10-Week Moving House Checklist


Moving house is often cited as one of life’s most stressful experiences, but it doesn’t have to be a whirlwind of chaos. Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, or just looking for a change of scenery, a meticulously planned moving house checklist can transform this daunting task into a series of manageable steps.

The key to a smooth move lies in organisation, preparation, and a bit of forward thinking. That’s where we step in! In this article, we’ll walk you through a comprehensive 10-week moving house checklist, designed to keep your relocation process as seamless as possible. From the initial planning phase to settling into your new abode, we have you covered.

Week 10 to 8: Planning Phase

Sort and declutter

Now’s the perfect time to sift through your belongings. Adopt the mantra “less is more” and declutter. Donate, sell, or recycle items you no longer need. It’s not just about reducing the load but also about making a fresh start.

Start gathering moving supplies

Stock up on moving supplies early. Boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and markers will become your best friends. Remember, it’s better to have a bit extra than to find yourself scrambling at the last minute.

Week 7 to 5: Preparation Phase

Book your removals

Booking early ensures you get your preferred date and time. With Ois Removals, rest assured your move will be as smooth as possible, minus the DIY hassle.

Notify important parties

It’s time to start notifying relevant parties about your move. Utilities, subscriptions, and government entities should be on your list. Don’t forget to arrange mail redirection to catch any stragglers.

Arrange necessary travel documents

If your move involves crossing borders, start your visa applications and any other necessary travel documents now. The earlier you start, the smoother this process will be.

Week 4: Initial Packing

Start packing non-essential items

Begin packing items you won’t need in the immediate future. Seasonal clothing, books, and decorative pieces are a good place to start. Label boxes clearly to make unpacking a breeze.

Organise important documents

Gather personal documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.) and keep them in a safe, accessible place. These are items you’ll want to move personally on the day.

Week 3 to 2: Final Preparations

Begin deep cleaning

Start cleaning your current home. Deep clean room by room to ensure you leave the place in good condition and it will also make unpacking at your new home more pleasant.

Pack most of your belongings

It’s crunch time! Pack up the majority of your belongings, leaving out only the essentials you’ll need for the final week. Use this time to double-check everything is boxed and labelled.

Prepare an essentials box

Pack an essentials box for the first night in your new home. Include toiletries, a change of clothes, snacks, and anything else you might need before unpacking fully.

Week 1: Last Minute Tasks

Finalise packing

By now, everything except your essentials should be packed. Double-check every room to ensure nothing is left behind.

Confirm arrangements with moving company

A few days before the move, confirm the details with your moving company. Ensure they have the correct addresses and know any parking restrictions or access issues.

Prepare the house for moving day

Ensure all pathways are clear and that fragile items are properly secured. The smoother the move-out process, the faster you can start settling into your new home.

Moving Day Checklist

Early start

Kick off moving day with an early start. This gives you ample time to handle any last-minute tasks and greet the movers. A hearty breakfast will keep your energy up through the day.

Final walkthrough

Conduct a final walkthrough of your old home. Check closets, drawers, and storage areas to ensure nothing is left behind. It’s also a good moment to take meter readings for utility closeouts.

Essentials box and important documents

Keep your essentials box and important documents with you at all times. These items should travel with you personally to ensure they’re immediately accessible upon arrival at your new home.

Post-Moving Checklist

Unpacking priorities

Start by unpacking your essentials box to make your first night as comfortable as possible. Then, prioritise rooms according to use – the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms usually come first.

Register with new local services

Once settled, register with local services and utilities. This includes updating your address for banking, electoral registration, and securing any necessary local permits or licenses.

Moving house, though challenging, is a journey of discovery and new beginnings. With the right checklist in hand, the process becomes less daunting and more of a structured adventure.

Remember, preparation and organisation are your best allies in ensuring a smooth transition. By following this comprehensive 10-week moving house checklist, you’re not just moving belongings from one place to another; you’re paving the way for new memories in a new home.

Choosing Ois Removals for your moving journey is more than just selecting a moving service; it’s about ensuring peace of mind during one of life’s most significant moments. With our unwavering commitment to reliability, efficiency, and customer satisfaction,

Ois Removals stands out as a beacon of excellence in the removal industry. Our team of professionals are not only skilled in handling your belongings with the utmost care but also in navigating the complexities of both local and national relocations.

By entrusting your move to Ois Removals, you benefit from comprehensive services that cover every aspect of the moving process, from meticulous planning and packing to seamless transportation and unpacking.

Contact us today for a free no obligation quotation.