Operation Moving House is underway! What do you need to make sure that your big move has a smooth transition?

It can be overwhelming to think of all of the things that you need to do.But don’t worry, we’ve got it covered.

Here’s a moving house checklist, with some moving tips for good measure, to help you make your moving process less arduous.

What to do with your bills and utilities when moving house

Here’s a rundown of the different procedures of utility providers so you can smoothly transition your account to your new address.

Moving services with Sky

Step 1: Three weeks before your move, let Sky know that you want to cancel your services and arrange for them to be moved to your new address. 

Step 2: Clear any outstanding balance on your account.

Step 3: Arrange an engineer visit to have a new Sky dish installed at your new home if there isn’t any yet. 

Moving services with Eir

Step 1: Complete this form by providing your account number, contact information, and your old and new address and the correct eircode for your new address. Wait for a confirmation message from Eir’s Moving Home team. 

Step 2: Once the service is cancelled at your old address, return the TV equipment and fibre to Eir. These instructions will be sent to your new address. 

Step 3: Wait for the installation team at your new home. If you need to reschedule, you can call Eir’s appointments team at (01) 5366550.

Moving services with Virgin Media 

Step 1: A month before you move, find out which Virgin Media services you can get at your new address. 

Step 2: Fill out Virgin Media’s moving form

Step 3: Once you move into your new home, simply take all your equipment with you and set it up. 

Moving services with Electric Ireland 

Step 1: Visit Electric Ireland and click on the link “Transfer Account to Another Property”.

Step 2: Log in to your online account and select the “Moving House” option. Provide the necessary information when prompted.  

Step 3: If the account isn’t under your name, you simply need to close the account. 

Moving house timeline 

For most people, they may only think of packing and preparing after they have sold their house. However, it’s a good practice to start preparing two months before you move out. Here are some reminders on what you need to do on a monthly or weekly basis before the big move.

What to do two months before moving house

So, you have two months to go until moving day. It’s time to start planning. You don’t have to start packing things in boxes just yet, but you need to make sure that you are diligently planning ready for the move ahead.

  • Be ruthless. Now’s the time to go through your things and what you want to take with you. It’s a great time to do a spring clean no matter what season it is. You should only take things with you that you need. So, be ruthless. Sell what you don’t need and store what you can’t part with.
  • Research moving companies. Moving companies get booked up quickly. Especially on weekends. So, now is the time to make sure that you are researching local moving companies to make your transition to your new home less painful. Make sure that you meet with your preferred company and go through the costs with them. And remember, check references and make sure they’re insured. You don’t want your belongings damaged in transit and having no recourse to do anything about it.
  • Create a folder for paperwork. Now’s the time to get your paperwork in order. Receipts, quotes and all your other housing documents need to be safe and secure. Make sure that you have a designated folder for all of these.

What to do six weeks before moving house

You’ve purged, thrown and booked your removal company. Next, you’ll need to:

  • Order moving supplies. Packaging. Bubble wrap. Tape. Boxes. All of these things are crucial to your home move. Make sure that you order them early.

What to do a month before moving house

With one month to go, it’s time to ramp up your house move. But, with so much planned already the rest will be a breeze. There are some important things that you need to do at this time:

  • Confirm moving company and other suppliers. Written confirmation, costs and times need to be finalised with only one month to go until the move. Be sure to get these details during this period, so that you can start planning your move around these times. What’s more, you can start organising your finances too.
  • Begin packing. The best way to do this is in a methodical fashion. Choose the room that you use the least and start packing in an organised manner. Clothes, rarely-used furniture and photos all need to be packed away and correctly labelled. After all, you don’t want to be playing a game of Guess Who with your boxes when you arrive at your new home! Essential and commonly used items in your home can be packed last minute.
  • Investigate storage solutions. Of course, storage is going to be a must-have during this time. It’s time to start investigating storage options on a short-term basis. Many companies have flexible solutions to suit you. It’s an affordable route to take when you are in the midst of moving house. You can provide a haven for your lesser-used belongings with a secure storage facility.

What to do two weeks before moving house

Time is going quickly, and you want to make sure that everything is going without a hitch. There’s one minor thing that you still need to take care of:

  • Reconfirm with your moving company. With only two weeks to go, you need to make sure that your moving company is ready for action. Reconfirm the details and get the ball rolling.

