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Moving House - A Quick Checklist.

22 Aug 2011

Moving House - A Quick Checklist.
Moving house can be stressful – although apparently not as stressful as flying?. But here is a handy checklist to help you remain calm and in control throughout the stages of your house move:

4 weeks to move day

  • Arrange and confirm your house removal date as far in advance as possible. Book a Moving House Survey.
  • Prepare a list of fixtures you are leaving in the house

3 weeks to move day

2 weeks to move day

  • Dismantle self-assembly furniture
  • Arrange for professional disconnection of kitchen appliances
  • Arrange to have your gas, electricity, telephone and water meters read
  • Start using everything up in your freezers.
  • Clear the loft unless your removal company is doing this for you
  • Get sheds, greenhouses etc dismantled
  • Drain fuel from lawnmowers/motor cycles
  • Take down any fixtures you are taking with you
  • Ideally make arrangements for children to be looked after on move day – Read our Moving with Kids Guide
  • Treat any fabrics that you are placing into store with an anti-moth treatment
  • If you are moving in or out of a block of flats, arrange to have use of the lift

1 day before move day

  • Have TV aerials or satellite dishes taken down if they are part of the move
  • Disconnect any light fittings you are taking
  • Seal packets and tighten jars of food
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer.
  • Prepare plants for transit - View our Moving your Garden Guide
  • Chests of drawers may be left full depending on the make of your furniture
  • Set aside an area marked “DO NOT MOVE” for coats, handbags, kettle, snacks, tools and cleaning materials
  • Arrange separate transportation for any dangerous substances

On move day

  • Lock your valuables somewhere safe and carry them personally with you to your new home
  • If you are putting anything into storage, remember to retain important items – passport, driving license, etc.
  • Before the removal van leaves, check your entire home to make sure that nothing has been forgotten.
  • Ensure that the crew have directions to your new house and a phone number to contact you.
  • Arrive at your new property, with the keys, before the removal van
  • Direct the crew to position your furniture and effects in your new house.

If you would like a comprehensive list, then download our Moving House Checklist pdf.

We are always happy to ask any questions about moving house, simply contact us.