Your moving day checklist

Get organised with this step-by-step guide

There's so much to think about when you're moving house, but it doesn't need to be stressful. With this handy moving day checklist, you'll know exactly what to do, who to contact and when.

Simply print off and follow our step-by-step guide and you'll have all the essentials covered. Then all that's left is to relax and enjoy your big moving in day.

6 weeks before your move

  • Confirm the date of your move
  • If you're renting, check the terms of your contract to ensure that you give the required notice period and tell your landlord of your moving date
  • Check your home insurance covers you from the date of exchange
  • Get written quotes from several removal firms, ask for references and check the limits of their insurance
  • Book extra storage space if required
  • Notify the relevant utility companies that you're leaving
  • Have a good sort out and give any possessions you no longer need to friends or a charity shop

2 weeks before your move

  • Start packing non-essential items such as books and out of season clothes
  • Let your milkman and newsagent know the date you want their deliveries to stop
  • Arrange for your post to be forwarded (there's a charge for this service)
  • Send out change of address cards to family and friends
  • Finalise arrangements with your removal company
  • Notify your bank of any changes to direct debits and standing orders

Moving day

  • Make a note of meter readings
  • Check everything is packed and there's nothing left in any cupboards
  • Be ready when the removal company arrives
  • Check there's no damage when the removal company unloads your furniture
  • Take meter readings in your new home
  • And finally, boil the kettle or open the champagne and celebrate!

Important contacts

Make a note of your key financial, utility and personal contacts so they're there for you when you need them.

Financial services
TypeContact details
Bank/Building Society
Credit card
Hire purchase agreements
Pensions and investments
Store cards
Insurance companies
TypeContact details
Government agencies
TypeContact details
Benefit providers
Council tax office
Electoral commission
Passport office
Utilities and services
TypeContact details
Internet service provider
TV licence
Royal Mail
TypeContact details

The content of this article is believed to be correct at the time of publication and is provided for general information purposes. When buying or selling a property you should obtain appropriate professional advice and this article is not intended as any substitute for or supplement to that advice and must not be relied upon as such