Are you moving to a new house and looking for a moving house checklist?
I have GREAT news for you:
We created a 20-point checklist for moving into a new home.
The best part?
That all these tips work great right now (in 2020).
We have a lot to cover so we better get started.
20-Point Checklist for Moving Into a New House
Point #1: Find A Trustworthy Removal Company
If you don’t want to move heavy boxes or furniture yourself, the first thing you should do is find a reputable removal company.
There are many removal companies out there but you want to do thorough research so you don’t end up with any missing or broken items.
If you are looking to store some of your items, our team at STORED will arrive with a removal van to collect all those possessions.
They will then transport them to secure 24/7 purpose-built storage facility and return them when and where you would like.
Point #2: Give Plenty Of Notice
You’ve found your perfect new dream home, congratulations!
First things first, you will need to notify relevant parties that you plan to leave your current residence.
If you are renting, be sure to reference your lease on when you need to give notice that you are leaving.
Typically 30 day notice is a considerable amount of time, however sometimes this can vary between 30-90 days.
This information will be stated in your contract lease and will explain the form of communication that it should be relayed in.
If you own your current home, be sure to get in contact with your real estate agent with plenty of time to be able to list your home and find potential new buyers.
Point #3: Declutter Your Home And Possessions
The next important point on your list of things to do when moving is to minimise the amount of belongings you have to move. Moving is the perfect excuse to declutter your house and start going through your possessions to see what you want to take with you to your new home.
Find things you can donate, items that are easily replaceable, and give away things that you haven’t used for a long time. This is also a good time to take inventory of all your belongings.
Start getting an idea on how many boxes you will need and where everything will go in your new home to help plan your move. Moving is the ideal time to start fresh and get rid of things that are just taking space in your drawer or cabinets.
Point #4: Book A Cleaning Service For Moving Day
Many people will choose to clean their homes from top to bottom themselves; however this adds additional stress to you in the middle of an already stressful situation.
The cost of hiring a reliable cleaning service is worth it.
This can help cross off another thing on your list of things to do when moving house.
These companies will also have the right cleaning equipment and know about real estate standards that you might not be aware of.
Research local cleaning services and always be sure to check reviews to get the opinions of customers who’ve used them previously.
Point #5: Update/Cancel Utility Suppliers
Electricity, gas, phone and broadband suppliers will need to be notified typically a few weeks in advance of your intent to relocate.
First write down a list of all the utilities you are currently paying for.
Some of them you will be transferring to your new home and will need to provide an address change and expected start day.
Other utilities, like the internet, will be better to set up once you officially make the move to your new home.
For the utilities you will be canceling, give them the date of cancellation as soon as possible.
Sometimes it can take a few weeks to process the request.
It is especially important to pre plan your electricity and water if you are moving during the winter time, to ensure there are no frozen pipes.
Point #6: Pack Your Boxes In Advance
The final weeks before your move, you’ll be stressed about things you need to remember and the actual packing will only cause you additional stress.
Make a plan to start packing at least a month before the big day.
Try packing small items like decorations, books, or DVDs first.
Label every box to keep an inventory of your possessions and make things easier to find when unpacking.
You can make moving tips fun by trying to pack at least one box a day until moving day.
Point #7: Pack An Overnight Essential Bag
An important tip on your moving home checklist should be to have a bag with all your essentials.
You might also need to pack some important documents.
Having a backpack that has multiple compartments to be able to divide your documents and organise efficiently is essential. Things to include are:
Ultimately, decide on the items you don’t want to dig for on the first day and have them ready to go in a convenient bag that’s always with you.
Point #8: Exhaust Perishable And Frozen Food
One thing to remember when moving house, that most people forget, is exhausting the food in your kitchen and freezer.
Make your last big grocery trip about two weeks before the big move.
Ensure you’re buying things you will cook and use right away to minimise the food you throw away.
You will also want to reduce the number of boxes of food you have to carry to your new house.
If you run out of groceries the days leading up to the big move, think about eating out or buying food you’ll need per meal.
If you don’t want to take any food along the move, you can donate your leftovers to food pantries.
Your moving day will come quicker than you expect and you won’t want to find a box of leftover food you have to discard.
Point #9: Take Photos Of Your Electronics
Take a photo of how all your electronics are set up and the way the cords are connected in the back before you pack them away.
This will lead to an easy installation in your new house whenever you are setting it all back up.
Sometimes it can be confusing when you have multiple cords for each appliance.
Use this approach with your television, internet, gaming system, surround sound or anything else that could cause confusion.
If you can, take photos of the make, model, and serial number of your devices also.
This could come in handy if a device needs replacement or for account setup at your new home.
Bonus points if you kept the boxes your electronics came in.
If so, repackage them in the box to make for an easy transport to its new location.
Point #10: Address Minor Home Repairs
This tip is especially useful for those that are leaving a rental home.
Sometimes a landlord will refuse to refund your security deposit if there are even small scratches on the wall.
