One Month Before
  • Cash is more useful than unwanted stuff. Whether it's in your old house or your new one, get rid of all your unwanted stuff with Anyjunk

    Top tip

    Begin your clear out by tackling the spaces you use the least – these could be the garage, shed, cellar, attic, and any spare bedrooms.

  • If you're organising your own removals, now's a good time to get your packing supplies ordered. To keep costs down, try asking your local supermarkets for discarded cardboard boxes. Don't forget plenty of blankets and dust covers for any delicate furniture.

    Top tip

    If you're doing your own removals, borrow house-moving equipment – a hand-truck, sack-truck, dolly, and dust sheets – instead of buying, and you could save a fortune.

  • If you need temporary storage and don't have a friend with an empty garage, start comparing units and costs. Bear in mind that the cheapest isn't necessarily the best. And it may be worth paying extra for storage that's closer to your new home.

    Top tip

    Standard contents insurance policies don't cover goods kept in storage. You'll need to buy separate cover either from the storage company or a special standalone provider.

  • Get removal quotes

    Get your free removals quote

    Start with the AnyVan online tool which provides an estimated cost based on factors such as move date, distance and the size of your current property.

    Don't book removals until you have a fixed 'move in' date. You could end up losing money if you cancel.

  • Now is an ideal moment to pack items you're unlikely to miss for a few weeks, such as books, kitchen gadgets, and clothing that's out of season. Clear plastic boxes are handy as they're strong, you can see what's in them and some have wheels. Cardboard boxes are fine, but don't forget someone will have to lift them once they're full.

  • Moving to a busy street? Make sure you can park right outside your new home by applying for a parking bay suspension from your new Local Authority. Allow 10 working days for your application to be processed.

    Top tip

    Apply for temporary parking permits from until you can provide proof of address for permanent ones.

  • Broadband speeds

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    You can usually take your broadband contract with you, but if you're not under contract, why not use this time to shop for a better deal in your new area? Whether you switch or stay with your current provider, keep in mind that setting up broadband in your new home can take some time. Make sure you give your provider at least 30 days' notice, if you can.

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  • If you are moving somewhere new, start your research on the neighbourhood now. Print out a map and ask anyone you know who's familiar with the area to mark on it points of interest. Look online for public groups and see if you can get hold of a local newspaper.

  • Your letting agent or landlord will want to crack on with your reference checks, so give the ones you provided – your employer or last landlord for example – a heads-up. Line up a friend or colleague too, just in case a character reference is needed.

  • Pay the deposit – normally four to six weeks' rent – to the letting agent or landlord, and always get a receipt. If the rental contract is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (and it probably is), the funds must be held in one of the Government's three Tenancy Deposit Schemes.

    Top tip

    Be clear what you're paying for. New rules, expected to take effect in 2018, will ban fees charged to tenants by letting agents.

1-2 Weeks Before
  • Use Royal Mail Redirection to get your post sent automatically to your new address. You can apply for redirection for 3, 6, or 12 months, and prices start at £31.99 per person. Allow at least 5 working days for processing.

  • It's time to stop or redirect any deliveries and services. Think milk, window cleaners, gardeners, veg boxes and magazine or newspaper subscriptions.

  • Home insurance

    Compare insurance** quotes for your new home

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    Don't forget to take care of insurance for items in your new home – you'll need a contents policy if you want to cover your belongings. See if you could save by shopping around with uSwitch.

  • What about pets and children on the day of the move? If the kids will be at school, arrange drop-offs and pick-ups. You could also book cats and dogs into local catteries and kennels, adding a day either side of the move so as to spare them the stress (and you the worry).

    Top tip

    If your pets will be with you during the move, keep them in a calm, secure room that won't be disturbed. Move them only at the last minute.

  • Call the removals firm to check Move Day details, such as arrival time and parking. Make sure you have contents insurance in place to cover your belongings when they're in transit, either from your provider or from the removal firm.

    Top tip

    As soon as it becomes available, find out the weather forecast for moving day. You might need to keep waterproofs to hand.

  • Box up the last items such as pots, pans, crockery, towels and bed linen.

    Top tip

    Don't forget final checks of the backs of doors, the tops of cupboards, and any out-buildings.

  • Doing the deep-clean yourself? Time to roll up your sleeves. You'll need to leave the place in the state you found it if you want your deposit back in full. Take photos once you're done, just in case there's a dispute further down the line.

  • Empty the fridge-freezer, switch it off and and give it at least 24 hours to defrost. This way you can avoid having to chip at the ice with a knife.

  • Pack a first-night box. It might contain your phone charger, nightwear, toiletries, towels, wipes, tea bags, cups, milk, plus your child's favourite toy, and some painkillers just in case. And maybe a bottle of something to celebrate?

    Top tip

    Mark this box clearly and keep it in a convenient spot, the footwell of the car for example.

Move Day
  • Request final bills from your electricity, gas, water and broadband/media suppliers. If your utilities aren't on smart meters, you should take meter readings yourself. Take photos with your phone if you don't have a pen and paper handy.

  • Hand back exactly the same number of keys as you were given, and go through the inventory. Take photos and make notes if the letting agent or landlord alleges damage and you disagree. 'Fair wear and tear' is permitted by law.

    Top tip

    Under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, your letting agent or landlord must return your deposit, minus any deductions, within 10 calendar days of you both agreeing how much you'll get back.

  • Collect the keys. Remember to find out what time the estate agency branch opens and make alternative arrangements for collection if you're moving on a Sunday.

    Top tip

    Can you collect the keys the day before you move? It's worth asking, because you'll have enough to do on Move Day.

After The Move
  • Even if you've set up a Royal Mail Redirection, it's wise to update everybody who needs to know of your new address well before the service expires.

  • Once you have proof of address you can register with doctors, dentists and other local services.

  • Energy Deals

    Why pay more than your neighbours for the same energy? Compare deals now

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    Your new home will be automatically placed on an expensive default energy tariff unless you take action. Switch now to save up to £618 per year.

  • Broadband speeds

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    If you're not under contract, you're free to change the broadband provider at your new address. You could save up to £184 a year by switching.

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