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Move your internet. Odd to be top of the list but an internet connection can be booked up weeks in advance so the sooner you can book it in, the less chance you’ll be left without a connection for too long. 
Tell everyone your new address and when you’re moving there. Make a list of who needs to know and by when they need to know. Think Drs, schools, work, banks, utility providers, etc. There’s a handy list at the bottom to get you started. 
Redirect your mail. For anyone you don’t manage to tell, set up a mail redirection at Royal Mail through this link. This helps to protect your identity against fraud. 
Organise your movers. Whether doing it yourself or having a removal company do everything for you, it pays to get it organised sooner rather than later. Plan who’s doing what and when write it somewhere you’ll easily be able to see it and use it, like on a whiteboard at home, an Excel document on your laptop, or a piece of paper on the fridge. Then make sure everyone knows what jobs they’re responsible for doing. 
Start packing early. Look around your home, what don’t you use day to day? What can you pack a few weeks ahead of moving day? The sooner you start packing, the easier it is to get packed up in time. 
Think about how you’re going to pack. Order or buy the boxes, padding, etc. The better you pack, the fewer breakages you’ll suffer. Think about the TV, large mirrors, and extra delicate items, how will you make sure these make it in one piece? 
Clear out the old. Moving home is a great opportunity to have a good clear out. There’s no point in paying to have something moved from one place to another if it’s only going to end up in the bin. 
Run your food down. Often a lot of food gets binned when people move house. Avoid this by planning to use up all of the odd bits in your cupboard and freezer. 
Defrost your Freezer. Once it’s empty, turn it off and defrost it before moving day. 
Clean, clean, clean. It’s always nice to find your new home clean and ready for you to move in. Check it out before you move and plan in a clean if needed.

Moving house is messy work. If you’re returning the house you’re leaving to a landlord, you’ll want to leave it in a clean state to avoid hefty cleaning charges.

Planning to clean both houses is a wise move.

Meter reads. As you close the door on your old home for the last time, check everything is turned off and take meter reads for electricity and gas. Remember to turn off the heating at the boiler, most modern heating systems will kick back in if they’re pre-programmed. 


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