Moving home: The ultimate guide

Moving home can be one of the most stressful things you can do, and with so much to remember, it’s unsurprising that some things might get overlooked before, during and after the big day.

Checklist for moving home

Before you move: your moving home checklist

1. Get organised

Don’t leave everything to the last minute. Use this moving home checklist of the jobs you really need to do before you move and remember to tick them off as you go.

2. Time to declutter

Moving is a great opportunity to declutter, so it’s worth spending some time sorting through your belongings and getting rid of any old items you no longer use.

3. Box clever

Make life much easier for yourself by putting all items from individual rooms into the same box, and labelling them clearly with a list of contents. Label boxes on the top and sides with their contents, as well as instructions on which room to put them in. Identify fragile items clearly, and include arrows for the right way up.

4. Pack away bolts and screws

When you’re dismantling furniture, collect all screws and bolts then pack them into a labelled, sealed bag. You can then attach it to the relevant item and avoid the frustration of looking for the correct fastening when you’re reassembling the furniture in your new home.

5. Don’t forget the freezer

Start emptying the freezer so it’s ready to be defrosted a few days before moving - whether it’s going with you or staying behind.

6. Get your admin done

About a month before your moving date, consider all of the companies and organisations that will need to be informed about your change of address, such as:

  • The DVLA
  • Bank
  • Your employer
  • Subscription services
  • Companies or online stores you receive items from regularly.
  • TV Licence
  • Internet, mobile and landline providers


Top tip: Do your research when it comes to utilities, TV and broadband subscriptions. See if you can get a better deal by switching providers.

7. Consider whether or not you need a removal firm

Consider exactly how you’re going to move your belongings to your new home. If you feel that you can’t shift your belongings on your own, then a professional removal firm could be the answer. Bear in mind this option comes at a cost.

8. Shop around

If you do decide that you really need a removals company, you can find quotes for local businesses at and don’t forget to make sure they belong to the British Association of Removers.

9. Redirect your post

Use the Royal Mail's Redirection service to make sure that any bills or other mail with your old address on still reaches you.

Questions to ask about your new home

No doubt you will have a lot of questions about your new home. Try to make a list of the most practical, everyday things you might do at home, then try to find out the answers from the previous owners before you move. Think of things like:

  • When are the bins collected?
  • How do you turn off the mains water supply?
  • Where are the gas and electricity meters?
  • Where is the fuse box?


Couple eating pizza in new house

Moving day

You’ve done all the prep work, now it’s time to move. Here are four things to bear in mind on the day of the move itself:

1. Be sure to turn off all the appliances you’re leaving behind.

2. Take final meter readings of your gas and electrical usage. You’ll need this information when you set up your billing at your new address, and getting the right readings will make sure that you don’t pay for any power that you haven’t used.

3. Pack a ‘first day box’ and make sure it’s easy to find. Think of the things you’ll need on your first day in the new place such as:

  • Kettle
  • Toilet roll
  • Plates and cutlery
  • Bed linen

4. Do one final sweep of the house to make sure you’re leaving nothing behind.

Important to note:

Insurers can have terms in household policies to cover house removals, e.g. breakables (china, glass, marble etc.) - these are not covered for breakage and scratches etc., unless packed by professional packers.

If you choose not to use a removal company, your contents cover will generally not be in force for full sums insured, and may be limited to contents temporarily removed.

Fitting locks

Once you’ve moved in

To help you get settled into your new home, here are two things worth remembering:

  • Change the locks and alarm codes
  • Replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms

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