The Glasswells Moving House Checklist

With some careful planning and our fantastic removal team on hand, your move can be stress free (well almost)!

6 weeks to go

Although the day of your move seems a long way off, early planning and organisation will really help to make all the difference.

  • Moving house is a great opportunity to de-clutter. Go through each room and decide what you do and don’t want to take with you to your new home. It’s much easier to do this now than pack everything up and decide later.
  • If you still need to book storage space simply give us a call on 01284 748500 and our storage team will be happy to arrange this for you.
  • If you’re planning to update your furniture, order it now and have it delivered to your new address. Visit our home furnishings website or one of our stores for a fantastic range of products.
  • Book time off work and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get organised.
  • Approach family and friends to help out on the day, and perhaps recruit a babysitter to look after young children and pets.

4 weeks to go

It’s time to get your paperwork in order.

  • Try to get a confirmed date of the move so you have a set day to work towards.
  • Prepare a list of fixtures you are leaving.
  • The most important job now is to begin notifying utility companies of your change of address. Below are the essentials.
  • Gas – Let them know you’re about to move and don’t forget to take readings before you leave.
  • Electricity – Similarly, inform them and take final readings.
  • Water – you will also need to take a reading on the day you move out.
  • Insurance – Set up contents and building insurance for your new property to start from the day you exchange contracts. Remember other insurance such as: life, medical, motor and pets.
  • Phone – Inform your landline and mobile provider of your new address.
  • Council Tax – The easiest way to notify your council of your move is to submit details on their website.
  • Employer – Pass on your new address and remember to update the tax office if you are self-employed.
  • Internet and TV Providers – Either transfer your services across or shop around for a better deal.

3 weeks to go

You really can’t put off getting your hands dirty any longer, dispose of all that garden junk.

  • Sort out the contents of your garage and shed.
  • Organise suitable transport for pets or someone to look after them on the day.

2 weeks to go

No need to panic, you might feel like there is still an awful lot to do, but your preparation really will make the next two weeks easier.

  • If you’ve decided to pack up your house by yourself now’s the time to get stuck in. Your quote from us includes all the packing materials you need so arrange to collect these at your convenience from our warehouse. Alternatively, for further details of our packing service contact our warehouse on 01284 748500.
  • Dismantle self-assembly furniture, unless we have agreed to do this for you.
  • Arrange for professional disconnection of kitchen appliances, including your washing machine so that the drum is secured.
  • Arrange to have gas, electricity and water meters read.
  • Start running down freezers. We advise against moving freezers full or frozen. If you require yours moved with food inside, wrap the contents in newspaper, boxes or trays. Full or frozen freezers are moved at your own risk!
  • Clear the loft unless we have agreed to do so.
  • Dismantle sheds, greenhouses etc. unless we have agreed to do this for you.
  • Drain fuel from lawnmowers/motorcycles.
  • Remove any fixtures and fittings you are taking.
  • If appropriate arrange for children to be looked after.
  • Fabrics that are being stored for any length of time will benefit from anti moth treatment.
  • If moving in or out of a block of flats, arrange to have the manual override key or priority use of the lift the day before you move.
  • Have TV aerials and satellite dishes taken down if they are part of the move.
  • Disconnect any light fittings you are taking.
  • Seal packets and tighten jars of food.
  • Defrost refrigerator and freezer. (If you do not intend to empty the freezer, please read our earlier advice)
  • Prepare plants for transit.
  • Chests of drawers may be left full depending on the make of furniture.
  • Set aside an area marked ‘do not move’ for coats, handbags, snacks, tools and cleaning materials.
  • Arrange separate transportation for any dangerous substances.
  • Arrange a time to collect your keys from the estate agents. Unlike other removal companies we do not enforce a late key charge before 5pm so don’t panic if you can’t arrange the collection until later on.

Update your contact details

At this point there’s still a list of people to inform of your new address.

  • Contact the bank and any other financial companies you deal with.
    You should deregister from your doctors, dentist and opticians if you’re moving out of the area.
  • The Post Office – it takes five days for your post redirection to start so make sure you do this in plenty of time. You can do this online at
  • If you have milk or newspapers delivered inform them of when you’d like this service to stop.
  • Don’t forget to notify TV licensing of your change of address as you don’t want to risk being unlicensed at your new home. This can be done at

The night before

You will probably be feeling a whole mix of emotions, but there’s just a few more things you need to do before you settle down for a good night’s sleep.

  • Organise a box of kitchen essentials so you’ve got easy access to a cup of tea as soon as you arrive at your new home.
  • You might like to leave some cleaning materials out as it’s likely you’ll arrive at the new property before our crew so you may have a chance to give the house a quick clean before loading it full of boxes.
  • Make sure you have any important telephone numbers and documents to hand for the day of the move.

The day of your move

Don’t panic! Glasswells removals crews will do all they can today to make everything run as smoothly as possible.

  • Lock your valuables somewhere safe and carry them personally to your new home.
  • If requested we will take up fitted carpets and lay them on the floors of your new home.
  • If possessions are being stored, remember to retain important items – passport, driving licence etc.
  • Do not put perishable or flammable items in storage.
  • Before the removal van departs, check nothing has been forgotten. You are responsible to see that nothing is moved in error.
  • Ensure that our crew has directions to your new property and a telephone number to contact you. Agree a time of arrival.
  • Arrive at your new home, with the keys before the removal van.

Finally, you can relax with the confidence that your move is in good hands!

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