Moving House Checklist
Moving House Checklist
Things to do when moving house
We have created a Moving House Checklist to help you keep track of all the important steps along the way.
This list covers all the important tasks you need to complete for you move; from hiring a Conveyancer all the way up to your house warming party.
If you want to print off this checklist, you can view or download it by using the button below. Alternatively, if you’d rather have a digital copy all you have to do is enter your email address in the box below and you’ll have your own copy is seconds. Happy moving!
2 months before you move
You’ve found a home; your offer has been accepted and you need to start your moving house checklist. With two months until you move, it is time to compare quotes. It is essential to get the legal side in place early on to ensure a smooth legal transaction of your property sale/purchase. It is also worth taking some time to research the facilities and amenities of your new area to help the location feel like home to you.
- Get a Conveyancing Solicitor
- Arrange your mortgage
- Research your new area for information about local news and facilities
- Transfer children’s school records and order new uniform
- If you are currently renting, confirm your moving date with your landlord
- Get valuable possessions assessed for insurance and check if your insurance policy will cover your move. If not, your removals company should be able to provide cover – get it early to avoid any complications
- Purchase a journal or file to keep documents and notes on your move – include to-do lists, important numbers, dates and details of conversations
6 weeks before you move
With a little over a month until your moving day, it is time to start clearing out anything you don’t want to be moved to your new home. It’s always best to start by making a full checklist of all your major items so you know what you will be moving and anything that will need to be disposed of before the big day. It will also help your removal company get an idea of the volume of items you will need moved before they visit for a pre-move survey. Remember, the less furniture you move, the cheaper your move will be.
- Get Removal Quote
- Find a surveyor for your home survey
- Make a full inventory of your possessions
- Decide what to take to your new home and where you’ll put them – a floor plan of your new home may help; your seller or estate agent should have one
- Start to clean out cupboards and place possessions in usable piles/larger rooms
- Find out the best ways to purge your unwanted possessions. Remember, removal companies quote on volume so the less you have to move, the cheaper your move will be
- Collect packaging materials – your removal company may be able to supply you with them
- If you’re relocating due to a job move, find out what costs your employer will cover
- Check the parking restrictions for large removals vehicles at your current home and at your new home. Your removals firm may need to apply to the Council for permits
1 month before you move
With 1 month left before you move, you should have had a Chartered Surveyor inspect your new property and inform you of its structural condition. You will now be able to talk to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and finalising your moving date so you can appoint White Horse Removals and organise parking arrangements and permits for the removal’s vehicle at both addresses. You should also consider the travel route to your new home and whether it is suitable for a large removal’s lorry. Don’t forget to print out your moving checklist and stick it on your fridge!
- Speak to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and finalise your moving date
- Confirm your booking with your removals company; Ask if they offer discounts, as many companies will charge a premium for moves on bank holidays, weekends, and in the summer
- Work out a route for your moving day – consider the route for the removals truck and if there are any low bridges or weight restricted areas
- Find storage facilities if required – your removals company may be able to offer or recommend facilities
- Organise to have your new house cleaned in between the old owners moving out and you moving in
- Order furnishings for your new home and book carpet fitters if any carpets need replacing – visit the property to find out the floor size required
- Start packing non-essential items and least used rooms – for information on when to pack which items check out our Moving Tips
- Clear out the loft, shed, and other storage and outside spaces
- Notify relevant utilities companies and switch home insurance to your new home
- Check that everything you are taking with you in the car fits in the car
- Book overnight hotel accommodation if the journey is a long one – many hotel chains offer regular promotions where rooms in less popular locations can be booked relatively cheaply