Your Move Checklist

 

5-8 WEEKS PRIOR

  • Have a thorough clean out – don’t forget the garden shed and garage, roof cavity and under the house
  • Begin to run down supplies of pantry, frozen and other perishable foods
  • Check that larger appliances and furniture pieces will fit in your new home and make a list of anything you have decided not to take. If selling, prepare and lodge sales advertisements
  • Keep a list of incoming mail and notify change of address for any subscriptions
  • Advise friends and relatives of your move
  • Prepare an inventory of everything and store it with your valuables
  • If you are packing, plan how and when to pack your belongings
  • Advise your children’s school of your move and make arrangements with their new school

4 WEEKS TO GO

  • Collect the family’s dental and medical records, letters of introduction and children’s school records
  • If renting, advise your current landlord/estate agent

3 WEEKS TO GO

  • Provide your change of address to your solicitor, local council, insurance companies, accountant, hire purchase companies, stores where you have accounts and clubs
  • Consider disposal of your car(s)

2 WEEKS TO GO

  • Advise your bank(s) where you have accounts including credit cards
  • Make necessary arrangements to move your pets

7 DAYS TO GO

  • Notify post office regarding redirection of your mail
  • Advise the Electoral Office
  • Advise the Taxation Office

6 DAYS TO GO

  • Advise the relevant authorities for change of address on your licence and car registration
  • Organise the final accounts for gas, water and electricity
  • Ensure that electricity, gas, water and other services are connected to your new home and ready to go on the day you move in

5 DAYS TO GO

  • Contact your phone company regarding the disconnection of your landline and/or broadband services and the final billing
  • Confirm new landline phone number (if applicable) and date of connection
  • List essential items you will need on moving day
  • Collect any items outstanding such as laybys, dry cleaning, shoe repairs etc
  • Return library books or dvd rentals
  • Return anything borrowed from neighbours
  • Cancel any deliveries of papers, milk etc

3 DAYS TO GO

  • Cancel any regular services such as lawn mowing
  • Check with manufacturers whether your washing machine and refrigerator motors need bolting down
  • Clean out medicine cabinet and take any unwanted medicines to the local chemist for disposal
  • Empty rubbish bins
  • Do final clear out of garage and other areas
  • Dispose of flammables correctly
  • Drain fuel from lawn mower and other machinery
  • Take down curtains, venetians and other blinds if they are not remaining in your present home
  • Prepare any bulky items which are being moved such as trampolines, garden furniture, swings etc

1 DAY TO GO

  • Make sure gas, electricity and water meters have been read
  • Defrost fridge and freezer. Remove food and wash out interior
  • If Timerite is arranging transport of your car, have it ready for collection and ensure you’ve removed all personal belongings

THE BIG DAY

  • Don’t worry! You are probably well organised, even though it may seem otherwise.
  • Carry all valuables and important papers with you
  • Make sure all taps are turned off
  • Check gas, electrical switches and lights
  • Lock doors and windows and collect all keys
  • Check and double check that nothing has been left behind

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