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Moving Day Checklist: How to Get Prepared

Phi Spencer

By Phil Spencer

This is the day you’ve been preparing for - for weeks, or even months. Your moving date has finally arrived!

It’s said that this process is one of the most stressful things you will do in your life. The list of things to do when moving can seem endless!

So, we’ve put together a handy moving day checklist for you. Hopefully, this should help things go a little smoother…

Moving home checklist - how to get packed

Unless you’re moving yourself, the major lifting and packing responsibility is going to lie with the removals team. But, you still need to be involved to make sure it goes to plan (unless you have appointed someone to oversee your move for you).

Your moving list may seem unending, but staying organised will help you keep on top of it!

Moving with children in tow? Try and keep a section of a room free for them to play in or to entertain themselves while your house is packed up around them.

Unsure how to start packing? Prioritise what you’ll need most urgently!

Pack essential items from each room into a box or bag, and clearly label them so the removal men don’t touch them.

Decide what to pack and what not to pack

Pack your valuables yourself and ensure they stay with you at all times!

Pack toiletries, towels, loo paper and any other items to see you through your first 24 hours in your new property. Leave the rest for the movers.

Keep your mobile and all key documentation to hand just in case.

Find out if you need insurance

Consider insurance for your possessions in transit - you’ll usually only be covered if using an official moving company.

If you don’t need it, this can help you save money when you move!

Get organised with labels

Put linen and bedding that you will require for the first night in clearly marked boxes or bags.

Can’t take it with you? Let the removals team know that it needs to be placed next to a bed when it is unloaded the other end.

Consider refreshments

Pack your kettle, tea bags, cups and milk.

Include any food and crockery that will see you through your first 24 hours, or at least the first morning in your new house, such as breakfast, crockery and cutlery.

Pack basic cleaning products

Remember cleaning products. You’ll want to give your new home a quick clean before you unpack, other people’s standards of cleanliness and yours might not align.


  • A couple of cloths
  • Polish
  • Surface cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • A hoover
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Bin bags

Be clear with the removals team

When the removals team arrive to pack up your old house, take them round the house and let them know exactly what is coming with you and what isn’t.

Once the removals team have loaded up the van, do one last sweep of your old house, with the removal team leader, to make sure nothing has been left behind. This is your responsibility, not theirs.

Remember to take meter readings

Note down or take a picture of, readings for all the meters: gas, electricity and water – you’ll need these to close your accounts at this address.

Turn the thermostat down and turn off the water heater, you don’t know when the next people will move into the property.

Secure the property

Check all windows and doors are locked and secure before you leave.

Drop off the keys

If you’re not likely to see the new owners of your old home to hand over the keys, you will need to drop all your sets off with your estate agent.


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List of things to do when moving house

On the morning of the big day you’re going to be pretty busy. Here’s a moving out to do list that should help:

  • First things first, check in with your solicitor to ensure that you are on track and that all money will be sent when it’s supposed to be
  • Ensure there’s space outside of your property for the removal van to park
  • If you’ve enlisted the support of a removal company, such as a member of the British Association of Removers, double check the mover’s inventory so that everything you expect them to move is included. Ensure you aren’t left with any last minute, nasty surprises
  • Check you have the removal team’s contact details and they have yours. Today, communication is going to be vital
  • Remember to use a redirection service so the post office knows where to send your mail!
  • Unsure what to do with any items you don’t want to take with you? Consider taking them to a charity shop or re-homing them elsewhere

The countdown to the big day can feel endless, but it’s surprising how quickly it can sneak up on you! This is why arming yourself with a moving checklist is always handy.

Moving into a new house checklist

You want this part of the move to go as smoothly as possible and that all boxes end up where you want them to (this will make unpacking so much easier).

So, make life easier on yourself and the removals team and follow a moving house checklist:

Label the rooms

Stick labels on all the doors of the new property, labelling what each room is, so that the removals team know where each box is to go.

Check your possessions

Ensure all of your possessions have arrived and that nothing is broken. If anything is broken, make sure you flag it up with the removals team before they depart.

Do a sweep of your new property

Check that everything specified in your purchase contract is in your new home. Make a note of anything missing so you can inform your solicitor and they can follow-up on it for you.

Take meter readings

Check that all the facilities are working: water, electricity and gas. Note down the meter readings for all of these as soon as you arrive, you don’t want to have to pay for someone else’s usage.

Sort out your utilities

Call your utility companies and inform them you are the new occupiers of the property. Also, remember you can switch providers if you believe you’re paying too much.

Change the locks

One of the jobs you should consider before doing before anything else is changing the locks. You have no idea who has keys to your new place, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Locate the fuse box

Locating the fuse box when moving in is important, but so easily forgotten in all the commotion!

What's next?

Moving house can be stressful, but the better prepared you are, the easier it will be. This is why following a moving day checklist is so important! Keep an organisational mindset throughout to give yourself the best chance of having everything go to plan.

When it comes to moving home, enlisting the help of a professional removals company will help the process run much more smoothly. You can focus on your move in the knowledge that your belongings are being looked after, and are fully insured. We can help you find the right company. Quickly and easily get removals quotes below. We only work with the best box shifters in the country!

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