17-Step Moving House Checklist

Moving home is infamously one of the most stressful things that you can do. While it may be exciting to move into a new home, what comes before – packing, notifying the relevant parties, and endless planning – can be an endless source of stress.

To help you feel that bit more organised for your house move, this moving house checklist details 17 essential tasks to do before you move home – and a step-by-step timeline of when to get them done.

As you’ll see below, we recommend you start getting ready for your moving day at least 6 weeks in advance so that when the removals team arrive, all that’s left to do is sit back and look forward to arriving in your new home.

Moving House Checklist

Here are 17 must-to things to add to your moving house checklist – we’ve put them into a timeline in the next section. Click the link for each item to go straight to more details.

  1. Give your notice
  2. Book your removals company and moving day
  3. Declutter your home before moving
  4. Put non-essential items in storage
  5. Arrange home and contents insurance transfer
  6. Update your details
  7. Cancel your utility providers
  8. Organise new utility accounts
  9. Organise school transfer (if applicable)
  10. Redirect your mail
  11. Tell your friends
  12. Confirm your move
  13. Make an inventory
  14. Pack your belongings
  15. Pack an essentials box
  16. Keep valuables safe
  17. Take a record of utility readings

6 Weeks Before Moving

1. Organise your Moving House Checklist into a folder or board so it’s easy to manage.

2. Obtain quotes for your selected removals companies and book your moving day.
(Remember: the cheapest price isn’t necessarily the best price, so read the reviews and what each company will provide on your moving day before making your selection!)

3. Arrange Contents and Home insurance for your new home. You may be able to contact your current provider to discuss your existing policy – but do not cancel your existing policy before you have moved home!

4. Change of Address – Notify all necessary companies of your change of address.
This may include:
– Doctors
– Dentist
– Insurance providers (car, home, life, travel etc)

4 Weeks Before Moving

1. Cancel Utilities – Be sure to notify your utility providers of your moving date so you that the power, water bills etc are no longer charged to your account once you have moved

2. Find new utility providers – You will also need to ensure you have arrangements for utility providers in your new home for the day you move in – the last thing you want is to arrive in your new home and find you have no access to water!

3. Schools – If you have children, you will need to notify the school if your child is leaving, and make arrangements for them to join a new school in your new neighbourhood

4. Make an Inventory – make an inventory of all the items you will be taking with you, and what will be moving into what room in your new home. This will make it far easier to keep track of what has been packed and what hasn’t, and what needs unpacking when you’re in your new home!

2 Weeks Before Moving

1. Start Packing – You may be able to obtain packing materials from your moving company, and some companies even offer a packing service themselves. However, if you are packing up your home yourself, starting now is a good way to stay prepared in the run-up to moving day.

2. Start by dismantling larger items of furniture and boxing up items you will not need before the move. Remember to label your boxes with what’s inside and what room they are to be moved into to prevent any confusion!

3. Put all important documents in a secure, clearly labelled box. You will want to keep this box separate from this rest and travel with it on your moving day to make sure you have everything you need.

4. Review your Moving House Checklist to make sure all the items from the previous weeks have been completed.

1 Week Before Moving

1. Confirm – Call your removals company, utility providers, broadband and phone providers and confirm your moving dates with them. This will make sure there are no unexpected surprises on the moving day itself!

2. Finish Packing – By this point, you should have most of your house packed up and ready to go. Remember to pack an essentials box for you and your family with a spare change of clothes each, snacks and water, pyjamas and bedding so you don’t have to rifle through your boxes to get ready for your first night in your new home.

3. Label Your Boxes – If you haven’t already, make sure you

4. Clean – It’s also a good idea to give your home a good clean before moving out – give yourself plenty of time by starting to clear out the house at least a week before the moving day itself.

Moving Day

On moving day, your hard work should have paid off and you shouldn’t have many last-minute tasks to do! Be on hand to help the removals team with what boxes need to go where make sure you have all your important documents and your essentials box on hand.

Before leaving, give your house a final once-over to make sure nothing has been forgotten or left behind, and then try to get to your new home to help to removals staff with where boxes need to be left.

