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Moving House Checklist

Buying and selling a house can be a complicated process, which can really take over your life. With our helpful checklist, you can be prepared to make sure you have a smooth and easy move with minimal stress.

Here, we break down the stages of moving home, with a timeline showing the different tasks you need to remember along the way. We have a range of tools on our site to help you keep the costs down during your move, from checking quotes for a removal service through to finding the best conveyancing specialist and understanding the fees when it comes to the costs of buying a house.

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Things to Do When Moving House

It's a good idea to keep track of the important tasks and jobs you need to get done when you move. Here's our step by step checklist to help you keep track!

You have found your home, your offer has been accepted and you need to get going with your tasks! Your solicitor (search here) can now move onto the next step. Now is the time to begin comparing conveyancing quotes, checking the council tax in your new area,and getting your legal team in place.
With just over a month until the big move, it's time to begin sorting your posessions. Get rid of things you do not want to move with you. Now is a good time to book a removal company and organise who will help you on the day. Make sure you get a few different quotes from removal services!
At this point, you should have instructed a chartered surveyor to inspect your new home and report on its condition via an RICS Homebuyers Report.This is the time to discuss exchanging contracts and finalising the date you're moving with your solicitors. Remember to also update your address, let your gas and electricity companies know when your moving date is!
This is when you start to get really busy...you need to confirm all the important dates and details with removal services, schools, estate agents and utilities services. If you have pets or young children, you might want to consider organising someone to look after them on moving day - this makes things less stressful for you and them!
Make sure you have all your important forms and papers in a safe place. Your packing should be mostly done, but make sure you leave out any things you will need on moving day! You might want to take up the redirection service for mail through the post office and send out change of address cards to friends and family. It is also sensible to make a list of companies who will need your new address, such as for your driving licence, home insurance for the new property, mobile phone contract and to get onto the electoral roll in the area you’re moving to!
Time for a final check and walk around your old home to make sure you leave nothing behind! Put together a mini tool kit so you can easily open boxes when you arrive at your new home. Check you have all the keys ready to hand over on the day, and check your phone is fully charged.
The big day has arrived! You will be very busy, so be sure to take your time to check over everything. Take final meter readings along with photos on your phone. Check each room once all your things have been taken by the removals company to ensure it is clean and you haven't left anything behind.
First things first - get that kettle on! The removal company will be glad of a cuppa and so will you. Keep your important documents handy and be sure to read your utility meters when you move in. Double check each room for items the previous owner may have accidentally left behind, then sit back and enjoy the first night in your new home!

Why Use A Checklist?

There are so many things to remember when moving house, and it is easy to get swept away with the number of tasks! We want to make things easier for you, by breaking down the months and weeks before you move into manageable tasks from Lender Valuations, to Mortgage Advice and Home Buyers Protection Insurance. Less for you to worry about, leaving more time for you to start packing!

  • Know what needs doing ahead of time
  • Prepare yourself for the challenges of moving
  • Stress free and smoother moving experience
  • Save valuable time and money
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Frequently Asked Questions

A comprehensive moving checklist can help ensure a smooth and organized transition to your new home. Here are some key items to include:

  1. Declutter and organize: Sort through your belongings, donate or sell items you no longer need, and organize essential documents.

  2. Hiring professional movers: Research and book reputable moving companies well in advance, ensuring they are available on your preferred moving dates.

  3. Packing: Create a packing plan, gather packing supplies, and start packing room by room. Label boxes and keep an inventory to ease unpacking.

  4. Change of address: Notify relevant parties about your change of address, including the post office, utilities, banks, subscriptions, and any government agencies.

  5. Inform service providers: Contact your internet, cable, and phone providers to schedule the transfer of services to your new address.

  6. Notify friends and family: Share your new address with loved ones and update address books on phone contacts and social media platforms.

  7. Transfer or cancel subscriptions: Update your subscription services, such as magazines, meal delivery, and streaming services, with your new address or cancel them as needed.

  8. Transfer or close accounts: Notify your bank, insurance providers, and any other financial institutions about your move to update your information or transfer accounts.

  9. Medical records: Request a transfer of medical records from your current healthcare providers to new ones in your future location.

  10. Essential supplies: Pack an "essentials" box with items like toiletries, medications, chargers, and important documents for immediate access upon arrival at your new home.

When moving to a new house, it's important to update your information with various parties. Here are some key updates to consider:

  1. Postal address: Notify the post office of your change of address to ensure that your mail is forwarded to your new home.

  2. Utilities and services: Inform utility companies (electricity, water, gas) about your move and provide them with your new address. Update your internet, cable, and phone service providers with your new address or arrange for a transfer of services.

  3. Financial institutions: Notify your bank, credit card companies, and other financial institutions about your change of address. Make sure your billing address is updated for any automatic payments or important correspondence.

  4. Insurance providers: Update your address with your home insurance, car insurance, and any other insurance providers to ensure you have the correct coverage for your new location.

  5. Government agencies: Notify relevant government agencies such as the tax authorities, the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), and the electoral register about your change of address.

  6. Healthcare providers: Inform your doctors, dentists, and any other healthcare providers about your move. Request the transfer of medical records or arrange for new providers in your new location.

  7. Schools and educational institutions: If you have children, notify their schools or educational institutions about your move and provide them with the new contact information.

  8. Subscription services and memberships: Update your address with subscription services (magazines, streaming platforms, etc.) and memberships (gyms, clubs, etc.) to ensure uninterrupted service.

  9. Family and friends: Share your new address with your loved ones, friends, and colleagues so they can update their records and stay in touch.

Remember, it's important to update this information promptly to ensure that important mail, bills, and other communications reach you at your new address.

Before moving into a new house, there are several important tasks that should be completed. Here are some key things to do:

  1. Utilities: Contact utility companies to set up services such as electricity, water, gas, and internet. Ensure that these services are scheduled to be activated before your move-in date.

  2. Change locks: For security purposes, consider changing the locks on all exterior doors or rekeying them. This will help ensure that you are the only one with access to your new home.

  3. Deep cleaning: Before moving your belongings in, it's a good idea to thoroughly clean the house. This includes cleaning floors, walls, countertops, and any other surfaces. You may also want to consider hiring professional cleaners for a more thorough job.

  4. Pest control: If necessary, arrange for pest control services to inspect and treat the property for any existing pests. This will help prevent any unwelcome surprises after moving in.

  5. Repairs and renovations: Take care of any necessary repairs or renovations before moving in. This could involve fixing leaks, replacing broken fixtures, or painting the walls.

  6. Safety checks: Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers to ensure they are in working order. Install new batteries if needed.

  7. Change of address: Notify the post office, banks, credit card companies, insurance providers, healthcare professionals, and any other relevant parties about your change of address. Update your address on official documents and forms.

  8. Transfer or set up insurance: Update your home insurance policy and consider obtaining renters or homeowners insurance if you don't already have it. Ensure that you have adequate coverage for your new property.

  9. Plan furniture placement: Before moving in your furniture, consider the layout of each room and plan where each piece will go. This will make the moving process smoother and help you envision your new living space.

By completing these tasks before moving into your new house, you will be able to start your new chapter with less stress and more peace of mind.

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