Moving house is exciting, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. There is so much to do, and so much to think about, and worry that something will be forgotten. Making checklists for before, during, and after your move is a good way to ensure that nothing is forgotten and your move can go as smoothly as possible. You’ll soon be unpacking in your lovely new home, and with these items ticked off your to-do list, you can start to enjoy the process.

Forward Your Mail

Eventually, you will need to let everyone who needs it know what your new address is. That includes banks, employers, lenders, and of course family and friends. In the meantime, before you get those change of address cards in the mail, you can simply forward your mail so that nothing gets missed. Set up your re-direction in advance of your moving day (it may take a while to set up) but have it ready to start on the day of the move itself. That way, you won’t have any mail still delivered to your old address. There is a charge for this, but it is worth paying for peace of mind. Plus, as you receive mail that has been forwarded, you will know who you need to tell about your change of address.

Home Insurance

If you’re buying a new home, it’s likely that buildings insurance will be required before you’re offered a mortgage, so you’ll be prompted to arrange it. It can be a confusing process, as there are many companies out there offering you the opportunity to insure your home with them. Checking out new product options can give you a good insight into exactly why you need home insurance, and the costs involved. As soon as you know the details of your new home, you should be able to set up your insurance to begin when you move in. Don’t forget that you’ll need contents insurance too and if you’re renting then make sure that your landlord has the buildings insurance covered.

Check Meter Readings

Although the final moments in an old house can be filled with chaos and emotions, don’t forget to check the meter readings for your gas, electricity, and water. Give your supplier a phone call to let them know the final readings. Otherwise, you might find you’ll be charged for someone else’s usage. You also need to check what the meter readings are when you arrive in your new place; again, you need your suppliers to know when you started using the utilities. You might be able to do all of this online, although it will depend on the supplier.

Set Up Your Internet Provider

Assuming you don’t want to be without your WiFi or TV for a few days, it’s best to arrange with your provider in advance so that they can set everything up ready for you as soon as possible. You can often take your existing package with you when you move, and that means you won’t incur any extra costs. If you aren’t tied to a deal, however, moving home is the perfect opportunity to shop around to see if you can get great broadband and TV or cable coverage for less money.

Parking Permits

If you need a parking permit for your new place, then make sure that you’ve applied for one with plenty of time to spare. Otherwise, you might discover a parking ticket, which is the last thing anyone wants when they’ve just moved house. If you’re moving from a place that required a parking permit, then remember to cancel it; you might even be entitled to a refund, and if not then at least you’re no longer paying for something you don’t need.


If you’ve got small children, then it’s worth investing in a babysitter for moving day. Kids can get restless, and they need a lot of attention, and if you’re preoccupied shuttling boxes back and forth or directing removals guys on where to put what, your kids might be getting into all sorts of trouble. Ideally, you want to take them to a babysitter or creche, but if you’ve just not got the time, you can arrange for someone to come to your home, as long as they’re happy to go to your new place too. You can always ask friends or relatives to take care of your children if you want to save some money, but don’t assume they’ll be free and book them with weeks to spare otherwise moving day could be extra stressful.


It’s not just children who will need extra looking after on moving day; pets will also need to be taken care of. Booking them into a kennel is by far the easiest way if they aren’t the kind of pet that can be caged. Alternatively, pick one room in your old home for them to stay in, make it as comforting as possible, and take them out at the last minute. When you arrive at the other end, do the same thing; shut them in a room and keep them safe. This technique isn’t always going to work perfectly, depending on how nervous your pet is, so you will want to consider all your options before moving day itself.


If you’re not moving too far away and you have some cool boxes to help you out, then you might be able to move the food from your freezer into your new home without too much of a problem. If you’re moving further away, however, and the food would be ruined if you attempted to take it with you, it’s best just to start using it up. You might have some weird and wonderful dinner combinations, but that’s all part of the fun! This will also save you from having to pay out on grocery shopping in the days leading up to your move (when you have plenty of other things to pay for and no time to go to the store anyway).


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