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10 Steps to a Hassle-free House Move
by Matt Justin on Mar 29, 2021
Moving to a brand new house can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. If you’re preparing to move up the property ladder, you may be looking forward to all the possibilities a new home offers. However, before you can relax and enjoy your home to the fullest, you’ll need to concentrate on planning and preparing for your big move - and transferring all your worldly belongings from the old house to the new.
If all this seems like a tall order, fear not! Follow our 10 simple tips for a worry-free move and we’re sure you’ll agree that moving home isn’t as tough as it’s sometimes made out to be. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin …
Arrange Your Utilities
When moving to a new home, you’ll need to arrange for your utilities, such as gas, water, and electricity to be set up, in addition to registering your move with the relevant local authority for council tax. And, if like many people, you also regard internet access as an essential utility, you should also arrange for your property to be connected by your internet provider as soon as possible.
Contact a Removals Company
If you want to save yourself a full day of heavy lifting and multiple trips between your old house and the new, it’s worth contacting a trusted removals company. If you hire a leading removals company, you’ll benefit from a team of experienced movers who can take care of everything from the inventory of your belongings, to safely loading them into a fully-equipped removals vehicle and lifting everything into place at your new home.
Pack Everything Up - Or Arrange a Packing Service
Before the day of your move, invest in some good quality packing materials, such as cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and wardrobe boxes - and then, get to work, packing up all your belongings. However, if you’d like to save a little hassle, it’s also worth considering that many removals companies offer packing services and can take care of this task for you for a small charge.
Register to Vote
If you wish to remain on the electoral register after your house move, you’ll need to re-register to vote from your new address. Fortunately, this can be done quickly and easily via a Government website.
Submit Your New Address to the Organisations You Deal With
It’s also worth changing your registered address with any business or organizations you deal with, such as banks, car insurers, local authorities, and doctors’ surgeries. If you’re moving to a completely new area, you may have to register with local branches to access certain services.
Redirect Your Mail
Contact the Royal Mail and request that any mail sent to your old address is diverted to your new one. There is a small charge for activating this service, which will help ensure that your important bills, documents, and any other deliveries reach the correct address.
Notify the DVLA
On a related note, if you own and drive any vehicles that are registered to your old address, you’ll need to notify the DVLA about your move. This is important, as failure to notify the DVLA about a change of address could land you a £1,000 fine.
Check Out The Local Amenities
It’s worth taking a day or two to explore the bars, restaurants, shops, and other amenities in your new local area. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to other residents and ask for their recommendations on the best places to visit.
Call a Locksmith
Other parties aside from the current occupier of your new home may be able to access the property if they have keys. Having the locks changed before moving will help keep your home secure and prevent unexpected callers from entering.
Wash Your Clothes
Washing and ironing all your clothes just before you move will leave you with one less thing to worry about once you step foot in your new home. You’ll also avoid the hassle of dealing with bags of grimy clothes after a tiring moving day!
Ready to Begin a Brand New Chapter?
We hope you found our article useful and are now closer to figuring out a low-stress plan for your upcoming house move. No matter what you decide on, we wish you the very best of luck for your move - and the future.
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