Looking to Move House? 15 Things You Should Do in Advance
Moving to a new house is a time-consuming and stressful process for many people. But if you’re looking to move house with a moving company, you’re in the process, or you’ve already found your new home, there are a number of things you should do. The below six points will help make the moving process much easier and will also ensure there’s nothing you forget to do during all the busyness.
1. Redirect Your Mail to Your New Address
When moving into a new property, one of the most important things you need to do right away is redirect your mail. This can be done at any time, but we would recommend a month or two prior to the move so that all your mail is redirected to your new address by the time you move in. The last thing you want to miss any important documents, have your personal details fall into the wrong hands, or become a victim of fraud!
Redirecting your mail is an extremely important step in the moving process and ensures that none of your mail gets lost between houses. Redirecting your mail is easy. You can redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address for 3, 6 or 12 months from just £33.99 for each different last name. The Royal Mail has more information on mail redirection so you have all the information you need.
2. Declutter Your Home Before Moving
Moving home is a big job. Packing, transporting, and then unpacking everything at your new place is a time-consuming process and there is nothing worse than transporting a whole bunch of belongings you didn’t want to keep in the first place. So, the best thing you can do in preparation for moving is to declutter your home beforehand.
For many people, the thought of decluttering can be overwhelming. However, if you start far in advance and declutter one room at a time, you can successfully declutter your home well in advance of moving into your new place.
3. Confirm Your Booking with a Removals Company
Your moving day is the final step in the long process of preparing to move home and it’s a day you want to go as smoothly as possible. All you’re waiting for is the removal company to turn up and transport all your belongings to your new home.
But what happens if they don’t turn up?
Understandably, one of the main concerns for homeowners is that the removal company won’t turn up on the day. That’s why it is always essential to book with a trusted, reputable moving company, in addition to confirming your booking and the time they will arrive.
4. Find Storage Facilities for Your Belongings
Whether you’re downsizing, moving into temporary accommodation, or simply not sure you want to keep all of your furniture items, finding a storage facility is essential. Storage facilities provide you with a safe, secure, and dry space in which to store your belongings while you move properties and work out what you’re doing.
We provide fantastic storage facilities for all our customers at competitive prices. What’s more, our team can pick up your furniture items for storage and transport them to the facility so that you don’t have to worry about the logistics of moving items from one property to another. You can choose the size of the storage space you need and the amount of time you need it for. And our team can work hard to make it happen.
5. Books Domestic End of Tenancy Cleaners
There’s not much in life that’s as exhausting as moving home. That’s why, after all the packing and moving and unpacking has happened, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning your old place. Sure you could do it yourself, but it would take hours to get everything cleaned up to standard and you’d have to wipe down every kitchen cabinet, every inch of skirting board and clean the windows – and that’s just the beginning!
To save yourself time, money, and energy, book a domestic end of tenancy cleaner well in advance of your move. It is far easier to book someone else to clean your property so that you don’t have to worry about it. What’s more, a professional end of tenancy cleaning company will ensure your property is thoroughly cleaned top to bottom so that it’s sparkling and ready for new tenants.
6. Cancel Local Services You Receive
Lastly, it is important to cancel any local services or subscriptions you receive. So many people forget to do this, and it can end up costing money you didn’t want to spend! So, be sure to cancel any newspaper or magazine subscriptions and settle any outstanding bills. Also, ensure you cancel the window cleaners, your house cleaner (if you have one), and any oil deliveries if you live in a rural area.
If you forget to cancel any of the local services you receive, you may notice money coming out of your account for their services after you’ve moved. Keeping on top of these things in advance can help reduce the likelihood of missing anything important.
7. Alert Your Banks About Your Move
When moving into a new property, you need to ensure you tell any banks, insurance companies, or building societies you’re a part of so they can update their records. Keeping them up to date with your new address allows them to get in touch with you easily, should there be an emergency and it also stops your financial documents from falling into strangers’ hands.
Contact each bank in advance of your move, letting them know your new address and your moving date so that they can keep their records up to date.
8. Update Your Car Details
Keeping car details up to date is something many people forget about when moving into a new house. However, you need to ensure the address on your driving licence, your car ownership certificate, and car insurance certificates are all up to date. Set aside an hour or so to update everything. You can easily apply for an updated driving licence on the gov.uk website or by post.
Although updating all of these details won’t cost you anything, if you fail to update the DVLA, you could be fined up to £1,000! So, it’s best to stay organised and get it all sorted.
9. Change Your Details on the Electoral Roll
Maintain a good credit score rating by updating your details on the electoral roll. When you move into a new property, updating your status on the electoral roll means you can still vote in all local elections after you move. What’s more, being registered on the electoral roll at your new address is also a good way to improve your credit score rating.
10. Apply for a Parking Permit
For some properties, a parking permit is required as residents are restrictions to certain parking areas. If you are moving to an area that requires a parking permit, it is helpful to apply well in advance of your move as they can take time to arrive. To apply for a parking permit, you will need to contact your local authority or council. Alternatively, if it is a private residential parking scheme, you can apply directly through them.
11. Deal with Old Post Right Away
Once you’re all moved in to your new home, it’s time to relax. But wait, there’s a pile of post on the doormat that doesn’t belong to you…and you legally can’t open it and you really shouldn’t chuck it, so what should you do?
The best way to deal with the old residents’ post is to write ‘return to sender’ or ‘not known at this address’ on the envelope and pop it back in the post. This will ensure the mail is returned to the sender and will encourage them to find the new correct address from the recipient.
12. Find Out Where Everything is in Your New Home
Many people don’t bother with this step and it can cause them significant stress later on – especially if there’s a gushing radiator or a tap that won’t stop running when they move in! Don’t leave it until the last minute to find out where everything is in your new home. Ask the estate agent you’re renting from or the sellers you’re buying from where you can find the following in your new property:
– Fuse box
– Stopcock (the valve for turning the main water supply on and off).
– Instructions for appliances
– Gas and electricity meters
Knowing where these things are in your new home can help the process of moving and settling into your new home significantly easier.
13. Book Time Off Work in Advance
Moving into a new property is a very time-consuming job and you will nee plenty of time off either side of your moving day to get everything done. One thing we advise a lot of our customers to do when they’re moving into a new property is to book time off work in advance. Once you know the date of your move, book a day or two off work either side of the moving date so that you have the chance to unpack and get settled in your new home.
Having a bit of extra time to unpack and settle in can help take the stress out of moving, helping to make the whole process a little less daunting.
14. Put Together Important Documents
Gathering your important documents together so that they’re all in once place is extremely important as it saves you the nightmare of losing any valuable pieces of paper or misplacing your passport. Keep all your important documents in a safe place so that on the day of the move you can easily transport all of these personal items in a folder.
15. Find a School for Your Children
If you are moving into a new house with children, it is important to find a school for your children to attend and the more you do this in advance, the easier the process will be. Finding a school in the new area you’re moving into is something you need to consider well ahead of your move. We would recommend you start looking into this process about two months before your move.
Take the time to speak to your child’s current school about transferring all their school files over to the new school and chase up any applications you have put in if you haven’t heard anything. The local authority in the new area you’re moving to will assist you with the admissions, helping to make the admissions process easier.
Follow a Full Moving Checklist
If you’re moving house and you don’t want to forget anything, check out the Simply Removals Full Moving Checklist. We have put together a list of absolutely everything you need to remember when moving home, right down to the very last detail. Our hope is that it makes the process of moving a little bit easier, a little less stressful, and a lot more organised!