The Ultimate Guide: What to Do When Moving House

Moving to a new house can be both an exciting and challenging experience. The promise of a fresh start in a new home brings with it the opportunity to create new memories, but the process of moving itself can be overwhelming. To ensure a smooth transition it is crucial to plan and organise effectively. In this handy guide, we'll walk you through a comprehensive checklist of things to do when moving house.  


Pre-Moving Checklist -


Create a Home Binder:

Creating a folder for all the documents relating to your home as early as possible is a great idea as it makes the conveyancing process smoother. By having everything in one place you will be able to respond to your solicitor's questions quickly and efficiently. Start by organising all important documents related to your home, including contracts, receipts, warranties, FENSA certificates etc. Keep this folder safe. You could leave this in the house when you move or pass it to your solicitor.


Declutter and Donate:

Before packing, go through your belongings and declutter. See our blog Top Tips To Declutter Your Home to help get you started. Donate or sell items you no longer need to make the moving process more manageable.


Research Moving Companies:

If hiring a moving company, research and select a reputable one well in advance. Obtain quotes, check reviews, and confirm the details of the move. Don’t book your removals until you have exchanged contracts, if possible, as you may not get your money back if you need to cancel.


Notify Utility Companies:

Contact your utility providers to schedule disconnection at your current address and reconnection at your new one. This includes electricity, water, gas, internet, and cable services. Make sure you have exchanged contracts before you notify the utility companies as it can be difficult to change the move date if you need to. Most companies can update your account with just a few day’s notice.


Update Your Address:

Inform Royal Mail of your change of address once you have exchanged. You can do this online or visit your local post office to fill out a Change of Address form. You will have to update a lot of people about your change of address, it is best to create a list so you don’t miss anyone. For a helpful checklist of who you should update your address with, take a look at our blog: Mastering the Move: A Comprehensive Guide to Changing Your Address Like a Pro During a House Move



Moving Day Checklist -


Pack Essentials Bag:

Pack a bag with essential items you'll need on moving day and the first night in your new home. Include toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, phone chargers and any necessary medications.


Label Boxes Clearly:

Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking much more efficient. A good removal company will be able to give you advice on how you should pack. Some removal companies also offer a packing service.


Coordinate with Movers:

If you've hired movers, coordinate with them throughout the process. Provide clear directions to your new home and stay in communication on moving day.


Collect your Keys:

Remember you will need to collect the keys to your new home from the estate agent so factor this task into your move. Who will collect the keys? Where do you need to collect the keys from? Do you have a planned time?


Post-Moving Checklist -

Unpack and enjoy a takeaway, you deserve it!


By following this comprehensive checklist, you'll be well-prepared for a successful and stress-free move. Remember that organisation and planning are key to a smooth transition to your new home.

Good luck on your moving journey!


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