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Moving Tips

Moving Tips

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Moving tips to help make the transition to your new home seamless and stress-free.

  • Hire a removal company at least two weeks before you move
  • Try to avoid moving on Fridays, Bank Holidays or, at the end of the month.
  • Be honest about how much needs moving. If they need to bring in another van on the day, it will cost you much more.
  • DIY removals will be much cheaper but you’ll need to factor in your time, van hire, petrol, stress and unforeseen hassles.
  • De-clutter before you move! There is no point in moving your belongings then discovering you need to take them to a charity shop at the other end. hop around for prices from removal companies with the British Association of Removers and only hire a company that carries out an on-site survey.
  • Get at least three quotes and check that all your belongings are insured while in their possession.
  • Start to research the options and de-clutter as soon as you begin looking for your new house so, you can move quickly once you have accepted an offer.
  • Insurance Premiums for your buildings, contents and car insurances may go up if you move to a different area. Your provider will inform you when you switch. Contact your providers four weeks before the move to allow yourself time to read any amendments.

Council Tax

If you are moving to a more valuable house or to a different area, your payments may increase. Find out what your new council tax payments are by clicking on the following link: Search your Council Tax Band . Make contact with the local authority well in advance of the move – four weeks is ideal.

Mail Redirection

Try as you might, there’s bound to be someone you forget to inform about your change of address. Setting up a mail redirection costs from £8 per surname, per month – information can be found at The Post Office.

Phone & Broadband

Notifying both your landline and mobile phone providers is free. Often you will be able to keep the same landline number; if not British Telecom offers a Caller Redirect service for which you will have to pay. If you are a Virgin Media customer you can check which services will be available at your new address, or for Sky customers, visit their moving home page. Contact your phone companies at least two weeks before the move date to ensure the service is stopped at your old address.


  • You should be able to take over the existing supply at your new address simply by notifying the supplier, giving three or four weeks’ notice – failure to inform them in time means they may charge you for providing gas or electricity in your old home after you have left.
  • Remember to provide the companies with your meter readings on the day you leave and when you arrive at your new home.
  • For peace of mind, it’s also a good idea to get an expert to install the cooker, check the electrics and heating system for safety.

Don’t forget to notify:

  • Doctor, Dentist, Optician.
  • Financial Companies: Bank, Credit Card, Investments, Savings Accounts, Loans, Life Assurances, Pensions, Shares.
  • TV Llicence.
  • Deliveries: Supermarket, Milk, Newsagent.
  • Schools and Colleges.
  • Electoral Register.
  • Memberships and Subscriptions: Gym, Health Club, Mail Order and Internet Companies, Loyalty Cards.
  • Other Insurance Policies: Life, Health, Pet.
  • Employer and Inland Revenue.
  • DVLA: Driving Licence
  • Passport Agency.
  • Social Security, Child Benefit.

Bob London

"I first met Sam having having had her contact details passes to me by a family member (who herself met Sam after responding to a leaflet posted through her front door) after I'd had a series of poor experience with large high street lettings agents, one instance of which resulted in legal action regarding lack of contractual performance that left my property damaged to the tune of thousands of pounds.Sam has a lot of experience, both in sales and lettings having previously been employed by the larger agencies before deciding to strike out on her own. I have a number of properties, and have over the years used a number of different lettings agents, none of which I have provided anything like the level of care and service I'm looking for as an owner.With Sam, I genuinely feel she is motivated to the best job possible. Whether that is because she is small, and therefore relies to a great extent on her own reputation, or whether it is just a reflection of her innate professionalism, I have always that Sam is willing to go far beyond that which is necessary to discharge her responsibilities to either me as an owner or my tenants.She is always willing to pick up the phone (even on Sundays!) to discuss anything, and nothing I've ever asked for has been too much. My wife and I have also been fortunate enough to have had the privilege of being invited along to one of Sam's quarterly inspections (yes, she actually does these!) and seen relationship she has with the tenants, so I know she takes the same personal approach with everyone.I have a few properties 50-60 miles away from Forest's offices in Loughton, but will be looking to Sam to manage the for me despite the distance.I cannot recommend her highly enough."

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