When you have an agreed moving in date or completion date there are lots of things to sort out and get ready for the big day. There will be a lot going on during moving day so it’s important to plan the day so that you don’t forget anything.
Here is a helpful check list of things that need to be taken care of on or before the moving day.
Make sure you take final meter readings on the day you move out in your old home and let your electricity company know.
It’s also important that you take readings at the new property so you only pay for the electricity you use and not the previous owners
Make sure you take final meter readings on the day you move out in your old home and let your gas company know.
It’s also important that you take readings at the new property so you only pay for the gas you use and not the previous owners
If you are taking your cooker with you to your new property you will need to ensure it’s disconnected properly as close to moving day as possible. If your cooker is connected to a gas supply the disconnection will need to be done by a CORGI qualified gas engineer.
You will also need to arrange for it to be re-connected at your new home.
Telephone & Broadband
You will need to let your telephone and broadband provider to let them know your moving and arrange transfer of numbers and service if appropriate
De-clutter your property
Moving house is the perfect opportunity to throw away or sell unwanted or unused items. In addition, local charity shops can put your items to good use.
If you are planning to have a company to help you move you will need to arrange for them to provide packing boxes and ensure they will be there on the day. Some people prefer to hire a van and move themselves. This will take more planning and effort but will be cheaper as you can hire a van from £50 a day.
If you are using a professional firm of removers we recommend getting quotes from at least 3 companies to ensure you get the best deal. It well worth making sure they are insured for breakages or lost goods.
If you have a water meter you will need to arrange for a final reading.
The Royal Mail offers a service to have your post redirected to your new property for up to 2 years.
Other companies to tell about your move
There is also a list of companies you will need to contact when you move as well. There are companies that will do this for you but you must tell the following companies about your move
- TV Licensing
- Sky / Cable TV channel
- DVLA for your car and licence
- Insurance companies for car / home / life
- Your work
- Council for council tax
If you don’t update your address there can be serious consequences. Letters going to an old address could be used by fraudsters to steal your identity. Also if you forget to tell the DVLA about your new address you can be fined up to £1,000.
There is also £50m of unclaimed premium bond cash because people have not told them about their new address.