Moving House Checklist

It is well known that moving house can be one of the most stressful situations that most of us will encounter at least once in our lives.

Therefore it helps to have a checklist of the important things you should remember to do.

Once you have made the decision to move, you will need to the following:

  1. If you are selling your existing property, you will need to choose an estate agent, and prepare the property for sell.  Using a ‘Chartered Surveyor’ to compile a report on the property will enable you to give the potential buyers a ‘clean bill of health’ for the property. It may also list some defects that you can address BEFORE they are noted by the buyer (and the purchase price decreased)
  2. If you are currently renting notify your landlord of your moving date.
  3. Arrange a mortgage for your new property, and ensure that it is approved.
  4. Switch or take out new home insurance.
  5. Obtain written quotes from several removal companies.  Reputable removal companies can get booked up very quickly so will need to be booked well in advance.  Get references and check the limits of their insurance.
  6. Arrange self-storage if the property you are moving into will not be ready by the time you are required to move out of your current property, or if you are moving into a smaller property and require somewhere safe to store existing furniture.
  7. If you have children of school age, and are moving out of your existing area, check out and contact local schools.  There is a good schools guide website which will provide you with all the information you and your children may need to make a decision on which school may be suitable.
  8. Contact banks, insurance companies, Mobile Phone Company etc. and advise them of your new address. Take out a Royal Mail Redirection service to ensure that all mail is redirected to your new address.  A timescale of three months is recommended as it can take a few weeks for some companies to make changes to their database.  Failure to notify companies of your new address could result in someone getting hold of your details and committing identification fraud.  This in turn could allow someone to impersonate you and obtain personal details, allowing money to be borrowed in your name.
  9. Recycle unwanted items.  Moving house is an ideal time to sort through items and get rid of things you no longer need.  There are lots of websites that detail companies that look out for unwanted items, including local Facebook sites.
  10. Organise broadband and television service for your new property.  You may get a better deal by looking around for a new provider!
  11. Update gas and electricity providers.  It may not always make sense to move provider at the same time as moving house as any discounts you may be entitled (such as paying be direct debit or dual supply) could become invalid of you cancel a contract early.
  12. Write to your local council to advise that you are moving and to stop paying council tax on your existing property.  If you are staying in the same council borough, advise them of your new address.
  13. If you are moving to a new council borough, contact them and advise them of your new address and date of moving.
  14. Contact TVL and update your TV licence with your new address.
  15. Tell your current water supplier of your date of moving and final meter reading so they can prepare your final bill.  You will need to advise them of your new address so that they can forward the bill to you.

 

Ok, day of moving has finally arrived.  Your removal company has packed up all your belongings and you have finally moved into your new property.  Congratulations!!!  However there are still some things you need to remember before you can sit back and relax in your new home!!!

  1. Inform DVLA of your new address to avoid a fine.  Your driving licence and vehicle registration certificate will need to be amended to show your new address.
  2. It is a good idea to change the locks of your new property as you cannot be sure who may have keys to your house.
  3. It’s important to ensure that the electrical wiring in your new home is in good working order, so it is a good idea to arrange a safety check with an approved electrician.
  4. It is also a good idea to arrange a service on your boiler and central heating system to ensure it is safe and in full working order.
  5. Register with a local doctor and dentist.  Look on NHS choices website for details on nearby practices.
  6. Update the electoral register to ensure that you are registered to vote.  Download an Electoral Registration form at About My Vote website.

 

Sit back and enjoy your new home.  You deserve it!!