Moving house is an incredibly exciting yet challenging experience. It is important that you ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible so that you can focus on settling into your new home. We have put together five things that you need to know about moving house to ensure that your move goes without a hitch! Van and man hire from Kevin’s Vans can help you move home with ease.
Changing Your Address and Phone Numbers
This is an incredibly important (and daunting) part of moving house, particularly if you have been living in your home for a number of years. Thankfully, the Post Office have made this process easier for you, and they are now able to provide a change-of-address service. This ensures that any post sent to you will be redirected to your new home. You should keep this service for at least one year to ensure that none of your post goes missing.
When it comes to changing your phone number, there is also an automatic service which can make this easier for you. Your telephone provider should be able to provide callers of your new number for a few weeks to ensure that everyone can get in touch and find your new number.
When your address and phone number are changing, it is also incredibly important that you inform the relevant people and organisations of this change. Even if you do use the redirect service from the Post Office, you should still ensure that you inform the likes of the bank and utilities companies directly.
Bills, Bills, Bills
Approximately two weeks to ten days before your move, you should ensure that your water, gas and electricity providers have been informed that you are moving house. Furthermore, you should ensure that you receive a receipt or confirmation that they have received this information. This ensures that you are not paying for any utilities that you have not used.
You should also consider taking a picture of meter readings before you leave your home, as well as pictures of the meter when you move into your new home. This will ensure that you are not paying for any utilities that you have not used.
Your mobile phone provider, magazine subscriptions etc. will also need to be informed of your move.
Who Else Do I Need to Tell?
When you move home, there are a number of people you need to inform of your move. Here are just some of the organisations you need to inform when you move:
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Inland Revenue
- VAT Office
- Banks and savings providers
- Credit card and store loyalty card providers
- Insurance providers
- Water, gas, electricity, phone, mobile and broadband providers
- All your healthcare providers (doctors, dentists etc.)
- Schools, colleges, employers
These are just a few of the people you must inform of your move, make sure you don’t forget family and friends too!
Start Packing in Advance
By starting to pack a few weeks before you move, you will be more prepared for your move, and less stressed when it comes to moving day. You should also consider contacting the likes of a man with a van to help with your move, particularly for heavier or larger objects which may be harder to move. Check out our last post for our expert tips on how to handle difficult items.
Prepare Your Home for the New Owners
It will be a great help for the new owners of your home if you prepare a briefing sheet for their new home. This may include guidance on operating the alarms, fuse boxes, boilers etc. You should also consider labelling keys to ensure that they know exactly which key is for each door, window or garage.
Van and Man Hire with Kevin’s Vans
When it comes to moving house, it is the little things that make a real difference. With the help of a man with a van, you can make your move easy and stress-free. Let Kevin’s Vans take care of loading, unloading and driving your belongings from your old house to your new home. A man and a van can help with the heavy lifting and moving your belongings to allow you to focus on settling in to your new home. Would you like to find out more about what our van and man hire can do for you? Get in touch, we would love to hear from you.