Be sure to repair anything that’s within the budget and that’s described in your lease to maximise your chances of receiving all or most of the funds back.
If you are selling your home you can still put this tip into practice.
The more you fix up prior to the sell, the better offer you will receive.
Point #11: Update Address On Accounts
You’ve already taken care of updating your utility information to your new address.
However, you will have other accounts that you want to ensure the most current address for you is on file.
Places like banks, tax agencies, loan providers or clubs and organisations will need to be notified of a change of address.
With a post office redirection, they can forward your mail for a certain amount of time but it’s better to update it at the Source to ensure you don’t miss any important piece of information.
Point #12: Get New Household Essentials
Moving to a new home can be a great time to get the new household essentials you use most often.
Items such as trash cans, shower curtains and brooms are all things needed for a new house.
Sometimes these items aren’t in the best condition and it doesn’t make much sense to pack them.
This gives you a good reason to start over fresh with new clean products and none of your old house still lingering.
Have these essentials packed separately and make sure your can access them as one of the first items when you start to unpack.
You will be surprised at how quickly you will need a broom or trash can as you start moving into your new home.
Point #13: Make Arrangements For Pets
If you’re a pet owner, you might want to consider what you’ll be doing with them while you’re handling the actual move.
One option is to find a pet sitter for the day, while you transport your boxes to your new home.
You’ll want to keep your animals away from the action to ensure they don’t get hurt or in the way.
Another option is to have one of your family members assist with watching your pet either outside in the backyard or in one of the back rooms.
Also, don’t forget to get new ID tags for your animals with your updated address.
Point #14: Find Places In Your New Community
Moving to a new area can be difficult but you can relieve some nervousness or anxiety by looking into a few things before you start living in a new community.
Find your new doctor, dentist, school for your kids and community events to ease the transition to your new area.
This might also be a good time to transfer your medical records or get referrals from your current medical professionals.
You don’t want to be in a situation where an emergency comes up and your not sure where to go or which clinic is in your insurance.
Point #15: Take Measurements To Plan Furniture
Another thing to do when moving into a new house is to plan where all of your current furniture will fit.
If you are able to go to your new place before moving day, take measurements of each room to ensure that your belongings will go where you want them to go.
You also want to make sure everything will fit through the doorways.
This is the most ideal time since the house is empty and you can get a clear picture of what can and cannot fit.
You might have to change your strategy but it’s better to know ahead of time so you can tell your movers where to place your bigger items.
Point #16: Request Off From Work
Another thing on your moving house checklist, if possible, would be to request time off work to relieve some of the stress.
Ideally if you plan your move for a Friday, you can then have the weekend to unpack and get everything organised in your home.
This will of course depend on your employer and if you have the time to request off.
If you predict that it will take you multiple days, plan it around the weekend to give you an extra two days.
Point #17: Say Goodbye to Neighbors
If you are moving far from where you currently live, reserve some of your time to spend with your local friends and neighbors.
Plan some outings or host a going away party so everyone can have their time to send their farewells.
Whether it’s multiple events or just one, making time with your loved ones will make the stressful time before a move a little easier.
It’ll be better to plan these outings as early as possible because you won’t want to leave it until the last minute.
However if it’s coming down to the wire, don’t feel obligated and stress yourself further trying to see everyone.
Once you make the move you can start making arrangements to catch up with the friends you didn’t get the opportunity to see beforehand.
Point #18: Leave Towels, Linens, Etc. Unpacked To Use On Moving Day
Towels, Linens and other cloth products can be great to use as furniture movers.
Your first instinct will be to pack them all up but they can be great for moving day and you don’t want to be caught in a situation where you need them but they are all boxed up.
You can fold towels and lay them down while moving furniture to save the floors from being scratched or put them in between items during the move to avoid damage.
Depending on how many towels or linens you have, some can be used during packing as well.
Smaller towels or washcloths can be used to wrap dishes in.
Point #19: Redirect Your Mail
A very important tip is post office redirection. You don’t want to miss out on important bills or statements, so make sure the post office has your new address.
We already discussed the importance of utility companies knowing your new address!
This is one of several important moving house tips but can be easily forgotten in the chaos.
Point #20: Find A Trustworthy Storage Company
Ultimately, everyone will ask what to do when moving house and everyone will have a different moving experience.
At the end of it, some people will give a lot away while others keep everything.
Both options are correct so you must adapt to your moving style.
If you want to keep a lot of your stuff but don’t have room for it in your new home, look into a reputable storage facility.
STORED offers the easiest storage in London and will even deliver your goods once you have room for them.
Looking for an Extra Hand?
I know what you are thinking:
That moving to a new house is not so easy after all.
The truth is that there are many things you need to do when moving to a new house.
Everything starts with finding the right partners.
If you need a trustworthy partner to help you move to your new house, STORED is here for you.
Contact us at 020 3637 1234, and talk to one of our storage experts.
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