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A House Moving Checklist and Guide

Reports have shown that, on average, Britons move house once every 23 years. Getting a new job, upgrading your environment, or needing a larger space are some of the few reasons for moving house. Some downsides to moving house are losing important documents, damaging your items, or time constraints.

Moving house can be pretty stressful, and it requires proper planning and preparation. You may ask, how can you move house with less stress and keep your items intact? Or who do you have to notify?  

This article discusses the top 20 things to include in your house moving checklist for a smooth and stress-free move.

So, let’s get to it! 

  1. Get a Confirmation Date

First and foremost, you should get a moving date from your conveyancers. Without a date confirmation, you can’t do anything else. If you are buying a home, you’ll most likely need to move out in a day. On the other hand, you can move in and out for several days if you are renting.

  1. Inform Your Landlord (If you’re renting)

Another priority on your house moving checklist should be giving notice to your landlord within the notice period in your contract. It is best to fix your moving date to coincide with the end of your lease. This way, you won’t pay two rents or mortgages at the same time.

  1. Notify Your Utility Suppliers

It is imperative that you contact your utility suppliers before moving out because it prevents getting billed for someone else’s usage. You can take photos of your electricity, water, and gas meter readings on moving day because there’s a timestamp that proves the date.

Also, suppose you want to continue with the services of your current electricity and gas providers. In that case, you should give them your new address. Generally, utility companies have a change of address forms that you can fill on their websites.

  1. Redirect Your Mail

Mail redirect services receive mail from people who don’t know you’ve changed your address and forward it to your new address. Although redirecting your mail comes at a cost, it prevents your mail from falling into the wrong hands. Furthermore, redirecting your mail not only protects your personal information but also prevents identity theft. You can set up a mail redirect in the post office a few weeks before moving, and you can leave it for as long as you want.

Arrange for you’re mail to be re-directed through the Royal Mail website

  1. Inform Your Financial Institutions

Financial institutions generally use your address to verify your identity. Usually, new credit cards and PINs are sent via post. Before you move out, contact your bank, pension services, and store loyalty card providers to update your information. Updating your address will prevent your financial documents from falling into strangers’ hands.

  1. Inform Your Car Insurance Provider

For most car insurance companies, policy pricing depends on location. You may get an extra charge if you move to a high-risk area or a partial refund for safer neighbourhoods. Always notify your insurance provider before moving to prevent claims denial.

  1. Notify Your Health Provider

Your doctor or dentist should also be informed when you are moving; this is necessary because you may need a new surgery. Also, you will need to register with a new local general practitioner to prevent delays in treatment.

  1. Move Your Broadband

Generally, most broadband and digital TV providers allow you to move your existing package to your new home at no extra cost. This is especially suitable when your broadband provider offers service in your new area.  It is best to give your provider enough notice to prevent delays in setting up your service. In case of delays, you can use your phone’s mobile hotspot to connect to the internet.

If your provider cannot move your service, you can request an alternative or get a better package if you don’t have an existing deal.

  1. Inform Your TV License Provider

Before moving out, contact your TV licensing company to change your address. They will request your new address and moving date to ensure you can watch TV in your new home from the day you move in.

  1. Notify Everyone Else

Before moving, you should inform your employers, your child’s school, local authorities, and companies that send you regular deliveries. You should also give your updated address details to your friends and family.

  1. Ensure Your New Home Is Insured

Whether buying or renting a home, ensure that you get the insurance that protects your property from loss or damages. Fortunately, you can get insurance up to 30 days in advance if you know the details of your new home. All you need do is to schedule your insurance to start from the day you move in.

  1. Get an Updated Driving License

Incorrect address on your driving license can attract a fine. You can easily apply for an updated driving license at no cost. All you need do is to fill out a form via the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website or a post office.

Change the address on your driving licence on GOV.UK

  1. Update Your Vehicle Registration Certificate

If you are a car owner, ensure you update your address on your vehicle registration certificate. Failure to do so can attract a fine of up to £1000 even if your move is temporary. Visit the GOV.UK website to update the address at no cost. You should get your new registration documents within four weeks.

  1. Get Quotes for Removal

Removals depend on the size of your items and your budget. If your budget is tight, you can rent a van and get friends to help you move. For easy packing, get enough boxes, label them, and list every item they contain on the side of each box. You can get free boxes from friends and family and also from websites like Freecycle or Gumtree. Furthermore, you can make a list of the destination rooms for each box. To prevent mix-up, stick nuts and bolts to the appropriate furniture with masking tape.

On the other hand, professional removal services have varying packages that help with removals and include packing and reassembling your furniture. The National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS) regulate and ensures quality standards of Removals Company. When moving, ensure you get a quote from about three members of the NGRS to compare prices.

