Moving house Brighton – checklist

Are you looking into moving house Brighton? Many people find that removals  can be quite an overwhelming and daunting experience! But really, if you break it down into manageable small jobs, it needn’t be stressful in the slightest.

In our line of work, we often deal with panicked people frantically trying to organise everything last minute. Sometimes this can’t be helped. But to help things go as smoothly as possible, we have put together a bit of a handy checklist of some of the many things you have to arrange around your move, which may help you to organise and break things down. Meaning things can be as stress free as possible!

Moving house Brighton – Checklist: Two months before you move

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    Let work know about your home move and book time off. Ideally you want a little time before and after the move, as well as the move day itself.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may need to look into things like new schools or daycare for your children at this point.
  • This is a good time to start to think about decluttering and downsizing anything you want to get rid of ahead of the move. Planning in advance means you have time to take stuff to charity, or even sell unwanted items on Ebay or find them new homes with friends. Sometimes people want to pack last minute and declutter on the other side, but most people find that starting afresh in the new house with old belongings already shed is a lot easier. (We have another post all about decluttering and best practices that you can check out our clearance page

  • If you rent, either via the council in council housing or privately, you will probably need to give notice on your current property about now, informing them of your plans to leave the property. This will be dependant on your contract.
  • There is a lot of housing information out there, but for housing tenants who are part of a scheme, make sure to put in an application for your home move sooner rather than later to avoid any issues.


Moving house Brighton – Checklist: Six weeks before you move

Moving Brighton - checklist

Confirm your removals company in good time, if possible, to ensure you can get your preferred company on the date. Please get in touch now either on our contact page or our quote form. Weekends are often busy, so if you have a set date your working to its good to book in advance.

  • Now is a good time to start collecting cardboard boxes too. Many people prefer to recycle and find boxes themselves. Your removals firm may supply them, or you can buy them new. We always encourage recycling where possible, and all of our boxes are salvaged. We have another blog post on this HERE if you’d like some more tips.
  • If you’re buying, finalise any extra elements that may be required by your lender before completion, like taking out or changing your life insurance policy
  • Take out home insurance for your new house, or check your existing policy to ensure you’re covered from the day you exchange contracts and get the keys. Depending on if you’re up or downsizing, you may need to change the value of your building and contents cover.  

Moving house

One month before you move

  • Its time to start thinking about informing your current broadband, phone, energy and TV suppliers that you will be moving house and letting them know dates to switch. Alternatively it might be a good option to look around for better new deals with new providers
  • If there’s somewhere out of the way to store boxes that doesn’t limit your living space too much, now is a good time to start to pack items you won’t need in the interim, and get some of the hard work out of the way
  • If you have pets, start to plan how the move will look for them and whether you will need to arrange to leave dogs with friends, or put your cat in a cattery. We have some more guides to moving home with pets that you can check out HERE

Moving house with a cat or pet

Two weeks before you move

    • Carry on with packing. Be sure to label boxes as you go so that its as easy as possible the other end!

If you need help with this then get in touch and check our our packing section.

  • Keep a few boxes or bags of the things you will need for the first few days when you move in to one side and let the movers know to keep them separate. This might include things like basic kitchen stuff, phone charger, toiletries and a change of clothes or two, that you can access before the proper unpacking starts.
  • Update your bank, insurance provider, pensions, TV license and council tax with your new address.
  • Cancel and ongoing deliveries to your old home, like milk and newspapers.
  • Speak to Royal Mail about redirecting your mail.
  • You may decide to hire professional cleaners to deep clean the place before you move so you don’t have to worry about it. Most good removals firms offer this service.
  • Organise someone to look after the children for the day of the move, if needed
  • Round up any extra keys with friends, neighbours, cleaner etc and make sure that your conveyancer has them

Moving house cleaning

The day before you moving house Brighton

  • Now all of your belongings are to one side, you can make sure that the house is as clean as possible for the new owners/tenants.
  • Make sure you have all of the details about the move tomorrow, and have the keys/know when and where you are collecting them.
  • Check in with your removals company on start times
  • Make a note of your final meter readings, to pass on to the energy providers

    Here are 20 questions you may want to ask the day before moving:

    Have I notified all necessary parties of my change of address, including the post office, utilities, and important contacts like banks or credit card companies?
    It is important to notify all necessary parties of your change of address when you move because it ensures that your mail and important information are directed to your new location. Notifying the post office of your change of address ensures that your mail is forwarded to your new address for a certain period, typically six months. This ensures that you do not miss any important bills or correspondence and that you can continue to receive mail from family and friends.

    Notifying utilities, such as electricity, gas, water, and internet service providers, is great because it ensures that you will continue to receive these essential services at your new address. This also prevents you from being charged for utilities at your old address after you have moved out.

