Moving House Checklist


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Here’s a moving timeline/checklist from A Luckes & Son to help you stay organised and ensure a smooth move. You can adjust the timeline based on your specific moving date and requirements.

Moving Timeline:

8-10 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Create a moving folder or digital document to keep track of all moving-related paperwork, receipts, and notes.
  • Research and contact moving companies for quotes if you plan to hire professionals.
  • Create a budget for your move, including estimates for packing supplies, movers, and other expenses.
  • Start decluttering your home. Decide what to keep, donate, sell, or discard or place into storage
  • Begin collecting packing supplies: boxes, tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and labels.
  • Inform your current landlord or real estate agent if you’re renting or selling your current home.
  • Contact your utility providers to arrange disconnection or transfer of services.
  • Notify important parties of your upcoming move: banks, insurance companies, government agencies, and subscriptions.

6-8 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Continue decluttering and packing non-essential items.
  • Label your moving boxes clearly with their contents and destination rooms.
  • Create an inventory list of your belongings, especially valuable items.
  • Research your new neighbourhood, schools, and local services.
  • Schedule time off work for moving day if necessary.
  • Arrange transportation for pets if you have them.

4-6 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Start packing items you use less frequently, room by room.
  • Notify friends and family of your new address.
  • Complete necessary paperwork for your new home, such as lease agreements or mortgage documents.
  • Confirm travel plans and accommodations if moving long-distance.
  • Contact your healthcare providers to transfer medical records if moving to a new area.

2-4 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Finish packing and disassemble large furniture.
  • Keep screws, nuts, bolts, and small parts in labelled bags.
  • Prepare an essentials box with items you’ll need on the first day in your new home.
  • Confirm all moving details with the chosen moving company.
  • Double-check that all utilities are set up in your new home before arrival.

1 Week Before the Move:

  • Pack a suitcase with enough clothes and personal items for a week.
  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Confirm your moving day arrangements, including the moving company’s contact information.
  • Finish packing and label all remaining boxes.

Moving Day:

  • Be ready for the movers to arrive.
  • Conduct a final walkthrough of your old home to ensure nothing is left behind.
  • Hand over keys to the old property or return them to the landlord.
  • Check that all utilities are turned off before leaving.

After the Move:

  • Conduct a walkthrough of your new home to ensure everything is in order.
  • Start unpacking and organizing your belongings, room by room.
  • Update your address with the local post office, banks, insurance companies, and other relevant parties.
  • Explore your new neighbourhood and locate essential services like grocery stores, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities.

Feel free to use this checklist as a guide for your move, adapting it to your specific needs and timeline. Staying organised and following a plan can make the moving process much smoother and less stressful. If you have any concerns or looking for free impartial advice please contact a member of our team for further assistance.