Moving House Checklist (Practically Adulting)

Moving house is a pain in the behind. Between discovering how much stuff you really own and transferring all your bills, it’s easy to forget items from your to do list. I’ve created the ultimate moving house checklist to help you on your way.

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Moving house is the ultimate test of adulthood. Before I went through it myself, I’d always assumed it would be as simple as picking your things up and plonking them down in your new home. Sadly, there’s a fair amount involved in moving house that you need to take responsibility for.

As it’s a busy time, important things can easily slip through the cracks and be forgotten. If you’re a complete novice to moving house, or just looking for a handy reference of items to tick off your list, check out my moving house checklist for inspiration.

1 Month Before You Move

There’s no exact timeframe you have to follow when moving house, but I find ticking things off as early as possible helps considerably. Around a month before moving out you could;

  • Give notice to your current landlord
  • Book time off work to move
  • Book an appointment with your broadband company (to set up as soon as you’ve moved in)*
  • Research and book moving company/hire a van
  • For pet owners, research boarding kennels or catteries or ask friends if they can look after you furry friends – it may be best to get them out the way during the move.

*contact your new landlord to check what the home is set up for – don’t take it for granted that you’ll have a Virgin or BT connection set up. If you have an existing contract you may be able to just plug in and go!

1 Week Before You Move

A week before you move (or even two) is when you should have made a start on boxing up possessions you know you won’t use before moving day. You could even look at “reverse packing” first, and pick out the bare minimum of items you can live by, so you’re free to pack everything else away.

  • Box and label possessions with room names – include warnings on heavy boxes
  • Dismantle furniture, label with room names
  • Create moving inventory of each box/item that will be moved
  • Amend and fix any breakages in your home
  • Clean your home to at least the standard it was when you moved in
  • Arrange post to be forwarded for the first month (you should update all addresses, but this covers any post sent in the interim)
  • Create a list of items you’re likely to forget – eg. appliances that might blend in, like washing machines!

Day of the Move

The day of the move will be hectic and full of admin. If you’ve booked a removal service, you can focus on the necessary evils of independent living, such as dealing with energy companies.

  • Provide energy and water companies with final meter readings for your old home (and close the accounts). Make sure these have gone through or you could get a huge estimated bill.
  • Be the last person to leave – check all rooms and cupboards are empty
  • Pay new home deposit and rent (for renters) and collect your keys (the deposit may be required sooner)
  • Provide existing energy and water companies with the current metre readings, then shop around for the best prices for yourself (I simply use Compare the Market)

After You’ve Moved In

The first thing you’ll want to do when you’ve moved in is collapse on the floor in an exhausted heap, but this is when you need to make sure all damages and faults are accounted for.

  • Take pictures of any faults in the property (with time & date stamps) and complete inventory (renting only)
  • Sign up for or arrange a direct debit for council tax
  • Set up your bed – this should be the first thing you assemble so you can crash into it later!
  • Check your moving inventory to ensure all items made it. Chase missing items with moving company/previous landlord
  • And last, but not least – find your nearest takeaway, for a no-fuss, celebratory meal!

Updating Your Address Details

Given that we live in the digital age, you possibly aren’t getting too much post as it is, however it’s very important to update your address with all your accounts. When updating addresses, remember to include;

  • Driving license & vehicle log book with DVLA (you could get fined if you don’t)
  • Insurance – especially home insurance (and update with details of your new home)
  • Your workplace (and next of kin details if this is someone you co-habit with)
  • Pensions schemes you have savings with (use the governments find pension scheme to locate any you’re unsure of)
  • Charity direct debits (for example, I have my Dogs Trust and political party sponsorship to update)
  • Post subscriptions – beauty boxes, washing tablets, flowers etc.
  • Paypal, eBay, Etsy, ASOS… anyone you online shop with regularly (remove your old address to stop accidents!)
  • Phone bills/any other personal bills
  • Bank accounts, including current accounts, savings accounts and ISAs
  • Student Loan Company

We will all have extras to add or take away from this list, but this moving house checklist covers all the basics for your average house move. Let me know in the comments if this post was useful, and if you’d like to see more ‘adulting’ posts from me!