Moving House Checklist

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Moving house can be an overwhelming process and it’s often difficult figuring out where to start. From managing the removal company to notifying your friends and family about your change of address, there’s a lot you need to remember to do before moving to your new home.

To ensure the change goes as smoothly as possible, you should compile a to-do list when moving house. Our blog post acts as a house move checklist, looking at what you should do before leaving your old house and on the day of the move; and who you need to notify about your new address.

Get prepared

The first thing you need to do once the sale of your home completes is decide on a moving date. You should avoid moving on a Friday or bank holiday, as removal companies will be in high demand and may charge more.

In fact, the arrangement of a removals company should also be high up on your checklist. The later you leave it, the less likely the chances of availability on the date you need.

The next thing on your moving house checklist, is to start packing. Ideally, you should start this at least two months before you move, so you have time to thoroughly clean the property once you’re done. It’s a good idea to have a clear out while you pack, as there’s no point moving items that you no longer want or need. Label each of your boxes, clearly mark those containing fragile items, and make sure not to overpack any.

Other important jobs to carry out before moving house include defrosting your fridge and freezer (a necessary evil if you’re taking your white goods with you!), retrieving all of your keys for the new residents, organising the collection of your new keys, and putting all of your important documents in one place. With the unlikely chaos that will ensue during your upcoming house move, you don’t need the added stress of not being able to locate your passport, birth certificates or insurance paperwork!

Sort out utilities

You may want to set up the TV, broadband and phone for your new property before you move. You have two options when it comes to utilities: you can either transfer your existing contracts to your new home, or set up new accounts with different suppliers. Whether it’s best to transfer your utilities or start fresh depends on where you move, as not all suppliers service every area. As part of your house move checklist, make sure to give your energy suppliers at least 48 hours’ notice before you move, submit your final meter readings and leave a forwarding address so they can send you the closing bill.

Who to contact when moving house

Around one to two weeks before you move, you’ll need to let family, friends and companies know that you’re changing address. You’ll also need to contact your local council to sort out council tax and update your status on the electoral roll. If you want to watch TV in your new home, you should let TV licensing know the date you’re moving to ensure you’re covered from the day you move in. You can complete the change up to three months in advance. The other organisations you’ll need to contact when moving house include:

  • Your employer. Your employer will need to know about your impending move so they can update your contact information and alter the address on their payroll.
  • Your bank. High up on your checklist for moving house, you should be informing your bank about your change of address as close to your moving date as possible. Banks use your home address to prove your identity, so if you forget to inform them you’re moving, you could be at risk of identity theft.
  • Your insurance providers. In order to keep your car, home and life insurance up to date, you’ll need to give your insurance providers your new address as soon as possible. It’s important to make sure that insurance payment information is sent to the right residence, as well as provide up-to-date contact details in case of emergency.
  • Your doctor. Once you move, you may need to register at a new surgery. To do this, your old doctor will need to pass on your medical and prescription information to your new one. Make sure to also tell your dentist, optician and vet that you’re moving.
  • Loan companies. Any companies that you have taken loans out with, including your credit and debit card providers, will need to know about your change of address.
  • Utility providers. You should inform your water, energy and internet providers about your change of address in good time before you move. On your to do list when moving house, remember to take a final reading of your gas, electricity and water meters to make sure you won’t be overcharged.
  • The DVLA. You’ll need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency that you’ve changed address to ensure your driving licence, vehicle logbook and vehicle tax are up to date.
  • The Post Office. Even when you’ve made sure all your family, friends and providers have been notified of your change of address, post can still be delivered to the wrong home. To ensure you receive all bills, packages and letters, you can redirect your post. You can set a redirection up online, over the phone or in your local Post Office. This means that any post sent to your old address will automatically be redirected to your new home.

Homeowners often forget to change or cancel their subscriptions before they move. This could include anything from magazines and prescriptions to charity donations. As part of your to do list when moving house, you should also make sure that you update your address on any online delivery sites you use to ensure orders aren’t accidentally sent to your old home.

Make the move

Before you leave your old home, you should make sure that the people who will be moving in have everything they need. The best way to do this is to put together a file of instruction manuals, service information, details of rubbish collections, recycling schemes and alarm codes for the property. You’ll also need to do a final clean of any areas where furniture has been moved and any parts of the floor which have been dirtied by the removal company.

Pop your keys in an envelope along with your contact details, and leave them in an obvious place for the new residents to find when they arrive. You should also check that all of your windows and doors are locked, and that all electrics are turned off.

If you have the time, try to pack yourself a separate overnight bag so that you don’t need to start unpacking boxes on the first night in your new home.

Your new home

Once you move into your new home, you need to check that the phone, security alarm, electricity, gas, central heating, water and smoke alarms all work, check that the gas safety certificate is up to date and report any serious defects to your surveyor. You should also make sure that everything in your inventory is accounted for and that the removal company know which rooms specific boxes are headed for. You may also want to change the locks shortly after you move in, as you never know who the previous occupants may have given keys to.

In summary

Moving house can be a stressful and overwhelming process, particularly if you don’t have much time to make preparations. It’s important to get organised as soon as you can after your sale completes to make sure that you and your family will be comfortable in your new home which is why it’s ideal to make a to do list when moving house

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