Whether it’s your first time buying a house or your tenth time renting one, there can be a lot to worry about the day you move house. It’s hard enough stressing about making sure all of your belongings have been moved or that you can find the keys to your new place, without further obstacles popping up because you haven’t properly prepared for the move. Preparation is key, and many of the tasks before moving house aren’t a problem, as long as they’re completed before you move.
Before Moving House: Connect Your Energy And Water
Before moving house, you need to remember to take gas, electric, and water readings, to ensure you aren’t charged for someone else’s utilities. With this information, you simply need to call up your providers, and they should be able to change your address for you.
Get Your Internet And Digital TV Set Up
The earlier you can get this sorted, the better, as appointments are usually made weeks in advance. The last thing you need is to move into a new home and have to wait weeks to be able to watch your favourite box set on Netflix.
Before Moving House: Book A Moving Company
This may seem obvious, but booking a moving company is something that is much cheaper if you book well in advance. There are many businesses, such as Shiply, which can provide you with a quick quote and allow you to book through their website, so there is no excuse not to be prepared.
Clean Your New Place
Although your new property should be relatively clean and ready for you to move in, that doesn’t mean it’s sparkling. Giving your new place a once over yourself can make you feel much more at ease, and will give you time to plan where to put all of your shoes
Change Your Address
You need to notify the post office straight away to make sure that any of your future post is sent to the right place. As well as this, you also need to notify the bank of your move and update your address on the electoral roll, any sort of subscription service, and your car insurance.
Before Moving House: Have A Plan for Your Child and Pet
You need to make sure that you know who is going to be watching your kids and pets on moving day, and how they are going to get to your new home. It would probably be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to watch them for the day, and drop them back off to you later, or hire a babysitter.
Use Up Frozen Foods
Make sure to use up any frozen food a day or two before you move, otherwise, it’ll end up getting thrown out, which is just a waste of money. If you can’t quite manage it, ask a friend or neighbour if you can store a few things in their freezer for a few days.
As long as you ensure that these simple things are completed before you move, then your moving day should run relatively smoothly. All that’s left to do now is invite all your friends and new neighbours around for a housewarming BBQ.