Our simple guide to moving home

Moving home can be very stressful, so it’s not surprising most people don’t do it very often! To help you get organised and help your house move go as smoothly as possible, read our top tips before you begin your move.

1. Have a clear out

You will be surprised by how much ‘stuff’ you’ve gathered over the years! Moving home is a good opportunity to go through all your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer want, use or need.

We always recommend starting your moving process by having a good sort out. Go through everything and donate or dispose of anything you don’t want. That way, you’ve got less to move, and you’ll likely feel happier and more organised.

2. Decide whether you will pack yourself or opt for a packing service

Packing can be laborious and tiresome! Some love it but many hate it. Which are you?

If you decide to do your own packing, start early and do it bit by bit over a few weeks. That way, it’ll be easier to fit around your daily routine and won’t be so overwhelming

But if the thought of packing everything concerns you, let us take the hassle away and do it for you.

3. Inform your utility suppliers

When you know you’re moving, contact your utility suppliers (gas, electricity, water, telephone and broadband) to find out how much notice they need and let them know you’re moving.

Decide whether you will transfer your existing service to your new address or whether you need to switch suppliers. This might depend on your contract and the area you’re moving to.

Bear in mind that transferring your broadband to your new home can sometimes take a few weeks. Download or print copies of anything online that you may need before your move, so you’re covered until you’re reconnected.

Remember also to take meter readings for your gas, electricity and water meters on removal day, so you only pay for what you’ve used in your old property.

4. Make a list of everyone who needs to be notified

Write down all the people, organisations and companies you will need to inform about your new address. As well as your utility suppliers, this may include your bank, building society, work, GP surgery, dentist, council tax office and children’s school(s), where applicable.

If you’ve moved area, you may need to register with a new GP and dentist.

If you drive, be sure to notify the DVLA, so that your address is changed on your driving licence and vehicle registration documents.

And, of course, don’t forget to tell your family and friends!

5. Register to vote at your new address

As well as notifying everyone who needs to know about your new address, be sure to update your details on the electoral register. That way, you won’t miss out on being able to vote next time there is an election.

6. Pack your essentials

Even if your removal team is packing for you, it’s always a good idea to pack your own bag of essentials for you and your family.

To save you rummaging through boxes while you are getting settled, pack the things you’ll need for the first few nights in your new home. This will probably include toothbrushes, toiletries, medication, pyjamas and a change of clothes.

You might also want to pack some kitchen essentials, such as your kettle, toaster, some mugs, teaspoons, tea and coffee, so you can make a cuppa and have a snack when you arrive at your new home!

If you’d like our help with packing or removals, please contact us.

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