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.
With a whole month to go before the big day, there should be enough time to get everything sorted. So here goes...
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.
Double check the Ts and Cs on your contracts and subscriptions, and give notice. These might include:
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.
If you don’t have off-road parking, you might want to enquire about getting a parking permit to park outside.
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.
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.
Tell everyone what your new address will be. This might include:
You might also want to contact Royal Mail to redirect anything you may have forgotten.
Start collecting cardboard boxes and ask your local shop if they can put them by for you too. You might also need:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a look around your new house to make sure everything is as it should be. If not, contact your estate agent.
Welcome to your new home. Take a deep breath and get stuck into the unpacking.