Home Owners Checklist

By | April 16, 2018

There is a reason why the majority of people say that moving home is one of the most stressful times in your life. Not only is there are a variety of things to think about and plan for, but you need to ensure that you organise yourself, your family and your belongings too.

Whether it is getting ready to move, leaving your own home or perhaps making the move itself. Here is our helpful guide to you making the most of your relocation.

Getting ready to move

When it comes to moving home, the thing that you always need to remember is that it is going to take time to plan. Which means that one of the most important stages to consider is when you need to get ready to move.

The first place to start is with your moving date. This is often called the completion date and it is a date that comes around as soon as you have exchanged contracts. Fridays and bank holidays are amongst the worst times to try and move, particularly if you are planning on using a removal company. They are not only likely to be busier during these peak times, but they are also much more likely to charge more for their services too. Off peak times are the best to aim for.

Moving is the ideal excuse to have a clear out of all the clutter that you have in your home. There is absolutely no point moving stuff that you no longer need, and whilst you may promise yourself that you are going to have a good sort out when you are settled in your new home, the chances of this is quite slim.

There is a particular art to packing that you should always keep in mind. You should avoid filling the boxes too much, as the last thing that you are going to want is not to be able to lift them up.  You should also take the time to label them, this will help you to make things a whole lot easier to unpack and sort things out when it comes to your new home.

Worried that you are packing too early? Well the truth is that it is never too early to get packing. In fact, you should begin packing non-essential items as early as you can. Often as soon as you know when your moving day is going to be. This gives you plenty of time to plan in what you want to take with you and where things are likely to go in your new home.

Having a box of essentials is also key, after all, when you are in your new home you are going to need to ensure that you have cups, milk, kettle and teabags. Because nothing is more welcome for you and your helpers then a nice cup of tea.

Whilst the move is stressful for you, it is also stressful for your pets and for your kids too. This means that one of the most important things that you can do is ensure that they are properly looked after during the entire move. Arrange for friends or families to look after them, or even better, arrange for professional services if you can.

Leaving your old home

One of the parts of the process to remember is that you are going to need to leave your old home behind. This is possibly one of the most difficult things to do, particularly if you are fond of your current home.

However, there are a number of things that you can do to make it that little bit easier. Not only for you, but also for the people who are going to call your old home their new home.

Why not take the time to write out a fact file for the people that are going to be moving into your property? This fact-file should contain things such as instruction leaflets and service information for the appliances and systems that are included in your home. Not only this, but, you also need to consider writing down key details such as when the rubbish collection is and what recycling schemes apply in your area. These are the types of things that can really help the new person in your home.

You need to ensure that you collect all the keys that could have been given out for the property. This includes keys that you have given to relatives, neighbours or anyone else. These should all be handed in to the estate agent or the solicitor as a part of the process.

Another thing to remember to organise for your old home is that you need to redirect your post or cancel anything that comes to your property on a regular basis. You can let companies know that you are moving, as well as doing things as registering to vote in your new address. However, there is still a good chance that you will miss something. To rectify this, it is wise to ask the post office to redirect your post, this can be done for 3, 6 or 12 months and costs around the £29.99 mark.

Completing the move

The time has come, the planning has all been completed and now you need to move. This is the most physical and often tiring part of the entire process. It doesn’t matter if you are moving yourself or if you are moving with the professional services of a moving company.

The first thing that you have to remember to do is to give the removals company, or the person who is likely to be at your new property, the keys to get in. Otherwise, you could waste time and have annoyed people waiting around to get to work.

Packing up your car or van is an important part of the process. You need to make the most of the space that you have. Think of your packing as some kind of moving Tetris, slotting things together in a way that works. You also need to be mindful of the things that are fragile or that could get broken easily. These should be taken care of and treated with care during transit. Whether this is with you, your helpers, or professionals that you have booked in.

Once you are in your new home, one of the first things that you should do is ensure that all items that were a part of the sale, such as carpets, curtains and any white goods are there. If there is anything that isn’t there or that isn’t in the condition that you expected, then you need to get in touch with your surveyor.

You should also check that everything works; phone, security alarms, smoke alarms and central heating too. Whilst you are doing this you should also read the gas, water and electricity meters. Reporting the reading back to your suppliers.

The only thing that is left to think about is unpacking. This isn’t always the most fun thing to do, however, it is important. We really think that it is a good idea to try and pack a few boxes of the things that you know you are going to need that night, those should be the boxes that you unpack first. Then you can find the time to unpack the rest as and when you can.

Who do you need to inform?

Settled in your new home? Got the first few boxes unpacked and ready to go? If this is true for you, then it is time to think about is who you need to tell that you are at a new address. Not sure where to start? Here are some of the most important people to get in touch with:

  • Telephone and internet providers
  • TV licensing
  • Bank or building societies
  • Credit card or store card companies
  • Local council
  • Employers
  • Schools if you have children
  • HMRC or Inland Revenue
  • DVLA
  • Friends and family

 

Hopefully, you will have found this guide useful. Moving isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but with our help, it can be simpler. There are plenty of things that you are going to need to think about, plan for and organise. Make sure that you always take on board the offer of help from friends and family, when it comes to relocating to a new property, the more hands that are on deck the better. Just make sure that you have lots of teabags and biscuits in, as those helpers are going to need to be repaid!