Moving Checklist

Before Your Move

One-two months before….

  • Put together a ‘moving book’ to keep notes of what you need
    do, what you’ve done etc.
  • Use this checklist to help you assess what you need to do and
    when and write out your own plan.
  • Buy a file to store all the documentation and paperwork
    associated with the move.
  • If you haven’t got a moving company yet, GET ONE!
  • If you need to move vehicles, pets or specialist items and
    you need outside help start sorting it out now.
  • If you need to use storage facilities look at your options
    and book it.
  • Make a list of everyone you need to notify of your change of
  • Start contacting key financial providers such as your bank or
    other institutions to have your details changed and to start up
    the process of cancelling/setting up automatic payments and/or
    accounts etc.
  • Notify schools and employers of change of address. If moving
    out of the area you’ll need to register your kids for a new
  • Start packing non-essential stuff (it’s never too soon to
    begin!) whenever you have some free time.
  • Buy, hire, beg, borrow or steal suitable boxes and containers
    to pack your stuff into.
  • Talk to your doctor, dentist, veterinarian etc., to notify
    them of your change of address or to come off their books if
    necessary. In some cases you may need to get copies of your
    records to take with you. If moving abroad ask about vaccinations
    etc. If you or your family (or pets) have regular medical
    prescriptions, get them filled to cover you throughout the moving
    process. If you’re moving out of the area ask for referrals to
    new practices.
  • Contact all of your insurers (home, vehicle, medical etc) to
    notify them of your move. Ask your home insurer for details of
    your existing coverage for the actual and arrange new coverage or
    a transfer to your new home.
  • Get a lockable box and start putting in important documents
    as you come across them.
  • Give all service providers such as gardeners, domestic help
    and regular delivery services notice that you will be moving.
    Cancel or change any subscriptions or memberships you have.
  • Send out change of address notices to friends and family if
    you have a firm moving date now. You’ll have less time as the
    days pass so it’s good to get this out of the way.
  • Get a form from your local Post Office for their mail
    forwarding service, fill it in and send it off.
  • Start making an inventory of your goods and take
    photos/videos of valuable items.
  • Complete any repairs to your home that you are committed

Two-three weeks before……

  • Contact utility companies and service providers to arrange to
    have your appliances/services disconnected and, if necessary,
    reconnected in your new home.
  • Move your packing up a gear. Take a room a day and start
    packing up stuff you don’t use regularly.
  • Take back library books, pick up dry-cleaning and think about
    any other similar things you may have pending in the area.
  • Have your car(s) serviced.
  • Start living off your store cupboard and freezer and stop
    buying frozen or perishable food – you can’t really take it with
    you and it’ll make the move easier.
  • Put aside a box/boxes for personal/essential items that you
    want to take with you yourself rather than have the movers take.
    Start putting stuff in it as you come across it. Mark it DO NOT
    MOVE so your movers don’t load it by mistake.
  • Pack up your garage and any stuff that is stored in your
    yard, garden or sheds.
  • Empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel etc.
  • Dispose of anything that is flammable or hazardous.
  • Think about what you’re going to do with the kids!

One week before…..

  • Call your mover and any other companies involved with the
    move (vehicle movers, storage facilities etc) and confirm all of
    your arrangements, times etc.
  • Carry on packing!
  • Start taking apart furniture that needs to be
  • Check that your new home is still set to be insured.
  • Make sure all your outstanding bills are paid.

One-two days before…..

  • Defrost and clean your refrigerator/freezer and secure major
    appliances such as washing machines/cookers etc. Make sure that
    utility companies are confirmed to disconnect services/take meter
    readings etc.
  • Finish taking apart furniture that needs to be
  • Sort out any plants you’re taking with you.
  • Check that all the paperwork related to your house
    sale/rental/purchase is complete.
  • Close bank accounts if necessary.
  • Finish your major packing.
  • Pack up your PC and other electrical equipment. Write down
    the serial numbers in your moving book.
  • Put together a box of essentials for the move such as tea,
    coffee, mugs, sugar, tools, paper and pen and cleaning
  • Make sure all boxes are clearly marked/labelled.
  • Start cleaning the house as you go along.
  • Make sure you have all the documents related to your move to

During Your Move

Moving day at your old home…..

  • Get up early and don’t panic!
  • Take bedding off beds and pack it up.
  • Walk your movers through the house, tell them what you need
    them to do and take their advice on the actual loading.
  • Make sure your movers know where they are going.
  • Give the house a final clean.
  • Leave a note of your name, new address and contact number for
    the new residents of your home so they can forward any mail that
    slips through the cracks.
  • Have a final walk round to check you’ve remembered everything
    – do this BEFORE the moving vehicle leaves!
  • Make sure you have keys to your new home and drop off your
    current keys as you’ve arranged.
  • Make sure you load everything you’re taking yourself in the
    car and lock it!
  • Switch everything off, lock up and leave!

Moving day at your new home…..

  • Check everything is working such as power, gas etc – if not,
    call the utilities companies to find out why not!
  • Supervise the unloading process to get everything where you
    want it.
  • Offer the movers a drink and snack!
  • Clean before you start unpacking.
  • Start unpacking essentials.

After Your Move

  • Unpack logically working down from essential to non-essential
  • Reassemble your furniture when you have time.
  • Don’t worry about filling wardrobes immediately if you have
    hired/bought special wardrobe boxes. They can hang perfectly well
    in there until you have time to put them away properly.
  • Get all of your major appliances ready for use again and hook
    them up.
  • Unpack all electrical items as quickly as possible and check
    for damage – you may have a limited window for insurance
  • Register to vote and for any other local government
  • Check your mail is being forwarded to your new address.
  • Register with a doctor, dentist, veterinarian etc.
  • If necessary change your driver’s license and car details