When you’re moving house, it is easy to succumb to unnecessary stress. It is never going to be an easy job but it doesn’t need to be chaotic or stressful if you give yourself enough time to sort everything that has to be done.
As with anything that needs doing properly, the key is in the preparation and organisation. We have put together a fully comprehensive moving house checklist combined with a house buying process timeline for UK transactions. It is easy to follow and contains all the info you need to make your move run smoothly.
The early stages of the moving involves extensive research. Learn about your new area, the legal processes involved in your move, removal companies. Really look into these topics in plenty of time. It’s best to know what to expect.
Once your offer has been accepted it is time to compare quotes and select your Conveyancing Solicitor. It is essential to do this early on. It is the best way to ensure a smooth legal transaction. You should also spend some time to researching the facilities and amenities of your new area.
To make things easy we have created a checklist for this early stage of moving house.
Speak to your solicitor about exchanging contracts. Finalise your moving date.
Confirm your booking with your removals company. See our guide to removals. Ask about prices in advance. Check reviews or find a company word of mouth.
Organise storage facilities if needed.
Organise a deep clean of your new house. Maybe you will do this yourself. Maybe you would rather a professional company do the job.
Check you have adequate furnishings for your new home. Book carpet fitters/decorators/kitchen fitters etc if needed.
Start packing non-essential items.
Clear out the loft, shed, storage spaces… throw away/give to charity literally everything you do not need.
You need to appoint a removal company and assess technicalities at both addresses. Ie: consider the travel route and whether there is parking for a lorry.
Notify relevant utilities companies and switch home insurance to your new home
Organisations And Companies To Contact
Update your address with the DVLA. Both your licence and vehicle registration need changing. Not before you move, as you may need your licence for identification and van hire.
Depending on your circumstances, you may also need to contact HMRC or the Department for Work and Pensions.
Ask your local authority for a final statement of your council tax. You may even get a refund. Don’t forget to update your details on the electoral roll.
Department for Work and Pensions
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)
Your Local Authority
Banks, lenders and credit card companies need to know your new details. This includes current account and credit card providers. They may use your current address as a security check or to verify your identity.
Banking and savings account providers
Credit card companies
Store loyalty card providers
You should notify your contents insurance provider of when and where you will be moving. Check with them what is and is not insured during the move. You may need to get additional insurance from them or the removals company.
Contact any companies you have insurance with, including:
Car insurance (and any breakdown services provider)
Mobile phone insurance
Health insurance (including dental insurance)
Tell your utilities providers the exact date you are moving. Take meter readings and photographs of them. Do this in both your old and new home.
This means any company that provides a service you pay a regular bill for. This might be:
Let any medical organisations know you’re moving. Register with your new local GP asap. There may be a delay in getting treatment if you don’t.
The following people will need your most current address details:
Children’s schools, colleges and educational institutions
Update your subscriptions. Share your address with any organisations that might contact you via mail.
Newspaper, magazine and newsletter subs
Clubs ie: sports teams / gym
Charities you support
Pet microchip databases
Redirecting Your Mail And Calls
It is a lot of work updating people with your new contact details.
You can make this process easier by using the Post Office change-of-address service. This can take up to 10 days to come into effect. It redirects all mail to your new address. You can keep this service for three, six or 12 months after moving.
If you are changing your phone number, you may be able to arrange for your telephone company to automatically inform callers of your new number.
Our expert legal panel, made up of UK regulated solicitors and licensed conveyancers, can provide you with a fast efficient fixed fee online conveyancing service to help you to make your home buying or selling a simple and easy process.