The Complete Moving House Checklist 2020 (COVID-19 updated)
Moving home soon? Make sure you’ve covered everything on this checklist.
Moving from one home to another is a stressful task. Unfortunately, things can go wrong when its least convenient for us. However, we believe that preparation is the key to a successful house move. We want to help you from start to finish – that’s why we included everything you need to do in our moving house checklist.
Keeping a detailed checklist of everything that you need to accomplish can save you from future headaches.
We’ve compiled a list of tips for you to follow to make sure you don’t forget anything when it matters most. Check it out below.
1.) Informing Organisations and Companies About Your Move
Informing organisations of your move isn’t technically part of the removal process. Still, it is an important task that is commonly overlooked by busy people (i.e., people moving houses). So, let’s start here.
Our aim is to create a list and inform all organisations once your new address is confirmed.
Create a list of all the organisations and companies that you need to contact in the future. Include their contact details and a deadline for reaching out to them. These organisations include:
- Government bodies (HMRC, your local council for Council Tax)
- Financial Institutions (your bank, pension, savings provider, etc.)
- Insurance Providers (your home, car, life insurance provider)
- Utility Suppliers (your water, electricity and gas provider)
- Regular Bills (check your bank statement, see what are your regular bills/direct debits to see who to inform)
- Health Services (your GP)
- Work & Education Contacts
2.) Do Your Research
The moment you’ve found your new home and have had your offer accepted is the moment that marks the official beginning of the moving process. It is essential to do your research before committing to any important decision. Here are a few tips to help you:
- Research your new area. Check how to get to your new property and transportation to the local facilities. Check public transport routes if necessary – you can use Citymapper in Birmingham and London or Google Maps if you plan to get directions to anywhere else.
- Research your new broadband and home entertainment providers. You can use online tools like Comparethemarket.
- Purchase an organiser to keep all your essential documents (including this checklist!) in one place.
3.) Plan Your Move and Find a Moving Company
About a month before your estimated moving day. Once you’ve done the necessary decluttering, contact your removal company and schedule a home survey. Here are a few things you should be doing at this stage:
- Make a complete list of your possessions.
- Decide what you will transport to your new home (and where you will place them). Cross off the items that won’t make it to your new home. You will save a lot of space if you are doing it right.
- Declutter: donate, sell, or throw away your unwanted belongings. This will save time when packing, moving and unpacking.
- Consider a self storage unit if you need one. You may want to select a self storage unit close to your new home.
- Check if there is any furniture to dismantle and add it to your list. Make sure you notify your moving company.
- Contact 3-5 removal companies for a quote.
- Ask if they have insurance and see what’s covered and what is not.
- Consider adding home packing service if you want to save yourself time and energy
We also wrote a detailed article about how to find a good moving company – make sure you read it.
4.) Finalise Contacts and Start Packing
You should now feel confident about finalising your moving date and contacting your removal company regarding your plans.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Check the availability of your moving company for your desired moving date.
- Consider packing materials based on your list of items. Your moving company can also provide you with boxes, silk paper, bubble wrap, etc. – just don’t forget to ask them.
- Your moving company may offer storage facilities if you need them. Alternatively, find self storage units near your home.
- Organize parking arrangements and permits for the removal vehicles at both addresses (it’ll take longer to move boxes from your home to a van parked far away). Check your council’s website and reserve a parking space close to your entrance.
- Coordinate to have your new house cleaned in between the moving out of the old owners and your moving in.
- Start packing your easy-to-pack items such as clothes. For furniture and larger items, your removal company should be able to handle that for you.
- Clean any equipment (e.g., gardening equipment, woodworking machines, etc.) that you would like the removal company to transport.
5.) Get Ready to Move
You should be confirming important details and arrangements at this stage. Here are a few suggestions for tasks that will make moving a much smoother process:
- Finalise details with your moving company.
- Check if you have enough medication for the moving period if needed.
- Arrange pet and child care for your moving day.
- Book extra services with your moving company if needed (this includes disassembly of furniture, packing, etc.).
- Dispose of any flammable materials as your removal company will not be able to transport them. Make sure you dispose of them properly.
6.) Get Organised
You’re one week away from your moving day. During this time, your priority should be organising and last-minute tasks.
Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to accomplish:
- Prepare a moving day survival kit (snacks, food, a good book, etc.)
- Finish as much of your packing as possible and let the removal company do the rest.
- Gather together all your important keys and make sure nothing is missing.
- Defrost the fridge and freezer early enough to ensure that they are completely dry before moving.
- Return any items you might have borrowed from your old neighbors.
- Give away any potted plants you won’t be taking with you. Alternatively, leave them at the old property for the new owners to enjoy.
- Wash and dry all linen and clothing.
- Make sure you have sufficient liquid assets (preferably cash) in case of any emergencies or unpleasant surprises.
- Arrange a time to meet with your real estate agent to collect the keys to your new home.
7.) Prepare to Leave Your Old Home
This stage begins 24-48 hours before moving day. It would be wise to conduct a final check and walk around the property to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. As you say goodbye to your old home, keep the following tasks in mind:
- Conduct a thorough check of your old property.
