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Moving checklist: the week before the move

As your moving day draws closer and as more of your belongings are packed up or moved into storage, you may find your general living patterns will change. During this period, there are a number of things that will need taking care of.

  • Book your removal company: If you have not already booked your removal company, now is the time to do it. If it is booked, double check with the removers that they have all the correct details, including your current and future address, your phone number and the time and date they are due to begin work
  • Do-it-yourself: If you are not using a professional company, you may want to consider renting a sack barrow to help safely and efficiently move boxes
  • Get packing: Pack up boxes and bags of the things you will not need over the next few days. Leave yourself just enough cutlery, crockery and clothes to get through the week. Label your boxes with their contents and the room they are intended to be unpacked in. Begin to stack them together somewhere that will make it easier for them to be loaded into the removal lorry or van
  • Defrost the freezer: If you have planned your meals well, your freezer should now be empty, so unless specific arrangements have been made with your landlord or the new buyer to leave it behind, you should switch it off and defrost it
  • Have a final sort out: Sort through and get rid of anything you do not need by throwing it out, recycling it or taking it to a charity shop
  • Furniture: If you have not done so already, make sure that your furniture will fit in your new home. Consider not only whether the furniture will fit into the new rooms, but also whether the new property has any stairwells or narrow doorways that may will hinder access
  • Essentials kit: Plan your essentials kit and identify the things you are likely to need on the day and the night of the move, such as bed linen, towels and a change of clothes. Pack this up separately so you do not have to unpack everything immediately. Your essentials kit should also include your phone charger, toiletries and any medicine you may need
  • Important information: Along with your essentials kit, keep all important documents readily accessible in a safe place, and carry these with you on the day
  • Notify service providers: Alert all relevant companies of your change of address. Remember to notify banks, utility companies, HMRC, the local council, your children’s schools, your employer, insurance and pension providers and any gardening, cleaning or other services
  • Update documents: Contact the DVLA and UKPA to update the details of your driving licence and passport
  • Cancel subscriptions: Cancel any newspaper, magazine and other subscriptions, such as wine or regular food boxes. Cancel any regular milk or grocery deliveries, if you have these set up
  • Change of address: Tell your friends and family your new address, and consider arranging for post to be forwarded to your new address by Royal Mail
  • New furniture: Order any new furniture and carpets, and arrange for delivery to your new home
  • Children and pets: If you have children or pets, you may find it easier if somebody is able to look them during the move
  • Keys: Arrange a time to collect the keys to your new home from the seller’s estate agent, and decide with your estate agent or landlord how you will hand over the keys to your existing home
  • Storage: If it is necessary for you to move anything into temporary storage, it may be best to do this during the week building up to the move
  • Cleaning: You may want to consider arranging for professional cleaners to clean your new home before you begin moving in
  • Decorate: If there is a period of time between having access to your new home and having to vacate your existing home, you may choose to decorate the new property as this will be easier while it is empty
  • Housework: Keep on top of your laundry and washing up so you are ready to move when the time comes
  • Inventory: Start an inventory of everything that is being moved. The list need not be very detailed, but numbering boxes and bags can help you check that nothing is lost during the transition
  • Insurance: Ensure you have home and contents insurance in place for your new home. This should have been in place from the date of the exchange
  • Bills: Cancel any standing orders or direct debits you have set up for services you will no longer be using, and make sure that all accounts are settled
  • Internet: Make arrangements for internet access at the new property. If you leave this until you have moved in, you may have to wait several days to enable internet access in the new property

If all of the above is in order, you should be well prepared. Our checklist of things to do on the day of the move will help you plan the moving day itself.

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