While moving home can be exciting, it's certainly not easy. But with a little planning, the process will go far more smoothly. So here's our handy stage-by-stage home moving checklist…
Eight weeks to go…
At this point, offers will have been accepted but nothing will have been signed yet, meaning there are no guarantees – however, it’s still worth making a start on getting yourself sorted.
- Make sure you have your mortgage agreed in principle for your new home and have a solicitor lined up to dot the i's and cross the t’s.
- Get some quotes from removal firms and, if necessary, storage facilities.
- Check whether your items will be covered while 'in transit' under the terms of your home insurance policy. If they are not, ensure the removal firm you use has the necessary insurance in place should your items be lost or damaged during the move.
Six weeks to go…
You will probably have an idea of when the moving date will be by now and it’s at this point that the pace picks up.
- Give notice to your landlord if you’re moving out of rented accommodation.
- Confirm your booking with your removal firm.
- Arrange to take time off work, not only on the day of the move, but a couple of days either side to make sure you can sort everything out. Moving on a Friday will give you the weekend to settle in, but it's also likely to be more expensive if you're using a removal company.
Four weeks to go…
The contracts will have been exchanged, so here’s what to do next…
- Arrange for contents insurance to cover your belongings from the day you move in. You'll become responsible for the bricks and mortar when you exchange, so you will need to have your buildings insurance in place from that day.
- Tell your energy provider about your imminent house move, but bear in mind you'll need to take final readings before you leave.
- Contact your water supplier and again, give a reading before you leave.
- Let your local council authority know the dates you'll be leaving your old home and moving into your new one for council tax reasons. You should also take this opportunity to update your records for any social security benefits you receive.
- Inform your internet, television, landline and mobile providers of your move and either transfer your service or shop around to find a better deal, keeping in mind that it may be worthwhile bundling all of the services together. Make sure you update the address on your TV licence too.
- Tell your employer's HR department of your change of address so they can inform the tax office. If you're self-employed, you'll need to tell the tax office yourself.
- Let your children’s schools know of your change of address.
Two weeks to go…
As you get closer to moving day, there are more companies you will need to inform about your move...
- Tell your bank/credit card provider/loan company of your change of address.
- Inform both your life insurer and your car insurance provider of your new address, but make sure your car insurance details aren’t scheduled to change until the day you move in.
- Redirect your post as it can take at least five working days to set up. You can set up a redirect, here.
- Update your details on the electoral register.
- Notify both your doctor and your dentist of your move and de-register if you’re moving into a different catchment area. If this is the case, make sure you register with your new practice.
It’s also a good idea to contact your estate agent to arrange a time to collect the keys to your new place.
One day to go…
It's time to make sure that you’ve packed everything up and nothing is left lying about. Also make sure everyone has everything they need for the move.
- Pack a bag of essentials for each family member, containing toiletries, a change of clothes, sleepwear and bed linen.
- Pack a box of essential items for the kitchen, including a kettle, cutlery, tea, coffee, cereal, biscuits, mugs and bowls, and then defrost the fridge/freezer.
- Pack a kit containing screwdrivers, allen keys, scissors, candles and a torch. You may also want to keep cleaning products to hand.
- Pack up any valuables and documents and keep them in a safe place until everything has been moved.
- Charge up your mobiles and keep a list of important numbers to hand, such as your estate agent and solicitor, along with a pen and paper.
Once you've done all that, you should be set for a smooth move. One final thought is to get a few takeaway menus together so you don’t have to worry about cooking on the first night in your new home.
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