Are you looking to move house in the coming months? Here are some top tips to help you prepare for the move.
These are our moving house tips you should consider if you have decided to move home in the coming months. Would you like to include it in your 2019 New Year’s resolution or a whole Year-Long Plan? After all, home is where your heart is!
1. What is the true meaning of moving home?
A chance to start over, reduce the commute to work, moving near friends or family, independence… Homes could be part of somebody’s self-image, which is why we decorate our houses and try to put the best of ourselves and our personalities to each room. For better or worse, the place where we grew up usually retains a special identity and we keep a nostalgic attachment. But what is the meaning of moving to a new area? This mobility has become part of the natural course of life for a lot of British people, who reach for a more desirable place to live and sometimes better job prospects.
2. How do you decide where to live?
Some British people say moving home is more difficult than looking for a new job. Certainly moving home is one of the most stressful and financial draining things you can do in your adult life. Some of us prefer to search on the internet and others prefer the face-to-face contact with estates agents when looking for a new home. To be able to move, you need to plan to help understand the running costs of your new home, including rent or mortgage, home insurance, council tax, gas and electricity, water and sewage bills, and other service charges (professional cleaning services, removal company, etc.).
3. What to do before you move house?
It might be worth visiting the new location and surrounding towns and villages, and make sure you take a tour of the new area to familiarise yourself with local parks, takeaways, or opportunities for social activities beforehand. Whether you are renting or buying a new property, you will need to save up enough money for a deposit. If you’re buying a new property you might include upfront, costs such as mortgage and solicitor fees, and other substantial costs.
If you’re renting a new property, there are also letting agent fees to pay, including the cost of reference checks and the cost of moving itself. Some landlords might charge you for a professional cleaning service and other optional extras.
How to make moving home easier for you? We are not going to complicate things, because packing boxes is only one of the stressful tasks. These are our tips you should consider arranging before the moving day:
Moving Home Checklist
Home insurance: What insurance do you need for your new home? If you have bought a new house you may need buildings insurance from the date you exchange contracts, as it’s compulsory for most mortgage providers. However, buildings insurance just covers the structure of your property and you might prefer to get combined buildings and contents insurance. If you have rented a new property, your landlord is responsible for getting buildings cover, and you should look at contents insurance or tenants insurance, to cover the risk of any accidental damage.
TV licence: confirm with TV licensing about your change of address and the date you’re moving.
TV, broadband, and landline: contact your providers to find out whether they allow you to take your existing package with you when you move.
Water, gas, and electricity bills: you should remember to take water, gas, and electricity meter readings at your property and notify your suppliers of your moving date to ensure you are not going to pay someone else’s bills – taking a photo of the meter would ensure you have proof of the meeting reading with the date and time. You might think of arranging a change of address and staying with the same gas and electricity providers.
Redirect your mail with the Royal Mail: getting your post redirected may protect personal information from falling into the wrong hands, in advance and for as long as you wish (three months, six months, one year). Royal Mail charges if you want to set up your mail redirect and you can redirect your post on their website.
Other checklists you may find helpful:
and car ownership
Online shopping accounts
4. How do you organise the day you moving house?
How can you make moving less stressful? Organisation is the key to reduce moving stress, so if moving to a new area is in your plans next year, start planning ahead what to do, start packing early (consider the items you are going to leave behind or going to a charity) and label boxes clearly so you can find everything quickly when you arrive. These ideas will make the move a lot easier.
Many people find moving more stressful this could be because they haven’t planned everything they need to do. Apart from checking the entire previous checklist, you might want to think about these handy tips:
Handy Moving Tips
Book time off work to make the move
Book your removal company earlier to make sure they will be available the day of the week you choose – removal companies might take the pressure off by doing all the hard work, such as moving heavy items and avoiding damages to walls and floors.
Move on a Friday to get the whole weekend to get settled in. Jackpot if you make the house move during a bank holiday!
Have a deep clean in both properties
Reduce the food shopping during the last week and try to use everything you have in cupboards and the fridge
Ask for help from friends and family
If you have pets arrange for them to be looked after during the move
5. What to do after moving house?
Congratulations! Once you’re settled in your new house you need to confirm all banks, insurance, council tax, utilities, employers, or doctors are confirmed under your new address. This is the best moment to declutter, unpack boxes at your new home, and introduce yourself to neighbours if you can. It’s a nice way to start your new life and they’ll be able to give you some advice about the neighbourhood and the town.
Whether you’ve just found your dream home or you are renting in a new town you might be interested in protecting your belongings and property for your peace of mind.
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*The opinions and views expressed in the above articles are those of the author only and are for guidance purposes only. The authors disclaim any liability for reliance upon those opinions and would encourage readers to rely upon more than one source before making a decision based on the information.
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