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Property - Moving Checklist

Extent: Jersey
Updated 20 December 2018

Words you may need to know

Checklist - a list of names, things to do or matters to think about

Notify - tell

Confirm - check it is correct

Home insurance - this is a policy you take out and pay for to cover the loss or damage to any of your items of property

Quotes - an idea of the costs involved. It may last only for a certain period of time such as 3 months.

References - a spoken or written comment that confirms what the person has told you

Utility companies - gas, electricity, telephone companies

Possessions - things you own

Non-seasonal - things from a different season so if it is currently summer you don't need winter clothing

Direct debit - this allows a company to take money out of your account with your consent. Beware, the amount may increase.

Standing order - this is your instruction to your bank to send money at various intervals to someone else

If you carefully plan and organise your move it is likely to be less stressful when moving house. Use this moving checklist along with the 'Who to notify' checklist to guide you through six weeks leading up to your moving day.

Six weeks before the move

1.      Confirm the date of your move

2.      If you're renting, tell your landlord of your moving out date

3.      Check your home insurance - make sure you have cover from the day you move to your new home

4.      Get written quotes from several removal firms. Get references and check the limit of their insurance especially if you have very expensive items.

5.      If you're not using professional removers, ask friends to help

6.      Book extra storage if required

7.      Notify the relevant utility companies of the date you are going to leave and the new property you are moving to so connections or readings can be taken.

8.      Start getting rid of possessions you no longer need.  Decide which items can be taken to a charity shop, sold at car boot sales, or offered to your friends

9.      If you need new furniture or carpets - order them now and arrange delivery for when you move in

Two weeks before moving

1.      Start packing non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes

2.    Visit the Post Office and arrange for your post to be forwarded (you will be charged a fee for this service)

3.      tell your newspaper shop that you'll be moving and give them a date you want the service to stop or to restart elsewhere

4.      If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them during the move

5.      Make a list of everyone who should know about the move. Send out change of address cards or letters. Perhaps a text or face book message will do.

6.      Check arrangements with your removal company. Make sure you both agree on arrival times and your removers have directions to your new address

7.      Arrange a time to collect the keys for your new home from the estate agent or landlord

8.      Notify your bank of any changes to direct debits and standing orders

Who to tell

  • Services and Utilities

1.      Water

2.      Gas

3.      Electricity

4.      Telephone

5.      Post Office

6.      Cable / Satellite and Internet service providers

7.      TV / video rental companies

8.      TV Licensing

  • Financial

1.      Banks

2.      Building societies

3.      Credit card companies

4.      Parish Hall - Rates Department

5.      National Savings and Premium Bonds

6.      Your employer

7.      Insurance companies (car, house, life etc.)

8.      Pension companies

9.   Customer and Local Services (new registration card, income tax)

10.  Advocate / Solicitor

  • Health

1.      Doctor

2.      Dentist

3.      Optician

  • Motoring

1.      DVS / Vehicle registration

2.      Parish Hall / Driving Licence

3.      Vehicle Insurance

  • Others

1.      Friends and relatives

2.      Subscriptions

3.      Newsagent

4.      Sports club

5.      Library

6.      Schools / Colleges