Removals and Storage 99
out of 100

based on 115 user reviews.


The House Moving Checklist

Written by on January 23, 2015

checklist banner

Getting You Organised for Your Big Move

We racked our brains and spoke to our experienced move co-ordinators to come up with the Ultimate Home Removals Checklist for you to use when you are looking at moving house. Please find the guide below with handy links to help you along the way. You can also find a downloadable checklist in a handy PDF, you can print it off and use it to ensure you have sorted everything before your big moving day. Because lets face it moving house is stressful enough, without having to write lists of things you might forget.

Feel free to share it with friends and if you have anything you wanted us to add, then let us know on Twitter @McCarthys_Leeds


2-4 Weeks before move day


Throw away unwanted items and begin packing two weeks before the moving date. Think of investing in some boxes and moving kits.

Vehicle Registration

Send the appropriate section of your Vehicle Registration Document to the DVLA.


Notify your bank that you are moving and ask to transfer your account to a nearer branch.

TV Licence

Fill the change of address part of your existing licence.

Credit/Store Cards

Notify your bank that you are moving and ask to transfer your account to a nearer branch.

Doctor / Dentist / Optician

You may need to unregister if you are moving far away. Otherwise notify a change of address.

Card Protection Insurers

Fill in the change of address section of your last statement when returning it.

National Insurance / DSS

Write to your local DSS office. They will need your full name, DOB, and National Insurance number.

Mail Redirection

The Royal Mail needs five days’ notice for redirection. Do this at the Post Office or online.

Local Authority

Notify all relevant authorities in your current and new area.

Inform Relatives & Friends

Go through your personal directory and send out change of address notices.


It is important to inform all clubs, charities and publications of your move.


Notify your children’s schools of their leaving date. Advise the new schools as soon as possible.


If you need a hotel during the move, remember to book as early as possible.

Telephone / Mobile / Internet Providers

Contact providers at least two weeks before the move.


Check your loft to ensure that don’t leave anything important behind.


Advise your local Post Office of your change of address.


Make arrangements for pets to be looked after during the move.


Notify your broker or individual insurance companies of the change [Motor] [Household] [Life Insurance]

Driving Licence

Complete section one on your licence and return it to the DVLA. Or, do it online.

1 Week before move day

Flat pack Furniture

Begin disassembling any flat pack, you have a good week before the move.


Ensure that they keys for your new home are available.


Give at least 48 hours’ notice for disconnection and re-connection of supply.

Fridge and Freezer

Empty, defrost and clean the freezer and fridge.


Pack and label a box of essential items for your first night: toiletries, spare clothes, towels.

Survival Kit

Pack a box of the basics: light bulbs, torches, toilet paper, kitchen roll, spare cash, takeaway menus.

Milk / Papers / Window Cleaner

Settle accounts.


Prepare to move them for the big day.


Arrange for childcare on the moving day.


Work out where everything will park. Arrange lift access if you are in/moving to a black of flats.

1 day before move day

Washing Machine / Dishwasher        

Empty, clean and disconnect the pipes. Secure the drum of the washing machine.


Ensure that you have enough liquids for the move day and think about what you’ll eat throughout.

The Ultimate Removals Checklist


Your self storage Wakefield experience

Friendly helpful staff, good location and secure premisis

5 Stars
Your Self Storage Experience

Pleasant, very helpful and always available. Couldn’t have asked for more!

5 Stars
Your Self Storage Experience

McCarthys was reasonably priced and easy to access storage. We recently moved house and used a storage container in the Harrogate centre.

The staff and in particular Tina were very helpful and happy to help.

Very pleased with the service and a big thank you to Tina.

5 Stars

Contact Us


The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals: 0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000

Storage: 0113 26 26 500

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00


The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00