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The Forgotten 5: What Not To Forget When You Move Home

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Don’t take our word for it, if umpteen sources are to be believed then moving home is one of the most stressful things that most of us will ever do.

This isn’t because this is probably going to be the most expensive thing that we ever buy (although it could very well tie in with this small fact). Instead, it’s all about the delays, hidden charges and sheer hassle that a house move prompts.

Unfortunately, no house move will progress seamlessly. You will forget things and at times, things will feel as though they are getting out of hand. However, today’s post will outline five items which are most forgotten, which should help your plight somewhat.

Make sure you give notice to your landlord

According to this checklist of things to consider when moving house, giving notice to your landlord should be one of your top priorities.

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In most cases, this should be performed within two months of moving, but there are exceptions. If you happen to be midway through a tenancy, it might not even be possible to exit without paying. Nevertheless, you will still need to notify your landlord to ensure you are not getting charged for extra months.

Get your post in order

In amongst the hustle and bustle of carting around boxes, one could be forgiven for forgetting about so-called small matters such as the post.

However, months down the line this can hurt you. You won’t receive bank statements, or other important documents, and it can all become a real hassle.

As such, make sure you are redirecting your mail, or informing people that you are moving house.

The freezer-factor

You’re probably parting with hundreds of thousands of pounds, so in the grand scheme of things the freezer is quite a small consideration. It’s something that many of us forget though and it can make those first couple of weeks in a new home more difficult than they should be.

Before being moved, freezers should be defrosted and dried out. Ultimately, they need to be empty. This means that you need to plan to dwindle your food reserves down in the weeks leading up to your move or ask a friend or relative to borrow their appliance in the interim.

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Record the utility meters

Something else that needs to be considered are the utility meters. The last thing you need is to be getting into a dispute with the people moving into your existing property or paying for someone else’s electric in your new home. Take a reading promptly and avoid both cases occurring.

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