Moving House Checklist
If you decide to move house, especially, if you are moving for the first time, you would suddenly realise that there are so many things that you need to keep an eye on. This makes it difficult to track everything. The aim of this article is to help you get organised and be able to keep an eye on all the crucial steps typically involved in house moving. These are the important steps you need to follow if you are moving.
Moving House Timeline
The process of moving house can take up-to eight weeks. There are some many different things that need to be organised and planed. This is why it can seem overwhelmingly stressful. Nevertheless, having a to-do list helps with the planning.
Here is a House Moving Timeline:
8 Weeks Before You Move
You finally found the home you like, you then decide to put in an offer and the offer is accepted. Now would be the ideal time to start your House Moving Checklist. At this point you have 8 weeks to go until the moving day.
Get house moving quotes and compare the prices
Get conveyancing solicitor quotes and compare the prices
Get mortgage quotes and compare the mortgage rates
Get quotes for cleaning the property, both old and new, and compare prices
Explore the new area for information about local facilities and amenities
Transfer children’s school records and order new uniform
If you are a tenant and pay rent, inform you landlord and confirm the date of the move with your Landlord, to avoid any confusions.
Get valuable possessions assessed for insurance purposes and check if the insurance policy will cover you while your property is in transit. If not, discuss with the removal company what insurance cover they have in place to cover your property in transit. It is worth having this in place early so that any complications are legally covered.
File all documents (important numbers and dates) and use a journal (of dates and detailed conversations) to keep notes on the house move process and progress. Always have a to-do lists showing the progression of the process.
6 Weeks Before You Move
With 6 weeks to go before the big moving day. Two weeks prior, you would have got quotes from different moving companies.
Choose the removal company from the list of companies that provided you with quotes.
Get a Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) for your property
Make a full checklist and inventory of your possessions. This allows you to see the list of items that will be moving to the new property and the list of items that you do not necessarily need. These items can be discarded before the moving day.
Have a list of what you want to take to the new property and organise where you will put them. To have a better idea of where things should go get a floor plan of the property from the estate agent or seller.
At this point the list would give the removal company an idea of the volume of items to be moved before they conduct the pre-move survey. You should, also, have a fear idea of how much it would cost, especially if the list of items is used as a starting point for the removal company.
Collect packaging materials – your removal company may be able to supply you with them
Start the cleaning out of cupboards, loft, basement, conservatory, shed and garage. Dispose of unwanted items, place possessions in labelled boxes for convenience and identity.
Establish what you will keep and what needs to go. Then dispose unwanted possessions. The removal companies will quote on volume so the less you have to move, the cheaper your move will be.
If you are moving house because of a job relocation, it is worth establishing what relocation allowance your employer has in place.
Be aware and double check any parking restrictions that may apply to large removals vans at your current property and at your new property. Your removals firm may need to apply to the Council for permits
4 Weeks Before You Move
4 weeks to go before the big moving day. At this point certain things should already be put in place. Let’s now explore what they are:
The chartered Surveyor (RICS) report on the structural condition of the new property should have been completed, and you should have seen the report.
Discuss the exchanging of contracts and finalising the moving date with your solicitor
Confirm the house removal booking with the removal company. Some companies may charge a premium for moves over the weekend, bank holidays and over the summer
Consider a trial run from the old property to the new. In particular, consider the removal companies route and the removal truck. Are there any weight restricted or low bridges that may or may not have to be avoided?
Consider booking overnight accommodation in a hotel if the journey is a long one. This may mean leaving the old property earlier than the removal company, ready to be at the new one before the removal company.
It is possible that you may need storage for your belongings. The removal company may be able to offer you storage facilities alternatively they can also recommend others.
You already have quotes for house cleaning (see week 8). Organise the cleaning of the new property before you move in, typically after the old owners have moved out.
Clear out outside spaces and all storage facilities including the shed, the loft and the basement. If you are renting, organise the cleaning of the old property after moving out. The initial bond would be used otherwise
If applicable, book a carpet fitter, should any carpets need replacing. Simply record the floor size for the new carpet. In addition, order new furnishings for the new property.
This is a good time to focus on the least used rooms. Start packing unimportant and non-essential items in to labelled boxes or transparent bags. (so you can see what is what)
Notify all the essential services and household providers of you moving date out of the old property and into the new property. This is crucial for billing and accounting purposes.
This might sound obvious, but check that everything you are taking with you in the car actually fits in the car, health and safety considered.
2 Weeks Before You Move
With two weeks to go before the moving date it can feel and be a stressful period, especially if it feels like there will not be enough time to finish everything
If you have kids or pets, organise the relevant and necessary care for the moving day or ask family or friends for the favour.
Agree and conclude the moving date and times with the moving company. Inform the movers of the parking arrangements and route of travel, or directions.
Arrange a final visit from your local service providers e.g. plumber for the washer dryer, dishwasher, etc, house cleaner, window cleaner, handyman to help dismantle any flat pack furniture. The moving company may also offer some of these services.
Use any perishables and empty the fridge freezer
Obtain closing bills for all local services (gardener, handyman, newsagent, etc.) and household utilities (gas, electric, phone, insurance, TV, broadband, etc.)
1 Week Before You Move
This is the final week at the old address before moving into the new property.
Aim to finish and complete the packing process so that all the items are ready for the removals including outdoors, the garage, conservatory and shed.
Have a sturdy home removal moving cardboard box for important documents and items (driving licenses, house deeds, insurance papers, passports, wills, jewellery, cash and keys for the new property) for safe keeping.
Organise and gather all the keys for the current property together ready for the final letting agent inspection.
Have a Moving Day Survival Kit that contains everything you may need, including prescription medication, to get you through the day unscathed.
For easy access cross-reference boxes to rooms using labelled boxes.
Change your mailing address to the new property using the mail redirection services of the the Post Office.
If you have a fridge freezer, all in one or stand alone, make sure it is fully dry before the move.
Give away plants and flowers you won’t be taking with you – it is not easy for removal companies to move potted plants
Wash and dry all linen and clothing, then box them up and label them accordingly. This would make it easier to single out a specific box, by the label. Especially when, at the new property, the boxes are ready to be unpacked.
Ensure the payment for the move is readily available when paying the mover, similarly make sure you have enough cash for any emergencies.
Return any borrowed items, Send out change of address cards to friends and relatives
Arrange a convenient time to collect the keys to the new property from the Estate Agent