House Moving Checklist for London Tenants

Posted by on November 1, 2016 in Tenants' Corner

Hello, dear tenant! If you are reading this, you must be experiencing the roller-coaster of emotions provoked by your house move. A journey that starts with stress and anxiety, goes through the phase of sadness, and finishes with a huge relief. These stages are inevitable but still, there are some things you can do to make this stressful period of time look brighter and less overwhelming. In this checklist, we tried to cover everything involved in the process of moving house in London, but the information is still applicable for other destinations.

House moving checklist

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You will need a strategy, motivation and to act pro-actively. The countdown has begun, let’s see what you should do when moving house…


8 Weeks Before

Divide and conquer

Start with some planning. Check each and every room of your house and write down what you are going to get rid of, and what you are going to keep. If it is your first move, you can do a little research too see what items will require special packing and an additional insurance.

Choose your partners

Sadly, moving to a new home in London is rarely possible without the help of moving, packing or cleaning companies. You can get a quote for each service but know that the accuracy depends on how well you have described the size and type of the job. There are different options, you can pack your stuff but just outsource the moving. Almost all tenancies end with a thorough cleaning which is required by your landlord, so bear this in mind.

Make a document and note everything

It can be on a paper document or on a spreadsheet located on your computer, find what works best for you. Be careful with this document because you will be keeping track of everything related to the move – correspondence with cleaning and moving companies with their estimates, receipts, and a list with all your items that you should take care of.

Visit your kids’ school

Visit your children’s school and make a meeting with the one responsible for their records. You want them to be transferred to your new location so they can continue with their education without some papers delaying it.


6 Weeks Before

Get supplies needed for the moving

Probably, it will be hard for you to calculate how many boxes you will need, but hey, you have 6 weeks more to go. So, other than boxes, you will need tape, permanent markers and bubble wrap for fragile items.

Consume or use what is not for moving

From this date on, you will have enough days to consume and use the things you won’t be moving. Some of these include cleaning supplies, soaps, or frozen food, meat, or vegetables.

Do your math

If you are using your own furniture, you will definitely want to check the dimensions of your new home and compare them with your current one. Doing it, you will eliminate the risk of your furniture not fitting through the door. Don’t underestimate this step, especially if you have bulky furniture pieces. Consider scheduling an armchair and sofa cleaning service before start moving out, if necessarily.


4 Weeks Before

Select the companies and make appointments

You should’ve done your research by now, and it is time to contact the chosen companies. Always demand a written confirmation of the moving date and rates for moving. See how much end of tenancy cleaning is going to cost you, and other things. If any issues arise, you will be able to refer to those documents.

Begin with the packing process

It is a good idea to start with the items that you don’t use regularly. Starting with them will let you write down the items that need special attention and may require extra packing.

Put labels on everything

By everything, we really mean everything! According to the contents and the room in which the stuff are going to be placed, label every box. You will be glad you’ve done this when the unpacking starts. You will have a full inventory of your items. Separate the items that you will need as soon as you move in – cosmetics, tooth brushes, and etc.

Get valuable belongings aside

Separate the really important items in another box you are going to move by yourself. Fill it with important documents and files, jewelry, precious family portraits, and etc. Place the cleaning or moving estimates in it, you will need them when the big moving day arrives.

Change your address

You should visit your local post office and fill out a form that reflects a change of address. You can check if the website of your borough has online forms.

Inform involved sides

Don’t forget to inform the following institutions that you are about to move in to a new house: Royal Mail, water, electricity, and gas suppliers, banks, National Insurance Office, magazines and newspapers if you are subscribed to any. See who to notify when moving here.

Transfer medical files

Go to your medical institution and demand your records to be sent to the new one that is serving the region. If not possible, make copies of them.


14 Days Before

Get a day off from work on the moving day

Tell your HR department that you plan to take a day off because you have a moving planned.

Get in touch with the cleaning/moving company

Ask them nicely to reconfirm the details around your moving.


7 Days Before

Begin with packing your suitcases

It will be ideal to finish with the packing of general items a couple of days before the actual moving. Finish with packing suitcases with clothes sufficient for a few days for everyone in the family.


A Few Days Before the Move

Maintain your freezer

In case you plan to move your fridge with you, do not forget to clean, empty, and defrost it. It is best to do it 24 hours before the move.

Just to be sure – double-check the details

Again, contact your moving company and confirm the arrival time and/or other details. Check whether directions to your new place are correct. Give them your telephone number in case something comes up.

Plan for the payment

Most companies offer different ways for payment. Choose the most convenient for you way and approve with the companies which you are partnering with. A cup of tea or a fresh lemonade is always going go melt movers and cleaners’ hearts.


Moving D-Day

Double check

Go to your bathroom and take or dispose of what is needed. You should leave the space empty. When the moving company arrives, discuss with them what has to be moved and what has to stay to avoid any costly mistakes.

Conduct a property inspection with the landlord

Make sure everything is fine according to his inventory, so you can receive your initial deposit.

Finishing touches

Make sure the windows are closed. Do one last walk-through and check for and unplug electronics. Do a little sweeping/cleaning if needed. Make sure the moving company has correctly received your new address. Leave the property keys to your landlord or agent.


First Day at Your New Home

Do a quick inspection

Do it, so you can be assured that every system is working – water, gas, electricity.

Locks replacement

If you are planning to change the locks, confirm a visit with a locksmith.

Organise cleaning

Contact with the experts at our cleaning company and ask for more info about your pre-tenancy cleaning service. Such service will create a professional level of cleanliness across the property right from the start. Follow our simple tips for proper preparation.

Check your belongings

Everything should be there but still, do a final check.

Take out stuff from your essential box

Take out all things placed in that box, you will need them in you first day there.

Explore your new home and start making memories

This was a long process, so it is time to celebrate. Gather your friends and have a glass of wine. Memories are that last.