The Ultimate Moving House Checklist
When you are packing up your entire life and relocating it to a different pile of bricks and mortar, it is impossible to remember everything that will need to be done, carried, arranged, or disposed of when moving home. So, have a look at our handy checklist to help you carry out all the important tasks before, during and after the house removal in dates.
A couple of months before
If you are a homeowner, it is important to sort the legalities of the home removal by comparing and acting on the best conveyancing solicitor quotes. Go online to get instant no obligation quotes for your area. You will have to stump up for conveyancers’ fees, expenses, and any stamp duty associated with the move and sale of your property in London.
Long before you will have decided on the house you will move into, you will have staked out all the local amenities like schools, transport and leisure and medical facilities. Chances are you will have familiarised yourself with the area to get a feel, but give yourself plenty of time to explore the vicinity before the domestic removal.
Inform any landlords, service providers, subscription services, GP’s, colleges, schools, dentists (especially if moving to a different catchment area), banks and energy providers of your new London address, and where relevant, the move in date. This will keep sensitive information safe by ensuring it is provided to the right address and kept out of the wrong hands, and will ensure goods and services get sent in good time to be used at the right address.
If you are worried about valuables, look into home contents insurance for your new home, if you don’t have it at your current address. For the removal to London, get a quote from your removals company who should have an option available to provide cover.
You might find it useful to have a dedicated jot pad to note down the dates of any arrangements you’ve made that are to do with the move. It will help keep track of what’s already been taken care of as well as what’s left.
1-2 months before
Now is a good time to browse around for quotes for removal services. Moving services will vary in their total cost depending on what extras you opt for – for example, if you want to save time putting away items by hiring packers, or paying extra for the moving company’s own packing services.
Quotes by house or flat size should be given on comparison websites, and measurements of total volume of items should be the main determining factor for movers’ costs, plus a rate for each hour’s travel time if you are moving out of London.
You can arrange to put away possessions yourself in small increments from around this time, perhaps putting away a box per day. If you do this, start packing away one room only at a time, and label as you go along – this will prevent items going missing, and make them easier to locate and disperse when unpacking.
As you go along you can dispose of unwanted items by handing them over to friends and family who may be helping you pack. You can hold a garage sale or car boot sale for the rest. This will help you to make an inventory of all items to be kept and moved with you.
If you are relocating in London for work, it is well worth investigating what your employer will cover costs wise. It might turn up some pleasant surprises.
Check for ease of access around your new property, as large removal vans will need to park near it to unload. Factor in the access to your old property as some house removal companies may charge a premium if, for example you live in a high rise flat without lift access. Once unloading, check if you are required to obtain permits for parking at the new property.
The one month mark
Now is a good time to pack main household items. Pack the least used possessions, like seasonal goods, first. This will include summer and Christmas decorations, and garden tools and furniture parts. They are not likely to need accessing soon.
Continue by clearing up your outside spaces of clutter and any indoor storage space such as under stair storage and lofts. That way the paths are clear for the house removal process to gain momentum.
You may want to arrange for your new property in London to be deep cleaned after the old occupants have left and before you move anything in. If appropriate, you can arrange for new fixtures and fittings such as carpets to be laid down.
It is not too early to research the moving route for your removal service’s journey. It can help you to avoid toll costs, peak time charges, parking and unloading permit issues, or where relevant, congestion charges.
If you’re a homeowner, a surveyor can inspect the new property and a solicitor exchange the old contracts for new.
Opt for a mail redirection service from now or a couple of weeks ahead of moving day.
Two weeks away
Double check all details, schedules and any extras with your removal company.
Compile a box of essentials such as food, microwaveables, a tin opener, a small assortment of pots and pans, and maybe have the plates, utensils and drinking vessels made of recyclable plastic to avoid shattering, and minimise waste. Pack plenty of toiletries, cloths, towelling and have some wipes to hand all in the essentials box. Keep necessary medication and over the counter supplies in a bag near to hand, and have a first aid box near you or in the essentials box. You can start using these supplies in the last week or so.
It might be worth checking what you can fit into the car if you have one, so you can make the move carrying some valuables or important documents close to you, or ensure you have packed enough but have a comfortable journey in the vehicle.
Double check subscriptions services you might need to cancel, and get a final reading for all energy supplies.
If you have hazardous materials such as cleaning fluids, batteries and paint, pack these tightly way and separate from each other. Most London house removal services either don’t cover these in transit or will charge extra for doing so.
The final week
Check all packed boxes by room to locate where each room’s contents are. You can even colour code your labelling to keep track.
Keep your essentials box in your car or the room you’re using the most. If you need to top it up, you can. You should have expended almost all the perishables from the fridge and freezer by now, so the fridge can begin defrosting and drying, ready for removals.
Arrange a time to collect new house keys and deposit old ones, and perhaps inform friends and family of the new London address online via email or a group social media message. You can even arrange a house warming party for a later date so that they can acquaint with the new location, but such an invitation will inform friends and family of the address ahead of time regardless. If you don’t feel up to organising any type of gathering just yet, no matter how far in advance, you could simply send a mass email and a few letters to those offline.
The day of the move
It is very useful to have a toolkit of box opening knives, plasters, and any small tools that might be handy for box opening and furniture assembly on arrival.
Pack away any final bedding used and strip away any other soft furnishings.
Keep the details of the removals company to hand and ensure they have your number, and it would be helpful to provide them with the route to your new location as well as identifying any fragile boxes or ones not to be taken. Sign once you are happy everything has been included.
After arrival in your new home
You can unpack your essentials box and toolkit to put the kettle on and have a snack. Unload essential toiletries and refresh.
Once the removals company arrives, be sure to help direct them which boxes go to which rooms. Take new readings at the new property, then get the central heating and boiler working so that you are able to have a hot bath or shower when you are ready. Sign once you are happy there are no damages or losses and all your items are accounted for.
Prepare the beds and seating furniture first so that you can rest on arrival and can climb into bed straight away that night.