Moving House Checklist
It’s moving time. You need to plan this house move effectively if you want it to go smoothly. Thankfully, we’ve created a handy checklist that you can rely on throughout your house move, so you’ve got everything covered.
We’re not going to waffle. This is what you need to do.
8 Weeks to Go:
Compare Service Quotes
Your dream home has been found. Your offer has been accepted. Now it’s the time to find a checklist and get those tasks completed!
First things first, you need to compare quotes and find your conveyancing solicitor. These professionals will take care of the legal process of moving house. You earlier you sort this, the smoother your house move will go.
You also need to have your mortgage sorted. The best way to go around this is to speak with a mortgage advisor. These helpful folks will make sure your mortgage is the best one for your financial situation, enabling you to have all the information you need before you go ahead.
- Confirm your house-moving date (if this cannot be done now, make sure you do it as soon as possible).
- Compare quotes and hire a conveyancing solicitor
- Speak to a mortgage advisor and arrange your mortgage
- Research your new location for knowledge on the surrounding area
- If you happen to be renting a property, make sure to confirm your moving date with your landlord
- Invest in a portfolio/file system to organise your different documents and house moving notes. This is a great way to keep track of dates, quotes, emails, numbers etc. that you can refer to when needed.
6 Weeks to Go:
The house move is creeping ever closer. Here, you want to start thinking about the items you need to shift out. It’s a good idea to start making a useful checklist for this. With one of these, you can list them as a priority first and get rid of anything you don’t need to take with you.
A benefit of this is that you will pay less for your removals if they have less furniture to move. So even after you have compared the best removal quotes, you can still bring the price down - if you plan effectively. Some removal firms even economically dispose of unwanted possessions for you.
You also need to make sure you hire a RICS chartered surveyor to complete a house survey on your chosen property. These professionals make sure that there are no hidden costs lurking in your property’s structure. If there is, you can make a great case to bring the asking price down for the refurbishment costs.
You don’t want to find a structural problem after the contracts have been signed and you’ve moved all your possessions in!
- Compare removal quotes and get in touch with the most suitable firm. All our providers are suitably insured.
- Make sure to check your new property for parking spaces. Your removals firm will likely need to park one or even multiple moving vehicles as close to the property as possible.
- Compare house survey quotes and hire the right surveyor for your chosen property
- Create a full inventory list of all the possessions that you’re going to have moved.
- With the help of a floor plan for your new property, figure out where most of your priority items will go.
- Start to clean out everything in the kitchen, living room and utility areas. (You’ll need your clothes still in your bedroom, so leave those alone!)
- Gather up any packaging materials you have – this will also save you money for the removals service if you provide this yourself.
- Relocating due to a career move? Find out if your new employer will cover any moving costs for you.
- Check the travel route before the move. Can the removals firm make this easily with their large moving vehicles?
- Start planning which rooms you’re going to pack away first, in order of significance.
4 Weeks to Go:
By now, most of the household possessions that you want to move will be sorted. A month before the move also means that the Conveyancing process will be nearing completion. You can speak to your property solicitor about the exchange of contracts and the moving day itself.
Your RICS surveyor will have carried out the suitable building survey, so you should have the results back from that to determine whether your next house is looking stable.
From this acquired information, you can then go ahead and book your chosen removals company. If you can, try to avoid popular moving periods, as most removals firms usually charge a premium over these times (weekend, holidays etc.).
Insurance is another thing to think of. You must have your home insurance switched to your new property.
Cleaning is another matter. It’s likely that you’ll want the new property cleaned before you move in. There will be time for this to be arranged.
- Speak to your conveyancing solicitor about the exchange of contracts and nail down the date of the house move.
- Book your chosen removal company.
- Book a cleaner to clean your new property in-between moves.
- Need new furnishings for the home? Book any new carpets/curtains/mattresses.
- Clear out the garden of any items or possessions that you want to take with you.
- Keep copies of contact details from your conveyancer, estate agent and removal company.
2 Weeks to Go:
With only a couple of weeks until your big move, you need to have every single area of the house move planned out now. A lot of your rooms will now be looking rather bare and bland due to the number of boxes/packaging. A lot of sections, such as your surveying, your mortgage, your new house furniture plan etc. – that should be sorted now.
You now need to be confirming the last remaining details of the house move. This includes notifying all the suitable authorities, utilities, schools etc. that you are changing address. If you want to see a full list, check out our Who to Inform guide.
If you have any pets or very young children, you need to plan who is going to look after them whilst you are in the moving process. You don’t want a dog or a small child running around your feet whilst you’re moving heavy boxes! Get in touch with friends and family to see if they are available for this.
