Make moving home less stressful by being organised. There are some things that you cannot control, like when your bank asks you the same questions in different forms, or when the buyer pulls out, but there are many ways that you can reduce the stress of moving out, whether it’s the first time, or you’re hoping it’s the last. Check out our Moving Out Checklist, and make sure you know how to prepare for moving out.
Who You Need to Tell
There are a number of different people to make sure know your new address. Some of the most important companies to inform are banks, credit/store cards, pension provider, insurance companies, and loan providers. Utility companies, including water, gas, and electricity, telephone, broadband and TV, may be able to move your account over to your new address. Make sure to tell the council – the quicker you do this, the quicker you’ll get the refund too. Tell your employer, the kids’ schools, the doctor and the dentist. If you’re buying a house for the first time, you’ll need to tell your landlord too.
Organising the Removals
Get quotes from a range of removals companies, at least three, and if you can get some personal recommendations, that’s even better. Look for companies that are members of either the British Association of Removers (BAR) or the National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS). Ask them to itemise the quote – does it include insurance of possessions in transit/boxes that you’ve packed yourself? Does it include VAT? Get cancellation protection in case the date is changed at the last minute. Colour code your boxes. Red for the living room, blue for the kitchen, etc. That way you, and your removal company, know which boxes should go in which room.
Decluttering and Cleaning
The best time to start decluttering is when you’ve decided that you want to move. Declutter one room at a time, including the garage and the loft. Decluttering will save you time and money in several ways. The things that you don’t want any more can either be sold, given to charity, or thrown away. You can make a bit of money on the things that you sell, and you can save on the time and space packing the things you don’t want by getting rid of them. If you have enough time, and if you can afford it, get a professional in to clean the carpets in your new place before all your furniture goes in.
Before you move, make sure that you take all the keys from any friends, family or neighbours that might have them, and be prepared to change the locks in your new home too. Statistics show that you’re almost twice as likely to be burgled in the 12 months after moving house. On the day, get a friend or family member to take the kids and the pets so they’re out of the way, and won’t get stressed or upset. Make sure the removals company have the colour coded layout to your new home.
Unpacking and Settling In
Give yourself a deadline of when boxes should be unpacked by, or alternatively, get professionals to do it for you. So if you’re worried about your move, then making sure that you know how to prepare for moving house will make the whole thing so much smoother.