Moving house can seem daunting – there's so much to think about. So we have put together a comprehensive Mover's Checklist to help you keep track of tasks essential to a well organised and stress-free move.
4 – 6 weeks before the move
Book a firm date for moving and arrange time off work if possible
When planning your move, consider:
Does your new house allow access for large appliances and pieces of furniture? What level is your new house on? Is there a lift? Do you need to book the lift?
Redirect your Mail & Change your address
Plan ahead. Get rid of as many unwanted items as possible through charity shops,car boot sales or on-line aucton sites.
Start to use all the food in your freezer to prevent wasting it when you move
Complete an inventory of all items packed
Check your insurance policy – will it cover the move?
Make a list of items you'll need available for the moving day, so that you don't pack something essential
2 weeks leading up to the move
Organise your utility accounts
Arrange for disconnection and reconnection of electricity, gas, telephone and water – you can do this online.
Don't forget to cancel newspapers, cleaning, gardening, pet grooming and other local services
Return things like library books and be sure you've picked up any dry-cleaning, shoe repairs etc
Book professional cleaners if necessary
If renting, arrange for carpet cleaners to come in after you have moved your furniture.
Defrost and clean your fridge and freezer the day before you move
Safety – consider all safety implications when packing and moving – see
Last minute and moving day hints
Make or confirm key collection arrangements.
Pack a small box of items you'll need for immediate use in your new home, including some toiletries, a change of clothes, medicines, toilet paper, soap and towels
Pack another box with kitchen essentials for the move day such as a kettle, cutlery, mugs, tea, coffee and snacks.