Countdown to moving day


There are lots of things to do in the days and weeks before you move home. From arranging removal vans through to taking meter readings, you'll have plenty of things to remember. 

Here’s a handy checklist of things to do and people to notify when you move out of your old home and into your new Taylor Wimpey home.

4 weeks to go!

  • Arrange removal vansTaylor Wimpey_HO_Lifestyle lo res-0148
  • Check your home contents insurance policy for cover at your new address during your move
  • Arrange for water, electric, gas, telephone and other accounts to be finalized
  • Book an electrician and plumber if required to disconnect and refit appliances from your old address to your new address
  • Notify your dentist and doctor for your medical records to be transferred to your new practices
  • Start collecting suitable packing boxes if they are not provided by the removal company and pack what is required
  • Create a system of identifying packing boxes which will need to be opened first (by numbering or colour code) and label all boxes clearly with their contents and in which room they belong
  • Inform your employer of your move, confirming whether you require time off work

2 weeks to go!

Arrange for the Post Office to redirect your mail

Change of address with: 

  • Bank/Building Society, insurance companies, Premium Bonds and other savings certificates, credit card companies and store accounts
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre and mortgage organisations
  • Inland Revenue, Local Council Office, Social Security Office
  • Clubs and other memberships, newsagents/magazine and other subscriptions

1 week to go!

  • Confirm moving arrangements with van hire or removal firmTaylor Wimpey_HO_Lifestyle lo res-0162
  • Clearly label any items you are leaving behind and remove any fixed objects not included in your sale
  • Collect up all keys for your existing property
  • Make sure loft, garden shed and other storage places have been cleared out
  • Advise your solicitor of the time of your move so they can ensure all completion money is with the builder prior to your arrival on site to collect your keys

1 day to go!

  • Defrost fridge and freezer; alternatively switch to maximum if you are taking them with you 
  • Complete packing except for clothing and overnight toiletries etc. and food and drink needed for the moving day
  • Turn off central heating and all electrical appliances

Moving day!

Congratulations! The big day has arrived and your new home is ready for you. Over the next few days, make sure you carry out the important checks below and discuss any concerns with your Customer Relations Manager.

Before closing your old front door for the last time, you will need to:

  • Make a note of gas, water and electric meter readings
  • Check all storage spaces and lock all windows and doors
  • Leave keys as arranged with new owners
  • Collect your keys from the Sales office

Upon arrival of your new home, it is important to inspect carefully throughout, paying particular attention to:

  • Sanitary ware (including baths, basins and toilets)
  • Glass (including windows, mirrors and shower screens)
  • Fireplace surrounds
  • Kitchen fittings and appliances
  • Wall tiling
  • Carpets, floor tiling and laminated flooring
  • Check any fitted wardrobes
  • You have been given the correct keys for all locks, and that windows and doors open, close and lock properly
  • All services (gas, water and electricity) are connected and are in working order. You should agree meter readings with the Site Manager
  • Familiarise yourself with the operation of the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Check they work by pressing the test button
  • Check that you have been given operating instructions for all systems, appliances and fittings and you know how to work them
  • In the case of apartments and maisonettes check that the communal areas have been completed properly