There’s a lot to think about when you are preparing to move house. Get your notepads at the ready and take a look at our handy checklist of things you’ll need to think about before your move
1. Questions to ask the Previous Owner
To make your life easier, remember to ask the current owner these questions (it’s a lot to remember, so why not make a tick list?)
- Where’s the main stopcock – to shut off the water?
- Where are the gas and electricity meters?
- Do any surfaces need special cleaning products?
- Which day are the bins collected?
- Do you have any old tins of paint in the same colour as the walls?
- Do you have any instruction manuals or warranties on electrical items?
- Where did any fixed furniture come from, e.g., kitchen cabinets?
- Which companies supply the energy, broadband and home phone?
- Where is the thermostat?
- What is the code for the house alarm?
2. Packing Tips
- Keep your jewellery and items of sentimental value in a separate box
- Every box and bag should be labelled with its destination (such as the room) and any special instructions to the movers.
- Back up all your computers
- Take a photo of your old house
- Make arrangements for any pet care
- Before you start to pack, force yourself to de-clutter
- Set aside a box to keep with you
4. Make up a “Survival Pack”
This is the last box to go on – and the first to come off! It should contain all your absolute essentials that you’ll want to be able to have access to as soon as you set in foot in your new place. Here’s a few ideas of what you could include:
- Cleaning products
- Kettle, a couple of mugs and teabags
- Pen and paper
- Light bulbs
- Bread and milk, snacks
- A flask of tea or coffee
- Takeaway menus
- Mobile phone charger
- Essential toiletries such as your toothbrush
4. Make your beds up first
Put in a set of bedding for each bed, towels and a change of clothes or any work or school clothes for the next day in case you’re too exhausted to unpack anything else once you arrive. Get the children to pack their favourite toys or games, so they can quickly settle in.
And don’t forget a bottle of champagne and glasses!
5. What to do on moving day
Make sure everyone knows what they have to do – and when. Take children and pets to a safe, settled place so that your movers can get on with their work. Leave any fixtures and fittings that you agreed, and when you get to your new house check that those you requested are there. Be the last to leave your home to make sure everything has left too. Don’t forget to collect the new keys!
6. Once you’ve moved in
Read the meters at the new house and let the supplier know. You don’t want to pay for gas and electricity the previous owners used! It’s also a good idea to change the locks so you know you’re the only one with keys. Contact your insurer to check your home insurance policy is valid for your new home straight away. Unpacking boxes might take you some time, so find the sofa and crack open that champagne – you deserve it.
7. Who Needs to Know?
Here’s a quick checklist of who you might need to inform of your house move. Notifying people of your move is best done in advance, particularly if you have to do it in writing, once you’ve exchanged contracts. Make a list of who needs to know, including:
- Bank/building society and any companies you have loans, savings investments or pensions with
- Credit card and store card companies
- Phone and internet service providers
- TV licensing
- Local council
- Subscriptions and clubs
- Your employer and children’s schools
- Gas and electricity supplier(s)
- Doctors and dentists
- Friends, family and colleagues
- Insurance providers, including car, home, travel
- Delivery addresses e.g. Amazon