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The Ultimate Moving House Checklist

Published : 2023

Your Stress-Free Journey Begins Here.

Moving to a new house is an exciting adventure, but it can also be a daunting task. From packing up your memories to settling into a new area, there’s a lot to manage. To help you navigate this transition smoothly, Muve has put together the ultimate moving house checklist. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned mover, this guide will ensure that no detail is overlooked.

Pre-Move Planning

  • Hire a Conveyancing Firm: Ensure all legal aspects of the move are in order by hiring a trusted conveyancing firm early in the process.
  • Set a Moving Date: Discuss with your conveyancer and the seller to decide on a specific moving day that aligns with your schedule and the availability of your new home.
  • Give notice: If you are currently renting, you’ll have to notify your landlord that you’ll be moving out. Hopefully, your plan to move coincides with the end of your lease.
  • Declutter: Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or sell. This step will save you time and money.
  • Get Packing Supplies: Gather boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and other packing materials. Consider using eco-friendly options to reduce waste.
  • Notify Utility Companies: Inform your current utility providers of your move-out date and set up services at your new address. It’s best to give as much notice as possible so you have plenty of time to switch things over. It’s likely you won’t have internet access straight away in your new home, so download anything important now.


The Packing Process

  • Pack Room by Room: Organise your packing by room to make the unpacking process smoother.
  • Label Boxes: Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs in.
  • Essential Box: Create a box of essentials for your first day in the new home, including toiletries, a change of clothes, and important documents.
  • Fragile Items: Pack delicate items carefully and consider using extra padding.
  • Create an Inventory: Maintain a record of your belongings to ensure nothing goes missing during the move.
  • Removal Van: Get a quote on removal costs. Some removal companies hike their prices on weekends, bank holidays and summer holidays, so hiring a van and getting friends and family to help with the move might be worthwhile.


Legal and Administrative Tasks

  • Update Your Address: Notify banks, government agencies, and other important contacts of your new address.
  • Insurance: Review and update your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to reflect your new home.
  • Change of Address: Visit your local post office or change your mailing address online.
  • School and Medical Records: Transfer your children’s school records and update your medical records if necessary.
  • Note where everything is: make a list of where everything is in your new home, and if you’re selling, make a list of where important things are for the new tenants. Important things to list include where the stopcock is, instructions for appliances, and where the gas and electricity meters, thermostat, and fuse box are.


Moving Day Essentials

  • Final Walkthrough: Before leaving your old home, conduct a final walkthrough to ensure nothing is left behind.
  • Inventory Check: Go through your inventory list to confirm all your belongings have arrived at your new home.
  • Clean: It’ll be much easier to give your new home a deep clean while it’s still empty.
  • Unpack Strategically: Begin by setting up essential rooms like the kitchen and bedrooms first to ensure a comfortable first night.
  • Safety First: Test smoke detectors and change locks if necessary to ensure your new home is secure.


Settling In

  • Explore Your Neighborhood: Take the time to explore your new surroundings and introduce yourself to your neighbours.
  • Learn the new routine: Find out which days are bin collection days and which bins are collected on which days.
  • Decorate and Personalise: Make your new space your own by decorating and adding personal touches.
  • Celebrate: Host a housewarming party to share your new home with friends and family.


Moving house can be a complex process, but with careful planning and attention to detail, it can also be a rewarding experience. By following this moving house checklist and enlisting a trusted conveyancer, you’ll be well on your way to a smooth and stress-free transition to your new home. Get in touch to speak to a member of our team, or get a free quote here. Remember, our team is here to assist you every step of the way, ensuring that your legal needs are met with professionalism and expertise. Happy moving!