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Moving checklist: The day of the move

The day of the move can be very long and tiring, but is also usually exciting. If you are not using a professional removal firm, recruit some friends or family to help you move, it can make the day less stressful. This checklist will help you keep track of what needs to be done.

As you leave your old home

  • Check and double check: Carefully check your existing home before you leave for anything left behind. Check the attic and every cupboard in every room
  • Essentials kit: Your bag of essentials should be packed and to hand. Keep this with you throughout the move
  • Clear the fridge: Take any food that is worth keeping in a cool box and eat or dispose of the rest
  • Removal company: If you are using one, double check the removal company has two correct addresses and your phone number
  • Shut down: Switch off all appliances and the heating
  • Meter readings: Check and make a note of your meter readings
  • Help your new owner: Leave a note for the new owner welcoming them into their new home. Provide any instruction manuals you have for appliances you are leaving behind, together with your contact number and a forwarding address
  • Keys: Lock up your old house and leave the keys wherever specified, usually with your estate agent

As you enter your new home

  • Account for every box: Check with the removal company that each box, bag and item of furniture is unloaded and placed in the allocated room, and that nothing has been damaged in transit
  • Removal lorry: Double check the removal vehicle before it leaves to make sure that nothing is left behind
  • Power and water: Check all your utilities are working. Make sure you have electricity and hot water
  • Stock up on essentials: Put any food you have brought with you into the fridge or freezer, and make a trip to the local shop to stock up any essentials, such as milk and bread
  • Do not rush: Take your time unpacking to avoid damage
  • Take a logical approach: Get the larger items of furniture in place first, and focus on the most important tasks first, such as building your bed
  • Tidy as you go: Flat-pack boxes and stack them neatly as you empty them
  • Meet the neighbours: Introduce yourself to any neighbours you see on the day
  • Meter readings: Take meter readings and make a note of these

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