So, you’ve found a new place to live, how exciting. Next up is shopping for some new décor, throwing a housewarming party, and making your new house a home. But before you can get to all the fun stuff, it’s the not-so-fun part. You’ve got to get all of your belongings moved to your new location and there’s a whole lot of time-consuming admin involved, too.
Like it or not, though, it must be done before you can start enjoying your new pad. We’re hoping that this checklist will help make your move smoother, give you peace of mind that you’re getting everything done, and make things a little less stressful. After all, we don’t want you getting any grey hairs over your home move.
Here’s everything you could possibly need to do when moving home – the ultimate checklist.
Ahead of your move
Now that you’ve found your new home, here are the initial tasks you’ll need to take care of.
- Arrange your mortgage and any other form of loan you need to make your new home a reality.
- Research your new area for information about local facilities and services.
- If you have kids, transfer their school records and order new uniforms.
- If you are currently renting, make sure to confirm your moving date with your landlord or letting agent, and secure a time for your outgoing inspection.
- Check with your insurance provider that they will cover your home move as well as any new contents you buy.
- Buy a folder where you can keep notes about your move like to-do lists, important documents, and receipts and invoices.
- If you’re going to be using a home move company, you’ll need to make a full inventory list of all your possessions to submit to them for a quote. It’s also good to have this list on hand when you’re packing and unpacking.
- Collect packing materials if your moving company isn’t going to supply them to you.
- If you’re relocating due to a new job, find out what your employer is prepared to cover in terms of your moving expenses.
- Check the parking restrictions for large removal trucks at both your current and new home. Your moving company may need to apply for Council permits if they have a large vehicle.
- If you aren't able to (or don’t want to) move all your belongings into your new place, you’ll need to arrange storage.
- Clear out any storage spaces like your loft, basement, or shed and pack anything stored there first as you won’t need them immediately after your move.
- You’ll need to notify quite a few providers and companies of your move as well as your new address. You can download our full guide on who to notify here.
- You’ll need to request time off from work for your moving day.
- Create a budget for moving expenses and leave a little wiggle room for any unexpected expenses that may arise.
Shortly before you move
In the last few days ahead of your move, you’ll want to take care of these to-dos:
- Clear out the clutter. Throw out or donate anything you don’t need or no longer want. This will mean you’ll move with less stuff and you won’t have unnecessary items to unpack in your new home.
- If you take medication, make sure you have enough of it available to last the initial moving period.
- Arrange child and pet care for your moving day.
- Book a cleaning service to clean your current house once all your belongings have been moved.
- Prepare your moving day box or bag, which should be filled with all the essential items you’ll need to tide you over for the moving day and the first few days of unpacking.
- Arrange things like broadband, Sky TV, your mobile phone, and boiler cover for your new home.
- Make sure you label your boxes and then create a list of what is in each box so that you can find things easily once you’ve moved. You can keep this list in your important documents folder.
- Defrost your fridge or freezer before your moving company comes to pick it up.
- Make sure you have the emergency numbers for your new location.
The big day has arrived. Here are the last few tasks you’ll need to handle:
- Record all your utility meter readings for water, electricity, and gas. It’s best to take photos of these with your phone. Also take photos of all the meters in your new home. You’ll also need to compare providers in your new area to get the best possible deal on tariffs.
- Strip your beds and take down your curtains.
- Make sure someone is at your current home until the removals company has left and ensure someone is at your new home to supervise the moving of your belongings.
- Before you leave your current home, do a full walk through to ensure you haven’t left anything behind. Check that all windows and doors are locked and that your utilities are switched off. And then take in the sights one last time.
- Leave keys behind for the new occupants.
- Start out by making your beds before you unpack. Moving is exhausting and we’re sure you’re going to want to get to bed without the frustration of still having to make them.
- Move your boxes into their relevant rooms based on their labels and your list.
All that’s left is to unpack and start enjoying your new place.
If that sounds like a little too much, we have some good news for you. You don’t have to handle all these time-consuming tasks alone. Our expertly trained Move Specialists can help you with many of the things on this checklist. In fact, we can save you the hours you’ll need to spend on the phone just to switch utilities suppliers, giving you time to focus on what’s important and keeping those grey hairs at bay. Visit our website for more information.