Home Movers Checklist

If you’re moving house, use our Home Movers Checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything.

Moving home can be stressful, but with careful planning, you can minimise moving day stress so your day goes as smoothly as possible. Our moving home checklist is a great starting point to help you on your way to a less stressful move. You can download our Moving Home Checklist PDF.

Moving home checklist

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Home Movers Checklist

Before You Move

☐ Book removals service/rent a van
☐ Arrange for child and pet care on moving day
☐ Make alternative school arrangements
☐ Start collecting / buy cardboard moving boxes and packaging materials
☐ Arrange annual leave with your employer if necessary
☐ Clear out any stuff that you no longer use/need. Take to a charity shop or advertise on Olio or Freecycle
☐ Sort out home insurance to ensure you are adequately covered on the day you move
☐ Arrange your landline and broadband connection at the new location
☐ Start packing as soon as possible, label boxes as you go & don’t forget the garden, garage and shed
☐ Arrange to have your mail forwarded with Royal Mail
☐ Update your postal address for your car breakdown service, council tax, TV licence etc.
☐ Update your car/motorbike insurance details
☐ Cancel/move services to your new address
☐ Purchase carpets, white goods, furniture etc. and arrange delivery dates at new property
☐ Defrost freezer and run down contents immediately before your move
☐ Update your address with any postal subscriptions you might have
☐ Make sure you have sufficient boxes and packaging materials for last-minute items
☐ Update your address online at places like Just Eat, Deliveroo etc.
☐ Update your address online with retailers that you frequently use like Amazon, Etsy, eBay etc.

Moving Day

☐ Pack everything remaining into clearly labelled boxes (label with the room they need to go into)
☐ Drop of children and pets with pre-arranged sitters
☐ Leave helpful information for new owners like fuse box locations, rubbish collection days etc.
☐ Empty fridge and freezer
☐ Clean/vacuum ready for new owners
☐ Make a note of meter readings
☐ Switch off energy and water if the house will remain vacant for any period
☐ Make sure your mobile phones are fully charged, pack chargers and important documents
☐ Pack an essentials box that will be easy to locate (tea, coffee, kettle, toilet roll etc.)
☐ Pass over house keys & leave additional keys for windows, doors, gas box etc. for the new owner

After Your Move

☐ Send an email or cards to friends and family giving them your new address
☐ Register with local GP and dentist
☐ Double check all services you use have been given your new address
☐ Update the electoral register

Download our Moving Home Checklist PDF