Moving out checklist UK – Things to know when getting a new home
Alongside getting married, having your first child and getting your first job, moving out is a major milestone in your life – but as with the other milestones mentioned, it doesn’t come without at least a little bit of stress.
That is why Bobatoo has put together this first-time home buyer checklist to help you get a good idea of what happens when you move house for the very first time.
So, without further ado, let’s get stuck into this first house checklist:
Things to do before moving
It’ll seem like an absolute lifetime, but the entire moving process usually lasts around 8 to 12 weeks (once you’ve found and secured your dream home).
Here’s a list of things to do when moving into a new house, and when you need to do them:
- Book time off work – Taking time off work to move house? In most cases, you will have to use up some of your holidays – employers are not legally required to give you time off to move house, so get your request in as soon as possible! Ideally, you’ll want at least a day off to help with the move, but a bit longer to help you settle in certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
- Stock up on boxes – One of the more obvious moving supplies, you’ll need some cardboard boxes to start packing away your things. This set on Amazon comes with 40 boxes varying in size, as well as tape, bubble wrap and a marker pen to help tell the boxes apart.
Feeling cheeky? You might be able to get free moving boxes by asking around nearby retailers and supermarkets who often send cardboard boxes off to be recycled.
- Declutter – If you’re moving out for the first time, the chances are that you have a lifetime worth of useless items which you won’t want to take with you. Make use of charity shops or make some money by selling your unwanted goods on eBay, Gumtree, Facebook marketplace or even a traditional car boot sale – just don’t buy any more junk!
- Finalise your mortgage application – You will have hopefully applied for (and received) a mortgage in principle with your chosen lender, which should speed this process up dramatically. Also, be sure to reply to any letters or emails from your solicitor along the way promptly, to further speed up the process.
Read more: How do mortgages work?
- Get a home insurance quote – In an ideal world, your new home will be insured from the day you step through the door. Get home insurance quotes with comparison sites like Confused.com and make sure that your new home is covered for all eventualities.
- Hire a removal company – or, if you or a friend have access to a van, you may want to complete the move yourself. If so, make sure that you and all who will be driving take out cheap temporary car insurance so to not break any driving laws.
- Check any potential parking issues – Particularly if you have multiple cars, vans or even lorries helping you move, you may need to apply for a short-term parking permit or, at the very least, inform your new neighbours of your moving date.
- Make a list of your possessions – Perhaps on a room-by-room basis, make a list of everything that you’re packing away. This will help you when you get around to unpacking and make sure that you haven’t left anything behind.
- Switch your energy bills – Make sure that, when you eventually move in, you won’t have to shower in cold water or wear multiple jumpers. To get the best energy deal, sign up to Look After My Bills (LAMB), who promise to find you the best possible deal with the best possible provider. Read Bobatoo’s LAMB review here!
- Start packing – If the excitement (or nerves) hasn’t gripped you already, now would be a good time to start filling those cardboard boxes that you got hold of. Only pack the non-essentials though, you’ve still got around a month left to go and that’s a long time to be without a bed!
- Check your route – If you aren’t familiar with the area already, pop your new address into a sat-nav and make sure you know which way you’ll be driving on the day. If you’re driving a particularly large vehicle, make note of any low bridges or tunnels.
- Order any new furniture – You may be buying a new sofa, fridge-freezer or bed – you might be able to arrange for these to be delivered to your new home on the day (or maybe the day after) your move. Remember, depending on your credit rating , you may be able to pay for expensive goods over an extended period of time with 0% finance. Check your credit rating
- Redirect your mail – Now is the time that you should start informing people that you are moving house. Anybody who sends you mail (from your Nan to your bank) should be told so you start receiving your mail as soon as you move in. You can also arrange to have your mail redirected for a set period by Royal Mail.
- Register to pay council tax – You’ll need to arrange to pay council tax in your new area.
- Pack important documents together – Make sure that anything that you might need to access is kept safely in a single file.
- Start finalising your packing – Don’t leave everything until the last minute. Apart from the essentials, you should now begin packing away just about everything else.
- Pack a moving day survival kit – The things that you’ll need instant access to should be packed separately. Consider picking up some cheap plastic crockery and cutlery to get you through the first day and make sure you have easy access to goods like tea/coffee, a kettle and some snacks like crisps, biscuits or sandwiches.
