Your Moving Checklist

Check Out Our Detailed Checklist

Two To Four Weeks Before You Move
  • Removals – when the consultant gets in touch with you, you will need to clearly state any items that are not to go.
  • Packing – If you are planning on packing your items yourself, we advise you to start two weeks before you plan to move. A good idea is to label up your cardboard boxes with their contents information, and the location that they will be required to be moved to. Heavy items should also be packed with lighter ones.
  • Car – this could be a good time to service your car, if you are heading on a long journey.
  • Bank – You will need to notify your bank of your change of address, and should also consider changing your bank to one closer to your new location.
  • Standing Orders – Give your new address to any company that you have agreed a loan or hire purchase agreement to.
  • Schools – If you have children you will need to notify their school of your leaving date and advise a new school as soon as possible.
  • Inland Revenue – For the inland revenue you will be required to notify your local tax office. You will need your reference number, this can be found on your p60, payslip or coding notification
  • Premium Bonds – You should Write to the Bonds and Stock Office, you will need to have your bond number handy as they will ask for this, there are forms available from the Post Office
  • National Insurance /DSS Benefits – A letter should be written to your local DSS office, here you will be required to supply them with your date of birth, full name and National Insurance Number in full.
  • Pension – Advise your private scheme or Local Post Office of your change of address.
  • Insurances – Regarding insurance you will need to contact your broker or individual insurance companies, this includes insurances such as motor, life, contents and other insurances.
  • Driving Licence – You will need to complete section one on your licence and return it to the DVLC.
  • Stocks and Shares – If you have any stocks or shares you will need to each individual Company Registrar or stock broker.
  • Landlord/Tenant – Appropriate notice will need to be given if you are to quit or advise tenants of a change of landlord.
  • Doctor /Dentist /Optician – Make sure that you de-register if moving away and find an alternative surgery nearer to your new address.
  • Post Office – To have your mail redirected you will need to give the Post Office seven days notice.
  • TV Licence – You will need to fill in the change of address form.
  • TV Rental – If you rent a television set you will need to inform your rental company and request your details to be transferred to their closest branch.
  • BUPA/Private medical – Advise change of address and /or research new schemes.
  • Subscriptions – If you have any existing subscriptions you will need to inform them of your move.
  • Hotels – If you require a stay in a hotel during your move, we advise that you book your hotel well in advance, especially over the busy summer months.
  • Carpets/Curtains – If you plan on ordering either of these make sure they know your new location and correct delivery dates
  • Telecommunciation/Mobile Phone Providers – Get into contact with your ISP and give two weeks notice so that your new number can be activated for your new property.
  • Council tax – You will need to notify the local authorities from in both your current area and the area to which you are moving.
  • Football pools – Inform your collector or coupon
  • Motor Vehicle Licence -Send the appropriate section of your Vehicle Registration Document to the Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea, SA99 1AB.
  • Pets – If you have any pets you will need to book your pet or pets into kennels/cattery etc. You will also need to arrange for the transfer of your pet’s veterinary records. Contact Five Oceans for a free ‘Moving with Pets’ leaflet produced in conjunction with the RSPCA.
One Week Before The Move
  • Gas & Electricity – You will need to get into contact with your gas and electricity companies and inform them of the move, you will then need to speak to your new suppliers.
  • Water – For disconnection and reconnection of water you are require to give at least 48hrs notice
  • Library – If you have borrowed any books, make sure you take these back before you move.
  • Items on Loan – If you have borrowed items from your friends and family, return these before you go
  • Milk/Papers – You will need to settle any outstanding balances and cancel the service
  • Dry Cleaning – If any items are being dry-cleaned, remember to collect them.
  • Children – It is a good idea to arrange some childcare for the day of your move.
Three Days Before You Move
  • A good idea would to be to pack a bag around this time. You should make sure that you include clean clothes and all the toiletries you will need. You should make sure you pack emergency supplies for the other end, just in case of an emergency. Good items to include would be toilet rolls, screwdriver, pliers, matches, cash, paper towels and light bulbs. It is a good idea to put these into the boot of your car.
  • Do last minute laundry. If you plan on putting your things into storage for a long time make sure you keep clothes back for the opposite season
  • Keys – You will need to ensure that your new keys are available on your arrival.
Two Days Before
  • You will need to defrost, empty out and dry out your fridge /freezer. Food items cannot be put into storage.
  • If Five Oceans have quoted to move your freezer with contents (over a short distance), place the contents in polythene bags so that they can be lifted out quickly to facilitate the movement of the freezer.
  • If you have any packets, bottles or jars make sure they are sealed with tape to prevent anything from spilling
  • Pack valuables and documents and put in a safe place.
  • It is a good idea to resolve all parking issues. If you live in a flat it is best to sort out lift access.
One Day To Go
  • A good idea at this time would be to organise some refreshments for the next day, bearing in mind that your cooker may be disconnected. We advise that you pack filling, energy packed items of food as moving is hard work; it is always a good idea to take items such as tea, coffee, juices, fruit and biscuits. You will also need to sort out plates, cutlery, a kettle, saucepan and frying pan.
  • It is always a good idea to plan your evening meal or eat out on your moving day
  • Prepare plants for travel.
  • Go to bed early and get a good nights sleep.
Moving Day
  • If you have children it would be a good idea to make them feel settled with their carer. If your children are staying at your new location with you many parents like to organise a room with toys and treats. Some older children like to be included and may well want their own special tasks, like packing a personal box.
  • The team leader will introduce himself and his crew to you. Show the team leader around the house.
  • Strip the beds. Keep the linen in a box that travels with you so you can pull it out for the first night.
  • Once the van is loaded, walk around the house with the team leader to ensure all items to be moved have been placed in the vehicle.
  • At your new home our moving team will unpack and unwrap everything and make sure everything is located in its rightful place.
  • Once you are satisfied that everything has been delivered and positioned in appropriate places, you will then be required to sign the delivery sheet provided by the team leader, here you can write any additional comments you may wish to make.