What to do one week before moving house

Take your inventory and your documents and plan for the best moving day ever. It’ll be a breeze knowing that you have so thoroughly planned your move!

  • Pack clothes. Packing your clothes means that you are getting closer to the move. Invest in good suitcases or use your existing luggage set to start packing your clothes and toiletries. Do make sure that you leave some outfits out for the remainder of the week!
  • Settle invoices. Settling invoices can be a painstaking task. So, make sure that you do this before the moving day itself. You don’t want to be paying cheques and unpacking boxes at the same time.

Moving house checklist 

Unfortunately, some people don’t have the luxury of time and need to move right away. Here’s a checklist you can put on your fridge or vision board so you don’t let anything fall through the cracks. 

  • Buy packing supplies like bubble wrap, wrapping paper, and moving boxes.
  • Segregate your items into several piles: Keep, Donate, Sell, Throw Away, Store.
  • Call and book a moving company.
  • Let the following companies and providers know about your move:
    • Bank & credit card company
    • Phone & broadband provider
    • Electricity
    • Gas
    • Satellite TV company, TV license 
    • Insurance companies (home, car, life, etc.)
    • Pension/investment companies
    • Car tax/vehicle licensing office
    • Mobile phone company
    • Membership card companies
    • Doctors, dentist, vet
    • School
    • Tax office
    • Online accounts such as Paypal and e-commerce websites 
    • Electoral register
  • Check the weather forecast for the day of your move. 
  • If renting, settle any outstanding debts with your landlord or landlady. 
  • Buy cleaning supplies for the new house. 

Moving house tips

You can never read too many tips when moving houses. Here are some final reminders for your next big move. 

Dos:

  • Pack room by room and label boxes accordingly. 
  • Start with rooms you don’t usually use. It’s easier to throw out items from those rooms instead of starting with rooms you often use. 
  • Use specialists or a special removal company for handling items like antiques or artwork. 
  • Be resourceful when packing. Use laundry baskets, suitcases for easy transport. 
  • Drain motor of fuel if you plan to include it in our storage unit.
  • Label boxes for easier identification when you recover your stuff. You can label these by room or by ownership.

Don’ts: 

  • Overload boxes. The items inside could be damaged during the move. 
  • Leave empty spaces in boxes with towels or papers. To keep your stuff from bumping into each other (which results in chipped or cracked items) fill in the spaces between them with towels or papers.
  • Transport non-allowable items such as paint or fireworks. 
  • Leave any moisture on any of the pieces of furniture which can ruin it later on. 
  • Use mothballs because it can smell really bad later on.
  • Leave batteries inside devices.

Moving house FAQs

What’s the best way to pack for moving house? 

Start packing early. This gives you more time to decide which items you’ll bring to your new home, what you’ll throw away or donate, and what items you want to put into storage. You have to be prepared with packing items such as moving boxes, bubble wrap, and more. 

How soon before moving should I start packing? 

The recommended time frame is two months before your moving date. This gives you ample time to book a moving company, settle your bills and utilities, and properly plan your packing. 

What’s the first thing to do when moving into a new house? 

The first thing you should do is change the locks. After that, do a thorough assessment of your new place if it needs some repairing or an upgrade. Check all the taps are working properly, the smoke alarm is working, etc. 

How do you purge before moving? 

Purging or cleaning out your house before you move takes a lot of discipline. As previously mentioned, be ruthless. If an item doesn’t serve any purpose for the next year or so, it would be better to sell them or donate them to charity. Others are also using the Konmari method by author and host Marie Kondo. According to Kondo, if you hold an item and it doesn’t spark joy, then it’s off to the bins. 

How do you move to a new house in one day?

Though this is not ideal, there are many circumstances that force people to be ready to move within a day’s notice. It would be hard to book moving companies on the same day so it’s likely that you would need to transport all your belongings by yourself. 

If you have friends who could lend a hand, then they can help you pack. If you have items you are unsure where to place due to the unforeseen change of your living arrangements, a storage unit can come in handy. A self-service facility like Nesta makes everything so convenient! Get a quote now so you can move in with ease!