Six Things I Need To Sort Out Before Moving

Six Things I Need To Sort Out Before Moving

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own

I have made the first step in selling my flat and I am equal parts excited as it sparks a new chapter in my life, but I’m also nervous as I’ve been in that flat for 7 years and it was my first place on my own so it’s a big step for me. I had the valuation done earlier this week so I am waiting on that then it’s just some paperwork, descriptions and images and it will be on the market, eek.

As I’ve made the first step in the process I’ve been starting to think and make a list of all the things I need to do before moving house which I know is going to get expensive. I want to document my process of moving and everything to do with it so here are the things I need to sort out before moving.

Organise a moving company

I have mixed feelings about the actual packing and moving process. We’re quite lucky in that we’re going to be moving into my parents house so our everyday stuff will be coming with us and we will be hoping to store all of our tech and higher value items which we won’t use on a daily basis in either my nans or my parents house. The rest of the stuff will be going into a storage unit so for all of these bits we will need to hire a moving company so getting removal quotes is something I need to do as we don’t want to spend out too much money moving all of our furniture around.

Research, compare quotes and hire storage facilities

While we’re living with my parents the whole premise of this is that we can save money and try to boost our renovation money so we don’t want to be spending out more than we need to. A storage facility is something we definitely need for our furniture and other items which just won’t fit anywhere else but I don’t want to be spending more money than I need to. When we get close to having a date I need to research storage facilities and compare the costs so we pick the right place.

Set up mail forwarding to my parents address

As we’re moving to my parents we can get all of our mail forwarded as early as possible to ensure that nothing gets missed. A few months before I need to set up a redirection on my mail so anything which falls through the gaps doesn’t still go to my old flat as I don’t want to miss anything especially bills etc.

Tell my banks that I have moved

As I am going to be applying for a mortgage sometime in the year after moving I need to make sure that my banks have all of my up to date info so ensuring that they know I’ve moved back home is essential as it tracks my housing history.

Cancel my internet, contents insurance and TV License

The above costs are things which when I move I’ll no longer need so I’ll want to cancel my broad brand provider a month before I move as it may take that long to cancel and get rid of. For contents insurance and my TV license I just need to contact the relevant places and cancel them so I no longer get renewals or continued communication from them. It’s going to be nice having less direct debits every month once all of these things are cancelled.

Call my electricity and water providers and give final readings when I move

When we have a date for moving I am going to contact my electricity and water providers to let them know and find out the process for when I move out. It’s likely that I will need a final metre reading for both which may involve the companies having to come out so I want to plan this in advance so that I don’t get any unexpected bills months after I move out.

Have you ever moved? Have I missed anything from my list?

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Six Things I Need To Sort Out Before Moving



  1. chloe @
    November 9, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Moving is such a process! Sorting out electricity, water and internet is what I find the most painful

  2. Regina malloy
    November 9, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Wish I had been more organized with a list when we moved and bought a house .great idea

  3. November 10, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Moving house is super hard work – so much to do!! This is a great list, I don’t think you have missed anything!!

  4. Gervin Khan
    November 10, 2018 / 9:11 am

    This is such a great post and very informative as well. This is worth reading and a really great help on people that are moving.

  5. November 10, 2018 / 11:55 am

    I absolutely love moving – it’s such a great opportunity for a clear out and the new home is like a blank artists’ slate. Hope it goes smoothly for you!

  6. November 10, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    I’ve moved so many times sometimes I feel like an expert, remember to update your GP, hospital (if your waiting for any appts) and electoral roll. You may not be at your parents long enough to ever need to vote but it helps with credit history.

  7. November 11, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Oh god I hate moving so much because of everything that comes with it! Don’t forget to tell your local council too so they stop charging cancel tax.

  8. November 11, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Moving is hard work. Yes, if your getting a mortgage soon, make sure everything is in order, as we got ours 12 years ago and they were stringent back then, now remortgage are even more so xx

  9. November 12, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Aaaagh to moving house! All the best for it – it takes some organising, doesn’t it!!

  10. November 12, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    There is so much to organise when you move house! I always forget to redirect post, so this is a good reminder, thank you 🙂

  11. November 12, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Good luck! Well done for being so organised, we recently moved to France and wish we were as prepared as this! Xxx

  12. Kate
    November 13, 2018 / 7:42 am

    Moving is not the best thing that you would like to plan on your free day. But yeah if everything is organised it can be not as bed as it sounds!

  13. November 13, 2018 / 7:51 am

    This is wonderful. My best friend is moving to a new place due to a new work assignment. She’s getting crazy thinking about moving and packing.

    Shared this post with her. Very helpful and appreciate it.

  14. November 13, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    You sound more organised than most! Great idea to notify banks and sort out a forwarding addresses.

  15. November 13, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Oh there is so much to sort isnt there! We set up a redirect with Royal Mail too, it took a lot of pressure off getting everything switched straight away!

  16. November 13, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    Moving house can be so stressful – these are some fab tips to keep you organised and stress free!

  17. November 13, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Good luck with the valuation and house sell, I kept a spreadsheet and added things to the list as and when I remembered

  18. November 13, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Oh man, you are so much more organised than I am! I completely forgot to take final readings or tell my utilities that I had moved and I got stung with a nasty bill. I also got hit with an early exit fee on my internet provider which wasn’t the greatest.

  19. elizabeth o
    November 13, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    I’m in the middle of a move and I know the detailed work that needs to be done so unpacking is not a nightmare. Best wishes.

  20. November 15, 2018 / 4:54 am

    I’ve moved quite a lot due to unforeseen circumstances and have actually made a check list for myself which is extremely handy. Your post is very comprehensive, you’ve covered everything!

  21. November 16, 2018 / 7:24 am

    This is a great guide for those that are moving. It’s a hard process and there are easily things that can be missed. Good luck with your move and hope you get settled in soon.

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