Moving home. Moving home checklist
Our checklist is a great way to stay organised and stress free as you prepare for your big move.
No time like the present. Six weeks to go
This is the ideal time to get the ball rolling while you still have weeks ahead of you. Some forward thinking here can really pay off later.
Moving home can be stressful if you allow your task list to become a backlog. That's why breaking it down into smaller jobs will keep things moving and help you stay positive and flexible - both useful traits to have as you begin the process.
Things to consider at six weeks
Shortlist removals firms and check their availability. Summer months are often busiest, so arrange early if that’s when you’re expecting to move.
Moving home is also an excuse for a major declutter – you may be surprised how much you don’t use anymore. Try selling online or donating to a charity shop.
If you’re renting, check the terms in your tenancy agreement to make sure your landlord has enough notice that you’re moving.
Stay proactive. Four weeks to go
The date’s getting closer and excitement’s building. Get this four-week checklist taken care of and you’ll be right on schedule for a smooth, stress-free move.
Things to consider at four weeks
Change your address and switch your council tax.
Utilities, internet and TV
Let service providers know you’re moving and what they need before you leave.
Redirect your mail
You can set it up for 3, 6 or 12 months from the date you move address.
Not long now. One week to go
You’ve now done most of the hard work and you’re almost at the finish line. This is the last big push towards a well-planned and organised home move. Take a look at our final things to tick off.
The final things to tick off
Arrange a sitter
Have your children and/or pets stay with a friend or relative on moving day for a major stress reduction and to avoid trips or bump.
Doctor and dentist
If you're moving to a new area, register with a local doctor and dentist so they’re available should you need them.
Update your employer, DVLA, bank or building society with your change of address, not forgetting about credit card companies and pension and insurance providers.
Now you can relax. Once you’ve moved in
Congratulations – you’re about to begin an exciting new chapter in your life. We know you’re probably surrounded by boxes and furniture right now, so here’s a checklist of things to do as and when you can.
The final things to tick off
If you haven't already, write down your gas and electricity readings. Set the heating for comfort and get a Gas Safe registered engineer to check your appliances.
Check when the local council collects bins and recycling so you don’t miss it, as you’ll probably have plenty in the first few weeks of your new home.
Check all electrical appliances are working. Contact a qualified electrician if you're unsure. If you’re interested in making your home energy efficient, we can help.
Learn where your main fuse box, water and gas mains valve are. Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work properly and plan a quick escape route for emergencies.
Let’s get started. Letting us know you’ve moved
And that’s the major stuff covered. Now you can relax and enjoy your new home. From energy to smart meters and app connectivity, get in touch with British Gas today and we’ll show you all the ways we can help.