By: Asad Butt
Last Updated: February 02, 2019

The House Moving Checklist 2019 | Get Organized

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Moving checklist is crucial for a stress free move. Most house movers learn it the hard way. Set up a timeline with a checklist and do it in an organized manner, just like any other project. Help your self!

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Checklists are awesome. They help us organize and stay on top of things.

Ask anyone who has been through a disorganized move. There are hundredd of things to consider when moving a house. Two out three would say it would have been helpful if they had a checklist for moving house.

Like every other project, you take on in your daily life, whether it's house improvement, task, buying a new car, or getting married ... everything is smooth if there is a well-thought plan and that plan is executed well.

It might appear to be a huge challenge, to begin with, but we all know, it's not as difficult as it looks like if we know what we are doing. You don't really need to move mountains, but you can plan an organize your move with the help from this step-by-step timeline. It covers all the things to do before moving, during, and right untill you lock your jouse to day good bye.

When preparing to move, planning ahead, and sticking to a step-by-step timeline with a out moving checklist will make everything run smoothly.


Warm Up And Get Organized

Like any warmup, before an exercise, it would help you to get into the zone mentally. A little bit of time investment is all you'll need to accomplish this task. Start with preparing your self and organize your task into categories.

Survey your new home in detail

Start by visiting your new place if you have access arrange with the current occupiers and do a detailed survey of the new property. Take the measurements and accurately calculate the amount of space you have. This will help you avoid any waste like old furniture and other stuff and help you arrange things well.

Start sorting your current home and items

This is the time for a decision what to keep and what to discard. Make a list for now for the items you no longer need. Consider donating or selling the items. If you have surveyed your future home and have the correct information about the space you have available, it will help you with your decision with what to keep and what to discard.

Sort and organize everything where it belongs. An organized household is way easier to pack and move than a cluttered household.

Make an initial inventory

Make an initial inventory. Organize your items in categories like

  • furniture
  • kitchenware
  • fragile items
  • heavy items
  • electronics etc

This will help both you and your removal company to reach correct estimates for your removal needs.

Research storage facilities.

If you need storage, make a list of items you'll be moving to storage. consider and what size of storage would be required, what timeframe you need it for and what are the costs.

Booking in advance or for longer terms could get you good discounts.

Read: Self-storage | What are the most popular size storage units?

Collect the information you will need for a removal quote

You will also need to ask your self a few questions to simplify the quotation process with removal companies:

  • Will you need some help with packing?
  • Do you need the packing material?
  • Will you need a storage facility with them?
  • Do you have any fragile items?
  • Do you have any heavy items?
  • Do you need help with dismantling your furniture?
  • Do you have any access issues at your current property?
  • Do you have any access issues at your property you are moving to?
  • Any other information you would like to discuss?
  • Any payment preference?

Research removal companies

Having a reputable and professional removing company on your side can take away more than half your problems.

But how can you find a good removal company?

To start with, you need to know yourself what to your requirements are. To have your requirements in place, you need to know how much stuff you are moving. You will be amazed, how much stuff you have piled up over the years. This is why, I stressed, making an initial inventory list is important.

To find a good removal company:

  • Check with comparison sites for companies with reviews
  • Check reviews for the companies you shortlist online.
  • Discuss your local community for recommendations
  • Call and discuss your requirements with shortlisted removal companies
  • Make sure you secure a pre-move survey


Order or collect supplies for packing

If you have your inventory list prepared, it will save you time and money on your packing supplies as well.

If you have the correct knowledge of the packing items you will need, it will save you money on buying in bulk.

You can also save money or get discounts if you buy your packing material from one supplier.

Money Saving Tip!

Contact your local retailers or friends who work in retail. Request for boxes which they have spared for recycling. Most of the times you only need to reassemble the boxes and they are as perfect as new. There is a strong chance, a retailer will let you collect boxes for free because it could save them on recycling cost and space at their premises.

Helping them is helping yourself!