A quick Google search will give you a list of local takeaways and fast food restaurants near your new house – perfect for your first meal!
- Prepare for the morning – Make sure that you have a toothbrush, washbag and clothes to wear on the big day. You’ll also need to grab a substantial breakfast, as you may not find much time to eat throughout the day.
- Charge your phone – You might be up and out early in the morning, so make sure that your phone has enough charge to last you the day.
- Double check your arranged help – If you have family or friends who have been kind enough to offer you help when moving out, check with them that they’re still okay to do so.
- Relax! – The day before you move, there is only so much you can do. However tempting it may be, you do not need to unpack and repack that box for the fourth time – everything is in there, you already checked!
- Strip and pack your bedding – This may be the first thing you do when you get out of bed in the morning. Pack any bedding, pillow cases, duvets and pillows last, as you’re likely to need them later on in the day.
- Identify any fragile boxes – You may have decided to take fragile boxes with you in the car, so make sure that these are clearly identified and not mixed in with your other boxes. If not, they might end up being broken in the delivery van.
- Pick up your new keys – When you get the call from your estate agent, you’ll finally be able to pick up the keys to your new home. The adventure starts here!
- Count your boxes – Rather than accounting for every individual item (that could take some time, and you’ll definitely lose count), you may be better off counting the number of boxes you take with you. Count again once everything has been moved over.
- Unpack in order of importance – Start by unpacking essentials and work your way down. Decorative ornaments don’t necessarily need to come out straight away, but things like crockery and cutlery probably do.
When you move house, there are a number of people who will want to know. These could include:
- The DVLA – for your driving licence and vehicle registration
- Financial institutions – such as your credit, debit and store card providers
- Insurance providers – car, phone, pet, life and home insurance
- Utility providers – water, gas and electricity
- Miscellaneous bills – broadband, TV and streaming subscriptions, mobile phone contract
- Doctors – NHS GP, dentist, optician
- Leisure activities – newspapers and magazines, gym, supported charities
If you’re moving out for the first time, there will be a few things which you probably won’t have ever owned (or even thought about) yourself, but have suddenly become essential to have in your new home – you can’t share a chopping board with Mum or Dad when you live 20 miles away!
Here’s a brief list of household items needed for a new home:
#1 – A bin
You may start off with just a bin liner on the kitchen floor, but you probably won’t want to go on that way – it isn’t a great look. You can pick up a basic, touch-top bin from Amazon for as little as £12.50 or upgrade to a fancier, three compartment recycling bin like this one.
#2 – Cleaning products
Whether you’re moving into a new build or an old house, you’ll be surprised at how dirty the worktops and cupboards can be – either from previous tenants/owners or from the moving-in process. Start as you mean to go on and make sure you’ve got a few good-quality cleaning products for your shiny new home!
#3 – Basic kitchen utensils
Whether you’re making that first meal or you’re opening that first tin of tuna, you’ll be surprised at the number of necessary utensils you’ll need in the kitchen - and there are a whole host of them available on Amazon. Whether you’re after a basic tin opener or a set of tea towels, the choice is yours!
#4 – Toaster and kettle
Toast and butter, toast and jam, egg on toast… at the heart of all great breakfasts is a great toaster. You can get a two slice Morphy Richards toaster on Amazon, or double the warm, buttery goodness with a four slice Breville toaster. A toastie-maker is always a good shout too, and don’t forget that all-important cup of tea or coffee to go with it – you’ll need a kettle, preferably one that saves on energy!
#5 – Towels
Perhaps a moving-in present to some, but you may have to pick some up for yourself if you aren’t the lucky recipient of any – you can find a cheap set of high-quality towels here.
#6 – Shower caddy
Keep your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and sponge within easy reach with a shower caddy like this one on Amazon, which is easy to install and is bound to create some valuable extra shower space!
#7 – Amazon Fire TV Stick
Catch up on all of the Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video content that you missed out on while packing up your whole house with an Amazon Fire TV Stick – the perfect addition to any living room or bedroom.
#8 – Extension lead
Because no matter where you’ve moved or how new your house is, there are never enough plugs! Pick up a four socket extension cable on Amazon to give yourself a few extra plugs.
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