There’s no doubt about it, moving day is stressful. However, making sure you have everything you might need, with our new home move in checklist will help you feel more in control and confident on your moving day.
Start planning early and get organised in advance. Take a look at each section of our checklist below and think about what you will need first in your new home. Pack these items in clear boxes in your own car, not the removal van. This way, you will have these items to hand if you arrive before your removal company (or heaven forbid the van breaks down, or gets lost).
Our ultimate new home move in checklist
Cleaning, health & hygiene
It’s normal to want to clean a new home before you unpack, even if the previous owners have left it in good condition, since moving generates dust. Of course everyone will need to use the loo at some point and you will want to wash your hands!
This list will make sure you have what you need to feel clean and stay healthy.
- toilet paper
- hand wash
- a hand towel & flannel
- toothbrush & toothpaste
- bin bags
- kitchen paper
- basic cleaning products (anti-bacterial wipes are great)
- bleach for the loo(s)
- washing up liquid & rubber gloves
- carpet cleaner (it’s so much easier to clean carpets before you have added furniture!)
- any other essential medication (especially contraceptives if you need to take them daily)
Once you’ve moved in, assembled the beds and plugged in the TV, you’ll want to get cosy and relax in your new home. This list will help you feel more at home, instantly.
- PJs & dressing gown
- clean bedding
- a change of clothes
- perhaps a DVD or laptop with a favourite film to watch before you get your broadband installed
- scented candle
- cosy blanket
We recommend asking a close friend or family member to look after pets and young children on move-in day. However, that’s not always possible, especially if you are relocating over a large distance. If you have dependents with you on moving day, make sure that you have everything they might need, including:
- food & bowl
- favourite toy
- Blue Cross have advice on how to move home safely with your cat and Vets4Pets have more advice on moving house with your dog.
- a play pen for very young children and mobile babies
- favourite teddy/comforter to help them feel safe and secure
Moving is hard, physical work. You will want to refuel as soon as you arrive at your new home (and offer your movers a cuppa and biscuits). Later on you won’t want to start cooking, so make sure you have everything on this list to keep everyone fed, hydrated and happy.
- milk in a cool bag/ice box
- a bottle of wine (or bubbly!) and a few glasses/paper cups
- bottle opener
- plastic plates/cutlery
- a tea towel
- something to eat for breakfast
- the number of your new local takeaway/s
You might not need all of these items during your move, but if you do, you’ll be very glad you kept them with you, instead of having to rummage around in boxes trying to locate them.
- sticky notes and a pen for last-minute labelling
- spare lightbulbs
- a small toolkit (include scissors and a screwdriver at the very least)
- a torch & batteries in case of a power cut and late arrival
- the TV remote (this is so easily misplaced, so keep it to hand!)
If you ignore everything else on this home move in checklist, make sure you keep these items on your person on moving day. These are the absolute essentials that you’re sure to need.
- a phone charger (for that all-important first photo outside with the new keys, plus a phone can solve all other issues with deliveries etc. so you will want to keep it charged)
- phone numbers you might need (removal company, estate agents, solicitor etc.)
- important documents (passports, birth certificates, title deeds etc)
- keys/phone/wallet with cash to tip the movers and your takeaway delivery person
More things to consider when moving house
We want to help make your move as stress-free as possible, so if you’re moving home soon, take a look at these other articles for lots more tips, help and advice.