- Pack an overnight bag. This bag should include your toothbrush, towel, and other toiletries.
- Ensure you have the keys to your new home.
- Fully charge your smartphone and charge your power bank as well (it’s going to be a long day).
- By using masking tape or anything similar, select an area in your property which is going to be a “no-go zone” for your moving company. Try to think of a corner of your house and mark it with the tape. Place everything (bags, boxes, moving day survival kit, overnight bag, etc.) in this zone what you don’t want to be touched by the moving company).
8.) Moving Day
Today’s the day! You’ve spent weeks ensuring that everything goes smoothly on this day. With a plan, you can quell your emotions and remain calm and in control. If you’ve followed all our tips thus far, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Here are some things you need to keep in mind on moving day:
- Record all utility meter readings (water, electricity, gas). The recording can be done as simply as taking a photo of the meters with your phone.
- Strip the beds and pack your bed sheets and curtains.
- Inform the moving company about the “no-go zone” – as per above in point 7.).
- Pack smaller items such as clothes and toiletries in your car (if applicable), so the removal company doesn’t pack them.
- Have one person stay until the movers have finished packing. Double-check the inventory and make sure you’ve accounted for all the items. Remember the list of items you made a few weeks ago?
- Leave your old house keys for the new owners.
- Check that all windows are closed, and all utilities are turned off.
- Confirm the address of your new property and your contact details with the movers.
COVID-19 safety checklist on moving day
Given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we’ve decided to include a few special steps that you can take to ensure the safety of you, your family, and the movers. Remember, public health is everybody’s responsibility. Check out some steps you should take before the removers arrive.
- Clean and disinfect all your belongings before other people handle them.
- Observe a distance of at least two meters from other people.
- If you have disposable gloves, sanitizing gels, and masks in stock now is the time to use them.
- Wipe down hard surfaces with warm soapy water. Then, disinfect these surfaces using regular household disinfectants.
- Wipe down any door handles, doorknobs, handrails, and any other surfaces that come in contact with people regularly. You can use any household disinfectant.
- Clean and wash toilet facilities using household disinfectants.
- We’ve mentioned earlier to close all windows. This should be done right before leaving. While the movers are still packing, however, keep windows open to ensure proper ventilation.
- Have one assigned bathroom for use by the removal crew and a separate toilet for your use.
- Place soap and hand-sanitizer in easy-to-access areas.
- Ensure pets and children are not in the property, as much as possible.
- Wash your hands regularly using soap and water.
We have also put together a detailed article about how to move considering COVID-19.
9.) Checking Your New Home
The moment you arrive at your new property, it is crucial to inform your moving company of any special instructions and instructions regarding which rooms they should place your boxes in. Make sure all your valuables arrived safely before your moving company leaves. Cross-check with your list!
- Assign one person of your family to be readily available should the movers have any questions.
- Account for each item in your inventory list. Also, check for any damage.
- Place all important moving-related documents in a safe but easily accessible area.
- Read utility meters in your home. Once again, this can be quickly done simply by snapping a few photos of the meter using your phone.
- Check that you have all the necessary keys for all the rooms in your new property. Also, be sure that each key works.
- Inspect the garden. Make sure there are no hazards that may pose a threat to your kids or your pets. If you think anything needs fixing, list it down for later.
- Sweep for items. The old owners may have left something behind. If they did, put all those items in one area and contact the former owners to have them pick up the items at a later date.
10.) Getting Settled
You’ve spent weeks or even months planning and preparing for the move. Now, you’re finally in your beautiful new home. Things may seem a bit bare and unfamiliar, but you’ll get settled in no time.
You’ve had a busy moving day. We know that you’re tired and just want to sleep. However, there are a few things you need to set up before falling flat on your mattress.
- Plug-in telephones, cellphones, and larger appliances such as refrigerators and freezers.
- Test the boiler and heating.
- Help younger children get settled in their rooms with the help of a few toys and treats.
- Get your furry friends settled in as well. The environment is unfamiliar, so be patient if they have any potty accidents.
- Make a list of emergency contact numbers (local police, fire station, etc.)
It’s unreasonable to expect that you can get fully settled in one evening. Order or cook a delicious dinner and leave the unpacking for tomorrow.
You’ve accomplished a lot.
Take time to relax and celebrate with your family!
The day after moving day:
- Allow older children to organise their rooms. Although you may want to rearrange things in the future, give them a chance to set things up by themselves.
- Coordinate with on-going delivery services. If you’ve had newspapers delivered, let them know that you’ve arrived at your new address and that they can continue to deliver to you at your new home.
- Take time to build rapport with your neighbors. Introduce yourself and bring a simple gift such as a home-cooked meal.
- Sort your bedroom. An unfamiliar space may make you feel uncomfortable for a while. You can help yourself feel more at ease by adding personal items such as photos on top of your bedside table.
- Contact your removal company, real estate agent, family, and others who have helped you throughout the process. Thank them for helping you out! Try to leave an online review about the work – they’ll appreciate it.
And that’s it – your moving is now complete! We hope this moving house checklist was useful to you and made things easier for you and your family.
Tell us how was your moving day experience using this checklist in the comments below.