Moving House Checklist – Free Checklist To Help You Move

Moving is a big task both physically and mentally. With so much to remember and deal with, it can feel overwhelming at times. However, with proper planning and time management, we are sure you have what it takes to make it a smooth experience!

During this article, we will look at everything from planning, pricing, and all other essentials to help you move into your new home.

Planning ahead

It sounds simple, planning ahead, but there is so much that goes into this big task.

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Time Needed

First, work out when you must move by. Some people may have access to their old and new homes for a while, whereas others only have a day or two.

This is important to your planning as it will either give you some assurance that you have plenty of time or create urgency for getting as much sorted as quickly as possible.

There is also the task of giving notice to your landlord of the move through your contracted process, which may have a specific amount of notice time that must be given.

Furthermore, you may have to plan time away from work, so making sure to book your moving days early can mean your workplace will be more likely to accept your request and you’ll have less trouble working around your job.

Disposing of Unwanted Items

The earlier you can start going through your belongings the easier it becomes to plan how you will dispose of unwanted items.

There are many options for how you can get rid of unwanted items, from clutter built over the years to old furniture.

In the true spirit of one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, local Freecycle groups can be an excellent way of ensuring your unwanted belongings can benefit others.

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Selling

You can always try to sell unwanted furniture that still has some life left in it using online marketplaces such as eBay and Facebook. It has never been easier to sell your unwanted stuff.

The best part is that you will be making extra money from unwanted items and saving on moving costs because you will have less to move.

Disposing Furniture

Big items that do not fit in your normal wheelie bin will have to be disposed of correctly.

This means either hiring a skip or transporting it to your local waste disposal/recycling centre to be dealt with.

Contact your local scrap yard and see if they will take big items off your hands.

They may have space and you could sort out pick up to make it easier on yourself. Information relating to local recycling and refuse centres can be found on your local council website.

Charities are always looking for donations and can arrange doorstep pick up to make it easier on you.

You may not make money, but you will be saving time and effort whilst helping a good cause.

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Available Services

Before moving you should check what services are available at your new place.

Internet is a must for most people, so when you are moving you should make sure your provider is available in the location you are moving into.

Not all providers offer their services in all locations so it’s important to check before moving in case you need to plan for a new provider or set up charges to a new router.

If you aren’t tied down to a package, it may be a great time to look for the best deals for your new home.

Parking Permits

Some buildings include parking in the price but often they may be limited to one spot or you will have to apply for a road parking permit.

You should check your area for available options and contact your local authority to get a permit if necessary. If the parking is private, then you can get permission through the Resident Parking Scheme (RPS).

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Packing

This is probably the part that takes the longest. Placing all your belongings in boxes ready to be transported to your new home. This is when you’ll have to really decide what you are taking and what you will be disposing of.

Until this part is done, you won’t truly know how much help you may need to move or how expensive it will be, so it’s important to pack as soon as you can!

Pack items you won’t be needing

Start with things you know you will be taking with you but won’t be needing for a while, such as seasonal decorations and items you’ve had stored for a while that you know will be taken with you to your new home.

Categorize your packing

Always have a plan on where your items will be stored and keep them in categories for easy sorting.

By keeping kitchen items together in a box and documents/paperwork in another, you will be able to easily find any item you may need during the process.

Then when you finally move into your new home you can unpack from most important to least important to you.

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Keep a record

It’s always a good idea to know what you are packing and where. Keeping a record in a notebook or even just taking images of your packing before it is closed and put away could really help you.

Especially when you for any reason need a packed item and cannot remember where you have put it.

Important Documents

Keeping important documents together and secure is vital. Packing these separately in an easily accessible place is always a great way to make sure any time you need to show any information or just double-check details you know where everything is and that it’s secure.

Keeping Costs Low

Knowing how much time you have can mean being able to move for cheaper.

If you have plenty of time before your moving day you can start early and collect boxes either from packages you receive, friends, or supermarkets, they always have boxes you can have, just go in and ask.

This may also be good when planning what you are keeping or getting rid of when you move. Any furniture you won’t be taking with you will need to be disposed of properly or sold off.

The earlier you start the easier it is, and you could make some money from that old table or those old chairs that won’t fit in with your new décor.

By this point you should know the type of access your new home will have. Ask yourself, is there enough parking for a moving van? Are there lots of stairs and corners? Will you need to pay for movers to help?

These are small bits of information you should know about because that will help you decide how you will move bigger furniture items such as beds or sofas if you are taking them with you.

If you have been packing early you will have a better idea of how many boxes you will have to move and the size of all your belongings, so it should make it easier to know if you will need to hire a moving company or just a van to transport your items.

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Have you got children or pets?

If you have young children, make sure to plan for their care while you are moving. Young children can easily get injured or find themselves in the way when you are moving.

Having them with a carer or babysitter is always a great way to keep them safe and entertained while you sort your move out.

Babysitters can be hard to get hold of or booked in short notice so plan and book in advance for no major surprises.

 

Pets will also need to be accounted for as they need attention and a secure place to be while you move.

It is dangerous to leave the doors open whilst carrying your belongings into the house because your pets could get lost or stolen.

A family friend or a pet sitter may be a great option to keep you from stressing about pets whilst moving.

Insurance

Whether you are buying or renting, insurance is an important factor you should consider.

There are many options from getting cover for your belongings in case of theft to protecting your income so you may keep up with monthly payment should you be out of work.

