Up to 8 Weeks
before the move.

  • Obtain removal quotes.
  • Make an inventory of your possessions
  • Start to plan what you are going to take and where it’s going to go.
  • Start to plan what you’re not going to take and how you are going to dispose of it.
  • Identify any jobs that will need to be done to your new home before you actually move in like cleaning, carpets, curtains, any repairs or replacements.
  • Find a file to put away all the quotes and other documents that will be generated during this process.

4 Weeks
before the move.

  • With contracts exchanged you can agree your moving date.
  • Confirm your booking with your chosen removal company and get them to send boxes and packaging material if you are doing this yourself.
  • Start to clear out loft, sheds and garage.
  • Begin to dispose of everything that won’t be coming with you.

3 Weeks
before the move.

  • Start packing non essential items and contents of rooms where you plan to store boxes as you go along.
  • Ensure that each box is carefully labeled and the destination in your new house is clearly marked. If marked out on a floor plan, so much the better.
  • Organise any cleaning or replacement of carpets etc.
  • Notify utility companies and the Post Office.

2 Weeks
before the move.

  • Clean out cupboards and start to reduce food stocks in the freezer.
  • Cancel any local services, window cleaners, newspapers, gardeners.
  • Make final check with removal company about date and time, directions and parking arrangements for loading.

1 Week
before the move.

  • Finish your packing, ensuring that everything has been appropriately labeled and has been placed in positions that will help the removal men to carry it out.
  • Defrost the fridge and freezer.
  • Decide what you will be carrying with you in your car, including important items such as passports, driving licenses, deeds, wills, insurance documents, jewelry and cash. Find a solid container to store these in and keep track of any other items you put in there.
  • Prepare a moving day plan, working out who is doing what and in what order. If the move is over a large distance, this may involve an overnight stay in an hotel.
  • Make sure that you have all the keys for your current property located in order to leave for the next occupant. Send out change of address cards.
  • Arrange mail redirection.

1 Day
to moving day.

  • If you have arranged to have children or pets looked after during the actual move, now is the time to take them to their temporary carers.
  • Put together some essentials for the first night in your new home, washbag, pyjamas, towels, soap, toothbrush etc
  • Take a few items that will come in handy during initial unpacking such as scissors, a craft knife, sellotape, pens or markers, a notebook, a torch.
  • Check around the house and garden to make sure that nothing is left behind.
  • Everything other than your bed and kettle has now been packed away.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.
  • The removals company may have completed the loading of most of your boxes if yours is a big move.

Moving Day

  • Strip all bedding and pack away. Dismantle beds.
  • Ensure that you have a kettle, cups ,some tea, milk and biscuits and take these with you in your car.
  • Record all utility meter readings and photograph with your mobile.
  • Leave all keys for new owners.
  • The removal company will either be finishing off the loading of your boxes or will do it all today and it’s important that at least one person stays behind to ensure everything goes according to plan and to sign off the inventory.
  • Once the removal men have gone, make sure that all windows are securely fastened, turn off all utilities, make one last check to make sure nothing has been left behind. Lock the doors making sure that all the keys are left for the new owner as arranged.

Congratulations. You are on your way to your new home.