Moving Day Checklist
Moving house can be a very stressful time for all involved. This simple “Moving Day” checklist will help you plan and prepare for the big day.
Two weeks before move
- We suggest arranging childcare for the day of the move unless they are old enough to help, they will most likely hinder the process.
- Book any accommodation needed now, especially if you are moving to a summer tourist location at peak season.
- Stop any local subscriptions such as the regional newspaper , or any other regular deliveries. Don’t forget to sign up for new ones at your new address.
- Start eating the contents of your freezer. Depending on the distance you are moving, frozen foods may be hard to transport.
- Give the removal company a call and confirm addresses, pick up time, and delivery times.
- Arrange your pets. Do they need to go into care while you pack up and move. How will you get them to your new location?
- Create a packing sheet so you can check whether everything arrives at your new home.
- Confirm with your estate agents or landlord when you will be getting the keys to your new property 1 day before your move.
- Arrange to have cash on you for moving day, you never know when you will need it.
- Put together a box of essential items for your first few days – such as toilet roll, light bulbs, tea making equipment, scissors, toiletries, pen and paper, torch, first aid kit, a few pieces of basic cutlery, crockery, corkscrew and any other “refreshments” you deem suitable.
- Defrost and dry out your fridge/freezer.
- Put your valuables and documents in a safe place. Do not pack these in a box but we suggest transporting these in your car.
- Charge your mobile phone, as you will need it tomorrow.
- Do a final check of cupboards and garages so that nothing is left behind.
- Do a final walk round of property including garage and garden.
- Do a final clean of the house and section. If renting, you will need to have an inspection done with the landlord.
- Lock all windows and doors and leave any information which may be useful to the new owner.
At your new home
- If possible, stay with the removal company while they unpack the truck and oversee everything.
- Call your utility providers with a final meter reading for your electricity/gas, and confirm that your services will be connected at your new address. Depending on what you have agreed with the new people moving in, you may need to turn off the power and water.
- When you arrive at your new home, take new meter readings for your electricity and gas.
- Check against your packing worksheet that all boxes and items have arrived.
- If moving into a rental property, take note of any issues/damage to the property that were there when you moved in – make sure you give a copy of this to your landlord so that you don’t lose your bond when you move out.