    You have to tell important contacts like banks or credit card companies to ensure that your financial information is up-to-date and secure. This includes updating your address on your credit card accounts, bank accounts, and any other financial accounts you may have. This can help prevent identity theft and ensure that you continue to receive important financial information in a timely manner.

    Have I made arrangements for my pets to be transported safely to my new home?
    It is important to make arrangements for your pets to be transported safely to your new home because it ensures that they are comfortable and secure during the move. Pets can experience stress and anxiety during a move, especially if they are not used to traveling or being in a new environment. Therefore, taking steps to ensure their safety and well-being is crucial.

    Agreat way to transport your pets safely is to use a professional pet transport service or a specialised pet-friendly moving company. These companies have experience in transporting pets and can provide the necessary equipment and care to ensure that your pets are comfortable and safe during the move. They may also offer additional services, such as providing food and water during the journey, or arranging for rest stops along the way.

    If you are transporting your pets yourself, it is important to take precautions to ensure their safety. This may include using a secure carrier, providing plenty of water and food, and taking breaks along the way for your pets to stretch their legs and relieve themselves. You should also ensure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and have any necessary travel documents.

    You can help reduce their stress and fear during the move and ensure their well-being in their new home. This can help them adjust to their new surroundings more quickly and make the transition easier for both you and your furry friends.

    Have I packed all necessary items and labeled them appropriately for easy unpacking?
    It is important to pack all necessary items and label them appropriately for easy unpacking because it helps ensure that you have everything you need when you arrive at your new home and saves you time and effort during the unpacking process. Proper packing and labeling also helps prevent damage to your belongings and ensure that fragile items are handled with care.

    When packing, it is important to take an inventory of your belongings and sort them into categories such as kitchenware, clothing, and electronics. This will help you organise your items and ensure that you can easily find what you need when unpacking. Labeling your boxes with the contents and the room they belong in can also help ensure that your belongings are easily accessible when you arrive at your new home.

    Proper packing can also help protect your belongings during the move. This may include using appropriate packing materials for fragile items such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or newspaper. Labeling fragile items as such can also help ensure that they are handled with care during the move.

    Correct packing and labeling is important for a smooth and efficient move. It helps ensure that you have everything you need when you arrive at your new home and helps prevent damage to your belongings. By taking the time to pack and label properly, you can save yourself time and effort during the unpacking process and make the transition to your new home easier and more organized.

    Have I secured all important documents and kept them with me during the move?
    Have I made arrangements for childcare during the move if needed?
    Have I confirmed the details of the moving truck rental or professional moving service?
    Have I arranged for someone to receive the keys to my old home if necessary?
    Have I arranged for someone to be at my new home to receive the moving truck or professional movers?
    Have I informed my employer of my move and any necessary time off needed for the transition?
    Have I made arrangements to disconnect and reconnect utilities at my new home?
    Have I arranged for the disposal of any items that will not be making the move with me?
    Have I planned for meals during the move, including snacks and drinks for the trip?
    Have I made arrangements for the transportation of any large or bulky items, like furniture?
    Have I confirmed the details of any overnight accommodations needed during the move?
    Have I made arrangements for transportation to and from any overnight accommodations?
    Have I made arrangements for the transportation of any plants or garden items?
    Have I set aside a box of essential items that I will need immediately upon arrival at my new home?
    Have I made arrangements for the transportation of any valuable or fragile items?
    Have I notified any necessary parties of my move, such as doctors or insurance providers?
    Have I taken care of any last-minute tasks, like cleaning or packing, before the movers arrive?

Moving Brighton houseThe day of the move

  • When moving house Brighton, sit back and let the removals team work away! Make sure you’re there when they arrive so you can walk them through the house and give them any specific instructions.
  • Take a thorough final look around your house to check that you haven’t forgotten anything.
  • Make sure that windows and doors are locked and secure
  • Ensure that all water, gas and electricity supplies are properly switched off

Moving house keys

In your new home

  • When you get to the new house, walk around with the checklist of what was supposed to be included in the sale (furniture, kitchen appliances, curtains etc) and inform your convence right away if there are any issues
  • Make sure that all of your utility providers are switched over properly
  • Settle your pets into the new house
  • Its always a good idea to change the locks on your new house as soon as you move in
  • Update your new details on the electerol register with
  • When moving house Brighton, be sure to register with your new local doctor and dentist
  • It’s always good to ingratiate yourselves with the new neighbours! Pop by and say hello. A bunch of flowers or bottle of wine often goes down well 🙂

If you’d like to talk more about moving house Brighton and how we can help, get in touch with us at Gold Bear Removals. If you are looking for a removals company in Brighton, look no further.

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