Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful events in life, so it helps to have a checklist to make sure things run smoothly. Here's our timeline to follow in the run-up to the move, so you can make sure everything runs like clockwork.
Moving house checklist
Top tips for packing
Pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes.
Wrap paper or card into tubes around your pot plants to prevent damage to the leaves.
Invest in wardrobe boxes if your mover supplies them - they save you having to pack your clothes into suitcases and rehanging on the other side.
Only remove heavy, spillable or breakable items from chests of drawers. Your movers will move them as they are.
Don't forget to recycle your packing boxes or Freecycle them for someone else to use.
One month to go
Start packing away things you do not need on a day-to-day basis. Keep fragile items together, wrapped thoroughly with bubblewrap, and mark the boxes carefully to ensure can ensure they do not get heavier items dumped on top of them. Label all your boxes by room with a brief description of the contents - that way you can unload them straight into the correct rooms and unpack your new home in the right order.
Book a removal service. Try Move Me or Help I Am Moving for quotes. If you are planning to do it yourself, book your van hire and start collecting large boxes.
Cancel or transfer any TV packages or internet contracts you subscribe to, as you may need to give notice. Don't forget to cancel or switch your home insurance cover to the new property too.
If you are not switching providers, just transferring the contract, make life easy for yourself by using a free change of address service like Iammoving.com which contacts all your service providers for you.
Update the address on your driving license and on your vehicle registration documents with the DVLA or you could be fined £1,000.
You also need to notify your car insurer, which may incur an admin fee or a higher premium if the parking location is not as safe - but failing to do so could render your cover invalid in the event of a accident.
Apply for a permit for your new home if it is in a residential parking zone, as it is easy to forget on the day of the move and you could end up with an expensive parking ticket.
Register with a new doctor, dentist and optician in the local area.
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