As well being costly moving home is stressful. This is why I've complied a list of things to do to make the next time you move a bit easier. This checklist is to help you to be organised as there is always lots you need to think about and having a list for you to tick off really does help. Whether you are moving to a new home locally or upping sticks and moving to a different county this list should help you to keep things in order.


Agree a date

Agreeing a date is definitely your first step. Until you have a date agreed you'll find it tricky to do anything else on your list. If you own your own home than you are most likely to need to move out and into your new property on the same day. If you are renting you maybe able to move over a few days. If you are renting, once you do have a date sorted don't forget to tell your landlord.

Get removal quotes

Unless you are planning to carry out your move yourself than you need to start looking into getting a few removal quotes. A London moving service is ideal if you are moving to or away from the city as the capital is busy. Your budget when it comes to moving will dictate how much support you pay for. I reccomend getting an all-in-one removal packing service if your budget allows as that can help to release some of the stress.

Get your mail redirected

There is a small charge for Royal Mail to redirect your post, however it's definitely worth doing. You can set up for post to be redirected for as long as you want but 6-12 months should be enough. Doing this will help to protect your personal information and protect you from identity fraud.

Tell your bank/s

Tell your banks, building societies, insurance companies and so on about your move. They will want to update your records and it makes things easier if they need to get hold of you and prevents your important financial information from falling into the wrong hands.

Insure your home

If you are buying your own home, insurance is one of the most important things to do. I also recommend getting contents insurance as well even if you are renting.

Take final meter readings

Before leaving your home take water, gas and electricity meter readings at your property. Even better take a photo as proof as it will be timestamped. 

Tell your Doctor and Dentist 

Definitely something not to forget about. 

Change details on the electoral roll 

This is really important so you can still vote in both local and national elections after you've moved. It is also important as it shows up on your credit rating.

Move your TV licence, digital TV package and broadband 

It's worth giving as much notice as possible. This is so there is no/little delay if you are wanting to stay with the same companies. You may also need to bear in mind that your current provider may not provide to your new area so you may have to change who you are with.

Update address for anything car related 

If you drive you'll want to make sure you update your address for your driving licence,  vehicle registration certificate and car insurance.

Create a box of essentials

There are a few bits and bobs that you’ll definitely want to have to hand on moving day. It’s a good idea to keep these separate and transport them in your own car so you don’t lose track of where they are. In your box of essentials, you might wish to put:

- your valuables

- your important documents – such as paperwork relating to your house move, and your passport

- drinks kit – tea, coffee, milk, sugar, mugs and the kettle

- snacks

- phone charger

- toilet roll

- cleaning products

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