4 November 2020
MOVING house can be a stressful time, so we’ve put together some useful tips to help make your journey as smooth as possible.
4-8 weeks before you move
Between four and eight weeks before you move, we recommend that you confirm the date of your move, notify your landlord or your letting agent of your moving date, book time off work to sort things out if needed and begin de-cluttering your home. It is also worth considering if you need to book removals or self-storage to use when you’re moving between homes.
We also recommend checking your home insurance to make sure you are covered from the day you move into your new property. If you are moving into rented accommodation, between moves you may wish to consider insurance which covers you for any accidental damage to landlord’s possessions.
It’s also important to notify the relevant utility companies, telephone and internet providers of your move so that you can move home knowing they are all sorted. Make sure you also change your address details or arrange a redirection through Royal Mail for all your post.
2 weeks before you move
2 weeks before your move we recommend that if you have any pets or children, to arrange for someone to help look after them for the duration of the move. It’s now also time to start packing non-essential items, contact your doctor and dentist if you are moving out of the area, and finalise arrangements with your removal company.
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2 days before you move
A couple of days before you move, make up a box of essential items for the first few days at your new home and pack an overnight bag. Include things like scissors, toilet roll, cleaning products, kettle, tea bags, some basic crockery, cutlery and a cork screw.
Pack your valuables and documents separately and keep them somewhere safe, defrost your freezer and take photos of your electronics before you disconnect them to save you time when you reassemble them. Now just arrange a time to collect keys from your estate agent!
1 day before you move
The day before you move, finish all your packing and label boxes with which room they will be going in and also do a final job of checking the cupboards, basements, lofts and garden sheds to make sure nothing gets left behind.
The day before you move
On the day you move, take meter readings at the property you are leaving and the one you are moving into and take a final look around the property you are leaving to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
Once you've moved
Once you have moved it is important to update the electoral register as you won’t automatically be registered to vote and also provide utility companies with opening and close readings.
Finally, relax and enjoy your new home!