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Moving Home Checklist

Moving home can be such a stressful time and there’s a huge amount to remember to get done if everything is to run smoothly; using our moving house guide you can make sure you don’t miss anything!

4-6 weeks before the move

Confirm dates with buyers, sellers, estate agents and the Gilkes Removals team; if you are renting, make sure you hand in notice to your landlord.

Removals van

Check your home insurance

Make sure your belongings are covered from the very first day you move into your new home.

Removals lorry

Book storage space if required

Too much to move in one go? Or maybe you have staggered moving in and out dates and need somewhere to keep everything overnight; book short or long term storage at our secure facilities.

Notify utility companies of the move

Make sure you stop paying the bills as soon as you’ve moved out, and make sure gas, electric, water, telephone and broadband are all connected and ready when you move in.


House moving

Have a clear out

Why add to the workload moving things you do not want anymore? Moving can be a great time to clear out all kinds of stuff that has accumulated; give it to charity, sell it on Ebay or get it recycled!

New furniture or carpets?

Makes sense to get any new purchases moved in at the same time as everything else; especially if you plan to lay new carpets, make sure you get the date booked in well in advance.

2 weeks before the move

Start packing those non-essential items like books, non-seasonal clothes or “spare room” furniture into well-labelled boxes the help things move faster on the moving day.

Update all your important documents and accounts

Do not forget to inform everyone of a change in address and the date including; TV licensing, driving licence, vehicle registration documents, doctors, dentists, opticians, your bank, milkman, vet, newspaper shop and employer.

Get everything sorted out with your local council

That includes changing council tax over to your new property, informing benefits providers and the electoral roll of your change of address

Moving Tips

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Get your post forwarded

Make sure you do not miss any important correspondence; for a small fee the Post Office can redirect mail to your new address.

Make it easier on kids and pets

It usually makes sense to keep children and pets away from the bustle of the move itself; try and arrange for someone to look after them on the big day

Finalise details

Double check the dates and times of the move with your removals team and estate agency.

Keep the important things handy!

Keep a bag or folder of essentials you will need on the day; house keys, documents, contracts, wallets, purses, cards, any medicines you may need, something simple to eat and drink and, of course, the kettle and a few mugs!

Make sure your move goes smoothly following the checklist above and with the help of our experienced team on the day; contact us today with any questions and our friendly team will be happy to advise you as best they can.