You can download a handy printable version of this Moving House Checklist at the bottom of the page.
The moving house checklist you used two months ago is very different to these moving eve tips. Our ‘day before’ moving checklist is designed to help ensure everything runs smoothly, and to save you from losing sleep over what may have been forgotten. However, by now, all the big ticket items should have been taken care of, particularly if you’ve been following all of our moving house tips in chronological order.
It’s a good idea to have a strategy for all the last minute things to do before moving day, most of the hard work has been done for you in list of things to do before moving house. It’s one of a whole collection of moving house checklists that Kent Removals has prepared to help you have a successful, stress-free move.
Work through the tips we’ve included here to be confident all is under control. Then enjoy a good night’s sleep and some Kent peace of mind.
Things to do Before Moving Checklist:
- If you have booked Kent Removals professional packers, then our team they will arrive at your home today. Make sure that you (or your representative) are home when your professional packers arrive. Give them clear instructions on what needs to be packed, particularly if you have special instructions for fragile, breakable and important items. Keep in mind that you, or your representative, must be in attendance at all times
- Gather together jewellery, passports, identification, important documents and any other essential items that you may need on moving day. Pack them all in a safe, clearly labelled place to ensure they are not inadvertently packed into the wrong box
- If you already have keys to your new home, take care that they are not packed in a box loaded onto the moving truck
- Make sure you call your removalist if you have any changes to your Removal Plan (such as delivery destination, contact details or settlement times). Making sure that your removalist has accurate, detailed information will ensure moving day goes off without a hitch
- Check that anyone requiring payment prior to moving day has been paid, (such as your removalist and cleaners)
- Put together an ‘Essentials Kit’ which includes basic needs for moving day (medications, first aid, coffee, tea, kettle, mugs, snacks, dog leads, pet food)
- Put together a ‘Mini Toolkit’ with essential tools, packing tape, a torch and a Stanley knife. Place this into your important ‘Bits & Pieces’ box
- Pack a bag for each family member containing necessities (a change of clothes, sleepwear, toiletries and favourite toys for children)
- If you have arranged a babysitter for your children, give them a quick call to confirm pick up and drop off times, and any other important details
- If you have arranged either a pet sitter or pet boarding for your furry friends on moving day, either confirm the details or drop your pets off at the kennel. Dropping pets off a day early saves you one more job on (what is sure to be) a very busy moving day
- If you have not already done so, carry out a final clean of your fridge, removing all food and drinks and wiping out crisper drawers and shelves. Then empty and completely defrost your freezer
- Drain any liquid from your washing machine, ice maker, iron, garden hose and sprayers. Leave these appliances to thoroughly dry out overnight so that water does not leak through and damage your other treasures
- Install washing machine ‘shipping bolts’ to prevent transit damage
- Charge all mobile phones and place phone chargers into your ‘Bits & Pieces’ box
- Ensure that any important phone numbers you’ll need on moving day are stored in your mobile and written on a piece of paper. This might include phone numbers for your removalist, real estate agent and babysitter. This tip for moving day can be a lifesaver if your mobile phone battery runs down or your phone is misplaced
- Confirm your gas, electricity and water meters at your old address are scheduled for reading and disconnection. Also confirm that all these utilities are scheduled to be connected at your address
- Keep your important ‘Bits & Pieces Box’ handy on the kitchen bench to add any last minute items
- If you have time (and already have keys), call in and check that everything is clean and organised at your new home. You might want to give the kitchen and bathroom cupboards a clean or vacuum the bedrooms and living room
- Try to get a good night’s sleep so that you’re well rested and raring to go on moving day.
Our Hottest Tip for Moving Day?
Check, check, and re-check. Print out last minute tasks from this moving checklist and tick them off as you complete them. Check that you have maps, itineraries, floor plans and instructions ready for you, your helpers and your professional removalists. Check that you’ve packed everything, and that you have your ‘Essentials Kit’ and ‘Mini Toolbox’ ready to go. Check that your car has petrol, coolant and oil. Check that your babysitter and pet sitter are still ready to go. Check as many things as you can to ensure that tomorrow is as stress-free as possible.