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Moving house – a countdown to move day

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Moving house is really exciting, but it can also be quite a stressful experience if you’re not prepared.

We’ve put together a list of things you need to do before the big day arrives! Tick these off and you should be all set for a smooth move:

  • Cancel or move existing bills/contracts
  • Redirect your mail
  • Arrange removals and pack
  • Let people know!
  • Get your new home ready

Cancel or move existing bills/contracts

You’ll have a handful of bills attached to the house you’re leaving and you’ll need to get these settled or moved to your new property to make sure you don’t pay for a service you aren’t using. You may need to cancel/move:

  • Utility bills (gas, electricity and water)
  • Landline, TV and internet bills
  • Council Tax
  • Any insurances on the house
  • TV Licence

You’ll need to bear in mind that some companies may charge admin fees if you change your details and your Council Tax could increase or decrease if you move into a different tax band area.

Redirect your mail

If you haven’t arranged for all of your bills, statements, subscriptions and letters to be sent to your new address, you may want to take advantage of Royal Mail’s post forwarding service.

This service will redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address for 3, 6 or 12 months from just £33.99 for each different surname. This may be ideal if you regularly receive mail, so your post reaches you sooner.

Arrange removals and pack

If you are not moving your possessions yourself, you may want to book a removal firm and get them ready to help you move. Do this in advance and take the worry away when moving day comes around. You may also want to book the day off for moving house, so check with your employer if you can!

To get ready for moving day, pack away the things you don’t need first and label the boxes so they are easier to unpack. You may be wise to disassemble large furniture in advance and have it ready downstairs so it can be moved easier. Be sure to take care of delicate items – plenty of bubble wrap may be needed!

Let people know!

Certain people will want to know you have moved house as they will need to update their records. These can include your:

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Vet
  • Bank
  • Employer
  • School

If you have a good relationship with the neighbours you are leaving behind, it may be a good idea to let them know where you are moving to, so they can keep an eye on whether anything is delivered to your old address once you’ve left.

Get your new home ready

There’s nothing worse than getting to your new home and finding it’s dirty but you can be prepared for this. Before you unpack, clean your cupboards out and wipe down surfaces, so your nicely-packed cutlery, crockery and cookware is ready to store away.

Lastly, for a happy moving day take the kettle to your new home on the first trip. There may be plenty of tea and coffee drunk throughout your moving day!

Thinking of moving? Get ready now! Speak to Clever Mortgages now to discuss your mortgage and protection needs – Enquire.

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