Moving home proves to be one of the busiest times of your life. Packing up everything you own while juggling everything that goes on in the background can make it easy to forget some of the simpler things you need to do.
Take a look at our top tips for moving home to ensure you make the process as easy as possible. While some of these recommendations may seem trivial, they are easily forgotten or put to the back of your mind.
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT REMOVALS?
If you’re a first time buyer you may well find you don’t need a removal company on hand to help. This could be due to the fact you have not got large furniture to move. However, if this is not a first home, or if you have large, heavy items, you should consider all the options. Find out who your local removal company are. It will prove easier and less stressful to get everything out of your old home and into your new one with the help of a removal company, rather than trying multiple trips in a small hire van or using your car.
REDIRECT YOUR MAIL:
Redirecting your mail is obviously one of the most important things you need to get ticked off the list as early as possible. You do not want to miss any important post, so make sure your new address is up-to-date by clicking here.
UPDATE YOUR CAR INSURANCE, DRIVING LICENSE & VEHICLE REGISTRATION FORM:
You must update your car insurance when moving, if you were to have an accident and your home address has not been updated you may run in to complications if a claim is required, which is the last thing you want.
Updating your vehicle registration form (V5) is another must. If you don’t do so you risk being fined £1,000. It’s a quick process and usually free to do, see how here.
To ensure all of your driving details correspond you should also update the address on your driving license, again this is free and easy to do. Change your driving license address here.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY YOUR NEW ADDRESS:
It’s always a good idea to let family and friends know your new address. There are plenty of moving home cards to choose from on vistaprint, which have a nice way of adding a personal touch! Take a look at moving home cards here.
DON'T FORGET TO ASK SELLERS IMPORTANT QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY:
- Where’s the stopcock? - you need to know where to shut off the water
- Where are gas and electricity meters?
- What day is bin collection?
- Do any of the surfaces need specific cleaning products?
- Where is the thermostat?
- Who are the current suppliers for energy, water, broadband, telephone?
- Where did you get the paint for the walls from, did you have any spare?
- Where were kitchen and bathroom tiles from?
- Do electrical items such as the boiler and hob have instruction manuals or warranties?
- Where is furniture, such as kitchen cabinets, from in case we need spare parts?
Clean your new home before you unpack boxes:
Your new home will more than likely need a spring clean. Rather than trying to tackle a clean up once you’ve unpacked everything, it will be easier to do so with empty rooms without obstacles in the way. It’s always a good idea to try and get as many hands on deck to do so, such as friends and family who owe you a favour! Of course you should keep them happy and hydrated, which leads to our next tip…
LEAVE ITEMS YOU DEPEND ON AT THE TOP OF A BOX:
The kettle, tea bags, coffee and sugar. The last thing you want to be doing is digging through boxes if you’re desperate for a ‘cuppa! And when it comes to unpacking boxes and getting your new home into shape, you’re going to need to take a break. Just don’t forget to pick up some cold drinks and milk on moving day!
Label up all your boxes with the room the contents is due to go into. You should pack boxes accordingly in advance so you have an idea of what’s inside and where it needs to go to be stored ready for unpacking.
SCREWS & PARTS:
If you’re taking furniture apart you don’t want to be panicking that you cannot find the parts to put it back together. Keep the fiddly bits in a sealed bag and label it to match the piece of furniture that depends on it.
Protect your flooring:
If you’re sliding heavy items on the floor you need to protect it. A fridge or washing machine can easily scratch or dent wood flooring or tear carpet.
Check the electrics:
Your moving day will start early and finish late - make sure you’ve got spare lightbulbs with you and that you’ve got lighting in each room. Trying to figure things out in the dark is certainly not recommended.
TAKE METER READINGS & RESEARCH A BETTER PRICE FROM PROVIDERS:
Once you’ve found out where the meters are, take their current readings to ensure you're not billed for what you haven't used. You’ll want to explore if you can get a better price from a different provider - you don’t want to be paying more than you need to. Even though you won’t have any previous bills from the property to refer to, you can still compare prices.
ENSURE ALL BINS ARE AT YOUR NEW ADDRESS:
You don’t want the nasty surprise that you are missing a bin when it comes to getting rid of waste. Anything you need is simply solved by a call to your local council and can be delivered or picked up. Don’t leave it too long if you need something, as waste will soon stack up!
Make sure you are in the right council tax band and that your payments come out when you are best suited financially.
REGISTER TO VOTE:
If you’re moving to a new town/area you won’t automatically be registered to vote at the new address. If you fail to register you will lose the opportunity to have your say. Each member of the household who is eligible to vote will have to register themselves on the gov website. Register here.
PREVIOUS OCCUPIER POST:
The previous occupier will more than likely still receive post at your new home even though they’ll have changed their address. You cannot legally open post that is not addressed to you and are not recommended to throw it away. Simply write on the envelope ‘return to sender’ or ‘not known at this address’ – this will notify the sender that they will have to find out the recipient’s new address.
CHANGE LOCKS & CUT KEYS:
You may want to change the locks on your front door for extra security and also get extra keys cut for family members or giving them out to safeguard yourself if that’s something you’ve done before.
Although there may seem to be a million-and-one things on this list to do before you’ve even got going, there is no match for good preparation. You’ll thank your organised self once you can finally put your feet up and relax.