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.
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.
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.