Tips and guides on moving into your first home

Congratulations, you're the proud owner of your very own home

It may not have totally sunk in yet, but it's official. You're a homeowner and now it's time to move in.

Here are a list of things you may or may not have considered for your moving in day:

  • Book a removal van
  • Get cardboard boxes & other packing items
  • Label each box clearly
  • Ask friends and family to help
  • Plan ahead - avoid leaving it until last minute
  • Pack important documents together
  • Pack one room at a time
  • Remember to pack an 'essentials box'

When packing your 'essentials box' you could consider the following:

  • Toilet paper
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dishtowel and dishcloth
  • Kettle
  • Instant coffee / tea bags / milk
  • Bread, butter, biscuits, snacks
  • Radio
  • Cups, plates, cutlery
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Torch
  • Matches / lighter
  • Change of clothes and towels
  • Wash bag with contents
  • Bin bags
  • Basic tool kit

Top tips on essentials for moving in

When moving in, make a box and label it 'essentials', that way you know you have everything you need for moving in, and won't be caught short when you need to offer your moving in helpers a cuppa.

Time to move on

Now that packing is in progress, there are a few more things you need to sort out. To help you on your way, here's a checklist of what you need to do.

Redirect your post

You can use the Royal Mail's Postal Redirection service to make sure any post arrives at your new address.


Before moving in to your new home, make sure you've set up broadband. There are few things worse than being without Wi-Fi for weeks.

Take final meter readings

If you're renting tell your previous gas, electricity, water and phone suppliers that you're moving out and take final meter readings.

Council tax

Let the council know you're moving.

Give new meter readings

Once you've got the keys to your new house, take all the meter readings and set up new utility accounts. Shop around to find the best deals.

Share your new address

Don't forget to share your new address with those that need it, including your doctor, dentist, bank or building society, workplace etc.

Register to vote

If you're not registered, you won't get a say.