Are you moving house and wondering how you’ll keep track of all the things you need to do before moving out? So much to sort out, people to contact and things to remember. And there’s always that nagging feeling you’ve forgotten something. It can feel overwhelming.
But it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help you with a six-week, step-by-step list of key things to remember before your big move. You can download a printable version of our moving home checklist and tick things off as you go. So whether you’re heading to a new house or flat, this list will help keep you on top of your move.
If you’re an SSE customer, moving your gas and electricity, phone and broadband, or home services boiler cover couldn’t be easier. For more information, visit our moving house help page or see what energy tariffs or phone and broadband plans you could get at your new place.
Six weeks before you move home
Let your landlord know
If you’re renting, make sure you give your landlord enough notice.
Book time off work
Arrange some time off either side of your move. If you’re moving because of work, find out if your employer covers any moving costs.
Decide what stuff you’re taking
Sort out what you’re taking with you – what furniture will go where in your new home.
Sell or donate unwanted items
Clear out things you don’t want. Sell them online or take them to charity shops. Remember that removals companies charge by volume, so you don’t want to move junk!
Book a removals van and storage, if needed
If you’re using a removals firm, get quotations from three different ones and choose which you prefer. Book your removal date as early as you can.
Packing boxes and storage
Get packing boxes from your removals firm or other source. If you’re not moving straight to your new home, book storage for your furniture.
Four weeks before your home move
Contact your utilities providers
Let your gas, electricity and water suppliers know when you’re moving. If you’re an SSE customer, you can move your gas and electricity supply in a few simple steps online.
Contact your phone, broadband and TV providers
Tell your phone, broadband and satellite/cable TV providers, if you have them. If you’re with SSE, it’s easy to move your phone and broadband, too.
Start packing non-essential things now
Get packing the things you don’t need every day, like books, old toys, or winter clothes if you’re moving in summer!
Get insurance for your new home
Make sure you’ve got insurance cover from the day you move in, or the day you become the new owner if you’re buying the property.
Two weeks before you move home
Stop local deliveries or services
Change or cancel subscriptions to newspapers, the gym or other local services.
Redirect your post
Get your mail forwarded to your new address. You need to apply to Royal Mail for mail redirection at least five working days before you want mail forwarding to begin.
Register on the electoral roll
Register on the electoral roll in your new location. It’s not just about voting. The register is often used by credit reference agencies.
Move your council tax
Let your current local council know the date you’re leaving so they can stop your council tax. Register to pay council tax in your new home.
Arrange childcare or pet sitter
If you have children or pets, you might like to arrange care for them on your moving day, so you can focus on the job!
One week before your home move
Notify key people you’re moving
Now or immediately after you move is the time to make sure everyone knows your new address:
- Your employer
- HMRC (tax office)
- Health providers (doctor, dentist, optician)
- Old and new schools (if you have children)
- Pension provider
- DVLA (to update driving licence, vehicle log book and vehicle tax)
- Bank (current or savings account)
- Credit cards
- Store and loyalty cards
- Car insurance and breakdown cover
- Home and other insurance
- Online stores and payment accounts, like Amazon, eBay and PayPal
- Friends and family, if they don’t know already!
Move your TV licence
You can change your TV licence address online up to three months before your move.
Collect spare keys and return borrowed items
If you’ve left a spare key to your home with neighbours or friends locally, now is the time to pick it up. You might also want to return things you’ve borrowed or reclaim items lent.
Check parking arrangements for removals van
Check with your neighbours that there’ll be enough room for the removals van to park on the day.
Arrange to pick up your new keys
Contact the estate agent or whoever has the keys to your new home ready for your moving day.
Pack all important documents
Keep your personal documents safe in an accessible place. You never know when you might need them during your move.
Run down food in the freezer
Finish off any food in your freezer or transfer what’s left to friends or family. Defrost the freezer ready for your move.
Take last meter readings
Make a note of gas and electricity meter readings before you leave your old home. Find out more about how to read your gas or electricity meter.
If you’re with SSE and you’ve already told us you’re moving online, you can give us your final meter readings by revisiting the moving your gas and electricity page. If you’ve let us know about your move any other way, please submit your closing meter readings here.
In your old home – final walk around
Have a last walk around your old home and check:
- Nothing left in built-in cupboards, the loft or shed outside?
- Gas and electricity switched off?
- All windows and doors locked?
- Anything else?
Make sure you have essentials for the first day
- Bed linen, duvet/blankets and towels for the first night
- TV and radio
- Chargers for phones and other gadgets
- Essential plates and cutlery
- Toilet rolls
- Washing up liquid and other basic cleaning products
- Kettle, mugs, sugar, tea, coffee and milk – whatever you like to drink!
In your new home – be ready for an emergency
Make sure you know where the main gas and water taps and electrical fuse box are in your new home. You don’t want to be looking for them in an emergency.
Test the lights and electrics in the new house
Test lights and install light bulbs where you need them. Check the main electrical appliances are working correctly.
Check the hot water and heating in the new home
Test the water and heating and set times for hot water and central heating, if you need to.
Check home security
Check you know how to lock doors and windows and switch appliances off for the night. And know how to get out in an emergency!
Already moved in?
Take opening meter readings
Take your initial gas and electricity meter readings in your new home. If you’re with SSE, you can submit your opening meter readings here.
Find out the current gas and electric supplier
Test alarms and check for safety equipment
Check you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted. Are they working? Make sure you have a fire blanket in your kitchen.
Find out your bin day
Contact your local council to find out what days your rubbish and recycling bins are collected.
Register with a local doctor and dentist
Find out more about NHS GP surgeries and dentists in your new area and register.