Countdown to moving day!

When you're moving home there seems to be an endless list of things to think about and organise. Here's a helpful list to remind you. This page is printer-friendly, so why not print it out and keep it somewhere handy?

4 weeks before

    Complete a change of address form with the Post Office to re-route mail.
    Inform magazine, book and record clubs of your new address.
    Decide which items you would like to donate to charity.
    Notify water, gas and electricity suppliers to have your services turned off after your departure.
    Arrange for utility connections at your new home.
    Notify schools, churches, clubs of your impending move.

3 weeks before

    Collect packing materials from Jarrettsif you wish to pack any items yourself
    Make a list of contact names and telephone numbers you will need when you move into your new home
    Consider plants and pets on moving day
    Dispose of items you don't need in your new home
    Return borrowed things and collected things you loaned to friends
    Make arrangements for servicing your appliances
    Contact carpet cleaners if required
    Notify doctor, dentist, optician
    Start to run down the contents of your freezer
    Make a sketch plan of your new home to determine the placement of furnishings
    Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home
    Consider attending a car boot sale to dispose of items you don't need in your new home

2 weeks before

    Dispose of flammables such as petrol, matches, cleaning fluids, bleach and aerosol cans
    Discontinue regular services such as newspapers, window cleaning, etc
    Arrange to have satellite dish moved to new property
    Inform friends and family of your new address.
    Arrange for fitted carpets to be professionally loosened if you intend to take them with you.

1 week before

    Transfer bank and savings accounts to avoid losing interest
    Arrange to discontinue your telephone service and establish a phone service at your new home
    Arrange for rugs and curtains to be cleaned
    Use up your frozen food supply or made arrangements to give it away
    Drain fuel from lawnmowers and other garden equipment
    Pack / empty your loft and / or sheds
    Find and label keys

1 day before

    Defrost and thoroughly clean the fridge
    Take down pictures, mirrors, curtains and blinds
    Disconnect your cooker, washing machine and dishwasher
    Arrange minders for children and pets

On Moving Day
Relax and let Jarretts do all the work but remember to:

    Disconnect light fittings
    Make sure plants are drained of excess water
    Make sure you have personally taken cash and jewellery with you to your new home
    Lock all windows and doors - turn off all switches before leaving

Notification Checklist
In summary, here's a list of organisations and people you may need to notify of your move:

    House insurance company
    Car insurance company
    Electricity Board
    Water Board
    Gas Board
    Telephone company
    Internet provider
    Post Office
    Building Society
    Inland Revenue
    School / college
    Local council
    Motor organisation
    Newsagent / magazine subscription
    Sports / social club
    Satellite / cable TV provider
    Church / place of worship