When you move checklist

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As soon as you have exchanged contracts and your completion date is set for your new home, you should be getting in contact with utilities to let them know you are going to move.

TV, satellite, broadband and landline phone services may require an engineers visit to your new home so that you don’t encounter any disruption to your service.  Some companies will install whatever is required on your moving day or the following day after your move.

If you use the handy table below, you can make a list of everyone you have contacted so that you don’t forget anything:

Inform people and companies of your move by using this handy table:

Entity Date
Friends and family  
Home Insurance Companies  
Bank/Building Society  
Credit Card Companies  
HMRC (Inland Revenue)  
Your Employer  
Post Office (if re-directing post)  
Electricity Supplier  
Gas Supplier  
Water Supplier  
Council Tax  
Satellite and internet providers  
Mobile/Landline provider  
TV Licensing  
Pension Company  
Credit card company  
Pension Companies  
Optician  
Doctor  
Dentist  
DVLA  
Vehicle Insurance Companies  
Vehicle Registration  
AA/RAC/Breakdown company  
School/College/University  
Library  
Subscriptions (magazine etc)  
Milk Man  
Gym/Sports Club

Moving can seriously be a very stressful experience but if you get yourself organised in enough time, you will be able to do it effortlessly.

1.   Contact your current home’s gaselectricitywater supplier and council tax.  Advise them of your moving date and arrange new services to be installed (if required) for your new home for either your moving day or a day or two afterwards.

2. Arrange a redirection service from the local post office for your post to start on your moving day (that way you will capture all of your post and it will also give you more time to contact relevant companies to let them know your change of circumstances).

3. Arrange for someone to take care of the kids for the day and possibly the night!

4. Dump the junk!  If you have lots of stuff that you no longer need or want, consider selling it.

5. Instruct a removal company.  Decide whether you want them to pack for you and how your possessions will be labelled.  You will need to advise them of the moving date and size of your property.  Giving this information will help the removal company decide how many people they will need on the day and the size of vehicle to be used.  Check that they have the relevant insurance.  If you are doing this yourself, you may want to purchase removal insurance yourself.

6. Order your packing supplies (some removal companies can provide these for you depending on what service you request):

Bubble Wrap Moving Boxes Tissue Paper
Tape Fabric Blankets Labels
Ink Markers Packing Peanuts Tape Dispenser

7. Pack one box to keep with you on moving day containing the following items:

Kettle Tea/Coffee/Sugar Milk
Tea Towel Dishcloth Gloves
Bin bags Bottles of water Couple of cups/plates
Cutlery Bread/butter/sandwich filling Chopping board
Bath Towel Shower gel/soap Washing up liquid/bleach

8. Contact your family and friends, tell them your moving date (they may just offer to help!)

9. The night before moving day, make sure you charge your mobile phone.

10. On moving day, take meter readings of the property you are about to leave and submit them to your provider).  *Good tip, take a photograph of your meters on your mobile phone just before you leave the property for the last time.  When you get to your new house, take a photograph of the meters, check whether it has a water meter and take that reading too.

Now follow our moving day guide here.