It is best to declutter before moving. You can leave some items to charity or request a cleanup from your local council

  1. Insure Your Belongings

Insuring your belongings covers the costs of missing or damaged items. You should contact your home insurance provider to know which items are insured when moving. Professional removals companies have policies that cover accidental loss or damage of property.

If you are not using the services of a professional removals company, you can get additional insurance for your belongings.

  1. Pack Essentials

Essentials are necessary for your first night in your new home, and they have to be easily accessible. Your duvet, phone and laptop chargers, cleaning products, kettles, mugs, and coffee are all essentials. Flashlights, credit cards, medication, change of clothes, and tape measures should also be within reach. Essential documents like mortgage paperwork, passport, and valuables should be in a separate bag to avoid getting lost during the move.

  1. Empty Your Fridge or Freezer

Using your frozen foods before moving saves you a lot of money. In case you have leftovers, discard any expired items. In addition, pack long-lasting foods tightly and carefully to avoid spillage.

  1. Move Your Boxes

It is best to collect your boxes in one or two places the day before moving out because you can easily carry them to the removal van the next day.

  1. Prepare Your Home for New Owners

Preparing a list of things around the house for the new residents is a kind gesture. The list should include how to operate appliances, where to find the fuse box, information about the gas and electricity meters, telephone numbers for local services, and other important information. You can also label keys or leave them in their appropriate locks.

  1. Arrange For a Babysitter

On moving day, you will need to keep the kids busy while you unpack and arrange. You can keep your kids engaged by getting a babysitter or arranging for them to stay with a friend or family till you are through with arranging.

What Should You Do on Moving Day?

Proper planning before the moving day reduces stress. On a moving day,

  • Check your home for the last time before leaving. Go through all the drawers and cupboards to ensure you are not leaving anything behind
  • Make sure you securely lock all doors and windows
  • Keep your essentials bag close to you
  • Take photos of the empty rooms as proof of the condition you left it.
  • Ensure your boxes are packed strategically in the van

You Should Trust The Experts

Home moving checklist and guide can be quite helpful. But there is nothing compared to hiring expert movers to help you handle your moving process. It makes moving easier and gives you more time to focus on other important things like finalising the details of your new home.

If you would like more advice in relation to moving home please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 644 5311 or Admin@sellmyhomenow.co.uk we are always happy to help.

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A House Moving Checklist and Guide

Reports have shown that, on average, Britons move house once every 23 years. Getting a new job, upgrading your environment, or needing a larger space are some of the few reasons for moving house. Some downsides to moving house are losing important documents, damaging your items, or time constraints.

Moving house can be pretty stressful, and it requires proper planning and preparation. You may ask, how can you move house with less stress and keep your items intact? Or who do you have to notify?  

This article discusses the top 20 things to include in your house moving checklist for a smooth and stress-free move.

So, let’s get to it! 

  1. Get a Confirmation Date

First and foremost, you should get a moving date from your conveyancers. Without a date confirmation, you can’t do anything else. If you are buying a home, you’ll most likely need to move out in a day. On the other hand, you can move in and out for several days if you are renting.

  1. Inform Your Landlord (If you’re renting)

Another priority on your house moving checklist should be giving notice to your landlord within the notice period in your contract. It is best to fix your moving date to coincide with the end of your lease. This way, you won’t pay two rents or mortgages at the same time.

  1. Notify Your Utility Suppliers

It is imperative that you contact your utility suppliers before moving out because it prevents getting billed for someone else’s usage. You can take photos of your electricity, water, and gas meter readings on moving day because there’s a timestamp that proves the date.

Also, suppose you want to continue with the services of your current electricity and gas providers. In that case, you should give them your new address. Generally, utility companies have a change of address forms that you can fill on their websites.

  1. Redirect Your Mail

Mail redirect services receive mail from people who don’t know you’ve changed your address and forward it to your new address. Although redirecting your mail comes at a cost, it prevents your mail from falling into the wrong hands. Furthermore, redirecting your mail not only protects your personal information but also prevents identity theft. You can set up a mail redirect in the post office a few weeks before moving, and you can leave it for as long as you want.

Arrange for you’re mail to be re-directed through the Royal Mail website

  1. Inform Your Financial Institutions

Financial institutions generally use your address to verify your identity. Usually, new credit cards and PINs are sent via post. Before you move out, contact your bank, pension services, and store loyalty card providers to update your information. Updating your address will prevent your financial documents from falling into strangers’ hands.

  1. Inform Your Car Insurance Provider

For most car insurance companies, policy pricing depends on location. You may get an extra charge if you move to a high-risk area or a partial refund for safer neighbourhoods. Always notify your insurance provider before moving to prevent claims denial.

