Moving house can be one of the most stressful life events around. It’s often chaotic, emotional, exciting and exhausting all at the same time. However, moving house doesn’t need to be overwhelming. This moving house checklist has our favorite stress-reducing tips:
Write your moving checklist
Firstly, you should write a list of all the things you need to do before you start moving home. Putting on paper what you have to do step by step makes it easier to work your way through the move-in checklist. Start at 5-3 weeks before you move home and go through each item one at a time. Doing so will make certain you don’t forget anything. Careful moving organization and forward planning can minimize the stress of moving into the new house.
Take your time
Starting early with your preparations will help to make sure you don’t exhaust yourself trying to fit too many tasks into a short space of time. If you want a stress-free house move, it is best to pace yourself – don’t leave it all to the last minute. Begin packing items that you don’t regularly use or with rooms that you don’t frequent.
Declutter your belongings
Simply put, the less there is to move, the less time and money moving will cost you. There’s no point in moving things you don’t need and packing for a big move is the perfect excuse to declutter. Be ruthless – if you haven’t used it in the past year, do you really need it?
Pack a survival box
Pack things that you will need first in a particular box (preferably plastic for easy access), this will be your moving house survival box. This should contain necessary items that will get you and your family through the day unscathed, such as toiletries, phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks and provisions for hot drinks.
It is wise to clearly label the boxes so you know what’s inside them without needing to open them up. Write on the box what items are inside and which room they have come from or are going into.
Create a document box
Store all important documents, such as passports, house deeds, wills and insurance papers in one box or file to ensure easy access. This should then be placed somewhere where you will not lose it. If you’re able, create electronic copies of important documents by scanning and saving them onto a computer, just in case.
Hire a professional removal company
While you could save money by hiring a van, recruiting your friends and crack on with the move yourself, hiring professionals will likely reduce your stress.
Update your address
Make a list of all the companies and organisations that will need your new address like the bank, the doctor’s surgery and dentist 2 weeks before you move. Bear in mind you can also divert any mail going to your old address with the Royal Mail for a small fee.
Change of address checklist
You’re finally moving house and it’s time to let everyone know about it! But who exactly do you need to tell about a change of your address? Moving your residence is never going to be easy, but being well prepared with a checklist can be the key to keep your stress to a minimum. There are so many things to think about when moving house, who to inform, what moving company to hire and where all of your stuff will go! Ideally, everyone who sends you mail should know about your new address, but there are a lot of companies, personal contacts and services in particular that you should notify when you move house.
Even if you use the Post Office’s mail redirection service, it’s a good idea to inform important companies, such as banks and utility companies, directly.
License and the vehicle registration
Update your address with the DVLA for both your licence and the vehicle registration, but not before you move. Under current UK law, if you hold either a provisional or a full UK driving licence and you are stopped by the police, then you could be fined if you have the wrong address on your driving license!
Changing this address can be done online on the gov.uk website, or via post. It doesn’t cost anything to change your address and while it does take around 2 weeks for your new licence to arrive, you can still drive while you are waiting for it.
You’ll need to ask your local authority for a final statement of your council tax and also you will need to update your details on the electoral roll. Contact Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Electoral Roll.
Redirect your mail
It’s always a good idea to redirect your mail when you move into a new address. Make sure your information is protected and identity theft is prevented by getting your mail redirected by Royal Mail. It’s important you make sure you continue to receive your mail when you move home. Why? Important documents with your personal details on them could fall into the wrong hands, causing you to become a victim of fraud.
Regular services bills
Any company that provides you with a service for which you pay a regular bill for such as a mobile phone, telecoms, subscriptions, etc, will also need to know about your change of address. For landlines, you’ll need to inform the phone company that you are changing the address as you’ll receive a new phone number for the home that you move to. You may also want to cancel your broadband subscription as you may be able to get a better deal when you move to your new home.
Your TV license won’t be valid when you move to a new property so you will have to change this information on the TV Licensing website.
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