Moving house checklist
Moving house can be a time of mixed emotions. There is the joy of moving to a new property with new surroundings combined with the sadness of leaving the place you formerly referred to as home. However, on top of the bittersweet feelings you experience during this period, you will also have plenty of stress to deal with, if the move isn’t undertaken properly and everything isn’t thought through.
It was Benjamin Franklin who said ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ and when it comes to moving house, this phrase has never been so true. As well as the actual act of moving your belongings from one place to another, there are a number of other things that you have to deal with.
This checklist of things to do when moving house should hopefully come in very handy and if you follow it closely, it should alleviate plenty of stress allowing you to ensure that the move goes ahead nice and smoothly.
So, without further ado, here is our checklist arranged in chronological order…
1. Organise your possessions
A couple of months before you move you should create a list of all of your possessions and decide which items you will be taking with you to your new home. It is also worth making a note of where in your new home you will be placing the larger items you own. Sometimes, in order to do this, it can be useful to get the floor plans for your new home so you can work out exactly where you want to place certain things.
Once you have decided which items you will not be taking with you on your move, it’s time to work out what to do with them instead. Some things you will be able to sell or giveaway, whether that is on eBay, at a carboot sale or at a charity shop. Everything else should either be thrown in the bin or taken to the local recycling centre. Why not use the move as a chance to get rid of those bits and pieces you haven’t used in years?
2. Notify the correct people that you are moving home
There are a number of organisations that you should get in touch with before you move in order to inform them of your new address. Firstly, you should get in touch with your bank, building society, pension provider and any other companies you have loans or investments with.
If you change your name or address it's important to let HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) know - even if you pay your tax through PAYE and have already told your employer or pension provider. You can head to www.hmrc.gov.uk for more information on how to do this. You are also legally required to notify the DVLA and renew any driving license and vehicle registration documents. It is important that you also inform the following organisations of your proposed new address:
- Credit card companies
- Local council
- The schools your children attend
- Utility companies
- Any magazines you subscribe to or charities you donate to
And finally, you need to remember that your TV Licence won’t automatically follow you from one home to another. You will need to head to www.tvlicensing.co.uk or call 0844 800 6722 and inform them of your new address and moving date.
3. Finalise your move in date and book a removal firm
It is important that you find out your move in date a month before you move so that you can hire a removal firm and book them in. When booking a removal firm, it is important to get written quotes from a number of organisations, in order to ensure that you are getting the best value for money.
The firm you choose should be reputable and reliable, so make sure you do plenty of research. And, when arranging the move you should also find out what extra services they offer. Some removal firms can offer you moving insurance, cleaning services or even storage, which can all be handy and save you using a third business.
4. Sort out your documents
Around a week before you move, you should gather up all of your documents and store them in a folder or a decent sturdy box. This will ensure that you have easy access to all of your important papers and know exactly where everything is. The documents that you should be aiming to store in this way include passports, house deeds, driving licences, wills and insurance papers.
You can also store any valuables such as jewellery and any money that you may have. Basically, this box or folder will contain your most important possessions, so make sure that you store it in a safe place at all times.
5. The day before you move
On the day before you move, you should walk around your old house and check every room to make sure that you have accounted for everything. During the packing process, which will have been carried out over the past week or so, you will want to pack a bag or two containing items that you will want easy access to as soon as you get to your new home.
For example, you should strip all of the beds and put the linen in a bag that travels with you on the day. This way, you will be able to make up the beds upon arriving at your new home, leaving you with somewhere to sleep on the first night.
6. Moving day
When it comes to the day of the move, you should always ensure that you stay at your old home after the removal firm has finished its work. This way, you can check around the house to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything. You should also write down your gas, water and electricity meter readings, and keep them at hand. This is to help you avoid paying for services that you haven’t used.
Finally, when it comes to leaving the house, you should always make sure that all of the doors and windows are locked, and that you have then switched off your water, gas and electricity supplies.