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Moving House Checklist

Moving House Checklist

With a checklist, you will make sure that you are fully prepared for before and after your moving day—you will be able go through every necessary task efficiently and chronologically. Read on to l find a moving house checklist that will help you stay organised and make your move run smoothly.

Moving House Checklist: Before Moving

3 – 2 months before your move

  • Book time off work for before and after your move

  • Ask your employer if they offer relocation assistance

  • Look for a new school and transfer your children’s records

  • Start decluttering – go through each room one by one and identify items to sell, donate, or throw away

  • Check your life and home insurance policies to make sure you are covered


5 – 6 weeks before your move

  • Book a removal date with us

  • Gather packing materials from the removal company or from alternative sources

  • Make a complete inventory of your belongings

  • Begin packing, working room by room – start with items that are not immediately necessary

  • Check for parking restrictions in the area of your current home and new home. Apply for parking permits, suspensions, or dispensations

  • If you are renting, inform your landlord of your moving date

1 month before your move

  • Make arrangements for childcare and pet care during your moving day

  • Start emptying your fridge, freezer, and pantry strategically – create a meal plan

  • Confirm the moving day with us

  • Inform people such, as utility companies, banks, friends, and family, of your move

  • Register to vote and pay council tax in your new area

  • Clean your home or book professional cleaners

2 weeks before your move

  • Cut off certain services such as television, telephone, and internet to avoid extra charges

  • Look at potential new utility providers at your new home for better deals

  • Pay outstanding bills and cancel or relocate your subscriptions: newspapers, magazines, etc.

  • Redirect your post

  • Continue packing as much as possible – don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help

  • Return any items you have borrowed

1 week before your move

  • Confirm the final details of the moving day with us

  • Create a list of boxes corresponding with rooms – match via colour labelling your boxes

  • Clean and defrost your fridge and freezer

  • Do as much laundry as possible

  • Arrange a time to collect the keys to your new home with your estate agent

  • Pack your most important documents in a safe, accessible place – This includes passports, driving licenses, birth certificates, and insurance papers

  • Pack an essentials box for your first few days at your new home

1 day before your move

  • Take a thorough walk around your house – take your time and check all areas

  • Pack a few lunchboxes for when you get hungry during your moving day

  • Pack a box with tools you need to unpack such as box cutters, scissors, and pens

  • Make sure your phone is fully charged

  • Get a good night’s sleep to be in the best shape for your big day

  • Create an information packet for the new owners – include instructions for appliances, contact information for utility companies, rubbish collection schedule, etc.

Moving House Checklist: On your moving day

  • Strip your beds and pack your linen in clearly-marked boxes

  • Record your meter readings to ensure that you are not charged for usage that is not yours

  • Be present when the movers arrive

  • Take one last look around your house for forgotten items and to make sure all appliances are switched off

  • Give your movers emergency contact information and make sure they know the location of your new home


Moving House Checklist: After Moving

Once you are in your new home​

  • Open up your moving toolbox and essentials box

  • Start unpacking your belongings, starting with items you immediately need

  • Take note of the utility meter readings in your new home

  • Make sure all keys to your property work properly

  • Plug in all appliances and electronics

  • Make your beds so that you can quickly go to sleep on your first night

  • Check that the hot water and heating in your new home is working – it’s incredibly important to have a hot shower after your busy day

  • Introduce your children and pets to their new home

Days after you have moved in

  • Replace the locks

  • Involve your children in organising their rooms

  • Meet the neighbours

  • Take your time unpacking

  • Explore your new area

  • Relax and enjoy your new home!