6 Things To Remember Before The Big Move

From blogger Sophie Davidson

Moving home can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life… something you’ll know if you’ve ever had to sort out the Wi-Fi when you’re living between houses!
 
To make a move as smooth as possible, here are six helpful things to enable you to be organised before the big day.
 
In order to whittle this list down to just six things, we’ve assumed that you’ve made a separate ‘to-do’ list for the cleaning, or you’re going to hire a professional cleaner to help you. An end of tenancy cleaning service will save you time, and just as importantly, it will increase the likelihood that you’ll get all of your security deposit back! It’s not as expensive as you may think, so do consider it.  Now – here are six things to remember before the big move…
 
You’ve got mail
 
First, you’ll need to change your address on all of your bills, notifying your family and workplace. It’s essential you get this done as soon as possible, else your mail will keep arriving at your old home.
 
Call your Internet provider
 
It can be a real hassle getting a new phone line fitted, so you should make getting internet installed in your new place a priority. The waiting time for an engineer to pay a visit to your new home can be up to a month or longer. Broadband Choices offers excellent advice on most providers and what you need to do when you’re moving home.
 
Hire a van or a removal firm
 
Got a friend with a van? Now is the time to rope them in - you can always promise beers or a meal in return! Alternatively, you’ll need to hire your own or use a removal service. It’s best to ask around on local Facebook pages and online forums to find reviews from customers who have had a good experience with removal vans… after all, you want your belongings to arrive in one piece!
 
Take meter readings
 
Take meter readings for your old property, as well as your new property. When you switch providers you’ll need this information to hand, so it’s probably best if you take a photo to ensure you have a permanent record (and a dated photograph to back your readings up). If you have time, leave instructions for the next owners so they know how your boiler and electricity meter works, and which energy provider is currently supplying the property; don’t leave them in the dark.
 
Visit the doctors
 
You’ll also need to take yourself off the local register if you’re moving into a new area and plan on attending a new doctor’s surgery. Register yourself as a new patient at the surgery in your new home town, and double check to confirm that your new doctor does actually have you on their list.
 
Get insured
 
Finally, there are loads of great price comparison websites out there to help you secure the best deals on your home insurance. Read the finer details, and make sure you know what a good policy looks like. The Money Advice Service has some very useful information on home insurance, so be sure to read up on it before you commit to a deal. 

Publish date: 11/04/2017