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Your moving day checklist

There's so much to think about when you're moving house but being prepared can reduce the stress.

With this handy moving day checklist, you'll know exactly what to do, who to contact, and when.

6 weeks before you move:

  • Currently renting your home? Check the terms of your contract to make sure that you give the required notice period, and let your landlord know your moving date
  • Buying a property? Check your home insurance covers you from the date of exchange (this is the point where you sign a contact agreeing to buy the property, and the seller signs a contract agreeing to sell to you – these contracts are then exchanged)
  • Using a removal firm to help with the move? 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 your current home
  • Have a good sort out and give any possessions you no longer need to friends or to charity

2 weeks before you move:

  • Start packing non-essential items, such as books and out-of-season clothes
  • Redirect your post to go to your new address (there's a charge for this service)
  • If you’re using a removal company, finalise your arrangements with them

What to do on moving day

  • Make a note of meter readings before you leave your current home
  • Check everything’s packed and there's nothing left in any cupboards or the loft
  • 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
  • Boil the kettle or open the champagne and celebrate!

Who to notify when moving house

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

Financial services:

  • Bank or building society
  • Credit card
  • Loans
  • Hire purchase agreements
  • Pensions and investments

Insurance companies:

  • Home
  • Car
  • Life
  • Pet
  • Medical

Utilities and services:

  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Phone
  • Internet service provider


  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Vet