Here is a list of packing material and items you may need:

  • Boxes of various sizes
  • Duct Tape
  • Paper tape
  • Masking tape
  • Tape dispenser gun
  • Moving labels
  • Pair of scissors
  • Box cutters and knives
  • Spare blades for knives
  • Permanent markers of various colors for labeling.
  • Bubble wrap,
  • Packing paper
  • Hand Gloves
  • Removal blankets for mirrors and TV
  • Newsprint sheets
  • Shrink / Pallet Wrap
  • Loose void fill
  • A mini hand truck or dolly

Apply for new school admissions for children

Before you do this, make sure you pay the current school a visit and inform them about your move plans. this would help staff prepare feedback, recommendations, and any necessary records could be compiled and made ready to transfer.

research, visite and apply for admissions at new schools. It could take a little while place to become available after necessary paper work by the school.

Visit and review more than one school and try getting some feedback from local community and grading services. Good schools have longer waiting lists, it's better to enroll early so that kids don't miss out on a better opportunity.

Notify change of address | Phase 1

One of the big parts of a house move is notifying about your change of address to all relevant stakeholders. We should make sure that we inform all the right people who need that information. Earlier you start, least are the issues and disappointments. In the firsdt phase, inform the following:

  • Utility services (Gas & Electric)
  • Water supply company
  • Your Subscriptions (Magazines, Charities etc)
  • current and future local authority/council
  • Set up a Royal Mail redirection Service
  • Child's current school and
  • Cable provider + landline provider + broadband

Read: Moving house | Change of Address Checklist 2019


Clear the Attic / Shed / Garage / Storage

This is one is the tough ones. Spare a weekend for this task as you might not know how long it would take. You might find things you have not seen for years. Clutter could be difficult to clear as it takes longer to decide, what to take and what to discard.

Time Saving Tip!

Don't get carried away. you'll find stuff from the past connected to memories but stay focus on your goal, "the house move project". Just in case, take some tissues, along with...

Clean out closets

If you have items that are out of fashion, there's no point in keeping them. It is even better to donate than packing and carrying to new place. It will reduce your move cost. Or you may sell them at a car boot sale or even eBay. That might even partly or fully cover your moving cost.

Research cleaning / recycling / disposal services

Take some time to research for cleaning / recycling and disposal services as well. It is better to have booked in advance. A last-minute request can cost you more.

Give moving out notice

Most landlords and agents normally require one month's notice. If you were renting and have your move date confirmed, it is better to give your move out notice, as early as possible. This will give your landlord or agent more time to look for new tenants. Helping them will help you manage your move-out smoothly with them.


Inform your Doctor

Take an appointment with your doctor and inform them about your move. If you are on any regular medication, request them for some extra supplies until you are set up with your new medical practitioner.

Also, request them to prepare your medical record for collection or transfer to your new doctor.

Research and register with your new doctor at your new address. Registrations with doctors can take some time and you might have to book an appointment for an initial examination as part of the registration process, which is available on weekly or bi-monthly only at most GP practices. Doing this a few weeks prior to your move will make sure your historical medical records arrive at your new doctor on time and are able to assist you.

Donate or start selling any unwanted items

If you have discarded some items, contact the charity to an arrange an appointment for collection.

If you wish to sell, decide and organize a garage or car boot sale or you can also to sell them online. Selling items by listing online can take a little while so it's better to do it as early as possible.

You can also apply all three options at the same time, maximizing your chances of making sales.

Notify change of address | Phase 2

  • Inform your employer
  • Inform friends and family
  • Inform your insurance providers
  • Inform TV Licencing Authority
  • Update your address with banks
  • Update your address with the credit card company
  • Inform HM Revenue & Customs
  • Update DVLA for driving license
  • Send the DVLA your updated vehicle log book (V5C)
  • Update You address on the electoral register


Finalize things with your removal company

One month before your move is the best time to finalize things with your removal company. You will have a much clearer picture about your move by now. One month notice is an adequate time for a removal company to add your move on to their schedule. It also makes them certain that you are not just window shopping.

Start with packing

Start packing now. Spending an hour or two a day is probably going to be enough for a small to medium sized home.

Start with things you do not need or use the least and pack them first.

Research and finalize storage service

If you are looking for storage, it is best to do it three to four weeks before your move. Early bookings can help you win some discounts as well

Consume food supplies

From now on, stop buying any new supplies and start consuming what you have in stock. Most families have monthly budgets and stocks so plan your shopping accordingly. Rely on items that you would like to move. Consume anything that’s already open. Start clearing out your freezer. Perishable items can go unusable without temperature control, in transit so make sure you use them all.

