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Moving home is exciting. Before you get caught up in the euphoria of living in a new place, though, you have to move out of your current home—and that’s why we’ve prepared this moving home checklist. Don’t despair. On average, Brits move eight times over their life, and this checklist will hopefully help every single time.


There’s a lot to remember when moving home and because we’re nice, we’ve broken it down into stages.

What should happen two months before moving house?

Two months seems like a long time. It’s not. Time ebbs away sneakily, so don’t put off preparing for your big move. By planning the entire process and getting an early start on our checklist for moving house, you can ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Moving into a new house should be a time of celebration, not lying in bed nursing a sore back. Firstly it’s well worth hiring a professional removal company to help you with getting your belongings to your new property. To get the best deal, you should be shopping around early on. There’s no better way of kick starting your moving house checklist than comparing the prices of local movers.

Another thing to consider at this early stage is your TV licence. When you move, you need to transfer your licence over to your new address. Luckily, it is fairly simple to do so, and you can get it out of the way up to three months before moving house.

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What should happen one month before moving house?

You’re creeping closer to the date, and you’ve worked a couple of things off your moving home checklist. Great! Don’t relax yet, though; we’ve only just got started. Don’t worry, all of this hard work will pay off when you’re in your new home—that you own!

First up, if you are renting you need to let your landlord know that you’re moving. A quick phone call won’t do it, so you’ll have to hand in a written 30-day notice, informing him or her of your intention to vacate their property. Of course, if you’re living with friends or family, this probably isn’t necessary but it’s still nice to let them know you’re moving out!

Moving home can be difficult. Owning lots of stuff just makes an already difficult process more tedious so now is a good time to have a clean out. Those old clothes that you thought would come back into fashion? They probably won’t, so it might be time to say goodbye. Go through everything you own, clearing out anything that’s surplus to requirement. You’ll thank us later (you may even raise a little cash towards the move by placing unwanted items on eBay, Gumtree, or Craigslist)!

You’ll be doing future tenants a big favour by notifying anybody you receive mail from of your new address. Protect your privacy first and foremost by informing anybody that posts delicate information to you. Your bank, your employer, and any debtors should be the priority here. Magazine subscriptions and catalogues can wait until after.

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What should happen two weeks before moving house?

We’re getting closer, and that also means we’re getting busier. As this checklist goes on, you’ll have noticed that things are getting more and more hectic. Imagine the chaos that would occur if you didn’t organise yourself with a checklist!

If you don’t inform your local council that you’re moving home, you may find that you’re ineligible to vote. Ensure that you can participate in future elections by telling them where you’re moving to. If you happen to be leaving their constituency, remember to register with your new local council. After all, moving house doesn’t prevent you from voting!

Remember that it isn’t just you that’s moving house, your family, and your pets are also moving. Your vehicles will be coming with you too so if you’re moving a long way away then  it might be worth getting a mechanic to take a look at them to make sure they survive the journey. You certainly don’t want to spend the big day stuck on the hard shoulder of the M1!

While we’re thinking about vehicles, now is a good time to get in touch with the DVLA. You’ll need to have your Driving Licence and Vehicle Registration Certificate updated to reflect your change of address. If you currently hold a paper licence, do remember that they’re no longer issued so you’ll have to visit the Post Office to pick up an application form for a Photographic Licence.

What should happen one week before moving house?

Seven days to go and your first course of action should be to check whether your new property is insured. If so, ask your insurer if your contents are covered during the move. Hopefully, they will be. If not, you may want to look into changing your policy so that your belongings are safe while you’re moving home.

At this point, it is wise to inform the insurance company that you are moving home—and don’t forget to tell them your new address.

It is possible that you will be charged by your insurer for making changes to your policy, but those charges will be worth it, if only for the peace of mind that being covered gives you. After all, working through a checklist for moving house is already stressful enough!

Remember: house insurance needs to be in place as soon as you have exchanged on your property. Whilst it’s becoming increasingly popular to exchange and move on the same day, you could in fact exchange months before you move. If that is the case, make sure you’re comparing insurance early to get the best deal on your new home.

With your items protected, it’s time to start the packing process. For this, you’ll need boxes—and you’ll probably find that your local supermarket is more than happy to provide you with them. Anything that you’re sure you won’t need over the course of the week should be boxed up. Anything that you pack away can then be placed in a central location, ready for when the professional movers arrive.

While you’re going through this final packing period, you have another chance to get rid of any unwanted items that slipped through your first clear out. You might be surprised at just home much stuff you missed!

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What should happen the day before moving house?

If you hadn’t followed a checklist for moving home, this period would be known as “panic stations.” Fortunately, you’ve followed our helpful guide, so there shouldn’t be much left to worry about. Still, there are a few final steps to moving house that you should be considering:

- When you wake up, strip the beds and pack the bedding away along with your dirty laundry. This should be separate to your clean laundry

- Do a final clean, using this time to scour your house for items that you may have missed. This is your last opportunity to ensure your belongings are accounted for

- Remember to check that you have the keys to your new home, or that somebody will be available for you to collect them from

- When the removal company arrives, remember to load the vans in a particular order. The first boxes on will be the last to come off, so make sure they contain items you can be without for a while

- Keep any items that you’ll need for your first night at your new home to hand. A suitcase or carryall that will fit in your car is an ideal way to keep tabs on where they are

- Remember to pack toiletries, food, beverages, and toilet paper for the whole family

Our moving home checklist is complete, and there’s only one thing left to do. Enjoy your new property and create memories that’ll last a lifetime! Oh, wait. You’ll have to unpack, too…

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How can I get the best deal when insuring my new home?

You can get the best value insurance policy when you move house by visiting our site and comparing the options from our large panel of home insurance providers—and the best part? You can quickly get a quote to suit you and your new home.