Things to remember when moving home

Moving home is supposedly one of life’s most stressful events, but a bit of careful planning can help ease the strain. Here are some of the things you need to think about when making your move.

Know your costs

Keep 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 company

You 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 boxes

Make 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 moving

There 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.

Apply for a parking permit if you need one

If you need a parking permit for the property you’re moving to, make sure you apply for one well in advance of your move so you don’t have to worry about parking when you arrive.

Take meter readings

Before you hand over the keys to your house, take gas and electricity readings at your old home, and a water reading if you’re on a meter. Pass these onto your suppliers as soon as possible and make sure they have your new address so that they can send you a final bill. When you arrive at your new property, take meter readings there too and let your suppliers there know what they are.

Make sure you’re insured

Having buildings insurance is usually a condition of your mortgage, but you’ll also need to think about insuring the contents of your home. Remember to compare several different quotes before buying to ensure you get the best possible deal and check the excess, which is the part of any insurance claim you must cover yourself.

Ask the vendor to leave instruction manuals

If your new home comes with any in-built electrical items, such as a fridge, microwave or oven, ask the vendor via the estate agent if they will leave instruction manuals for these so you’ll know how to operate them.

Pack an ‘essentials’ box

The last thing you’ll want when you move is to have to rummage around endless boxes to find the kettle and a mug to make a cup of tea. Pack a box with things you’re likely to need on the day, which should include any important paperwork, cleaning equipment, lightbulbs, and some toilet paper, just in case there isn’t any at your new home.
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