5 Must Do’s When Moving Home

5 Must Do’s When Moving Home

Moving house can be both exciting and stressful in equal measure, but planning ahead will ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. Explore the five things that should be top of your to-do list when moving home, including;

  1. Booking a removals company
  2. Organising utilities
  3. Sorting an internet connection
  4. Updating addresses
  5. Redirecting post

1. Book a removals company

Don’t wait until you have finalised your moving date to book a removals company, as during busy periods they may not be available at short notice. Instead, speak to your chosen removals team about booking their services for a provisional date, and you can update them once your moving day has been confirmed.

If you think you might need a few extra pairs of hands to make moving day easier, check the availability of family and friends – even if you just need childcare or someone to pet sit. 

If you are going to be between properties for a while, are moving into rented accommodation, or are planning to redecorate before fully furnishing your new home, sort out a storage unit. This will give you the extra space you need to keep your stuff safe until you are ready to move everything in. 

2. Organise utilities

About four weeks before you move, let utility companies know that you are moving house, including water, electricity, gas, telephone, TV, and internet providers. Before you leave your property, make sure you take one last set of meter readings, as these will be used to calculate your final bill. You should also give providers a forwarding address for your final bill.

3. Sort an internet connection

Everyday life relies on an internet connection, so don’t wait until you move in to get this sorted. Speak to your current provider to let them know you are moving house and spend some time shopping around for the best deals.

If internet speed matters, perhaps if you work remotely from home, then check average local speeds before moving to ensure you will have access to the speed you need.

4. Update addresses

There are lots of addresses to update when moving house, but make sure you don’t start updating your details until you have moved or are about to move imminently. This checklist covers the most common companies and service providers you may need to contact with a new address;

  • Banks and building societies
  • Loan providers
  • Insurers – including car and home insurance
  • Pension provider
  • Schools
  • Workplaces
  • Local council
  • Electoral Roll
  • Societies and membership organisations
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Inland Revenue
  • DVLA
  • TV licence
  • Healthcare providers  – including GP and dental practices
  • Mobile network provider
  • Health clubs and gyms
  • Newspaper and magazine subscriptions

5. Redirect the post

Royal Mail provides a paid redirection service that will ensure you never miss a piece of mail after you move house. This will mean that any addresses you forget to update won’t be a problem, as post will still reach you at your new home.

You can pay for the redirection service for 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on how long you expect to continue receiving mail to your previous address.

For added peace of mind, leave a forwarding address with the new owners of your property, or with your previous landlord if you are a tenant.

A Helping Hand with Moving House

To tick the first item off your must-do list, contact McKellar & Sons. Our removals specialists help homeowners move across town or across the country, transporting every item safely and securely to its new home. Call 01992 561200 for a quote or to book a provisional date for your move. Alternatively, use our contact form to get in touch.

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