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Sally Cottam | Apr 8th, 2019

Moving Home Checklist

There's a lot to think about when you're moving house and many of us can feel overwhelmed as moving day approaches.

That’s why we’ve created a handy moving home checklist to help guide you through this stressful time. Each of the tips below will help you get ultra-organised for your big move.

Checklist for moving house

signing up a conveyancing solicitor

1) Sign up with a good conveyancing solicitor

The seasoned house movers among you will know how much of a difference a good conveyancing solicitor can make. Having a dedicated expert to deal with the legal side of things will save you a lot of work, and more importantly allow you to see light at the end of the tunnel! The best conveyancers are easily accessible, helpful, friendly and can talk to you in a jargon free manner.

Complete a change of address checklist

2) Complete a change of address checklist

As appealing as it may be to stop bills landing on your doormat, it’s always best to let your various suppliers know your new address. You might be shocked by the amount of people you need to notify when your address changes. Fortunately, we’ve got a form to help you keep track. Simply click here to download a PDF copy of our printable change of address checklist and get ticking them off!

Clear out unwanted items as part of your moving house checklist

3) Clear out items that you’ll never need

We all accumulate clutter throughout our lives, and it can often be hard to let go of certain items. But the best time to take the plunge is just prior to a big move. When it comes to moving day, you’ll be so glad that there are less boxes to lift! If you’ve got the will power to let go of those unnecessary bits and pieces, the task of moving will be so much easier. As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t looked at something in over a year and it has no sentimental value, throw it out or give it away to charity.

Binoculars representing final viewing before house move

4) Gather information on your new place ahead of time

It’s always best to arrange a final viewing of the new house before completion if possible. That way the vendor can show you how everything works. Knowledge is power and you ideally need to be aware of all the little quirks of the house. For example, do you know exactly how your new boiler works and how your turn your water supply off?

Consider removal options as part of your moving house checklist

5) Decide on the best removal option for your move

The sooner you have a plan of action for the logistics of the move itself, the better. Does it make financial sense to hire a removal company? Or can you get by with a hired van and help from friends? Most people understand how big a job moving house is, so will be more than willing to lend a hand. If you’ve recruited some helpers, remember to keep them updated on the move date and give them as much notice as possible. Alternatively, if you’re thinking of hiring a removal company, we’d recommend going through the British Association of Removers.

Label boxes - moving home checklist

6) Label your boxes with both room and contents

You can save yourself a huge amount of time by simply labelling boxes correctly. So, grab your biggest felt tip pen and scribble a summary of both the contents and the originating room onto the box. When carrying the boxes into your new place, you’ll then be able to lift them straight into the right place for unpacking. If you don’t do this, you run the risk of condemning yourself to weeks of playing giant Tetris as you shift boxes back and forth between rooms to make space.

Priority bag - moving home checklist

7) Have a designated box for things you’ll need on day one

We’ve all been there. You arrive at your new home, only to discover that all of your toiletries are packed at the bottom of a random box somewhere. Make sure the essentials are to hand by designating a priority box or bag that you’ll take in the car with you to the new house. Items you may want to consider setting aside could include a couple of days’ worth of clothing, important paperwork, your laptop, money, bedding and towels.

Settle up old bills - moving house checklist

8) Settle up those old bills in good time

When it comes to utility bills, it’s a great feeling to start afresh. Nobody wants to be worrying about money that they still owe on the old property. Therefore, why not contact your suppliers and clear your balance before your move. That way, there will be no surprises later down the line and you’ll have a clean slate. The most common bills to come back and haunt movers include council tax, tv licensing and internet charges.

Line up a dog sitter as part of your moving home checklist

9) Line up a baby or pet sitter ahead of time

Looking after small children and pets on moving day can make the process even more challenging. It may therefore be the most sensible plan to ask friends and family to look after cats and dogs around this time. You may also elect to line up a babysitter, who can either take the little one out for the day or entertain them at the new house whilst you’re up to your neck in boxes. You can then focus on the task in hand without worrying about keeping the kids entertained.

Align your work schedule when moving house

10) Align moving day with your work schedule

When you’re on the brink of moving to your new home, the last thing you want to think about is work. Check, check and triple check that completion day will not be clashing with any big work events that could distract you from the task in hand. Also, you may need to consider avoiding dates that fall within school holidays. This is typically a time when many of your colleagues may have already booked time off.

Completion day checklist when moving house

11) Fill out a completion day checklist to keep on top during moving day

When the big day arrives, you’ll have way too many things to think about and juggle. It can therefore be really constructive to make a list in the days prior to the move. This will help you to ensure that nothing crucial is forgotten, in the inevitable confusion and drama of moving day. Keep your list close to hand, stay calm, and get as much help as possible in ticking off those tasks throughout the day.

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