Most importantly, enjoy your new home!

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17 Moving House Must-Do’s

Give your notice

If you are currently renting your property, you’ll need to give your landlord notice of your intentions to move home. Carefully check the contract you have to find the required notice period. Many people choose to give themselves a slight overlap between moving out of their rented home and into their new home to ensure they have some leniency should there be any last-minute delays.

Book your removals company and moving day

Obtain a few different quotes from removals companies for your move, and book your moving day once you’ve found the right company for you.

Remember that the summer months can be a particularly busy time to move house, so ensure you’ve secured your slot in plenty of time.

Declutter your home before moving

Decluttering your home before you move house will save you a lot of time and money. There is no point in packing and transporting everything to your new home only to realise you don’t use half the things you’ve moved.

Think of your new home as a fresh start to clear out the clutter and only take the things that you use and need with you.

Put non-essential items in storage

If you have some larger items of furniture or a large quantity of items that you want to keep, but aren’t essential, you could consider putting them into storage short-term. Moving house can be stressful, but self-storage can be an effective way to reduce that stress.

Many people use self-storage when moving home to keep their belongings safe and secure, save money, and reduce stress on moving day. Find out more about self-storage and common mistakes to avoid.

Arrange home and contents insurance transfer

You’ll need to update your home and contents insurance to apply to your new home as soon as possible to ensure you have seamless cover on your moving day.

If you currently rent or don’t have home insurance for another reason, this is an essential item to tick off and keep your home and possessions covered from unexpected incidents.

Update your details

Make sure you’ve updated your change of address with other relevant bodies. This includes, for example, your GP, driver’s license, other insurance providers (car insurance, phone insurance, travel insurance etc), your banking provider, and other subscriptions and services you use.

Cancel your utility providers

Cancel your utility providers approximately 4 weeks before you are due to move to ensure you have met their required notice period. Take a photo of your meter reading on the moving day to ensure you have evidence of your readings should there be a dispute at a later date.

Organise new utility accounts

Likewise, make sure you have organised new utility accounts for your new home to make sure you’re not without water or electricity once you’ve moved!

Organise school transfer (if applicable)

If you have children and are moving a significant distance away, you may need to change your child’s school. This is something you should aim to have in place as soon as possible to ensure a seamless and stress-free move for your children.

Redirect your mail

While notifying the relevant parties of your change in address should also mean your mail is updated accordingly, it’s also a good idea to arrange for any other mail to be redirect to your new address.

You can then find what post is still going to your old address and update them of your new details accordingly.

Tell your friends

You may have already announced your house move to your friends and family, but don’t forget to forward on your new address so your loved ones have it.

Confirm your move

A week or two before the moving day, make sure you’ve confirmed your move with your estate agent and solicitor to ensure there aren’t any last minute delays.

Then, confirm your moving with your removals company to ensure there are no unexpected hiccups on the day.

Make an inventory

When you begin packing, take an inventory of everything you are packing and what is going into each box.

Using a QR code scanner can be a helpful way of ensuring your belongings are packed as efficiently as possible.

Pack your belongings

This step is often in tandem with taking an inventory, but packing your belongings is, of course, an essential part of moving house!

Our packing tips for self-storage as just as applicable for a house move and will help you ensure your belongings arrive to their home damage-free.

Pack an essentials box

It can take time to unpack all of your belongings, and that’s often the last thing you want to be doing after a long day of moving.

Packing an essentials box with items such as bed sheets, pajamas, your kettle and mugs, snacks, toothbrushes, etc is a great way to ensure you have all the immediate things you need without having to go rummaging in piles of boxes.

Keep valuables safe

It’s easy for things to get misplaced in the chaos of moving day. Make sure you’ve got your valuable items – purse, new house documents, legal correspondence, keys, phone, etc – stored in a safe place (ideally a bag that you will keep with you throughout the day).

Take a record of utility readings

Finally, take one final recording of your meter readings for your utility providers before leaving your old home.

Then, all that’s left to do is enjoy your new home and settle in!