Moving into a new build home? Here’s your complete checklist

Moving into a brand newly built home of your very own is incredibly exciting, and you probably have very high expectations of how things are going to go. No one has ever lived in that property before, it’s all freshly painted and everything is how you wanted.


But you probably know that moving can be a bit stressful. Let’s see what you can do to make the process go that little bit smoother.


2 months plus


  • Make a list of each room in the new house and what items and furniture should be in there
  • If you’re super organised, come up with an organising system of packing boxes. Which need to be open first?
  • Start bringing in boxes – flat-packed for the time being – and make sure you have plenty of them going. You often have more stuff than you realise
  • Make arrangements for new energy supplies to be connected to your new build home. Sorting out a new gas connection may seem complicated but there are professionals out there to help


1 month


  • Finalise a moving date and book your removal vans in advance. These can book up quickly!
  • Make sure your home and contents insurance knows that you are going to be moving soon and make sure your policy covers the new address
  • Give notice to your utilities (water, electric, gas, internet, council tax) and make sure they know you’re on the move. The last thing you want is to pay more than you need to
  • Sort out dentists and doctors closer to your new home
  • Let your employer know you’re moving and book time off if you need it


2 weeks to go


  • Arrange for the Post Office to redirect your letters – this will do before you change all your addresses
  • Speaking of changing addresses, here are the main places you need to notify:
    • Insurance companies e.g. car insurance
    • Banks and building societies
    • DVLA
    • HMRC
    • Council
    • Clubs and memberships
    • Magazine subscriptions


1 week to go


  • Confirm your moving date with the van hire and removal company
  • Remove any fixtures that aren’t included in your sale
  • Label any items that are being left behind e.g. keys
  • Check any “hidden” areas like the loft, garage and garden shed
  • Let your solicitor know what time you are moving so they can transfer completion money to builders/developers before you arrive to collect your keys


1 day to go


  • Switch off and unplug your fridge and freezer to defrost, especially if you are taking them with you
  • Finalise your packing
  • Having a ‘moving day’ box or bag with your next clothing, overnight toiletries, and enough food and drink to keep you going throughout the day
  • Switch off your central heating, any leftover electrics and plugs


Moving day – before you leave your old home


  • Congratulate yourself. You made it this far!
  • Leave notes of meter readings
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Leave keys with solicitors or new owners
  • Collect the keys to your new home


Moving day – on arrival at your new home


  • Go through your new house room by room and inspect the following…
    • Sanitary ware e.g. baths, sinks and toilets
    • Glass e.g. windows, shower screens, mirrors
    • The fireplace and its surroundings
    • Tiles – both wall and floor
    • Floor – carpets and laminates
    • Fitted wardrobes
  • Check that all keys you have been given work and that all windows can be locked and unlocked
  • Your utilities (gas, electricity and water) are working properly
  • Give meter readings to the Site Manager
  • Get familiar with the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check that you have instruction manuals for all new appliances
  • Start unpacking! Use your plan to put the correct boxes in the right rooms and unpack according to your schedule



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