Whether you’re renting or buying – they say that moving home is up there with one of the most stressful things in life. No matter how many possessions you have, the thought of logistics, packing, and transport can be very daunting. Here, we give a run-down of the ultimate check-list for moving home.
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If you’re moving without any furniture, (eg, from your parents’ home, or you’ve been renting a furnished property), a car and a couple of friends should do the job.
Even if you think you have a lot of belongings, hiring a van for a short period might work out cheaper than a removal company. Try Travelsupermarket, Enterprise Car Club, or Zipcar if they operate in your area.
For those who are moving from one un-furnished property to another, you’ll probably need to enlist the help of a removal company.
To get five local quotes instantly, you can try Reallymoving.com. Also check that the company belongs to the British Association of Removers – to ensure they are a legitimate and safe to use company.
Packing to move is the perfect excuse to de-clutter. Whilst you’re going through your belongings, it’ll give you the chance to evaluate what you need, and what’s been hiding away that you never use.
Arrange your boxes in ‘room order’
Label your boxes with the room they’re due to go to, and a description of what’s inside. Put these labels on the top and side of the box so you know what’s inside whilst they’re stacked. This will make unpacking a breeze.
Keep your furniture screws & bolts safe
Put your screws and bolts in freezer bags and stick them to the relevant pieces of furniture with tape. When it comes to putting everything back together, it will be less of a minefield.
Stock up on lightbulbs
Make sure you have enough lightbulbs – you don’t want to have to go to the shops mid-move or only notice when it’s too dark (be sure to fit LED bulbs, as they will save you on your energy costs too!)
Clean your new pad
The house may not have been cleaned when you arrive, so if you have time, tackle the grime before moving day – this will ensure all the hard to reach areas like ‘behind the sofa’ and ‘under the bed’ are already clean.
If you are renting a property, be sure to take photos of any marked walls or damage and send them to the estate agent. This will ensure that you are not charged for repairs you are not responsible for when your inspection takes place.
Update your address
Make sure you change your address with your bank, credit card company, driving licence, insurance companies, car insurance and mobile phone provider. This will ensure your bills go to your new address and you don’t run the risk of missing important post/bills.
Tell your utility suppliers you’re moving
Whether you want to stay with your energy provider or change – you’ll need to ring your current/new energy supplier around 3-4 weeks before your move to get this arranged. This will ensure you have your energy set up correctly and are not being over-charged. If you’re a Utilita Energy customer, you can do this online with our online form here.
Register to Vote
When you move, you don’t automatically get registered to vote at your new address. If you aren’t registered, you don’t get a say on who represents you.
It can also help boost your credit rating as if you’re not on the electoral roll, it’s unlikely you’ll get accepted for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm your address to counteract fraud.
The registration process now requires that rather than one person registering all members of a household, each individual needs to register themselves. You can register on the gov.uk site.
Redirect your post
If you don’t know who is moving into the property you are leaving, use Royal Mail’s Postal Redirection Service to ensure that any bills or other mail with your old address on still reaches you.
You can get post redirected for 3, 6 or 12 months, and longer if you’re still getting volumes of post through after your initial period is up. Prices start from £31.99 (for 3 months) per surname, so couples may need to pay twice.
Remember that if mail isn’t redirected, you’ll need to call the sender and either update your address or request to be removed from the mailing list.
It’s important to do this – any bills you don’t get and don’t pay can damage your credit rating, or result in you being contacted by a debt collection company. Stay letters can also increase the risk of ID fraud.
Deal with the previous residents post the right way
You open the front door on moving day and there’s a pile of post that isn’t yours on the doormat. You can’t open it (legally) and shouldn’t chuck it.
Your best bet is to write ‘return to sender, not known at this address’ and pop the post back in the post box. That way the sender will know not to send any future mail, and can try to find the new correct address from the recipient.
Review your Bills
Moving is the perfect time to review your household bills. You’ll be signing up to new services anyway, so reviewing the best deals available to you could save your monthly bills. To get a quote and switch to Utilita Energy, click here.
Put your feet up & put the kettle on
Now all the hard work is over – put the kettle on and kick back and enjoy your new home! Remember, boiling enough water for the amount you need will save you energy & money.
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