Make moving home easier
They say moving day is one of the most stressful days of your life – but it doesn't have to be. We've put together this checklist of tasks to complete in the run up to the big day, leaving you to concentrate on other things.
Leave a fact file behindInclude details of rubbish collection, recycling schemes and useful info such as where the stopcock (for turning off the water supply in an emergency) is located. Be nice to those moving into your old place, and ask the previous owner/agent/landlord of your new place to do the same.
Redirect your mailUse the Royal Mail's Postal Redirection service You can get post redirected for three, six or 12 months, and longer. It starts from £33.99 (for three months) per surname. Even if you do redirect, make sure you call your utility suppliers, home and car insurance provider(s), bank and your mobile phone network to update your address.
Have a clear outWhat comes with your new home? Maybe the previous owner or tenants have left behind a few nice soft furnishings – or maybe just a load of junk. You might choose to adopt William Morris's interior design mantra that "everything must either be useful or beautiful". Get rid of items you don’t need by selling them on, donating them to charity shops or having them recycled. Moving house is a great time to have that clear out.
Snap up some essentialsIf your new place is an empty shell, you can kit it out surprisingly cheaply. Second hand goodies are posted on local websites like Gumtree every day and the big names in the land of free furniture are Freecycle and Freegle. What's the catch? There isn't one. Instead of banishing unwanted items to landfill or eBaying them, people harness the power of community sharing via internet to give old treasures new homes close by. You’re bound to come across some moth-bitten tat, but there's also some top notch stuff too – so keep an eye out.
Manage your utilitiesOn the day you’re leaving, remember to take gas and electricity readings and submit them to your supplier so they can produce final bills rather than estimated bills. We know it’s probably the last thing you want to be doing, so using our online Home Move tool is a quick option. It also makes it easier for you to take us with you to your new property, so you can avoid the hassle of getting set up with a new supplier. One last thing. Take the readings for your new property on the day of the move and keep them in a safe place. This means you won’t have to pay for energy used by the previous resident. Happy moving!
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