Moving home: the ultimate checklist
There’s no denying that moving home is an exciting time. However, unless you get organised in advance, changing addresses could leave you feeling more stressed than necessary. So that the process goes without a hitch, here’s the ultimate moving home checklist.
Check your home insurance policy
During the home buying process, it’s likely you’ve purchased a home insurance policy. Buildings cover is usually mandatory and most lenders require you to have this in place as part of the terms and conditions of your mortgage agreement. Before you move, you should make sure that your policy is active from the day you take ownership. Having cover in place will give you peace of mind that you’re protected should the worst happen. You can compare home insurance cover online, and you shouldn’t struggle to find a policy that fits your requirements and budget.
Notify the relevant people of your address change
From your bank to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, you will need to make sure you notify the relevant people of your new address. You should also advise your doctor, dentist and optician of your change of residence, and if you’re moving out of the area, you may need to de-register and sign up locally when you get to your new place. In advance of your move, you should also visit the post office and arrange to have your post forwarded until you’ve managed to update your address with the necessary people. Don’t forget to give your new address to your friends and family too.
Pack up your belongings
In the weeks leading up to your big move, you will need to make sure your home is packed up and ready to go in time for your moving date. While this may seem like a tricky task, you could start by getting rid of possessions that you no longer want or need. You should take time to decide which of your belongings could go to charity shops, be sold online or given to your friends. When you’re packing, you could group similar items together so that it’s easy for you to unpack once you arrive at your new address.
Organise your removal arrangements
Whether you choose to hire a professional removal company or you enlist the help of your friends and family, you will need to make sure you have a plan in place for the day you move. If you decide to hire someone to assist you, you will need to confirm their arrival time and make sure they have directions to your new address. Should you choose to do it yourself, you may want to think about renting a suitably sized van so that you’re able to complete the move smoothly and swiftly. As part of these arrangements, you may also want to organise for a close friend or family member to look after your children and pets during the move.
By planning ahead of time and being organised, you should be able to minimize the hassle of moving home.