Moving Preparation Checklist

Tips and reminders when moving home.

Who to tell:

Utility Bills:

  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Telephone
  • Broadband provider
  • TV provider
  • TV Licence


  • Building Society
  • Credit and store card companies
  • Council tax
  • Cancel standing orders and direct debits relating to old house


  • Doctors
  • Dentist
  • Medical Care and Private Healthcare Providers


  • Buildings
  • Contents
  • Car Insurance (DVLA)
  • Life insurance


  • Your Landlord or your tenants
  • Professional Advisors
  • Solicitor
  • Accountant
  • Your Employer
  • National Insurance/DWP
  • Premium Bonds

Post Office

  • For redirection of mail

Moving out:   
Before the removal men arrive, be clear in what they are contracted to do and that your preparation is complete.  On move day the house holder and the removal men have fairly defined responsibilities and a measure of flexibility from both parties really helps us all along.

Pets are not allowed to travel in our vehicles. On the moving day it is advisable to keep them safe and calm, away from the activity.

Children are naturally curious and want to help but sometimes do slow down the process. We suggest the real youngsters might like to be with a neighbour or friend until it is time to leave.

Pack separately and move in your car.

Outside plants:         
These will be included in the move detail from the initial meeting.  They will move quite happily placed in waterproof bags and potted plants can be tied to stakes.

Swings and climbing frames:
Usually they are dismantled by the householder (be careful not to lose the bolts). If wish us to dismantle them please discuss this with us so we can allocate time.

Garage and shed:   
Tie together garden tools, and insert packaging to enable them to be lifted straight onto the vehicle.

Self assembly furniture:    
If you have any furniture of the home assembly type particularly if made of chipboard, we recommend dismantling it before the move.

Washing machine:  
Secure your washing machine drum, and disconnect from water and electricity supply.

Books are heavy so the use of our book cartons make them easier to manage.

China and glass:   
Wrap each item individually in packing paper or bubble wrap, packing the heavier items first with lighter pieces on top. Remember that plates and dishes are packed vertically for safe delivery.

Moving in:    
Please be sure you have arranged access for the removal team at the new house.   We do apply waiting time but extra storage and re-delivery charges are best avoided, and do try to call if you are inadvertently delayed on route.

We are also very happy if you wish to specify the location for each item as it is taken from the removal lorry.