There can be a lot to remember when moving home, but moving doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.
We’re here to help you every step of the way, and our handy moving checklist will guide you through the moving process.
Click here to download and print our Moving Checklist.
- Order packing materials (cases, boxes etc.) and arrange a removal firm if you’re using one
- Start packing non-essential items
- Book the days needed off work to move
- Start getting rid of possessions and furniture you no longer need
- Arrange for your mail to be redirected
- Start to use up any food in your freezer
- Arrange the utilities in your new home – gas, electricity, broadband, telephone. Don’t forget to shop around for the best deal
- Let friends and family know about your change of address
- Sort out care for your children and pets on moving day (if necessary)
- Arrange your contents insurance for your new home
- If you’re moving to a city with parking restrictions, apply for your on-street parking permit
- Thoroughly clean your old home and tidy the garden
- Let your current council know you’re moving, and speak to the new council to arrange payment of Council Tax (if necessary)
- Change your address with your bank, DVLA, HMRC, TV Licensing, credit cards etc.
- Defrost your freezer
- If you’re renting, take detailed photos of each room and area, covering any wear and tear you’re concerned might cause issues with your deposit
- Start packing all items - remember to label boxes to make unpacking easier
- Pack an overnight bag with essentials for the first day in your new home
- Box up your remaining items. Leave the kettle on top so you can make a cuppa when you arrive in your new kitchen!
- Take a note of your final meter readings in your old home
- Make sure all windows and doors are locked and that you’ve not left anything behind
- Collect the keys for your new home
- If you’re renting, inspect the new property and identify any damage or issues you may need to raise with the landlord/agents. Take photos as appropriate
- Take the meter readings of the new property, again use your phone to take pictures for you to refer to if necessary.
- Leave a contact address with the occupants or letting agents of your old house, in case they want to forward on any post (if you have a redirect you don’t need to do this).
- Update the electoral register
- Update HMRC / Inland Revenue
- Make sure to update your address with the DVLA for both your driving license and your car registration log book
- Update your bank
- Register with a doctor, dentist and optician (if necessary)
- Sort your contents insurance (if you haven’t already)
- Register with your local council
- Inform TV Licensing
- Update any credit commitments i.e. loan providers, credit cards, store cards
- Update any insurers i.e. car, (of course, home), pet and any others such as pension providers.
- Tell your employer, don't assume they know you've moved!