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Moving Home Checklist

By Marta Moses | Posted October 26, 2021

Are you getting ready to move to a new rental property or even the exciting prospect of buying your own home? Then you'll need to know what to do when moving house! Keep reading for a full moving house checklist. 

Moving doesn't have to be overwhelming. Use our timeline checklist to stay organised leading up to your big move.

We've broken down all the essentials you must complete at least eight weeks before your moving date.

Eight weeks before you move

Plan and prepare!

When it comes to what to do when moving house, the most important thing is to leave yourself enough time to plan. Ahead of your move, getting all your ducks in a row will help reduce stress later down the line.

Write down your moving house checklist, and put it in a folder with all your moving home documents — that way, everything you need is kept safe and handy together.

It's also a good idea to review your home insurance policy to ensure that it covers your new home from the day you move in.

Start searching for removal companies to see what they offer. You can increase your chances of finding the best deal by starting earlier.

Sort and save

Moving house is a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted items and make some extra money by selling them through eBay, Vinted or Shpock.

Remember to stock up on packing materials such as boxes and bubble wrap. Ask around your local shops to check whether they have any spare boxes.

Who doesn't need extra cash when moving?

Four weeks before you move

Redirecting mail

You might be wondering, how do I redirect my mail? It's simple. Head to the Royal Mail Redirection site and tell them your new address.

Tell everyone you're moving

A lot of people are going to need to know about your change of address.

Ensure you tell your bank, doctor, dentist, and (if you have pets) your vet will also need to be notified. And if you're moving out of a rental property, don't forget to notify your landlord in writing.

Remember to tell these very important people you're moving:

  • The electoral register
  • DVLA (Driving and Vehicle License Authority)
  • HMRC

Household utilities

  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Cable/satellite/broadband
  • Home phone
  • Mobile phone
  • Council tax
  • Boiler/heating maintenance
  • TV Licence

Financial companies

  • Bank
  • Building society
  • Savings accounts
  • Credit/store cards
  • Loan companies

Insurance services

  • Building and contents
  • Car
  • Vehicle breakdown cover
  • Health
  • Life
  • Pet

Work and education

  • Employer
  • School/college/university

Download the home move checklist

Three weeks before you move

Book your removal van

Make sure you check parking restrictions and if necessary, order permits for your removal van if you aren't moving somewhere with a drive.

Get snacking

It's no good having loads of open, half-used packets of food on your moving day. In the weeks before moving out, keep your energy up and tackle an essential moving task at the same time – start snacking!

Get to work using up items in the fridge, especially frozen food, as these items do not travel well.

Two weeks before you move

Label all boxes

Make sure you check all the nooks and crannies of your soon-to-be old home for forgotten treasures. Label all boxes to give yourself an easy time on the other side!

Don't forget to check the following:

  • Loft
  • Basement
  • Under stairs cupboard
  • Garage
  • Garden shed

One week before you move

Prepare a package containing all the items you'll need when you arrive at your new home. Keep it with you so it doesn't get lost among the boxes in the removal van.

Here are a few things we couldn't go without on our first night in a new home:

Kitchen essentials

  • Cutlery for each family member
  • Tea and coffee for the morning
  • Kettle
  • Healthy snacks
  • Bin liners

Living room essentials

  • Board games
  • Laptop and family DVD

Bedroom essentials

  • Bedding
  • Phone chargers
  • Change of clothes for each family member

Bathroom essentials

  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet roll
  • Soap
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Medication for each family member
  • Baby changing supplies

Other accessories

  • Light bulbs
  • Portable radio
  • Pet food/water bowls/bedding and accessories

And when you think you've told everyone you're moving, don't forget about:

  • Your online accounts (e.g. supermarkets and other shopping accounts)
  • Professional bodies (such as your trade union)
  • Pension provider
  • Loyalty cards
  • Hire purchase/rental companies
  • Premium Bonds
  • Subscriptions
  • Optician
  • Cleaner/milkman/window cleaner
  • Solicitor
  • Accountant
  • Household insurance for your building and contents
  • Reconfirm the details of your move with the removal firm. At this stage of the move, you must double-check everything.

The day before you move

Make sure you keep all important documents on hand so you can complete a change of address for all your accounts and that you've packed all your essentials.

Remember to leave yourself plenty of time to defrost your freezer before the move too - you don't want it to leak!

Moving day has arrived!

Take pictures of your gas and electricity meter readings at your old place and your new home.

Contacting your energy company might not be top of the list to do on moving day, but it's a great way to log this information. Let your energy supplier know so that you get the correct billing for both places.

Tell all the utility companies that supply your new property that you're the new tenant - even if you're the owner-occupier. This is the term they'll use when updating the account.

If you're an existing EDF customer and are staying with us after your move, you can tell us you're moving via MyAccount, and we'll set up your energy in your new home. 

If you're changing suppliers for different utilities, make sure to close accounts for your old address and cancel any subscriptions you no longer want.

Please leave all energy supplier equipment, such as the in-home display with your smart meter, at the home you're moving out of. The in-home display is linked to the smart meter in that home and won't work at the new one.

More about moving home

You're in your new home - what next?

Congratulations – you’ve made it to your new abode!

With some planning and preparation, that house move checklist will have made the process much smoother for you. Now it’s time to check out our top tips on how to set up your home to be as energy-efficient as possible.

Be savvy

There are plenty of ways to reduce your bills in your new home. From turning down your thermostat to how much water to put in the kettle – we've got you covered! Find all our energy-saving tips here.

Be smart

Invest in one of our smart meters to help you keep track of your energy usage. You won't ever have to take a meter reading again.

You should also take this time to set up your home to be as smart as possible! From Amazon's Alexa to Phillips Hue Bulbs – smart technology can transform your new pad.

Start afresh in your new home by keeping your bills low while doing your bit for the planet. Find out more with our guide to smart meters, and check out our home buyers guide for energy.

Getting the best energy deal for your new home

It pays to look around for the best electricity and gas tariff that suits your needs. We’re trusted by millions of people for our great customer service, and as Britain’s largest generator of zero-carbon electricity, together we can help Britain achieve Net Zero. All of our fixed home energy tariffs are backed by zero-carbon electricity as standard and are backed annually.

At the end of each fuel mix reporting year, we’ll make sure we have enough nuclear generation declarations to match the total volume of electricity supplied to all of our customers on zero-carbon nuclear-backed tariffs.

View our current tariffs

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