Printable Moving House Checklist UK
Whether you are moving for your job or your family, this moving house checklist has been tailored to prepare you for everything you need for your relocation. Follow our step-by-step guide below to make your move easier.
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Two Months Until Moving Day
Now that you’ve decided on the moving date, it’s time to compare removal quotes and organise some legal matters. Requesting quotes is a key step so that you get the best price for your move. Picking a good removal company will also allow you to have an easy transition when moving into your new home, so make sure you look around. Take a look at these steps:
- Request removal quotes
- Get a conveyancing solicitor
- Arrange your mortgage
- Investigate schools in new location
- Tell your children’s school and request school reports
- Look into storage costs
- Confirm moving date with landlord, if renting
- Decide if you want to outsource assembly and disassembly
- Check your insurance policy
Six Weeks Before Your Move
Now it’s time to gather the important documents together and start making inventory lists of what you’re going to be moving with you to your new home. Here is what you should be trying to do when you have six weeks until moving day:
- Pick your removal company. Check our reviews on websites like ours or Trust Pilot or take a look at our house removals
- Obtain original copies of important documents, such as passports, driving licences and birth certificates.
- Make a full inventory for your belongings.
- Get rid of your unwanted possessions and furniture
- Estimate the volume of your move
- Collect packaging materials
- Research the new area you’re moving to
One Month Before
The next stage of the moving house checklist is to finalise your moving date with your solicitors, to figure which stuff you’re getting rid of and what you need to buy for your new place. Moving day is getting closer, therefore it’s now time to find storage facilities, begin packing and clearing out your loft or shed. Below is the summary:
- Speak to your solicitor before exchanging contracts and finalise moving date
- Insure your move
- Find storage facilities if required and not offered by your removal company
- Organise to have your house cleaned before you move in
- Order furnishings for your new home and book carpet fitters if any carpets need replacing
- Pack non-essential items from each room
- Clear out your loft and shed etc
- Arrange to see your doctor and dentist to let them know you’re leaving their practice and to obtain any medical records
- Notify relevant utilities companies that you’re moving, switch home insurance to your new home.
- Notify post office and local government of change of address
Two Weeks Before
Now you should confirm important contact details with your removal company, so that you can easily call them in preparation for your move. If you would like to find out what the average cost of moving house is, check out our removals costs page. It also might be a good idea to make sure any of your pets or young children are looked after by friends or family on this day to make the moving process easier.
- Confirm booking details with your removal company
- Arrange for child and pet care for your moving day
- Cancel local services e.g. newspaper, milk delivery
One Week Before
Now that it’s your final week in your old home, it’s time to finish as much packing as you can. Labelling boxes to what room they belong to can help the movers know what room to put your boxes in when they arrive. One of the most important points on this moving house checklist is to remember to gather all of your important documents, such as your passport, birth certificates etc. and make sure you put them in a safe place so that they don’t get lost in the chaos of the move:
- Put important items and documents in a plain, sturdy box for safe keeping
- Finish as much packing as possible
- Label boxes to which room they belong in
- Gather keys for your current house
- Call up your removal company to double check details with them
1-3 Days Before
Now that there are only a few days left until moving day, it’s time for the last-minute preparations. Have a final check in every room and make sure that you have a bag packed for the first few days of your move so that you know you won’t have to go rummaging through boxes for your toothbrush! Here are the last-minute things to take care of:
- Make sure your neighbours know that you’re moving
- Pack items that you are travelling with e.g. important documents
- Defrost the freezer and clean well
- Arrange parking for the removal company when they arrive
Now it’s time for the final section of our moving house checklist! It’s wise to have a plan for the day so that you know what you should expect to be happening at what time. Make sure you’re ready for the arrival of your moving company so that everything goes smoothly. This means having all your furniture prepped and boxes packed and ready to go. Take a look below:
- Double check all rooms that you haven’t left anything behind
- Verify delivery plans when your removal company comes to pick up your belongings
- Take inventory, make sure that the moving company doesn’t forget any of your belongings. They will have made a survey beforehand, so they should know how much to expect to move.
- Last minute: turn off the power, drain/turn off the water supply, lock up and hand over the keys to your estate agents
After Your Move
Now it’s time for the final section of our moving house checklist! You’ve finally moved into your new home, but there are still a few things that you have to do to make it easier to settle in. Here are the last few points in our moving house checklist to make settling in easier:
- Try to arrive before the removalists arrive
- Plug in the fridge, freezer, telephones and other large appliances
- Get an idea on how the boiler works
- If you have older children, it might be a good idea to let them sort out their new room. It will give them something to do and help them feel at home.
- Check whether any damage occurred during the moving process. If so, ensure your moving company is informed
- Find a new doctor, dentist etc.
- Call your removalists to arrange pick up of empty boxes
- Talk to your new neighbours-inviting your new neighbours for a coffee will help you settle in and get to know who you’re living next to!
- Write a review of your experience with your removal company on their profile.
We hope that you have found this moving house checklist helpful and feel more at ease on how to organise your move. If you would like more information and advice, you may be interested in these pages:
- Moving Tips: Check out our 21 tried and tested moving house tips for more help
- Cheap Removals: Find out how to save money on your move on our cheap removals blog
We hope that your move is a success!
Last Updated: 29/04/2019