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The definitive Moving Home checklist

To ease the process of moving home, we have compiled a list of things that need to be done, when they need to be done, and a list of useful contacts. We have also provided a checklist template for you to print out. This will enable you to keep track of who you have told about your move…

One Month to go

  • If you have not already done so, investigate removal companies and hire a reputable one.
  • Fix the removal date at this point, avoiding busy Bank Holiday weekends and school holidays.
  • Arrange insurance with the removal company, if they offer it, and storage if you need it.
  • Many removal firms will provide large boxes for packing items in. Get them to drop some off.
  • You will need more boxes than you initially think!
  • Make any travel plans, particularly if you are moving any great distance.
  • Book accommodation if you need it.
  • Notify all those requiring any notice of your move, landlords for example.
  • Telephone, gas, electricity and water meters will need to be read, organise this now.
  • Don’t forget to tell your employer if you need to take time off for the move.
  • Start on clearing out anything you are not taking with you. Check for valuable ‘rubbish’!

Two Weeks to go

  • Get your mail redirected. The Post Office can arrange this for you.
  • Do you need someone to take charge of children and pets during the move? Arrange it now.
  • Pack all non-essential items and clothing. Mark the boxes with the room they are to go in.
  • Let your Local Authority know that you are moving.

One Week to go

  • Cancel things like the newspaper and milk deliveries.
  • Ring the removal firm and confirm the arrangements.
  • Let the neighbours know what is happening.
  • Do you need traffic cones to be delivered by the Police?
  • The cones can secure a parking space for the van on the day, arrange now if needed.
  • Are you taking any items from the garden?

One Day to go

  • Finish packing essentials.
  • Ring the removal firm and confirm the arrangements.
  • Clean the house, ready for the new occupants.
  • Put sets of fresh linen on the beds, you will see why later!
  • Defrost any fridges and freezers.
  • If travelling any distance, carry any phone numbers needed for emergencies.
  • Make these numbers part of an emergency kit.
  • Do a final walk round, opening cupboards and checking the loft for forgotten items.

The Big Day

  • Disconnect the cooker and any other remaining appliances
  • Strip the beds, packing the linen carefully, and in separate, easy to find boxes.
  • Clean the house, ready for the new occupants.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Do one last check.
  • Do you have the keys to your new home?

The New Home

  • Let older children organise their own rooms.
  • Keep younger children in one room with plenty of toys and treats.
  • Make the beds using the (nearly) fresh bed linen.
  • Keep pets indoors, in a quiet room with some familiar bedding. Supervise them when outside.
  • Relax, you’ve done it!