Know your costsKeep a tally of everything you’re going to need to spend on your move so you don’t have any nasty financial surprises along the way. This should include your conveyancing costs, stamp duty, survey costs, estate agent fees if you’re selling a property, any mortgage arrangement costs, and your removal fees.
Book a removals companyYou don’t need to know your completion date to start getting quotes from removal companies. It’s always a good idea to compare the costs of several companies, as they can vary considerably depending on who you use. As soon as you know your exact moving date, get the removal company booked. Most companies offer a packing service as an added extra. Although this will cost you a bit more, it can save you the time and hassle of having to pack up endless boxes yourself.
Label your boxesMake sure that all your boxes have the name of the room they need to go into written on them. This will save you having to open every one of them to work out where they go.
Let people and organisations know you’re movingThere are lots of people and companies you’ll need to tell about your move so that they can update your address details. They include TV licensing, your local council (both where you live now and where you’re moving to), your bank and any other financial providers you have accounts with, the DVLA, your car insurer, your telephone and broadband suppliers and your utility companies.
Even if you think you’ve covered off everyone, there’s bound to be a few people or organisations you miss, so it makes sense to redirect your post to your new address for the first few months. You can arrange this online up to three months prior to your actual moving date at www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/redirection.