How can I prepare for moving home?

Find out what to do with your OVO Energy account when you move home – and follow our 30-day guide to get you ready for the big day.

Some say moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do. So we’d like to help make your move as smooth as possible with this 15-step guide. 

One month to go

With a whole month to go before the big day, there should be enough time to get everything sorted. So here goes...

  1. De-clutter

If you’ve lived in your house for a long time, you could probably do with a clear out to get rid of junk and items you don’t use anymore. So go through the house, one room at a time, and see what you can sell or give away. Then spend an evening taking photos and posting your things on sites, such as Ebay, Gumtree and Freecycle.

  1. Cancel subscriptions

Double check the Ts and Cs on your contracts and subscriptions, and give notice. These might include:

  • TV 
  • Internet
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  1. Book the removal company

Whether you simply need a van or you want someone to pack your entire house into cardboard boxes, make sure you book them now. Or, if you’re doing a DIY move, arrange for your friends and family to lend a hand.

Three weeks to go

  1. Parking permit    

If you don’t have off-road parking, you might want to enquire about getting a parking permit to park outside.

  1. White goods

Are you taking your appliances with you? If so, check how to remove them, as you might need the help of a plumber or electrician.

  1. Measure up

Measure your bulky items to check that they’ll fit out of your house and into your new one. You might need to visit your new home again to take some measurements.

  1. Share your new address

Tell everyone what your new address will be. This might include:

  • Banks
  • Employers
  • Insurance providers
  • Doctors
  • Phone and internet provider
  • Friends and family

You might also want to contact Royal Mail to redirect anything you may have forgotten.

  1. Get your moving kit together

Start collecting cardboard boxes and ask your local shop if they can put them by for you too. You might also need:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Strong tape
  • Packing paper
  • Felt tips for labelling

Two weeks left

  1. Tell us you’re leaving

If you’re with OVO and you’re moving home, you can let us know up to 2 weeks ahead of the big day. Here’s how to do it:

  • Log into My OVO
  • Click ‘My Profile’
  • Scroll down to ‘About me’, and click ‘I’m moving’. Then fill out the form.
  1. Kids and pets

If you’ve got children or animals, it’ll be much easier if they’re somewhere safe, out of the way, on the day you move. So plan ahead to make sure they have somewhere to go.

  1. Start packing

Give yourself plenty of time if you’re packing up the house yourself. Label your boxes with room names so you know exactly where to put things. And keep a ‘last in, first out’ box for things you’ll need right away. 

One week left

  1. Scrub and clean

Got the keys? Then give the whole house a thoroughly good clean before you move your stuff in.  And, if you can afford it, hire a cleaner to help for the day.

  1. Take meter readings

On the day you leave, take meter readings at your old and new house. If you’re sending them to OVO, it’s easy through My OVO.

  1. Check your new home

Have a look around your new house to make sure everything is as it should be. If not, contact your estate agent.

  1. You’re in

Welcome to your new home. Take a deep breath and get stuck into the unpacking.

Click here for our downloadable Moving Home checklist

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