Your Moving Home Checklist

You are likely to move home more than once in your life so there will be some things on your mental list that you remember from the last time. But having a clear, prioritised list to hand will avoid any unwelcome surprises or last minute tasks that could hold back your move.

We have put together a handy list of things to remember so you can get organised early and start enjoying life in your new home sooner.

Who do I need to contact?

There are a number of organisations you will need to contact when moving properties.

This will include…

  • Government bodies such as the DVLA for information regarding your vehicles. Also make sure you change the address on your driving licence. In some circumstances you will also need to contact HMRC or the Department for Work and Pensions. For council tax purposes, your local authority will be able to provide a final statement.
  • Financial institutions like your bank, credit card companies and lenders.
  • Any insurance providers you use for car, home, health, life and phone insurance. You may need additional insurance here if certain things are not covered during the move.
  • Utility suppliers for water, electricity and gas. Remember to take meter readings and photographs in both your old and new home.
  • Phone and broadband providers.
  • Health services such as the NHS, doctors, dentists and local GP you will be registered at.
  • Your employer and pension fund if with the company. If you have children, you will need to contact their school.

Redirect your mail

If you receive a lot of mail, it will be important to use the Post Office’s change of address service early to get mail redirected to your new property. This will come into effect within 10 days for a chosen duration of three, six or 12 months after you move house by which time you should have notified the relevant contacts of your new address.

Moving and packing

Packing and moving belongings can be the most stressful part of the process for some, but planning in advance and choosing a trusted removal company can take off some of the pressure. When you have your boxes ready and your moving date is approaching, picture how you want your new home to look. Think about where all your furniture will go, declutter along the way and dispose of anything you don’t want to take with you.

After you have moved

Once in your new home, there are a couple of things to do to complete the move. You will need to pay stamp duty if applicable (your broker will advise you of this before you buy). For the security of your new home, get a locksmith to change your locks and get a new set of keys.

If you are in the process of moving home or looking for a starting point, get in touch and give us a call to discuss your next step.