With the help of our handy guide and checklist, moving house needn’t be as stressful as everyone says. Read on to make sure your move goes smoothly and that you start life in your new home with everything you need.
You’ve bought a new home – what now?
Before the big move, there are a lot of different things to think about. Here are our top tips to help you make moving home as simple and straightforward as possible.
Update your internet provider and utility bills
Make sure you let your internet provider know ahead of time that you’re planning to move house. That way, your service can be transferred to your new home ready for you and you won’t be left without internet while you’re getting settled in.
You’ll also want to take care of your water, gas, and electricity – let your providers know in advance, so you aren’t left without the essentials in your new home.
Clear out the clutter
Moving house is all about making a fresh start, so it’s a great opportunity to get rid of any unwanted items. Why not make a list of what you want to take with you to the new place, followed by another list of the things you don’t. This will give you direction when you’re in the process of decluttering. Unwanted items that are still in good condition can be donated to charity or given to friends and family.
Take out life insurance
By providing a lump sum to your loved ones, mortgage life insurance is designed to protect them should you die before your mortgage has been paid off. If this is your first time taking out a mortgage, life insurance is worthwhile for peace of mind.
Moving house with pets – what you need to know
Moving house can be a big upheaval for pets, especially dogs and cats who get quite attached to their territory. To minimise stress for them on the day, it’s a good idea to arrange for them to be looked after by a loved one. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to keep them with you, pick a quite room in your old house for them to stay in. Make sure they have their essentials, such as toys, water, a bed and litter box.
When you’re in your new home, it’s a good idea to wait a while before letting cats out for the first time. Cats Protection recommends waiting three to four weeks before letting them go exploring. Also, be sure to update their microchip details with your new address!
Book a removal company
Depending on what you’re taking with you to your new home, you may wish to enlist the help of a professional removal company. Not only will this make life easier in general, but you can also rest assured that your treasured possessions will be handled with care.
Make sure you have the essentials to hand
Moving house is exhausting, so it’s likely you won’t have the energy to fully unpack as soon as you’re in your new home. For this reason, we suggest filling a couple of clearly marked boxes with essentials (staple food items, cleaning supplies, plates and cutlery, towels and toiletries), so you don’t have to spend ages searching for your toothbrush on your first night!