Are you Ready for Moving Day?
There’s so much to do before you move home, but our check-list will help you prepare:
Two months before you move
- Book time off work.
- Find a new school for your children.
Six weeks before
- Hire a removal company.
- Consider taking out a life insurance or critical illness policy, which may be required as a mortgage condition.
- Check your home and contents insurance policy to make sure you have cover from the day you move in to your new house, or even from the day you exchange contracts.
Four weeks before
- Search online to find the best T.V., telephone and internet providers for your new address.
- Find the cheapest energy tariffs for your new home.
- Start packing!
Two weeks before
- Think about what you’ll need for your first day in your new home and put together a survival kit!
- Pay your final bills.
- Update your address with your TV licence, bank, credit providers, insurance providers, and any pensions and investments you may have.
- Redirect your mail.
- Register to pay council tax for your new home.
- Arrange a professional cleaner if you don’t want to do the final clean yourself.
The day before
- Walk through your house and make sure everything is accounted for.
- Make sure you have the keys to your new home, or have arranged to collect them.
- Write a card for the new owners and include any handy tips about the property and local area.
The day of the move
- Take a photograph of your meter readings.
- Take one final look around to see if you've forgotten anything.
- Check that all windows are secure and water, gas and electricity supplies are switched off.
- Make sure you're present when the removal crew arrives so you can guide them around the house.
- When the removal company unloads your furniture at your new place, check for any damage.
- Say hello to the neighbours.
Once you're in your new home
- Switch utility providers.
- If necessary, upgrade locks to comply with your insurance policies.
- Update the electoral register, as you won’t be automatically registered to vote. You can register to vote on GOV.UK.
- Register with a local doctor and dentist.
- Sample the local area's delights, such as restaurants, pubs and other social activities.