The Ultimate Moving Home Checklist

People say that moving home is one of the most stressful events we go through in life, after the big ones like marriage, divorce, and death of a loved one. But, moving house doesn’t have to be that stressful if you plan and prepare for it properly. We want to make your move as stress-free as possible. So, as well as providing storage services to help you through it, we’ve created this epic checklist of things to do leading up to your big move.

Weeks and months before your move

Confirm your moving date

When you can confirm this may depend on other parties, but the sooner you can confirm a moving date, the sooner you can start preparing for that date. If you’re renting your current place, make sure you notify your landlord of when exactly you’ll be moving out. If it’s a workday, you might also need to tell your boss and request a couple of days of annual leave for that time.

Have a clear out

If you’re hiring a removals company to take your stuff from your old house to the new one, they will be more expensive the more stuff you have. Even if you’re doing a DIY move, having less stuff will make it easier on you. So, if you have anything that you never use anymore and simply don’t need, then get rid of it. Throw it out, donate it, sell it. This will make packing and moving much simpler.

Decide if you need storage

Maybe there are certain things that you don’t need right now or don’t use very often, but you can’t or don’t want to get rid of them. You can still eliminate these from your big moving day by putting them into short or long-term storage for now.

If you’re moving at the start of the year, for example, then there’s no point in moving your Christmas tree and decorations to the new house right now. Make the move easier by putting them into storage with a company like STORED.

Start eating your way through your kitchen

Food and drink can take up a lot of space in your moving van, too, if you don’t plan ahead. Sort through your kitchen cupboards and fridge a couple of months before your move and pledge to eat as much as possible. And throw out anything that’s long expired. If there are tins of food that you’re not going to eat, then donate them to a local cause.

For those couple of months, you should stop buying new food other than the essentials and make meal plans to use up as much as possible. Frozen and perishable foods are especially hard to transport, so make sure your fridge and freezer get cleared out.

Find a removals company

It’s important to compare potential removals companies to make sure you get a fair deal from a reputable company. Do some research to find your best options and then get in touch with them for a quote. You could ask around friends and family to see if they have any recommendations.

If you’re forgoing the professional movers and doing it yourself, then make sure you ask friends and family members for help well enough in advance if you need them. Compare prices for hire vans as well if you don’t have enough vehicle space between you.

Collect packing materials

You’ll need lots of boxes and materials like bubble wrap to pack everything up safely. If your removals or storage company don’t provide these for you, then you could ask around for any spare materials. You might also be able to pick old boxes up for free from shops and supermarkets, or you can buy them online or from office supply stores.

Pack things as you go along

Packing is a time-consuming and stressful activity, so you don’t want to leave it all for the night before you move. There will be some things you can pack far in advance – the things you don’t use often. If you plan well, you should be able to pack your things in increments and still have everything you need to live in the meantime. If you don’t want to handle packing at all, then you could hire a professional packing service instead.

When you’re packing up the last of your belongings during the week of your moving day, remember to keep some things aside for the big day. Packing a survival kit for each family member will ensure that you have everything you need on the day during the move. You probably won’t feel like unpacking as soon as you move in, either, so packing some essentials for that night is a good idea, too.

Your moving day survival kit and overnight bag might include:

  • Phone + charger
  • A packed lunch
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Pyjamas
  • Clean underwear
  • Something to entertain the kids
  • Toilet roll
  • Any medications you need

Notifying of change of address

It’s impossible to move house anonymously. There are lots of people, companies, and services you need to inform when you are moving to a new address. Perhaps most importantly, your utilities providers need to know where you are moving to and the dates so that you can have utilities disconnected and reconnected in your new home.

Here are a few other people you need to notify:

  • Your doctor – if you’re moving out of the area, you’ll also need to unregister from them.
  • Other healthcare providers – dentist, opticians, vets
  • TV licensing
  • Local government – council tax and electoral, etc.
  • HMRC and/or your employer
  • Insurance providers
  • Your bank and loans companies
  • Any mail subscriptions you have

For a more comprehensive list of who to notify when you’re changing address, check out this website.

Arrange for your mail to be redirected

It’s almost inevitable that a few things will slip through the cracks when you notify people of your change of address. So, it’s also a good idea to arrange for your mail to be redirected to your new address. This means that anything that’s sent to your old house will be redirected to your new address. You’ll receive your mail, avoid annoying the new tenants, and you’ll be able to see which other services need your change of address.

Find new local providers

For any services and providers you had to deregister from in your old area, you’ll need to find replacements. You’ll need a new doctor and other healthcare providers, a new gym, new local shops and pubs. It can be a good idea to explore the area before you move there, if possible, to get to know where you’ll be living and what is nearby. If you’re moving children far away from their old school, then you should do thorough research into which school is best for them to move to.

The week of your move

Defrost your freezer

This should be done around two or three days before you move. Hopefully you’ve emptied your fridge/freezer as much as possible already, so no food has to go to waste. Switch off your freezer and let the ice defrost, laying down plenty of towels to mop up the water. This is also the perfect time to clean your fridge and freezer once it has defrosted, then you can leave it to dry.

Cleaning services

If you’re moving out of rented accommodation, then you will be in charge of making sure it is clean if you want to get your full deposit back. Even if you owned the house, it is nice to leave it clean for the next family who are moving in. So, you might want to hire professional cleaners so that you don’t have another laborious job added to your list. You might also want to hire a cleaner for your new place to make sure it is pristine when you move in.

Round up your house keys

You might have given out a number of spare keys during your time in your current house. Make sure you have all front and back door keys collected from friends and family members, plus any keys to windows, the garage, and any other locks around the house. Ensure that all keys are accounted for and either handed to your estate agent or left in the house for the landlord or next occupants, depending on your arrangements.

Arrange child/pet care

On the day of your move, you want to eliminate as many distractions and stressors as possible. So, if you have young children and/or pets, you should get them out of the way. Call the local kennels or cattery to take your pets for the day, or arrange for a friend or family member to look after them. Having a friend or family member take your kids in for the day will also help, or arrange for a babysitter or nursery if this isn’t an option.

Switch everything off

When it’s time to leave for good, make sure all electrics are switched off and that your utilities are disconnected.

Take meter readings

On the day you move, once everything has been switched off, take final meter readings for your gas, electricity, and water. Record these and take photos of your meters so you can easily settle everything with your utilities companies.

When you’re in your new home


The first thing to do once the movers have done their work and driven off is relax! You made it, and the hardest part is over. Hopefully you have easy access to the supplies you need right now. Sit back with a cup of tea and get the local takeaway menus ready for tonight.

Take your new meter readings

Like you did in your old house, record your meter readings and take pictures on your phone to make sure you have evidence of these and can report them accurately to your utilities providers.


This might not be a job for day one, but you shouldn’t leave the unpacking too long after moving in. Help the process by having your movers put each box in the right room when moving in, making it easier to unpack things where they belong. Unpacking sooner rather than later helps you and your family settle in, making your new house feel like home.

Consider changing the locks

After you’ve moved into your new home, it can be a good idea to change the locks. You never know whether spare keys are still left floating around for your new house, creating possible security risks. Call a local locksmith to find out how much it would cost to get the locks replaced on your new home.

We hope you’ll be very happy in your new home and that you won’t have to go through the stress of moving house again for at least a few more years. If you’ve stored with STORED during your move, we can return your items to your new address. Find out more about our storage in London.

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