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Moving Day Checklist: Tips for Tenants and Buyers

Let’s face it – moving into a new house can be a stressful experience. Before the big day, here’s a handy checklist of things to do when moving house to stay sane and stress-free.

Faye deGavre


Jun 22, 2021


4 min read

Moving Day Checklist: Tips for Tenants and Buyers

There is a reason moving day ranks at the top of life’s most stressful experiences. It’s tiring, strenuous, and exhausting (both mentally and physically). Everything from the build-up to the day itself is loaded with emotion and physical demand. Without a doubt, moving into a new house is one of the biggest projects anyone will take on, which is why every first-time home buyer, second stepper and seasoned home buyer should be adequately prepared for The Big Day.

Every move is unique, so the things to do when moving house is based on your own circumstances and needs. Even so, consider this moving day checklist your starting point.

What to do at your old home:

  • Book your removal company

When you have a date confirmed for your completion, book a removal company. Get quotes from a couple of local removers to source the best price, and quiz them about how they’ll keep your contents safe during transit. For an accurate quote, they’ll want to know how many items and boxes you must move, including furniture and large appliances (so have this information to hand). Unless you have relatively little to move and a team of friends to help, hiring a professional company does help alleviate stress throughout the process as they’re used to transporting fragile items and carrying heavy weights.

  • Arrange child and pet care

Moving with animals and children can be a mission. To keep everyone calm, it’s often best to book child and pet care for moving day. If you need friends and family to help out in this area, be sure to give them plenty of notice.

  • Pack up

This one goes without saying. To make things easier, pack the contents of each room one by one. Label the boxes (trust us, you won’t remember exactly what is in each one). Keep a suitcase handy to store essentials you’ll need on the day of moving (toiletries, spare clothes, kettle, bed sheets, soap, basic tools, etc.).

  • Hook up your utilities

Thinking ahead to get your new home’s essential services in place is a great way to ease the pre-moving-day stresses. Boomin’s Priorities helps you do just that, with price comparisons and hassle-free setup available on everything from gas and electricity to broadband. Compare the top savings from leading brands quicker and easier than ever before.

  • Redirect your post

Don’t miss out on important letters once you move. Even if you’ve methodically changed over to your new address for your bank, subscription services and driving licence, it’s worth getting your mail redirected to your new home by Royal Mail for a couple of months. Not only does this help to see if you’ve missed anything, but it avoids snoopers and protects your information from identity theft.

Check that you’ve changed your address with the following:

  • Friends and family
  • The council
  • Your work
  • Bank
  • Insurance provider(s)
  • Credit card company
  • Electoral roll
  • TV licensing
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • DVLA
  • National Insurance/DSS offices

Also, don’t forget to delete your old addresses from online retailers, such as Amazon, so you don’t accidentally get a package delivered to your old address.

  • Double-check the home inventory (renters)

If you’re renting your current home, walk through every room and review the home inventory in your rental agreement. Make sure you haven’t forgotten anything and that you haven’t taken anything that wasn’t yours.

  • Take meter readings

Read utility meters before you leave your old home. Your gas, electricity and water providers will likely ask you to send the final readings to them. It’s also wise to take photos of the meters to verify readings if necessary and keep them safe.

  • Make a clean getaway

Cleaning what is no longer yours isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, but you should make sure you leave the place in good order so you don’t feel guilty when the newcomers arrive. If you’re renting, cleaning may be mandatory. If that’s the case, it’s worth hiring an end of tenancy cleaning service for the best chance of getting your deposit back intact.

Moving into a new house:

  • Check before unloading

Give the property a quick tour before unloading to ensure everything is in good working order – this is much easier while it’s empty. Locate the fuse box and the main water value for good measure as it’s essential you can find these quickly and easily if needed. If you’re renting, identify (take photos of) any damage or issues that you may need to raise with the landlord/agent, especially if they’re not already mentioned on the inventory.

  • Read the meters

Locate and read the utility meters in your new home. Again, taking pictures of the meter readings is wise.

  • Label each room

If you have people helping you unload the vans and they haven’t seen the space before, label each room so that they know where to put the corresponding boxes. A quick tour of the house beforehand also helps to keep everyone on the same page.

  • Clean as you go

Wipe down surfaces, sweep the home and hoover – even if the previous owner or tenant cleaned the property. This is especially important during COVID-19. Be sure to use antibacterial spray to remove germs from handles, light switches, door handles, keys and other high-touch surfaces.

  • Set up your bed

Trust us; at the end of a long day, you’ll want to put your head down. Make up your bed with clean bedding early in the day so you can get a good night’s sleep in your new home – even if everything else is in disarray.

  • Unpack as you go

Try unpacking as other people are unloading. Not only does this help you get ahead, it can help the whole task seem less overwhelming. If you’re unloading in tight quarters, this might not be feasible. But play to your space’s strengths and try to stay organised.

  • Change the locks

When moving into a new house, you never know who has keys to your existing locks. Bearing that in mind, it’s a good idea to change the locks ASAP. Be sure to order a replacement lock set or call a locksmith ahead of time so you have complete peace of mind from day one.

Make moving easy

While moving day can be stressful, it can also be enjoyable and exciting. By reviewing this moving day checklist, you’ll be able to stay calm and keep all the essentials (think kettle, tea bags and milk) handy to keep everything running smoothly. Not only that, Boomin can help sort your utilities with Priorities, our easy price comparison service, ticking another task off your list.

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Faye deGavre

Content Writer