- Work backwards from the date of the move - this way you won't run out of time for any of the preparatory jobs.
- Ahead of time, try and arrange for friends and family to come and help with the process. If not, organise movers for the big day.
- When you get to your new property, don't rush in with all of your furniture. Take your time to make sure everything is as it should be.
Moving house is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Preparation is key (as with most things), so get organised. Create a personalised checklist for moving. It is a great way to take on tasks one at a time and give you a sense of accomplishment by ticking each one. It also eliminates that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something later on.
A house moving checklist begins with sitting down to consider everything big and small that is impacted by moving. Use this list as a starting place for your own checklist and you’ll quickly turn your moving day into an accomplishment, not a chore!
Cleanipedia’s checklist when moving house
- Confirm date of move so you have a date to work backwards from.
- Clean your current home thoroughly – this is especially important for tenants, as you could risk losing your deposit if your rented home isn’t left as clean as it was when you first moved in. Read our advice on end of tenancy cleaning here.
- Change home insurance, using your set move date as a reference point. This way, you will have coverage from the moment you move in.
- Organise movers or arrange for friends to help ahead of time. If you hire professionals, make sure you are with them for removal and delivery to help guide them and check for damage.
- Notify gas, electric, and water providers at least 6 weeks in advance.
- Tell your telephone and Internet service providers in advance so you can hit the ground running in your new home.
- TV licensing must be adjusted – it doesn’t automatically happen when you move, and the fines can be hefty. Remember to update any TV subscription services too.
- It is a legal requirement to notify the DVLA of an address change for your driving license and vehicle registration. Get this taken care of ASAP to avoid penalties.
- When you start packing, consider donating items you don’t have room for or won’t be taking with you. Old furniture, electronics and appliances that need replacing can all be recycled or given to charity. Arrange this in advance for bulkier items so that you don’t carry them somewhere on a false journey.
- Change GP registration, and notify any private practices of your relocation. Dentists, opticians and dermatologists are the most common ones to list on your checklist.
- Moving house might also require you to change your details on the electoral register so bear this in mind if there is an upcoming election.
- Arrange for your post to be forwarded to your new address. The post office will charge a small fee for this service but it is necessary if you don’t want to miss a letter.
- If you have kids or pets then hire a babysitter and pet sitter for the day. This will save you and your little ones a lot of stress and confusion.
- Arrange a time to pick up your new keys with your estate agent, preferably the day before the move so you can get started early. Check the property thoroughly when you first enter it and don’t rush in with furniture straight away. Check you’re happy with the condition of the property and locate important features such as the fuse box early on in case you’re unfortunate to suffer a blackout mid-move.
- Change your registered address at the bank about 2 weeks in advance to ensure any confidential post comes to your new home.
- Register for council tax at your new home and set up any other payments or details such as parking permits or travel tickets for your place of work (if using public transport).
Now that you’ve made it from one home to the next, give it a quick clean to ensure you have a fresh start. Cif has great products for wiping down kitchen surfaces and floors, and Domestos is ideal for sanitising toilets and showers. Just follow the directions on the label and always test any cleaning products on a small area first.