Moving house is up there on the list of most stressful life events. One survey reported that most people find moving house more stressful than a divorce. If you’re a creature of habit (and most of us are) you will likely struggle with the upheaval. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a bit of planning, you can make sure your house move happens without a hitch. Just make sure you don’t forget these 7 things…
- Order enough boxes
Underestimating the number of boxes you will need for your move is a common mistake. You won’t realise just how much stuff you have until you start cramming it all into boxes. When ordering your boxes, take your rough estimate and then double it.
- Meter readings
If you don’t take final meter readings for your current property, or opening meter readings for your new property, you could end up paying a lot more. If you don’t declare accurate meter readings, the energy companies will either guess the readings or use the last known reading.
- Keep essentials to one side
When you start packing, think about the things that you use every single day. And then put these aside for your “essentials box”. There’s nothing worse than realising on moving day that you’ve packed your tea bags, mugs and kettle in 3 separate boxes that are now at the bottom of a huge pile. Make yourself a moving day essentials box to keep your sanity intact.
- Locate your hidden valuables
We all have those secret nooks and crannies around our homes where we hide valuables. If you hide a stash of cash under a loose floorboard, or if you have a spare key hidden under a plant pot, make sure you dig these out before you more.
- Redirect your mail
Did you know that your bank cards could be frozen if you don’t update your address? If a letter from your bank is returned to sender, some banks will freeze your card until they can confirm your new address. To prevent this, redirect your mail to your new address so that you don’t miss any important documents. This is one of the easiest ways to identify who you need to inform of your move. Make sure you update your address with all companies and institutions that need to know. This includes:
- Council tax
- TV license
- Home insurance
- Pet insurance
- Pet microchips
- Supermarket loyalty cards
- Phone company
- Your employer
- HMRC (if self employed)
- Check your boiler
If you move into a rental property, the appliances like the boiler should have been checked in the last 12 months. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should also be tested. While your letting agent may tell you this has already been done, there’s no harm in checking them again for your own peace of mind.
If you have purchased your property, you should think about taking out home and boiler cover (www.yourrepair.co.uk). This will include an annual service of your boiler and can be upgraded to include other areas of your home. As a new home owner, this will offer peace of mind that you won’t be left paying for expensive repairs.
- Check appliances
If you have moved items like a fridge, freezer or washing machine, you should always check they are working correctly. The items may have been damaged in transit or connected incorrectly. Run an empty cycle when you are at home so you can catch any plumbing issues before they become catastrophic.
In a rental home, run appliances like your washing machine and dishwasher on an empty cycle to give them a good clean. You can even purchase specialist cleaning products designed to deep clean appliances so you don’t have any nasty build up from previous tenants.