We’ve devised this moving home checklist with home buyers in mind. It’s not a definitive list, so don’t panic if your timings are different. It’s best just to use it as a handy guide.
6-8 weeks to go
- Do some further general research on the area you’re moving too.
- Appoint a solicitor who will handle much of the exchange and completion process for you.
- Find a surveyor if your solicitor doesn’t appoint one.
- Check the contents of attics, cupboards and garages and dispose of any unwanted items.
- Sort through your possessions and decide if there are any items you may wish to take to a charity shop or sell on eBay.
- Research local schools and arrange for your children’s records to be transferred to their new schools.
5 weeks to go
- Start to pack up non-essential items and label boxes with the details of their contents and which room they are intended for.
4 weeks to go
- Finalise your moving date.
- Book a removals company, and remember that they are usually more expensive at weekends.
- Check your home contents insurance to see if you are covered for removals. If you’re not, your removal company will probably provide this.
- Arrange for parking of the removal van outside your current and new addresses.
3 weeks to go
- Order your packing materials – boxes and bubble wrap etc and start packing in good time.
- Let your broadband supplier know you are moving as soon as possible, so you can avoid any penalty charges.
- Get change of address cards to send to friends and family.
- If you are moving to a new area, you will need to de-register with your doctor, dentist and optician and register with your new ones.
2 weeks to go
- Investigate the best prices for gas and electricity in your new home and area.
- Inform your credit cards, store cards and insurance companies of your change of address.
- Book any pets into kennels and cattery for your moving day.
- You may also want to arrange childcare for the day you move.
- Inform sky or virgin media of your moving date to either transfer the service or stop it.
- Inform the DVLA of your change of address.
- Review security at your new home and you may wish to arrange for a locksmith to change the locks on your moving date. This ensures you know exactly who has keys.
1 week to go
- Notify your local councils, both current and new of your change of address. You may actually be due a refund from on your council tax.
- Call your phone company to transfer your account, but arrange for disconnection at your current address for as late as possible on the day you move.
- Contact your bank with your change of address.
- Inform TV licencing of your change of address but keep hold of your current licence until you get your new one.
- Contact Royal Mail and arrange to have your mail forwarded.
- Inform your water company of your new address and close your existing account.
- Check with your solicitor or directly with the seller about when you will pick up keys for your new home.
- Pack a box of some helpful items and keep it in your car – include light bulbs, toilet rolls, screwdriver or tool kit, some cash, candles, matches and a list of important phone numbers.
- If applicable, empty and disconnect your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Empty your fridge and freezer of any unwanted food.
- Take final meter readings for gas, electricity and water. You can usually email these to your supplier.
- Remove your bedding and pack it in a clearly labelled box.
- Tell your removers anything that is not to go to your new home.
- Once the removal van is loaded, do one last check of your home to ensure all items have been packed.
- Contact your gas and electricity providers to give them yur first meter readings.