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Guide to Moving Home

If you've recently purchased a new home it helps to know there's more to moving than just packing a few boxes. This guide will help you organise each stage of your move.

Guide to Moving Home

This guide helps you manage your move, it will cover:

  1. Planning your move
  2. One week before moving
  3. The day before moving
  4. Move day made easy

1. Planning your move


Appoint a removals firm:

  • It's advisable to obtain quotes from several companies.
  • If possible opt to move mid-week as it may be cheaper.
  • Provisionally book your removals company 6 weeks in advance, confirm plans and get arrangements in writing once your exchange date is confirmed.
  • Ensure your possessions are insured for transit, most firms will be insured but check what's covered.

Switch your domestic service suppliers:

  • Notify your service providers of your intention to move 6 weeks before completion.
  • Book your meter reading for the moving day.
  • Shop around for competitive recommended utilities providers.

Switch your TV Licence:

  • Notify TV Licensing of your new address. Failure to do so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.
  • Transfer your licence.

Make arrangements for children and pets:

  • Arrange for children to stay with family or friends.
  • If your pets are not accustomed to travel, book them into a cattery or kennels for the night. Otherwise, maybe have friends or family take care of them.

Start packing early:

  • Make an inventory before you start packing so that you have a full list of all your items before you move.
  • Make removals safer and easier by using smaller boxes. Arrange for any items you do not have room for in your new property to go into self storage. Devise a colour code or visual method to indicate which boxes go in which rooms.
  • Devise a colour code or visual method to indicate which boxes go in which rooms.
  • Write on every side of the box to indicate the contents and how fragile they are.
  • Bubble wrap is great for protecting valuable items and packaging cling film is ideal for wrapping large items to avoid stains and scuffing.
  • Pack essential items such as toiletries in suitcases so they are easy to access.
  • Don't forget garages and outside areas containing non-essential items that can be packed early.

Warn your neighbours:

  • It's polite to warn your neighbours of potential disruption and they may even move parked cars to provide extra room for the removals van.

2. One week before moving


Confirm your move time:

  • Check what time you'll roughly have access to your new property. Your possessions shouldn't arrive before - any delay could increase your removal costs.

Redirect your mail:

  • Set up a redirect by visiting royalmail's website.
  • It normally takes 5 days and will ensure your mail is sent on to your new address.

Inform friends and family of your new address:

  • Communicate your new details via email or change of address cards.

Settle outstanding bills:

  • Ensure home delivery services are cancelled and outstanding utility bills are paid.

The new occupants:

  • List your current utility providers and leave instructions on how alarms, boilers etc work.
  • Leaving some flowers or a bottle of wine will be good for relations if you need to speak to the new owners in the future.

3. The day before moving


Empty the freezer:

  • Use a cool box to transport any frozen foods you wish to keep.


  • Take down curtains and blinds. Roll up any carpets you are taking with you.
  • Mark items that are staying with the property.
  • Put aside items to make moving day more comfortable such as toilet paper, kettle, milk and refreshments.

Prepare for the handover:

  • Round up all the keys to your home including those left with neighbours.
  • Normal protocol is to aim to give the keys to your estate agents before 12.00 noon on the day of completion.

4. Moving day


Finish the last of the packing:

  • Dismantle and pack up the last of your essential items such as beds and the TV.

Brief your removals company:

  • Show the removers which items are going and staying.
  • Swap mobile numbers with the removers so you're able to stay in contact.
  • Check the removers have directions to your new property.
  • Point out any items that require extra care.

Before Leaving:

  • Check you haven't left anything behind.
  • Have all paperwork and contact numbers relating to the move with you.
  • Check all windows and doors are locked and the utilities are turned off.
  • It is important to make sure that legal completion of your transaction has taken place before allowing the new occupants into your home.

Collect your new keys:

  • Pick up the keys to your new home - some will not be handed over until legal completion.

Upon Arrival:

  • It is important to make sure that legal completion of your transaction has taken place so that you know you are allowed to take occupancy of your new property.
  • Show the removers which rooms to put your items in.
  • Read meters and check that the phone, electricity, gas, and hot water are all working.
  • Make sure items included in the sale are there; if there is anything missing or damaged contact your property solicitors.
  • Alert your surveyor if you discover any building faults that were missed in your property survey.

Relax and celebrate:

  • By the end of move day you'll be tired, so relax on the sofa, order a takeaway and celebrate your achievement over a drink.

If you are thinking of moving home Countrywide Estate Agents are not only on hand to help you find a property we are also experts at selling property.

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