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How to ensure that a home move is smooth

By Edited Apr 7, 2016 1 1

Moving home can be exciting, worrying, traumatic and more. Once you have your new home, be it a house that you are purchasing, a flat that you are leasing, or whatever, the hard work begins. Planning your move needs attention to fine detail unless you want to miss something important. Of course, if you have only lived in your current accommodation for a few weeks, and it is your first such place, you may not have put down roots and acquired too many possessions. If you have lived in your home 25 years, though it will be a different matter. Whatever category you fall into a little forward planning will help the home move go smoothly. Here are my hints and tips learned over 37 years of marriage and four homes:-

Things You Will Need

This information

Forward planning

A schedule of events

An up to date To Do list

A list of companies that need your new address.

Good transport, insurance and storage, if appropriate, booking.

Step 1


Be ruthless when you are packing. Nine times out of ten, if an item has been laid unloved and untouched, in the back of a cupboard for years, it is not worth taking to your new home. Sure, there will be a few sentimental objects worth packing but you need to be tough. Try sorting cupboards and the like well before moving day. This will give you time to go back to items that you are unsure whether to keep or not.

Have a car boot or garage sale to help swell the moving funds. This is a great way of inspiring you to part with goods.

What has not been sold could be donated to a charity shop to help raise funds for them.

Recycle what you can, within reason.

If you are selling your home, make sure you leave behind what has been agreed.

It may be possible to negotiate a price, for say your hall carpet, if the new occupant needs one.

Step 2


Make sure that you contact you Gas, Electric and Telephone provider as soon as you know the date you will be moving. Follow the advice given to the letter. Remember your Internet Provider.

Step 3


Remember to notify the postal service about your change of address. In the UK, for a small fee, your mail will be redirected for a selected period of time. This gives you the opportunity to inform everyone necessary about your move.

Step 4


Inform your: - DENTISTS, DOCTORS and HOSPITAL if you have existing appointments. Do not forget such services as your OPTICIANS or else you may miss reminders for check ups.

Step 5


Your BANK, CREDIT CARD PROVIDER, INSURER, SHARES PROVIDER and the like will all need to be informed. In the UK, do not forget if you own such things as Premium Bonds.

Inform the tax office.

Do not forget to let the passport service know.

The DVLA that provides driving licences will also need informing.

Step 6


It is vital that you let your employer know your change of address. If you are not working but are in receipt of unemployment benefit, or similar, inform the appropriate agency.

Remember to update your address details on online sites such as InfoBarrel and Paypal.

Step 7


Ideally have something such as a cheap letter, informing people that you are moving, when and to where, created. You should be able to easily create such a document on your computer. This could then be sent electronically to those computer associates whom you want to know your new address.

Make sure that your address book is up to date and then send a hard copy to friends, family and the like.

Step 8


Shop around early in order to get the best deal from your home movers. Some removal firms will pack for you but this can be pricey. However, most will give you some large boxes that you can use to pack your items in to.

Make sure though that you do not just go for the cheapest available.

Use a removal firm that offers insurance and has a good, long-standing reputation.

If you or a friend are moving your items, ensure that the appropriate insurance is in place and that the vehicle is booked well in advance.

If you are packing your own goods do so thoughtfully and carfeully. This will minimise breakages. Label each box so that you have an idea which room these need to be taken to, and what is in the particular box.

Step 9


If you are making a long distance, or temporary move, you may need to put some items into storage. This can be costly but it is worth paying for a good service.

Insurance and a good reputation here are a must

Step 10


Make sure that you do not leave anything behind which you need or which may compromise your confidentiality. For example, you do not want to leave a document that has your signature and date of birth on it, do you?

Step 11


When you do a final check around your old home, make sure that you check everywhere. This may sound unnecessary but it is not. Behind the radiators, the loft, shed, or garage are all places where important or confidential items could be overlooked.

Step 12


Make sure that the keys to your new home will be available the day you are planning to move.

Liaise with the necessary people in order to time your move effectively.

Final thoughts

However much you think that you have covered every angle, there will no doubt be something that you have missed. Membership of sports clubs, children's schools, holidays that are already booked, are all prime examples of agencies that need to be informed about a change of address.

Sit down as a family and try to make a list of every such aspect of your life. At times, such as moving home, communication and lists are two of your best weapons and tools in ensuring a smooth transition and preventing a disaster.

Tips & Warnings

Lost mail

Potential Identity theft

Broken, lost, stolen and, or, mislaid items

Make sure that you meet deadlines. If not you could have to pay a rent or mortgage on both properties.

Missed bills, if your details are not up to date.



Dec 6, 2009 9:08pm
Brilliant article, I think you have it all covered, just the actual move. Yes what a pain.
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