Avoid moving day stress

MOVING home is one of the most stressful things we will do in our lifetime. And whatever your reason for moving, keeping stress levels down on moving day is crucial. Trying to remember every single thing you need to do is difficult, the list just gets longer and longer. So to keep your head straight on the day, take a look at our essential guide to moving house…


  • Arrange a removal company: Once you’ve been given a date organise a removal company. Go on recommendations rather than price.
  • Parking permits: If your new house requires you to have a resident’s parking permit, apply for it well in advance. Local councils will have information on its website.
  • Transfer your TV licence: If you haven’t transferred your TV license or bought a new one for your new home, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk
  • Clear out: Moving home is the perfect time for a clear out. There’s no point in transferring junk from one home to another.
  • Pack non-essential items: Put non-essentials in a spare room if you have one, or to one side leaving only the most vital items to pack in the days leading up to the move.
  • Tell family and friends: Get a list together in advance of all friends and family who will need to know your new address.
  • Register with doctor: If you are moving to a new area tell your doctor and register with a new one. Your current surgery will be able to help you with the process. Also inform your dentist and opticians.
  • Let schools know: If your children need to move school this needs to be done way in advance, so as soon as you’ve bought your new home start getting the ball rolling. If they don’t need to move school, inform them of your new address.
  • Collect all your spare keys: Ensure you collect all keys to your old property so you can hand them to the new owners, including keys to windows, the garage and any outbuildings.
  • Look after pets: Moving home is extremely stressful to pets and they can be upset by strangers coming in and out of the house. If you can, ask a family member or friend to look after them for the day. That way they will have a stress free move and once you’re sorted you can introduce them to their new surroundings. If this isn’t an option book them into kennels or a cattery. Also remember, if your pet is microchipped, you must inform the vets of your change of address.


  • Redirect your post: Post crosses over for some time after a house move, so by getting your post
    redirected you’ll ensure you don’t miss out on any important documents.
  • Inform your bank: Tell banks and building societies to make sure all your statements, new cards etc are delivered to the right address.
  • Pack an essentials box: A screwdriver and hammer will come in handy, plus the most important ones – tea, coffee, sugar, a kettle, mugs and spoons. Chuck a few first aid items in too.
  • Make a plan: The move will run a lot smoother if you have a rough idea of where your furniture will be going. This is particularly useful for those moving to a larger home with numerous rooms.
  • Cancel subscriptions: Let newsagents know of your new address or cancel if you’ve moved out of the area. This also applies to milk and food deliveries.


  • Defrost fridge/freezer: Make sure you eat all you can before you throw old contents out and give it a good clean.
  • Change your contents insurance policy: A quick phonecall is all that’s needed to cover your new property. You should already have buildings insurance in place before you move.
  • Tell DVLA: Avoid fines from DVLA by updating your driving licence. This can be done online or by post and is free.


  • Take metre readings: As you leave your home for the last time, take note of your readings. If you’ve packed your pen and paper take a picture of them on your phone and inform your utility providers as soon as possible.
  • Take one last look round: Ensure everything is removed. Check the loft, sheds, garages and anything on high shelves. Make sure the property is completely secure and lock any gates.


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