Also donate or get rid of any remaining food items that are not going to your new home.


Get your car serviced

You'll be heavily relying on your car regardless it's a short or long-distance move.

If it's a short distance move, it's usual for people to use their car to transfer many items, reducing the load for removal company and thus minimizing costs.

If it's a long-distance move, it's even more important to have your car in a perfect condition. Get it serviced and checked in time.

If you’re moving to a different climate, let your mechanic know and ask them for any advice or changes needed like different tyres etc

Request a day or two, off at work

Two to three weeks before is a reasonable time to inform and request your employer for a mini break. This would give them and you, enough time to manage workloads accordingly or arrange for a replacement while you are off from work.


Finalize packing

If you had been consistent with your packing for the last two weeks, you would have done much of it by now. Start limiting your use of everything to basics, day by day and try to be done with 80% of packing by the end of this week.

Leave a day or two by the end of the week to double check everything you have done so far and correct any mistakes.

You still have a week to fix things.

Organize and start cleaning

Start by cleaning jobs you would like to do your self. Contact and organize time with your cleaning service by the maximum end of this week.

You probably need a thorough cleaning service like deep over clean etc, which cannot be done until your property is vacant. Speak to cleaning service about this now and coordinate it with your planned moving date.

Arrange for recycling

Check and make an appointment with your recycling service or confirm dates when the public recycling is carried out by your local council. You need to make sure all stuff you want to be collected is ready by that date.

If you are recycling with a private company make sure you call and make appointment for collection.

If you are planning to use a local free recycling center, make sure you check the days and times they are open to the public and what kind of material they can accept. Also, make sure you have the means to transport recyclable stuff to the center. a table or sofa won't fit into your car and you might need o to hire a van. Make sure to contact and book your vehicle for the date and time.



Contact and confirm with all the services you have requested, earlier in the week as possible, to avoid any disappointments. Remember, even a single missing service can ruin your move.

For example, if you are embarking on a long distance move, and your recycling is not managed properly, you might end up receiving huge bills from the clearing company on behalf of the regulatory authority, later on. Not something you are looking forward to after moving into your new place...

Make final confirmations with your

  • removal company
  • storage service
  • recycling service
  • cleaning service
  • utilities (if still pending)


Must pack items on Last day of your house move

Make sure you pack these things you may need on the first day in your new house

  • Extra pair of clothing (Day and night)
  • keep your wallet and keys at a safe place
  • Collect and pack together all your charges
  • A first aid kit
  • Toolkit for furniture reassembly
  • Important contact numbers
  • Coffee, tea bags and the kettle
  • Water, beverages, and snacks
  • New batteries for your devices
  • Spare beddings
  • Toiletries for your new home
  • Your medications
  • Important documents
  • Scissors and cutters
  • Baby toiletries
  • Supplies for your pets

Read Moving House | All Essentials Things To Pack For Your Move

Take final inventory

Make sure you make a final inventory list of all items, boxes, and furniture. Make two copies. One for your records and one for your moving company. Go through the list with your movers before moving starts and get both copies signed by your movers.


If you had followed our Moving Check list and timeline correctly, you'd be ready on spot for the moving day.

Here is your final moving day tips and checklist

  • Make sure you have a good rest the night before.
  • Discuss and coordinate with your movers for a smooth move.
  • Make sure you are getting the exact service you are paying for
  • Match details of your movers with the information you have.
  • Go through the inventory list with the moving company.
  • Carefully check the insurance provisions regarding the move
  • confirm claims policy and procedures.
  • Go through any other paperwork if you feel necessary.
  • A few checks can spare you from scams and frauds.
  • Make sure you have a good supply of coffee and snacks.
  • Be next to the movers when they load your items.
  • Double check and make sure before signing any final documents.

Moving out checklist and tips

  • Confirm your destination and contact numbers with your movers.
  • Before locking the house for the final time, do the final checks to make sure everything is in order and safe. Taps closed, windows are properly shut and gas and electricity are cut off.
  • If you are handing over keys to someone in person try doing it on site and go through clearing house checklist and take signatures.
  • If this is not possible, take photographs of your empty house and forward them straight away to the relevant personals to avoid any false claims, cleaning or repair bills.

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