Whether you’re a new homeowner moving into your own place or a frequent mover, hopping from house to house, it is important to properly prepare yourself for what moving day has in store.
You’re packing the last of your belongings and frantically running round trying to get your affairs in order, but you still feel like there are a million and one things you’ve forgotten to do before the big day.
Well fear not, the team at Denton estate agents Indlu have put together the complete guide to moving house, which includes 5 top tips which will make the whole process as simple, straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Get to Grips with Your New House and its Neighbourhood
Once you’ve moved into your new place, the last thing you want to be doing is pestering the previous owners with unanswered questions such as “how do I adjust the heating” or “where is the gas meter”. So to avoid any awkward conversations in the future, you should ask the previous owners a list of questions that you might need answering once you’ve settled in. You’ll also need to ask wider questions about the neighbourhood you’re moving into, such as what days bins are collected.
Undoubtedly, broadband providers and fixed furniture will be the last thing on your mind amidst all the chaos of moving, but it is worth asking these questions to avoid any stress or complications in the near future. Once you’ve moved in you want to be adding your own personal touches and settling into your new pad, not scouring the market for a bathroom tile that needs replacing.
Redirect Your Post and Change Your Address Details
You can use Royal Mail’s postal redirection service to ensure that all your important post and parcels are delivered to your new address after moving. Your post can be redirected for three, six or twelve months.
Whilst redirection services are extremely helpful when moving, you should aim to update your address details with relevant businesses and service providers. Let your bank, insurers, employers and utility providers know your current address as soon as possible to avoid any complications such as identification fraud or bills not being paid when they’re delivered to an old address.
Deep Clean Your New House
You’d like to think that your new home would be left in a clean and tidy condition by previous owners, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. You can be left tackling grease and grime before you even get chance to put up your furniture, so if possible, clean your new house the day before you move in. If you can’t get access before moving day, then designate someone the job of hovering and dusting quickly before boxes and furniture clutter up any rooms.
Compare Removal Costs
If you don’t have many belongings to take with you to your new home then it may not be worth splashing the cash on a removal van or company, instead try and get some friends or family members to help out with the move – it will definitely save you a few precious pounds.
If on the other hand you’re planning on taking a whole museum worth of things, then it could be well worth taking advantage of specialist services – it will save you a whole lot of stress and physical strain. But don’t just settle for the first quote a company gives you, search around and find the best deals so you can use the money saved on new bits and bobs for your place.
Prep for Moving Day
A little planning will go a long way when it comes to the big move. Whilst it may be a little more work beforehand, you’ll definitely be glad you did it once you’re able to sit down and relax instead of attempting to put up furniture until the early hours of the morning.
One simple thing you can do to make the moving process far simpler is to label boxes with the room they need to go in, as well as a brief description of their contents (e.g. Kitchen: Cutlery, Utensils, Glasses). This way you won’t be rummaging through boxes and boxes trying to find a phone charger or teabags.
Another great thing you can do to make the big day as stress-free as possible is to secure screws and bolts in small freezer bags, then attach the bags to the bottom of the corresponding furniture with masking tape.