Preparing for moving day can be overwhelming, but with a step-by-step guide, you can stay organised and reduce stress. These are our suggestions for a comprehensive checklist to help you get ready.

Create a Moving Timeline

Set a moving deadline and create a timeline to plan tasks leading up to that day.

Declutter and Organise

Sort through your belongings and declutter items you no longer need or use.

Organize your belongings into categories for easier packing.

Hire a Moving Company

Hire a professional moving company, you could do it yourself, but it’s stressful, hiring vans, organising equipment and people to help.

Obtain Packing Supplies

Purchase or gather moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and other necessary supplies. Some professional moving companies will let you have them for free.

Room by Room

Start packing room by room, beginning with the items you rarely use.

Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to.

Pack Valuables Separately

Keep valuable and sentimental items, such as jewellery and important documents, separate from the regular moving boxes.

Carry these items yourself during the move, as they are often not covered by insurance.

Change Address and Transfer Utilities

Inform the post office of your new address for mail forwarding.

Transfer or disconnect utilities at your old place and set up utilities at the new location.

Notify Important Parties

Inform banks, government agencies, subscriptions, and other essential contacts about your change of address.

Moving Company

Keep the company informed of any potential moving date. Provisionally book dates, after liaising with your solicitors, if possible.

Empty and Defrost Appliances

Empty and clean out the fridge, freezer, and other appliances.

Defrost and drain the refrigerator to prevent leaks during the move.

Plan for Pets and Plants

Arrange for someone to take care of pets on moving day.

Prepare and pack plants properly for transportation.

Confirm Moving Day Details

Double-check with the moving company to make sure you have firmed up dates and returned all the paperwork and of course pay them.

Moving Insurance

Now is not the time to save money and not insure yourself correctly for the move. Take out professional cover.

Pack an Essentials Box

Pack a box with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, medications, keys, paperwork and other necessities you’ll need on moving day and keep it with you.

Pack Electronics Securely

Pack electronics in their original boxes if possible, or use bubble wrap and padding to protect them.

Final Home Check

Do a final walkthrough of your current home to ensure nothing is left behind.

Lock Up and Hand Over Keys

Lock up your old place, and if applicable, hand over the keys as necessary.

Stay Organised on Moving Day

Direct the moving company clearly to make sure furniture is positioned as you would like it.

End of the Day

While the moving company is still onsite, make sure all your items are positioned where you would like them.


Moving and carrying out all these steps and involving many companies involves lots of stress. We are told, moving home is the third most stressful thing you can do. Remember stay calm and raise positive feedback or concerns politely and discreetly. This will help you get the best results. Poor online comments should be the last result and not the first step, to encourage the company involved to help you and not become entrenched.

Take special notice about written words online, it can be extremely complicated and cause legal issues very quickly.

We Hope this Helps

By following this step-by-step guide, you’ll be well-prepared for moving day and can minimize stress while transitioning to your new home.

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