logistics

  • Arrange for Parking Permits: If required, check with your local council about any necessary street parking permits for the moving lorry or van on your moving day, both at the old and new addresses.
  • Arrange Final Meter Readings: Take final meter readings at your old property and initial readings at your new home. Notify relevant utility companies to ensure accurate billing.

Final Preparations

  • Clean Your Current Home: Before leaving, give your old property a thorough cleaning, ensuring it’s in good condition for the next occupants.
  • New Home Inspection: Visit your new home a few days before the move, if possible. Check that everything is clean and in working order (utilities, appliances, etc.).

Think Ahead

  • Clean New Home (If Possible): Ideally, have carpets and walls cleaned before you move in to avoid additional stress on a moving day.
  • Subscriptions: Specifically address updating any regular deliveries like magazines, newspapers, and streaming services to avoid missed deliveries.

Moving Day

  • Mover Communication: Confirm arrival time, addresses, and any specific instructions with your removal company.
  • Onsite Supervision: Be present during loading and unloading to guide the movers with fragile items and make sure things go to the correct rooms.
  • Final Lock-Up: Before leaving your old place, double-check that everything is packed and that all windows and doors are securely locked.
  • Helpful Factsheet: Compile a factsheet for the new owners of your home detailing essential information like the location of the stopcock, meters, bin days, and energy/service providers.
  • Moving Day Essentials: Ensure to include in your packing a kettle, tea, coffee, milk, cups, snacks, bottled water, toilet paper, toiletries, basic utensils, dishes, and a first aid kit.

Happy Moving!

Disclaimer: This moving house checklist serves as a fundamental guide and should be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Consult with relevant professionals as necessary to ensure a personalized and comprehensive plan for your move.

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