Moving house is often an exciting yet stressful time; take a look at our moving house checklist to ensure you are organised and ready for the big day.
2 months before moving house
- Find an RICS chartered surveyor – such as Lawrence & Taylor – to conduct your home survey.
- Check whether your insurance will cover the move – otherwise ensure the removal companies? will.
- Inventory your items, decide what you are taking and arrange to get rid of large items that you are not keeping.
- Check restrictions for removals vans at your current and new property; arrange for any permits required from the council.
1 month before you move house
By now you should have had a chartered surveyor inspect your new property and provide you with a report on its structural condition.
- Talk to your solicitors about exchanging contracts and finalising moving dates.
- Look at the floor plan of your new house and decide where you will place your furniture; if you need new furniture then this is the time to order it. If you will need new flooring then organise for fittings to be made as soon after you move in as you can.
- Consider getting a cleaning company to clean your new home in between the old owners moving out and you moving in. Also consider how you will clean your current home once you?ve moved out (especially if living in a rented property).
- Pack up non-essential items and store them in the rooms you use least, or ask if a friend/family member can temporarily store them for you.
- Arrange for insurance policies to be transferred to your new house.
- Contact utilities companies (including broadband supplier) to inform them of the move.
2 weeks before moving house
With moving day just around the corner now is the time to contact any other relevant companies as well as friends and family to let them know of your new address. It can also a good idea to have kids and pets looked after on moving day if required.
- Finalise details with your removals company, such as timings, parking/access at both ends, phone numbers etc.
- Ensure you have enough medication and other essentials for the moving period.
- Arrange for any other services you require on moving day, such as having a plumber help remove dishwashers and washing machines if relevant.
- Cancel/provide your new address to any regular services you have such as food deliveries, cleaners and newspaper deliveries.
One week before you move home
- Find a safe place for keeping important documents (e.g. passports, driving licenses, house deeds, wills, insurance papers) as well as jewellery and cash.
- Organise your mail to be redirected.
- Prepare a moving day kit that contains all you need for moving house and first day or two (e.g. kettle, mugs and tea bags; towels and linen; a knife to open boxes; bin bags; and phone charger).
- Set a time to collect your keys and for you to hand over your current keys to the estate agent.
- Finish as much of the packing as you can.
- Make sure you have enough money for the move and to cover any emergencies that occur.
- Defrost fridge/freezer.
One day before moving house
- Go around the house, garden, garage and any outbuildings for a final check – be sure that nothing is left behind.
- Pack an overnight bag for the whole family including pyjamas, toiletries, towels and clean clothes.
- Know where your moving day kit (mentioned above) is and ensure that stays with you.
- Gather all the keys for your existing home ready to hand over.
- Ensure you either have the keys to your new house or have arranged when to collect them.
- Take photos of all utility meter readings on your phone – water, electricity and gas, then turn off the utilities.
- Strip the beds and pack your bedding and curtains
- Highlight to the removal team (or family and friends who are helping) which items are fragile and which items will be going with you in the car.
- Allocate at least one person to remain at the house the whole time the removals team is there and to check that everything has been accounted for.
- Secure all windows and doors.
- Leave keys as arranged for the new owners.
In your new home
- Make sure boxes and furniture are placed in the correct rooms and that all items are delivered.
- Do any basic cleaning required and check for any items left behind by the previous owners.
- Take photos of all utility meter readings on your phone.
- Turn on the utilities and check that the boiler and heating work.
- Turn on appliances such as fridge and freezer.
- Check that all keys work.
Then allow yourself to enjoy your new home and remember that it takes time to fully unpack and make it feel like home.
Please note:?this information is intended for general information purposes and should not be seen as professional advice. It is important to talk directly to an RICS accredited Building Surveyor and/or Architectural Designer to discuss your individual circumstances.