Moving home is one of the most important changes you’ll make in life. There’s a lot to consider and it’s important to be prepared to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. We’ve gathered our advice on what to consider in the build up to moving home.
Build your moving home checklist
A moving home checklist is a useful tool to have when planning your move, both before and on the day. It will help you to keep track of what needs doing at key stages during the process and ensure you haven’t missed anything in the excitement.
Here’s a guide to what you should include in your moving checklist:
Let the kids’ schools know:
6 weeks before the move
If your children are changing school, you’ll need to let them know when they will be leaving and let the new school know your address details, check how to enrol and when this all needs to be done by.
Inform your GP:
You’ll also need to research new doctors’ surgeries and dental care in your new area and ensure your current GP is aware that you’re moving.
5 weeks before the move
Book your home removals:
Look for local removal companies or van hire if you’re doing the moving on your own and get this booked in.
4 weeks before the move
While you can’t pack everything this early, start to pack the non-essentials that you won’t need in the next four weeks and put the boxes in a spare room. Be sure to label the boxes either with the room they belong to or with a summary of the contents so you know what’s in them when moving day arrives.
Contact your utilities suppliers:
As the switch process takes a while, you’ll need to contact your electric, gas, water and other home utilities suppliers to make sure they know you’re moving and can have your new property’s supply up and running by the time you move.
Let your landlord know:
If you’re in a rented home at the moment, your landlord will need four weeks’ notice for terminating your contract, so if you haven’t already then let them know you’re moving out.
3 weeks before the move
Start using up your food:
If you have a freezer full of food and can’t take it with you, plan to use it up over the coming weeks to reduce waste. The same goes for store cupboard items; if things have been opened and don’t last, try to make a use for it in your cooking over the next few weeks.
Plan for pets:
If you have pets, ask if a friend or family member can take care of them during the week of your move so you don’t have to worry about them during the busiest part of the move.
Change your address:
Make sure you update your address across all your accounts, with banks, credit and store cards and subscriptions. Also update the DVLA so that they can issue an update driving licence and V5C vehicle log book.
Notify your insurance company:
If you have home insurance currently, you will need to ask them to transfer your policy to your new home. If you don’t already have it, you should apply now for a new policy to start when you move.
2 weeks before the move
You’ve packed all the non-essentials, now it’s time to get more serious with your packing. Put anything you will definitely need for the next two weeks to one side (e.g. two weeks’ of clothes, any moving documents, toiletries, etc.) and then move from room to room packing everything else and labelling each box clearly so you know where it needs to go when you arrive at your new home.
1 week before the move
Double check everything:
Get in touch with the moving company to confirm you are booked in for the right date and time. And go back through your checklist to ensure everything you needed to do over the last five weeks has been ticked off.
Create an essentials box:
Put things like a change of clothing and daily essentials like toiletries, toilet roll, teabags and kettle (and anything else you’ll need straight away) into a box marked ‘essentials’. Pack this box last and make it the first box you bring into your new home.
1 day before the move
Keep important documents to hand:
Any documents you need for the move should be kept in a folder in a safe and easy to access place, ready for the big day.
Clear the cupboards:
Get rid of any remaining food that you can’t take with you, like perishables and freezer food.
Work with the moving company:
Make sure they know which boxes contain fragile items so they don’t get damaged. You’ll also want to be on hand to direct stuff as it is being loaded onto the van and let them know where it needs to be put when it reaches the other end (which room does it belong in).
One last check:
Do a final once over to make sure nothing has been left behind as the moving company make their last trip to your new home. At the other end, make sure you’ve got everything off the van and out of anyone’s cars if you have a convoy of helpers, before you let everyone go and put the kettle on.