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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:

  • check the terms of your contract (if you're renting) to ensure that you give the required notice period, and let your landlord know 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 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)

  • 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 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!

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:

  • bank/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

Health:

  • doctor

  • dentist

  • optician

  • vet