The moving home checklist

When you move into a new home there’s a massive amount to get done. This checklist will help you remember all you have to do – and in the right order. By Carol Smith.

After going through the rigmarole of buying a new home comes the next obstacle: the process of actually moving all your belongings, and your life, from A to B.

It doesn’t, however, have to be an overwhelming transition. This moving home checklist will keep you organised and relatively stress-free when completion day comes around.

Administration when moving home

A couple of months prior to packing up your things, there’s a number of administrative tasks you’ll need to complete to ensure your affairs are all in order.

Firstly, confirm your moving date with your solicitor, house sellers and (if you have one) your landlord. Establishing this date will guide the process timeline.

You must also update the contact information and coverage for your utility bills, home and contents insurance, and monthly subscriptions. If any alterations need to be made to your policies and agreements, now is the time to sort them out.

Others who need to know your change of address include:

  • Your employer and HMRC
  • The local authority
  • Pension providers
  • Other insurers (e.g. car)
  • Doctor & dentist
  • Schools (if you have children)
  • Banks
  • The DVLA (you’ll need an updated driving licence)
  • Friends and family

Set up a postal redirect so your mail is forwarded to your new home as of your moving day.

Organise all your important admin-related documents in one neat folder with sections for different categories so they’re easily accessible when you need them.

At this stage, you’ll need to gather quotes from several removal companies. Book your company based on cost and reviews. Ensure you secure the movers as soon as you can to avoid last-minute stress. Alternatively, if you have willing friends and family with suitable transport, recruit their help.

Downsize

Before packing up your belongings, try and declutter. Condensing your possessions will make the packing, moving, and unpacking process far smoother.

Try and use up as much of the contents of your kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer as you can, as well as any bathroom or cleaning products.

Think about donating, selling, or recycling some items, or keep some things in a self-storage unit where they’ll be secure until you have time to deal with them — without cluttering your new home. Sort out any junk you’ll no longer need and either find a home for it or take it to a recycling depot.

Consider at this stage whether you want to put anything into storage so there’s less to move on moving day. This is particularly useful if you’re moving into temporary rented accommodation before buying. Using a self-storage unit is a great way to keep your possessions secure whilst you’re in the process of moving or in the long-term.

Do your packing

When you reach the packing stage, make sure you gather good quality packing boxes, tape, and bubble wrap so that all your goods are secure for the move and easily carried by the movers.

Begin packing away the areas of your home that you use least, like your attic space, garage, or guest bedroom.

As your moving date approaches, gradually pack up the remaining rooms, ensuring that all the boxes have weight distributed fairly evenly amongst them. Place a label on each box outlining their contents and which room you want them to go into.

When disassembling furniture, keep the bolts and screws safe in envelopes or clear bags.

It’s a good idea to make an inventory of everything you own, noting whether it’s moving or going into storage. This will help you track any items that go missing during the move.

A good removal company will do the packing for you, for an extra fee. This can be particularly useful if you have furniture to dismantle and reassemble, as the professionals can usually do this in a fraction of the time it would take you.

Clean up

When you arrive in your new property, carry out a deep clean before you unpack, so you’re not moving in your stuff over a laying of old dust and dirt.

If you’re also selling a property, you should clean your old property just before you move. For example, wash all your towels, clothes, and bedding, defrost and clean your fridge/freezer, and spruce up any other appliances you’ll be taking with you.

Once you’ve moved your belongings out of your current home, it’s courteous to carry out a deep clean there too, so the person moving in won’t have to do it. Clean the oven and the bathroom, shampoo the carpets, dust the surfaces and clean the windows as well as you can. You can then hope that your seller will have done the same for you!

Assemble your moving day kit

A ‘moving day kit’ is essential to ease the strain of the transition.

The composition of your kit will depend on how far or long you have to travel. For short distances, you can make do with a first aid kit, extra food and drinks, tools for cutting open boxes and phone chargers. For long-distance journeys, you may need an overnight bag and bedding as well. Pack items to make tea and coffee in an easily-reachable place.

Give your removal workers your contact details for emergencies and ensure they have accurate directions to your new home.

When you leave your old property, don’t forget to take the meter readings. Do the same when you arrive at your new home. Find out where the thermostat, boiler and stopcock are located too.

On arrival at your new home, plug in appliances like your fridge-freezer and your kettle to make the removal team a well-needed drink.

Ready? Let’s move!

Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful events in life – but it really doesn’t have to be, so long as you keep yourself organised and stick to your checklist. Good luck!


About the author

Carol is a freelance writer for Storage Vault City Centre and is absolutely bonkers about storage and productivity.

When she’s not writing lists, press releases or blog articles, you can find her exploring the Scottish highlands with her Macbook and notepad looking for inspiration and adventure.

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