- Finalise details with the removals company – confirm times, emergency numbers, parking and directions
- Check you have sufficient medication for the moving period
- Sort out your pets! Where will they go?
- Start notifying all suitable companies about your change of address.
- All utility services sorted – plumbing, electricals, house cleaning etc.
- Make sure to stop any services you receive locally. I.e. window cleaners, newspapers, milk etc.
- Clear out the freezer and plan some meals with some historic foods.
- Pack a survival kit for moving day.
1 Week to Go:
Documents & Survival Kits
By now, you should have instant access to all important documents via a useful filing system.
You will have packed a separate survival kit for moving day, which you will be taking with you – not with the removals firm. This kit can include fresh linen, pillows, bedsheets in addition to tea, a kettle, biscuits, sandwiches etc.
Most of your packing should have been completed by now (don’t let your removals firm down!). You’ll also need to collect all your current property’s keys, ready to hand over to the estate agent come moving day.
- Make sure that all your significant items such as expensive jewellery, insurance documents, passports etc. are placed in an easy-to-identify box with a sturdy lid. You need to have peace of mind with all these significant possessions.
- Finish up as much packing as possible, with all areas of the house (including the outdoors) covered by a tick list.
- Collect all your property’s keys.
- Defrost any fridges and freezers that you own (unless they are staying) – ensure they are completely dry before moving.
- Make the necessary arrangements to pay for your house move (usually guided by your conveyancer).
- Notify your estate agent when you are picking up the new house keys (usually on or just before moving day).
1 Day to Go:
1 more day! This should be an exciting time for you (if you have followed this checklist). It’s a great time to double check your moving checklist, making sure to venture all around your current property to confirm everything has been sorted, packed, or disposed of.
Make sure you time this day right, so you can get a good night’s sleep for moving day.
- Have a final run through your property once more.
- Gather together a mini-toolkit so you can easily access useful tools (knives for opening boxes etc.)
- Mobile phone! Make sure it gets a full charge for moving day.
The Big Moving Day!
The Longest Day. The Biggest Reward.
The day of the house move is finally here. Thankfully, you have planned well in advance for this day and should know what to do for every situation.
Firstly, your removals company will arrive. You will have communicated with them previously about labelled box etc. but make sure they know what needs to be taken where.
Taking all the meter readings is also a necessary requirement for moving day. It’s good to have proof of this, so take photos of this information once you have it.
Emotions can get a hold of you on this day, so it’s important to remember that everything will be sorted eventually. It will be over quicker than you think and soon enough you will find yourself in your new home.
- Take all necessary meter readings and takes photos for evidence
- Strip down the bedding, curtains etc. and pack into boxes
- Clarify with your removals team which items/boxes are going with you
- One person should stay behind with the removals team to ensure everything is packed and accounted for
- Make sure the keys have been dropped off securely to the estate agent.
- Switch off utilities and close/lock all windows (leaving the window key).
- Ensure your removals team have emergency contacts, numbers etc.
Now That You’re in The House …
First things first: kettle on, teabags in the mugs. Trust us, you’ll all be craving some.
You’ll want to have at least one person at the new property to confirm that the items are being put in the right place. Here, they can check whether all the keys work properly throughout the house.
You also need to account for every item transferred into your new home. It’s good to do this as the removal company are coming through.
You can now unpack your survival kit, too. If the previous owner happens to have left anything, pop it all in a box with a reminder to post it later.
- Kettle on. Teas at the ready.
- Place the important documents box in a safe place (a place where it won’t be moved!)
- Confirm all keys are working throughout the property
- Confirm every item is accounted for as it comes through
- Read all utility meters and take photo evidence.
- Unpack your ‘survival kit’
After the House Move:
Set-up & Relax
Well – you’ve done it! You’ve successfully moved in!
Don’t try to think about too much at once. This is a good time to relax, sit back and pat yourself on the back.
There will be a couple of tasks you need to sort before you can truly sleep easy – mainly the beds and major utilities. Once this is finished, you can truly celebrate.
Rest assured, we have all the major points covered for you:
- Leave the unpacking for now. It takes a true machine to be able to then start unpacking after everything has been moved in.
- Make up the beds so you can get yourself some good rest that night.
- Give yourself a shower in your new bathroom: it’s a great way of testing the boilers
- Sort out your electrical appliances: fridges, freezers, phones, toasters etc.
- Get information on local GPs, deliveries, newspapers etc.
- Get in touch with the neighbours if they haven’t already! Building yourself a good relationship with those around you helps you feel at home!
- Buy yourself something to celebrate!