Downloadable moving house checklist
Click the image below to download the free PDF checklist so that you can keep track of what tasks you've done and what's left to do.
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Who should I inform about moving house?
Even if you use the Post Office's mail-redirection service, it's a good idea to inform important companies, such as banks and utility companies, directly.
Make a list of all the companies and organisations you need to inform, including their contact details and when to do it by.
List of organisations and companies to contact
Here, we explain which organisations you'll need to contact, and the key considerations to take into account.
Redirecting your mail and calls
If you’ve lived in your property for many years, you’ll have a lot of work to do updating people and companies with your new contact details.
You can make this process easier by using the Post Office’s change-of-address service, which takes up to 10 days to come into effect and redirects all mail to your new address. You should keep this service for six to 12 months after moving into your new home to avoid post going astray.
If you are changing your phone number, you can also arrange for your telephone company to automatically inform callers of your new number for a few weeks following the switchover date.
When to start packing to move home
The earlier you start packing, the better. Begin packing non-essentials a couple of weeks before moving day. It's worth planning where all your furniture will go a few weeks in advance of your move and disposing of any items you don't want to take with you.
You may need to order packing cases, and possibly new curtains and carpets for your new property, too.
Take a look at our page on packing for moving for a full rundown of how to make the process stress-free.
Preparing your home for the new owner
It is very helpful if you prepare a briefing sheet for the new owner. This should include how to operate the boiler and alarm, the location of the meters, fuse box and stopcock, and any other information.
You could either label all keys or leave them in the lock that they operate. Don't forget shed and garage keys, or those for the window locks.
It's a good idea to ask – or have it as part of your purchase agreement – that the person you are buying from does the same.
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What do I need to do after I've moved?
There are a few loose ends with your new property that usually need to be tied up as soon as you've completed your move.
If your property cost more than £125,000 (or £300,000 as a first-time buyer) you'll have to pay your stamp duty bill within 30 days.
Also, get a locksmith to change the locks so your household has a unique set of keys.
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