You’ve found your dream home, successfully applied for it and been referenced. So, what do you need to do next? Here are our top moving tips, to help you prepare and move with as little stress as possible.
Handing in your notice
First things first, you need to hand in your notice with your current landlord or letting agent. Generally, you need to give a month’s notice – but your Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement should have all the details. If in doubt, contact your landlord or agent and ask.
Consider what, apart from your physical belongings, will be moving with you – such as your utility providers and TV/internet packages.
Make a list of all bills and providers, then decide if you’ll be switching to new providers (this can be a great way to save money) before the move or simply want to transfer the accounts to your new address.
Some providers will need a few weeks’ prior notice, so it’s best to call them around a month before your move to ask about their moving policies.
Now’s the time to be ruthless – don’t move rubbish from one property to the other, get rid of it! When decluttering, ask yourself if the item is of true sentimental value, something you actually use or does it give you joy just to look at it? If you answered no to all of these, bin it, or it’ll just collect dust in your new place.
Make sure you have a system for packing, such as labelling your boxes with numbers and the names of rooms, which correspond to an inventory you put together when packing. This really helps when you’re in the new place but can’t remember where you packed certain items. It also helps know which box belongs to which room on moving day.
Don’t buy expensive packing boxes; your local supermarket will have plenty going spare, you just need to ask. And use old wrapping paper or newspapers/magazines in place of bubble wrap where you can – you could even wrap some fragile items in your clothes or towels.
Have a dedicated ‘essentials’ box in your car, full of the things you’ll need most on the day. The box should include your kettle, some mugs and tea/coffee; and things like milk, toilet rolls, bin bags and cleaning supplies. You might want to pop your pyjamas in there too, so you can flop straight into bed at the end of what will inevitably be a long day.
On the day
Make sure you’ve thought about what you (and your helpers) will eat and drink on the day of the move. Stock up on non-perishable foods and bottled water to keep energy levels up.
When you arrive at the new place, put your furniture in first – in particular, your bed. Add your bed sheets and pillows straight away, so it’s ready for when you need it.
Likewise, set out your essentials in the bathroom, putting out at least a kit for one shower or bath, plus hand washing and teeth brushing.
Remember to take meter readings in your old home and turn off the heating – you don’t want to be paying for it when you’re not using it!
After the move
Once you’re all unpacked, make sure you’ve changed your address at the following places:
- Mobile phone providers
- Credit cards, store cards & bank accounts
- TV License
- Loyalty cards – don’t miss out on your vouchers!
- Breakdown cover & car dealership (if your car’s under warranty)
- Council tax
- Gym membership
- DVLA – you could be fined £1000 for not getting your new address put on your license
- Your employers
- Pension provider
- Magazine subscriptions
- HMRC – if you claim any benefits
- Premium Bonds
- Insurance (home insurance, car insurance, pet insurance, private medical insurance & life insurance)
- Electoral roll – improves your credit rating and allows you to vote in your new area
- Friends & relatives – send a nice card and let people know where to find you
- Online accounts such as Amazon and eBay