The Ultimate Moving House Checklist

 How to Make Your House Move as Stress-Free as Possible

Moving is difficult even when all the reasons for the move are positive. There's a lot to do and usually, not enough time.

To make sure your house move goes as smoothly and stress-free as possible, it's important to plan ahead. Here's the ultimate moving house checklist to help you prepare.


Pre-move checklist

Let's divide this into two parts. There's usually an early period of time when the move is not certain. You don't want to waste time packing if you're not going to move, but you also want to be prepared ahead of time. Here are some top tips that will benefit you whether you move or not.

Start clearing unwanted items

Until you know where you are moving to, you may not know for certain which furniture you want to keep so work on smaller items first such as clothes and toys. The bonus is that you may be able to raise some extra money by selling on eBay or Vinted. This is also a great way to get kids involved. They can be more motivated to move house if they can earn pocket money.


Having a clearout is particularly important if you are downsizing. If your current property is smaller or you don't have the same storage space, be ruthless about getting rid of things you don't use. One of the most stressful moving day experiences is trying to shoehorn your belongings into less space.

Collect and test keys

Gather up all the keys and relate them to the locks they belong to. Try to have two keys for every lock so if some are missing, get new ones cut. Label them clearly. The new owners will greatly appreciate it, and you'll wonder why you didn't do it before. Knowing where keys are makes life so much easier yet we all spend so much time looking for them.

Repairs and Tidying

This is a great time to get ahead with those niggly little repairs you've been meaning to get around to. Sticky locks, loose handles, wonky taps, missing tiles, and tatty paint. If your home is still on the market, it's worth getting these tasks done as small things can be red flags to buyers which can either put them off or give them a reason to try to reduce the price.

Go Digital

If you haven't already, go digital for all your utilities. Most companies now have a paperless option. Do this ahead of time, and it may save you the cost of diverting mail. If you know you have all the important mail covered on the computer, you can leave the promotional mail to be returned to the sender.

Gather up important documents

If you haven't moved for a while, there may be documents that you'll need that you haven't seen for some time. Gather all your important documents and file them so you can easily access what you want for the move. Separate the documents into those that stay with you and those that go with the new homeowner. They will be grateful if you leave instruction manuals for any appliances sold with the house.

Use up food already bought

Take an inventory of food in the cupboards and freezer and be mindful of using what you have rather than buying more and adding to what you have to pack. Frozen food will travel without damage for a short time, but it's better to defrost your freezer before the move, so we advise using it up and starting again in your new home.

Moving with Pets

Moving with pets can be a challenging task, but with proper planning, it can be done successfully. If you have an aquarium, you will need to check with your local fish specialist for advice specific to your fish and size of tank.

Small pets can usually ride in the car with you in a suitable container.
Consider the following tips when moving with pets:
Update your pet's identification. Make sure your pet's ID tags have your current contact information and consider microchipping your pet in case they get lost during the move.
Arrange for transportation. If you're moving a long distance, consider hiring a professional pet transportation service to ensure your pet's safety and comfort during the trip. If driving, ensure your pet has a comfortable and secure carrier.
Make a plan for your pet on moving day. If you are moving locally, consider arranging for a pet sitter or boarding your pet on moving day to reduce stress on your pet and keep them out of the way of the movers.
Research your new location. Before you move, research pet-friendly housing options, veterinarians, and pet-related activities in your new area.
Prepare your pet for the move. Gradually expose them to the sights, sounds, and smells of moving, such as boxes and unfamiliar people, so they can get used to them.
Maintain routine. Try to keep your pet's routine as normal as possible during and after the move, so your furbabe doesn't feel too stressed or disoriented.
Travel with the necessary paperwork. If you're moving internationally, research the requirements for bringing your pet into the country, including vaccinations, health certificates, and import permits.


It's important to remember that moving can be stressful for pets, so it's essential to take the necessary steps to minimize distress and ensure their safety and well-being during the move.
When Your Move is Confirmed

Rented Accommodation

Moving to rented accommodation is less complex than moving to a purchased home. There are no lawyers involved with rental so the process is easier. Once you have a moving date, it is unlikley to change. When you pay the deposit and sign the contract, you'll be given a date that, barring unusual events, will be firm. If you are moving a short distance and can have a few days with both premises, it will be easier to coordinate the move.

Your moving notice will certainly be shorter than a home buyer so you may find it more difficult to book a date with your first choice of removals firm. If you can be a bit flexible, you will have more choice.

Purchased Accommodation

There's a reason why moving house is listed as one of the most stressful life events. It rarely goes to plan. Once your offer is accepted and the moving chain is joined up with everyone ready to move, you will be in the hands of lawyers. You'll start with a target date and then it becomes an administrative obstacle course with an ever moving finish line. Accept that this is normal in the UK and try to relax and go with the flow.

How Long Does it Take to Move House?

The duration of a typical home moving process can vary, but on average, it takes between 6 to 13 weeks, which is a great time frame to get everything organised. It could take up to 16 weeks, depending on how quickly everyone involved handle paperwork and requests that come in, including your conveyancing solicitor, local authority, and yourself. The key is to work together efficiently, and before you know it, you'll be settled into your new home in no time.

Whether it's 6 weeks or 16, that time will fly by, so it's time to start preparing to move.

Take measurements

If you can, try to get into the house to take measurements. Measure windows and take photos of each wall elevation. Draw out a floor plan. Doing this will save expensive mistakes and allow you to buy what you need to settle in quickly.

Contact Bolt Removals

Once you know you are moving contact Bolt Removals on 02920 028685/ 07738614681 and request a quotation. Book your removal and provide a provisional date. You can use our cost estimator to get an idea of cost but we'll happily provide a firm quote so that you budget properly. 

Decide How Much Help You Need

We can provide as much support as you need from a complete packing service to only moving packed boxes and furniture. We can quote for both so that you can make an informed decision. Almost always, our clients say that they are glad they chose to use our packing service. It takes a lot of the stress out of moving. We can also provide storage.

Give Notice

Make a list of people you need to give notice to. Anyone you pay a monthly fee to, such as broadband and utilities is likely to need notice or you may find that you pay for services you don't use. 

Write a list of all the people who need to be advised that you are moving.
Post office. Notify the post office of your change of address so they can forward your mail to your new address if you haven't gone entirely digital.
Banks and financial institutions. Let your bank, credit card companies, and other financial institutions know about your move so they can update their records and ensure that your bills and statements are sent to the correct address.
Utility companies. Notify your utility companies, such as electric, gas, water, phone, and internet providers, of your move and schedule disconnection and reconnection of services at your old and new addresses.
Insurance providers. Inform your insurance providers of your move, so they can update their records and ensure that your coverage remains in effect at your new address.
Employers. Notify your employer of your move, so they can update their records.
Medical providers. Inform your doctors, dentists, and other medical providers of your move so they can update their records and provide you with a copy of your medical history if needed.
Schools. If you have children, notify the schools they attend of your move, so they can update their records and transfer your child's records to the new school.
Subscription services. Notify your subscription services, such as magazines, newspapers, and streaming services, of your move so they can update their records and ensure that your subscriptions are delivered to the correct address.
Government agencies. Notify government agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, DWPC, and the HMRC of your move, so they can update their records and ensure that your mailings are sent to the correct address.
Licenses. It's an offence to not update your driving license, and it's easy to do online now. Set up your government gateway password ahead of the move. Don't forget to change your passport too.
Veterinarian. Let your pet's veterinarian know about your move. They can update their records and provide you with a copy of your pet's medical history if needed.
Ready to Move
That's it. You're ready to go. Being prepared and staying flexible is the key to a happy and stressful move. 






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