A guide to moving
There is no such thing as enough time when moving house, so the sooner you start planning, the less stressed moving day will be. Here is a quick guide to some of the things you may want to think about as soon as you have exchanged and you have received your moving date.
1. Firstly, packing up and moving. Decide how you are going to move all of your belongings from your old home to your new home. If you’re thinking about a professional mover, try getting 3 to 4 quotes.
2. Keep in touch with your estate agent and solicitor, make sure they are ready for completion day. Inform your solicitor of anything that could be a problem, no matter how small, they can decide if they need to do anything to ensure a smooth transaction.
3. Changing your address. Start working through your contacts to let everyone know you are planning to move home. Most contracts require a minimum of a month’s notice so the sooner the better. Don’t forget the DVLA, TV License, Broadband etc.
4. Spring clean and remove old items. Your local council may be able to arrange the removal of large items you no longer want. This service sometimes has a small charge.
5. Arrange for child and pet care. If possible arrange for someone to help look after them on the day, this will allow to concentrate on getting moved as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The week before the move
1. Confirm the dates and times of moving day with all parties, including the removals company.
2. Get your new services and utilities in place. Arrange for gas, electric and water to be active, you’re going to need that cup of tea!
3. Finish packing the rest of the house up and make an essentials box that will be carried with yourselves. Items to include; kettle, tea and coffee, milk, toilet roll, snacks, phone charger, small radio, sellotape, pens, scissors, takeaway menus for the new house.
4. Pack an overnight bag as if you’re going away for the weekend. At the end of the day if you haven’t had time to unpack the last thing you want to do is rummage through boxes to find clothes and toiletries.
5. Prepare a note for the new owners explaining how things work and where they can find useful items such as the boiler switches, aerial sockets and alarm codes.
1. Meter Readings. Before you leave, get a final meter reading of all your metered services and call the relevant suppliers to inform them of the numbers so you can settle up the final balance and close the account ready for moving.
2. First thing to unpack. Make up your new beds in the new house first. So when you’re tired later and you can’t face anymore work, you can hop straight into a comfy bed and get a good night’s sleep.
3. Home insurance. It may be the last thing on your mind, but ensure your policy has started and everything is covered for your new home.
5. Introduce yourselves to the neighbours. Making friends with the neighbours can make a world of difference to your enjoyment whilst at home.
6. Last but no means least, when all the boxes are away, put your feet up, pour a cup of tea and enjoy your new home.