Your moving house checklist

Moving home can be a difficult juggling act. Our house move checklist can guide you through the steps to make your move stress-free and simple.

Your house move checklist

  1. Confirm your moving day with your landlord, solicitor or conveyancer.
  2. Get van hire or removal quotes and book as soon as you have your moving date.
  3. Book time off work for moving day; take two or three days off for cleaning and sorting if possible.
  4. Arrange childcare with a family member if you have very young children, and ask around if you need an extra pair of hands on the day.
  5. Make a list of the rooms and areas you need to clear and pack away.
  6. Create a packing schedule; this is especially important if you work full time and only have weekends to sort out, pack and clean.
  7. Source boxes for packing your belongings.
  8. Declutter & clear out; contact local charities to arrange for unwanted furniture or household items to be dropped off.
  9. Start packing; tackle one room at a time as per your schedule. Pack away ornaments, books, CDs and personal belongin first and leave items you use daily until last.
  10. Label boxes once filled; make sure fragile items are packed together and labelled clearly. Securely seal any boxes that won’t need to be opened until after your move and store in one room.
  11. Contact utilities and service providers to let them know your moving date and new address. Use our handy ‘Who to Tell & When’ checklist.
  12. Redirect your mail with An Post to automatically forward post to your new address. This needs to be done at least five days before your move.
  13. Arrange a visit to your nearest recycling centre if you have items to dump or recycle.
  14. Clean and make good any damage to the property; if you rent refer to your signed inventory and carefully check any instructions provided by the landlord for leaving the property.
  15. Create a moving day box; add essential items like drinks, snacks, loo paper, cleaning products, phones and chargers, lightbulbs and basic tools. Make sure your kettle, teabags and milk are easy to access too!
  16. Arrange to pick up keys to your new property; make sure to get any alarm codes, garage, shed and window keys.
  17. Make the move; once you have entered your new property, find the gas, electric and water meter and take a reading. Locate the stopcock and trip switch/fuse box as soon as possible and test in case of emergencies.

Remember to leave your old property as you would want to find your new property.

Who to tell and when

Organising your move is one major hurdle, however, there are lots of people and services that need to be told about your change of address.

Here’s who you need to tell before you move and those you must tell shortly after:

Service or supplier Before moving After moving  
Communications Landline Mobile phone  
  Broadband    
  Digital TV    
  An Post mail redirection    
Utilities Water    
  Gas    
  Electricity    
  Waste Services    
Insurance Contents insurance Life insurance  
  Buildings insurance Health insurance  
    Travel insurance  
    Other insurances  
Government offices Social Security Benefits (DSP) TV Licence  
  Child benefit Revenue  
  Local Property Tax (LPT) Register of Electors  
Financial services Mortgage provider (link) Current accounts  
    Credit cards  
    Personal loans  
    Student loans  
    Car finance  
    Private pensions  
    Loyalty or store cards  
    Savings accounts  
    Premium bonds  
Entertainment Newsagent Streaming services  
  Magazine subscriptions Library  
    Gym or sports clubs  
Health services   Doctor  
    Dentist  
    Optician  
    Vet  
Transport   NDLS  
    Vehicle registration  
    Breakdown cover  
    Car insurance  
    Discount travel cards  
Other Schools Professional memberships  
  College/University Unions  
  Employer    
  Friends & family    

Note: Most utilities and communication services advise a change of address notice no more than 30 days in advance.

How much will moving cost?

Moving house can be costly on top of rental agency fees or conveyancing fees. You may also need to factor in these costs:

  • Removal firm costs
  • Van hire costs
  • Professional cleaning (if required)
  • New furniture or white goods
  • Utility cancellation or connection fees

The actual move can cost as much as €1,000 if you live in a family home, are moving to another part of the country and hire removal men. If you want help with packing up and disassembling your furniture, it will cost even more.

Doing it yourself is cheaper, but may not be the best choice if you are in a house move chain and short of time. The price of hiring a large van will cost around €150. It is worth shopping around and obtaining quotes from several firms.

Another cost to watch out for are early termination fees. If you have to change your energy or broadband provider because your new house is in an area not served by them, be careful you are not stung by early exit fees.

It’s worth jotting down all your additional costs, so you don’t end up with a cash shortfall and end up in overdraft or using your credit card.

What happens if your stuff is damaged in transit?

This depends on whether you choose a removal firm who are fully insured or hire a man with a van who is not insured.

If you opt for a fully insured removals firm, then any damage caused by the removal firm will be covered. However, they will suggest that you cover any single items that are especially valuable.

If you are doing it yourself, you will need to check your contents insurance policy to see if you are covered for moving home. Some insurers offer cover as standard and for others it is optional. If in doubt, call your insurer and inform them of your plans.