If you’re moving house, the benefits of planning ahead cannot be underestimated. Before the van arrives and you start loading up all your prized possessions, here is a list of jobs to tick off for a seamless, stress-free house move.
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Changing your address
Before you move house, make sure you notify anybody who sends you mail about your change of address. You don’t want bank or credit card statements sent to a property that no longer belongs to you. In some cases, it’s possible to change your address online, but you may need to make some phone calls. For the first few weeks, it may be worth looking into a mail redirection service just in case you’ve forgotten to inform everyone that you’ve moved.
Sorting out your bills
As your moving day approaches, make sure you settle your bills and submit any final readings. You may want to stay with the same energy provider, but you will still need to pay anything that is owed before you move out and somebody else moves in. If you’re not desperate to remain with the same company, it’s usually worth comparing prices online, as you may find that get a better deal as a new customer.
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Insuring your new home
If you’ve bought a house, make sure you have home and contents insurance before you move. You can fill in all the details, check prices, choose a policy and then pick a date you want to start your cover in a matter of minutes. If you’re renting, don’t assume that your landlord’s insurance will cover everything. Read the details of the contract carefully. In many cases, landlords will have insurance that protects the building, but not its contents. In this case look into rental insurance for apartments, and take out a policy that will cover your possessions if the home is broken into or damaged. It’s also a good idea to update vehicle insurance. You may find that relocating either increases or lowers your monthly payment.
When you’ve been packing for weeks and hulking boxes and bags around all day, all you want to do is relax on your first night in your new home. There’s nothing worse than walking into a home that smells musty and being greeted by clouds of dust. Take an hour or so in the days leading up to the move to take a vacuum cleaner around the house and give the surfaces a wipe. If you don’t have time, contact some local cleaning companies and get some quotes.
Setting up the TV and broadband
Most of us are reliant on broadband these days, and it’s a good idea to make sure you’re all set up before you move. Sometimes, it can take time to get connected, and if you need the Internet for work or you can’t live with digital TV channels, you’ll need to arrange installation beforehand.
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If you’re moving house, you want the process to run as smoothly as possible. It’s stressful enough trying pack and move without encountering problems when you get into your new home. Before the big day, work through this checklist. Tidy up any loose ends and make sure your new home is ready for your arrival.