You may be at the first stages of finding a property, so here is a brief introduction to many of the people and service providers who will need to know you are moving, help you complete tasks, change their records, and cancel services or organise new facilities.
When you find a likely property don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you feel necessary, not just about the property but about why the vendors are moving, what the neighbours are like, noise and parking.
Once agreement is reached you will need to engage a conveyancing firm, and Arrow Conveyancing will be an excellent choice. They will look after every aspect of the process and keep you informed of progress. This will include what will affect the timing of exchange of contracts, completion and subsequently your actual relocation.
We set out below the most important tasks and contacts you need, leading up to your moving day.
You may be surprised about how much there is to do to prepare for moving home. Start early and get organised with this handy check list to avoid last minute worry and panic.
Six to four weeks before moving
Contact your gas, electricity, water, phone and broadband providers.
Check your home insurance. Make sure your new property is covered from completion date. Are you also covered for damage while moving? Some home insurance policies cover 'goods in transit', but this may only be so if you use a professional remover. Otherwise your remover will offer full insurance cover.
Give the required notice to your landlord, if renting.
Contact other organisations and people. Give them your moving date and your new address. For example
The local Council
Bank and Credit Cards
Standing Orders and Direct Debits
Insurance and Life Policies
Pensions, Savings and Investments
TV and internet service providers
Schools, colleges, nursery
DVLA, vehicle registration and Driving Licence
HMRC / DSS offices
Complete application form for Royal Mail Re-direction Service. This is available for 3, 6 or 12 months.
Obtain removal quotes. De-clutter as much as you can. With less to handle and move, it will be cheaper and quicker.
Start packing. Use good quality packaging materials. Don’t use black bags or supermarket boxes. Use bubble wrap where appropriate. Label all boxes with both the contents and their destination room. Or leave it to the professionals to carry out prior to your move.
Four weeks before moving in
Make sure the removal van can park to unload. Make arrangements for young children to be looked after if possible. Make arrangements for your pets by booking them in a kennel or cattery, or asking if a friend or relative could take them for a day or two.
Start to run down the contents of your fridge and freezer
Book contractors to disconnect appliances (and reconnect at your new property).
Seven days before moving in
Empty and defrost fridge and freezer.
To make it easier for the purchasers, prepare details of the locations of stopcocks, inside and outside, instructions for appliances, water, gas and electricity meters, thermostat and fuse box. Label all your keys.
Find a moving box for including a kettle, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, cups, utensils, cleaning materials, matches, and medicines.
Email friends and family with your new address and the date you move in.
The day before
Keep wallets, purses, passports, cash, jewellery, phones, nappies and other baby supplies and other essential items, such as important records and paperwork, with you.
Pack a toothbrush and change of clothing.
Clean throughout and check everything is packed. Another option is to use professional cleaners a few days earlier.
Move in day
Hand in your old keys. Make sure you have all the keys to the new property including spares and those for windows and garden buildings.
Take final meter readings, perhaps with photographs. Take first meter readings at your new home.
Familiarise yourself with the locations of stopcocks, inside and outside, instructions for appliances, water, gas and electricity meters (and take readings), thermostat and fuse box.
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