The logistics of moving home can be a little overwhelming, but with our list of the 60 most important things to do when you have to up and move, you should be packed up and settled in no time at all!

  1. Confirm your moving date – try to avoid Mondays and Fridays because there is more traffic on the road and these are generally more popular days so removal companies may be booked up.
  2. Notify your workplace of your impending move.
  3. Book time off work for packing and the actual moving day.
  4. Get quotes from professional movers.
  5. Write up a list of what needs packing up.
  6. De-clutter the house – start with your loft space.
  7. Set up a pitch at a car boot sale to make some money on the items you decided to get rid of in your de clutter. Put the money towards some decorative items for your new home.
  8. Move larger items that won’t be needed immediately (such as bikes, tumble dryers, play sets, gym machines and Christmas decorations) into one of our secure storage units.
  9. Source boxes from supermarkets or save them when buying larger items. We also offer a range of high quality packing solutions.
  10. Save bubble wrap and air filler from any packaging.
  11. View and meet with schools in the area if you have moved your child out of their current catchment area.
  12. Notify your child’s school of their move and sign them up for a new school in the area.
  13. Start packing smaller items such as ornaments, DVDs, books etc. that you won’t miss.
  14. Go shopping for new furniture and plan delivery dates for a few days after your move in date.
  15. Arrange for a family member to look after your children or pets on the day of your move.
  16. Visit the area beforehand if it is new to you and locate the newsagent, nearest supermarket, petrol station, post office, play parks, hairdressers etc.
  17. Confirm the time and date to pick up your new house keys from the estate agent.
  18. If you need any work doing (bathroom, kitchen, new flooring etc.) get some basic quotes.
  19. Start up a Pinterest board and fill it with home inspiration for your new property.
  20. Notify your energy companies of your last date at the property.
  21. Arrange to have your energy providers come and do a meter reading after you have left the property to ensure you receive an accurate bill.
  22. Check for any parking restrictions near your new home and apply for a permit if necessary.
  23. Work out your new route to your place of work.
  24. Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.
  25. De-register from your doctor surgery and find one closer to your new home.
  26. De-register from your dentist and sign up to one closer to your new property.
  27. Notify your mobile network provider of your new address.
  28. Notify your bank or building society of your new address.
  29. Pick up a change of address form at your post office, for your driving license, and then send this off with your paper and card licenses.
  30. Go online and change your address on any membership cards or loyalty schemes you have set up so you don’t miss out on coupons or offers.
  31. Notify your car insurance of your change of address.
  32. Send off your car’s V5 form to the DVLA with the change of address section filled out.
  33. Call and notify your broadband and telephone provider of your change of address.
  34. Amend your details on the electoral roll.
  35. Send out new address cards to family and friends.
  36. Check that your home insurance covers your contents as your move and when you arrive at the new property. Amend your plan if it doesn’t.
  37. Amend your address on any subscription boxes you receive.
  38. Defrost the freezer and use up any items in there.
  39. Clear your wash basket of clothes.
  40. Change the address on your TV license.
  41. If you have energy saving bulbs and want to take them with you to your new home then buy some standard bulbs and swap them before you leave.
  42. Arrange for the windows to be cleaned at your new home the day after moving in.
  43. Check the recycling and rubbish collection dates in your new home. Prepare accordingly when it comes to throwing out those boxes.
  44. Look up your property’s council tax band and notify the council of your new address.
  45. Check the post office notice boards for clubs and activities in the local area – jogging clubs, Zumba classes, Slimming World meetings etc.
  46. Arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address – check how much this will cost.
  47. Un-plumb items such as the washing machine to make things easier for your removals company.
  48. Pack a necessities bag, which will include items such as toothbrushes, shower gel, underwear, toilet roll, tools such as hammers and screwdrivers, spare cash etc. that you can have on hand on your moving day.
  49. Clean the cupboards as you clear them out of your items.
  50. Clear out the fridge and pack any perishable items (such as milk and butter) into a cool bag.
  51. Write a quick helpful note for the new owners on how the boiler works or if a certain window gets jammed etc.
  52. Save screws and nuts and bolts from shelving units in freezer bags and tape them to the item.
  53. Turn off the water before you leave if the house will be empty for a few days.
  54. Once you’re all moved in take those larger items back out of your storage unit.
  55. Compare energy providers and find a better deal for energy in your new home.
  56. Introduce yourself to your next-door neighbours; friendly neighbours are life savers in emergency situations.
  57. Get extra keys cut for trusted family members.
  58. Check the existing fire alarms or install new ones.
  59. Arrange to have a boiler service to ensure it is in good working order.
  60. Organise a house warming party, invite those neighbours, close friends and family and break in your new home in style.