Moving day checklist

So, you’ve exchanged contracts and you are almost ready to move house! You might be wondering, what next? We’ve compiled this handy moving day check list to make sure that you have everything in order, ready to move into your new home.

Four weeks before moving

  • Set and confirm your moving in date
  • If you are moving from rented accommodation, you will need to let your landlord know that you plan on ending your tenancy. Usually this requires giving a months’ notice, but contracts can vary and we recommend checking your lease agreement to confirm this.
  • Let your telephone, let your water, electricity and gas suppliers know you are moving and confirm any services that you are moving to your new address, such as broadband.

Three weeks before moving

  • Book a removal firm, or arrange van hire if you're doing the heavy lifting yourself
  • Check your home insurance policy for cover at your new address during your move
  • Update your address with your bank/building society
  • Arrange to take over the phone in your new home. If the line is already in use, avoid any reconnection charges by contacting the line operator to see if you can keep the line switched on
  • If you're not confident to do it yourself, book an electrician/plumber to disconnect and refit your appliances

Two weeks to go

  • Clear out anything you don’t need - don't forget to check lofts and sheds
  • Arrange for your post to be redirected; the Post Office will do this for a small charge
  • Make sure everyone who needs to know you’re moving has your new address, this could include:
    1. Bank/building society
    2. Insurance companies
    3. Premium bonds and savings certificates
    4. Credit cards and store cards
    5. Driving licences
    6. Mortgage providers
    7. Inland Revenue
    8. Council offices
    9. Social Security
    10. Clubs and memberships
    11. Milk and other direct delivery services
    12. Doctors
    13. Relatives and friends

One week to go

  • Confirm moving arrangements with removal/van hire company
  • Sort out keys into sets for your existing home
  • Put all important and valuable items in a safe, easily accessible place
  • Put together a tool kit with handy items such as a screwdriver, pliers and light bulbs – these will be invaluable on moving day
  • Check your solicitor has correct time and date for the move

One day to go

  • Pack a box of essentials and keep it handy so it's the first box to be unpacked at your new home. Include items such as:
    • Kettle, mugs, milk, tea, sugar and biscuits
    • Torch and light bulbs
    • Bin liners, cloths, rubber gloves, cleaning products and a vacuum cleaner
    • Toilet paper
    • Basic tools
    • Pen and paper for meter reading

Moving day

  • Turn off central heating and all electrical appliances
  • Make a note of gas, electric and water meter readings
  • Check all storage spaces have been cleared and lock all windows and doors
  • Leave keys as arranged for the new owners
  • Call the sales consultant and check if monies have been received, then meet with the consultant to have formal handover of the keys to your new home