Your essential kit for moving day

A handy checklist of all the items you’ll need when moving to your new home.

In the madness of moving it’s easy to overlook the essentials. There are items you don’t want hidden at the bottom of a box, or still in the moving truck on the big day. From pet food to toilet paper, we’ve put together a checklist to make your move as streamlined as possible.

Be prepared

  • Important paperwork
    This could include ID to collect your keys from estate agents, removal company details and a list of what you plan to do as soon as you arrive.

  • The house keys

  • First aid box

  • A basic tool kit
    Having things like screwdrivers, allen keys and a hammer to hand will help you put together key furniture and resolve any issues like exposed nails and screws.

  • Scissors or a craft knife

  • A torch 

Top tip: Save your moving boxes for when you’re ready to paint. By flattening them, you can use the boxes to protect the floor.

Clean and tidy

  • All-purpose cleaner and cloths

  • Dishcloth and washing-up liquid

  • Bin bags

  • A dust pan and broom

Top tip: Brushing your walls with a broom is a great way to remove dust and prepare it for wiping down before decorating. 

Home comforts

  • Food and drink

Be prepared to keep everyone going with snacks, tea, coffee and meals that are quick and easy to make.

  • Kitchenware and utensils

Keep a set of plates, cutlery and cups for each person. A couple of pots and pans might come in handy too.

  • Phone chargers

  • Toilet paper

  • Overnight bag
    Pack a spare change of clothes, your toiletries, and a towel.

  • Pillows, bedding or sleeping bags

  • Children’s entertainment – Toys, an iPad with a movie or colouring books.

  • Pet food and dish

Top tip: If you’re in need of some time out while moving, why not sit back, have a tea or coffee and use the Visualizer app to reimagine your new walls in your favourite colours.

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Once you’ve moved in, have a look at our painting hacks to make the next steps of moving more efficient.

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