 

Level Term Life Insurance

Level Term Life Insurance offers a fixed lump sum in case of death. This type of policy allows you to choose the exact amount of cover you require, and it won’t change throughout your term.

The benefit of a Level Term policy is that both the premium and pay-out are fixed sums, so while your mortgage may decrease during time, should anything happen to you, your loved ones would still receive the full pay-out sum which would help them with the remaining mortgage and have money left so that they aren’t left with no extra income.

 

Mortgage/Decreasing Life Insurance

Mortgage Protection Insurance, also known as Decreasing life Insurance, is designed to cover the remainder of your existing interest-only or repayment mortgage.

It is a cheaper option to Level Term Life Insurance due to its decreasing pay-out over time, but it is a great option if all you need is a policy to cover your mortgage and are trying to keep the costs of insurance as low as possible.

 

Income Protection Insurance

With Income Protection Insurance you can rest assured that should you be temporarily out of work, you can still keep up with your monthly repayments.

This is a great option if your workplace doesn’t offer injury compensation and you work in a high-risk profession, or you are more prone to injury.

 

Buildings and Contents Insurance

With any home, you always run the risk of theft, make sure your belongings are covered with Buildings and Contents Insurance.

Buildings and Contents Insurance can also cover accidental damages such as water damage and electrical fires so it’s a great option to help with repair payments that may catch you off-guard.

 

Should you be interested in finding out more about any of these insurance options or more, gives us a call on 0203 092 1372 and talk to one of our trained experts.

On the day

 

Be prepared

Make sure you are prepared for the move. By this point everything should be packed and ready to be loaded into the moving vehicle.

Double-check everything. Remember our earlier point of having a list that details where your items are packed – use it as a checklist to ensure everything is going into the car or moving van.

Also don’t forget to keep any important documents handy that you may need. Anything with your new address or pin codes you may need should always be kept handy but secure.

Another great thing to do for your moving day is to keep a bag with cleaning products and snacks at the ready! It will be a long day so staying hydrated is also important.

There will be spillages and dirt spots which may require some cleaning, so keeping some products available for the move will be helpful too.

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Don’t Rush

When you begin rushing things you forget items and information. Keep a cool and calm head and take things one step at a time.

Follow your checklists and don’t feel as though you have to unpack and be settled into your new home on day one!

The goal is to have your belonging safe in your new place and anything that was hired to help with the move returned.

We all have busy lives, but we can slowly unpack in our evenings and take our time finding the right place for everything.

Updating Information

This is an important part which a lot of people may forget about. There is a lot in your life that requires updated records of your address, from your mail to your licence, and even for insurance purposes.

Redirect your Mail

This is a great way to keep any private information from getting to the new occupants of your old house. Sometimes you forget to update your address for every service you use so this is a good back up that can be done from 3, 6 and up to 12 months through Royal Mail, starting at £33.99.

Update your medical records

Everyone from your GP or Dentist to your Optician will have a record of your address which they use to inform you of check-ups or updates to the surgery itself. Make sure they are all informed of your new address so that any important information reaches you directly.

Driving License

You can update your license by going to the GOV.uk site or by visiting your local Post Office and submitting the right application. It doesn’t cost you anything to change your address and you can continue to use your existing licence whilst you’re waiting for the updated one to arrive.

Car Insurance Details

Your insurance provider needs to be updated since insurance is worked out based on many aspects, including your address.

Depending on the area you’re moving to, you may even see your car insurance renewal quotes come down in the future. Make sure to contact your provider to update their record with your new address.

Gas/Electric/Water

When you move in you may have a specific provider registered to your home. These can normally be changed so do look for the best deals available in your area. Moving into a new place is normally the best time to look for great deals.

Register to Vote

If you want to vote in your local elections, you will need to update your address and add your new details to the electoral role. The added bonus is that your credit score also gets a little boost when registering so it’s always worth taking a few minutes to complete this application.

Council Tax

Make sure to contact your local council to set up your payments for council tax. If you live alone make sure to claim a discount on council tax which is normally 25%.

You may also challenge your tax band if you believe it to be wrong, although this process may take about 4 months to get any decision made but may be worth trying if you believe the band you are in to be incorrect.

Inform your Bank

Normally, if you are organising your mortgage through your bank, your details will be updated automatically. But if not, you should update your address with them for any statements you receive.

 Subscriptions

We all have subscriptions whether to streaming services, magazine deliveries, or shopping accounts.

These should also be updated, you wouldn’t want your billing information or your favourite magazine to go to your old address so don’t forget to change these.

Children’s School

If you have any children in school, it is important that you update your address with the school they attend. Any important mail about your child should be kept confidential so having the correct address in the school’s system can prevent any mail going to the wrong address.

If your child is moving schools, then you will be asked about your new address when they are getting enrolled, so you will have a chance to provide the correct information then.

TV License Authority

If you have a TV licence at the moment, be sure to let your TV licencing authority know of your move so that you do not get charged or become liable for those who may occupy your old address.

Employer

Always let your employer know of your move. Any confidential mail they may need to send to you, from contracts to personal information, needs to go directly to you, so keeping your address up to date is important.

Pet Trackers

Don’t forget to update the address on your pet’s microchip implant. Should they be stolen or lost, having the up to date address will make it more likely that you can recover your beloved pet. This can be done by contacting your regular Vet, as long as they have your pets microchip details.

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