Your moving home checklist

Moving home can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Juggling the logistics, family life and costs can be stressful, but you don’t want to forget the essentials. We take you through a checklist for moving day, from what you need to do 4 weeks before to moving day itself. The advice includes changing your address to booking a babysitter and packing an overnight bag.


Infographic from CVS Van Hire

We summarise below everything that needs to be looked at before your big move!

4 weeks to go

At 4 weeks to go you will have found your ideal home and planned in your head where all your furnishings will be going. However, while you are thinking about the interior decoration do not forget about the essentials you need to do before you move. Changing your address is important when moving home, so make a list of everywhere you need to change your address. Hiring a removal van is also a key element to your moving day plans. Make sure you do this early as you may want to shop around to find the best deal.

  • Contact DVLA
  • Get Your car serviced
  • Start packing
  • Register to vote
  • Change your address
  • Get a parking permit
  • Hire a removal van
  • Notify phone providers
  • Give your landlord notice
  • Tell your children’s school (if you are moving out of the catchment area)
  • Have a clear out
  • Notify your bank
  • Notify credit card companies
  • Contact insurance brokers
  • Change your doctor and dentist
  • Get a new vet

1 week to go

At 1 week to go you need to ensure that the majority of your home is packed away, giving you plenty of time to complete any last-minute jobs.

  • Contact utility companies
  • Notify TV Licencing
  • Return Borrowed Items
  • Cancel Subscriptions
  • Book a babysitter
  • Confirm van hire

3 days to go

At 3 days to go you may be feeling the pressure, but take a breath and remember that with all your previous planning you will be on track to have a smooth, stress-free moving day.

  • Do last minute laundry
  • Set up a toiletries box
  • Pack an overnight bag
  • Pack valuables in a safe place
  • Find out where you pick up your keys from
  • Throw out any old food

1 day to go

Today you want to make sure you are ready for tomorrow. Make sure all essential items are handy, that the kids are looked after and your contacts are all in your phone ready.

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Finish packing
  • Fully charge your phone
  • Make a snack box

Moving day

Today is the day! Stay calm and get moving!

  • Load the van
  • Strip the beds
  • Make lots of tea
  • Say goodbye
  • Check everywhere – Both the house and van
  • Get settled in your new place