It’s never too early to plan your move, but it’s crucial you start planning at least two months before moving day. So, to help you get started, here’s a 15-part checklist to work through.
1. Choose a removals company
To plan your move properly, book a removalist as soon as possible. It’s all too easy to overlook this step if you don’t handle it right away.
2. Declutter your home
Sell or donate anything you don’t use anymore. Start packing up the attic and basement.
3. Organise packing materials
If you’re packing your own goods, buy sturdy cardboard boxes and labels to organise everything.
4. Arrange home insurance
Home insurance is a crucial but often overlooked step when you plan your move. Shop around for home insurance for your new place and ensure it’s set to start from the moving date.
5. Notify your landlord
If you rent, give your landlord plenty of notice. The notice period should be specified in your rental agreement.
6. Pack non-essential items
Start packing non-essential items at least a month before moving day. That way, there’s less to pack nearer the time.
7. Tell your utilities providers about the address change
It’s crucial you tell your utilities providers that you’re moving house. If you plan on staying with the same providers, confirm your address change with them.
8. Notify the bank and other authorities
Ensure you tell the bank and other relevant parties about your address change, too. Here are some parties to notify.
- Road authority
- Schools and workplaces
- Electoral office
You should also cancel subscriptions and local memberships.
9. Arrange pet or childcare
If you need someone to watch the kids or your pets on moving day, arrange this at least a few weeks beforehand.
10. Pack valuables separately
Always pack jewellery and other precious items separately, and take them in the car with you when you move.
11. Check you’ve signed everything properly
A week before the move, contact your lawyer to ensure the sale’s going ahead as planned and that there’s nothing left for you to sign.
12. Pack an overnight essentials bag
Your overnight essentials bag should include:
- Key documents you’ll need, e.g., passports, bank account details
- Change of clothes
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
- Phone and charger
- Pet supplies
- Snacks and water
- Recyclable toilet paper
Make sure there’s enough for every member of the family.
13. Leave keys
Don’t forget to leave keys with your lawyer/estate agent, and ensure you remove any spare keys from your keyring.
14. Defrost the fridge and freezer
Defrost your fridge and freezer a few days before the move. That way, they’re dry and ready to load on the removal van.
15. Take final utility readings
Take pictures of your final gas, water, and electricity readings to show your utility companies.
Once you’ve worked through the checklist, give the property one final inspection and you’re good to go.