  1. Notify Your Health Provider

Your doctor or dentist should also be informed when you are moving; this is necessary because you may need a new surgery. Also, you will need to register with a new local general practitioner to prevent delays in treatment.

  1. Move Your Broadband

Generally, most broadband and digital TV providers allow you to move your existing package to your new home at no extra cost. This is especially suitable when your broadband provider offers service in your new area.  It is best to give your provider enough notice to prevent delays in setting up your service. In case of delays, you can use your phone’s mobile hotspot to connect to the internet.

If your provider cannot move your service, you can request an alternative or get a better package if you don’t have an existing deal.

  1. Inform Your TV License Provider

Before moving out, contact your TV licensing company to change your address. They will request your new address and moving date to ensure you can watch TV in your new home from the day you move in.

  1. Notify Everyone Else

Before moving, you should inform your employers, your child’s school, local authorities, and companies that send you regular deliveries. You should also give your updated address details to your friends and family.

  1. Ensure Your New Home Is Insured

Whether buying or renting a home, ensure that you get the insurance that protects your property from loss or damages. Fortunately, you can get insurance up to 30 days in advance if you know the details of your new home. All you need do is to schedule your insurance to start from the day you move in.

  1. Get an Updated Driving License

Incorrect address on your driving license can attract a fine. You can easily apply for an updated driving license at no cost. All you need do is to fill out a form via the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website or a post office.

Change the address on your driving licence on GOV.UK

  1. Update Your Vehicle Registration Certificate

If you are a car owner, ensure you update your address on your vehicle registration certificate. Failure to do so can attract a fine of up to £1000 even if your move is temporary. Visit the GOV.UK website to update the address at no cost. You should get your new registration documents within four weeks.

  1. Get Quotes for Removal

Removals depend on the size of your items and your budget. If your budget is tight, you can rent a van and get friends to help you move. For easy packing, get enough boxes, label them, and list every item they contain on the side of each box. You can get free boxes from friends and family and also from websites like Freecycle or Gumtree. Furthermore, you can make a list of the destination rooms for each box. To prevent mix-up, stick nuts and bolts to the appropriate furniture with masking tape.

On the other hand, professional removal services have varying packages that help with removals and include packing and reassembling your furniture. The National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS) regulate and ensures quality standards of Removals Company. When moving, ensure you get a quote from about three members of the NGRS to compare prices.

It is best to declutter before moving. You can leave some items to charity or request a cleanup from your local council

  1. Insure Your Belongings

Insuring your belongings covers the costs of missing or damaged items. You should contact your home insurance provider to know which items are insured when moving. Professional removals companies have policies that cover accidental loss or damage of property.

If you are not using the services of a professional removals company, you can get additional insurance for your belongings.

  1. Pack Essentials

Essentials are necessary for your first night in your new home, and they have to be easily accessible. Your duvet, phone and laptop chargers, cleaning products, kettles, mugs, and coffee are all essentials. Flashlights, credit cards, medication, change of clothes, and tape measures should also be within reach. Essential documents like mortgage paperwork, passport, and valuables should be in a separate bag to avoid getting lost during the move.

  1. Empty Your Fridge or Freezer

Using your frozen foods before moving saves you a lot of money. In case you have leftovers, discard any expired items. In addition, pack long-lasting foods tightly and carefully to avoid spillage.

  1. Move Your Boxes

It is best to collect your boxes in one or two places the day before moving out because you can easily carry them to the removal van the next day.

  1. Prepare Your Home for New Owners

Preparing a list of things around the house for the new residents is a kind gesture. The list should include how to operate appliances, where to find the fuse box, information about the gas and electricity meters, telephone numbers for local services, and other important information. You can also label keys or leave them in their appropriate locks.

  1. Arrange For a Babysitter

On moving day, you will need to keep the kids busy while you unpack and arrange. You can keep your kids engaged by getting a babysitter or arranging for them to stay with a friend or family till you are through with arranging.

What Should You Do on Moving Day?

Proper planning before the moving day reduces stress. On a moving day,

  • Check your home for the last time before leaving. Go through all the drawers and cupboards to ensure you are not leaving anything behind
  • Make sure you securely lock all doors and windows
  • Keep your essentials bag close to you
  • Take photos of the empty rooms as proof of the condition you left it.
  • Ensure your boxes are packed strategically in the van

You Should Trust The Experts

Home moving checklist and guide can be quite helpful. But there is nothing compared to hiring expert movers to help you handle your moving process. It makes moving easier and gives you more time to focus on other important things like finalising the details of your new home.

If you would like more advice in relation to moving home please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 644 5311 or Admin@sellmyhomenow.co.uk we are always happy to help.

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