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Moving house is exciting, but it is also a stressful experience, particularly if you are moving to an unfamiliar area or have a large family.

Use the checklist below to help you plan as smooth a move as possible.

Confirm your moving date and make sure it is convenient in terms of booking time off work.

It is a good idea to move in on a Friday so you have the whole weekend to unpack.

Tell utility companies you are moving at least four weeks in advance as many require this notice period.

Take electricity and gas meter readings on the day you move out.

Book a removal firm well in advance as they are hard to come by at short notice (see our Removals section for further details).

Sort through your belongings and throw out anything you do not really need. Pack in a logical order.

Pack things you will not need before the move well in advance and label all boxes with the room they are going in.

Put important documents and valuable items in a safe place and keep them with you during the move. Inform relevant parties of your new address, including friends and family.

Cancel any deliveries you had at your old house and arrange for your post to be forwarded.

Keep a box of essential items - refreshments, kettle, toilet paper, light bulbs - handy to help you through the first day or so.

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