1. Confirm the date of your move
This information will be confirmed by your estate agents and it's important to have a clear understanding of your move in date, whether buying or renting.
2. Give notice on your current house if you're renting
You won't want to get caught out with extra bills or paying for extra rental periods, so once you've confirmed on your new house it's a good idea to tie in the move date with the notice period on your current property.
3. Contact your utility suppliers
Let all of your utility suppliers know that you're planning to move out so you're not held responsible past the date you move, you can also let them know you've moved into your new property once completed. Utilities (Gas, Electricity, Water) along with broadband, tv packages, phone contracts, car finance and insurance are some examples of companies you'll need to advise about the move.
Don't forget to grab a final meter reading for all utilities when you move house. Ensure you keep time stamped photo evidence of these figures, and provide them to your utility suppliers so you don't receive incorrect additional charges later down the line.
4. Get a quote for moving house
There are many professional and competitively priced removal companies out there, like us. But, there are also companies that are not so professional or transparent. Be sure to select your removals partner well and ensure you know exactly what you're getting for your money.
Professional Removals Services probably aren't as costly as you think, so please don't hesitate to get in touch for a free, no-obligation estimate.
Before you move, you might decide to go through all your old things and sell unwanted items online, donate to charity or dispose of items not fit for purpose. This will help clear space and keep your mind clear when your moving day arrives.
6. New Home Preparation
Make sure you have a base knowledge of the important elements of your new home in case of a problem. This includes knowing where the stopcock is, ensuring no leaks or smells, checking where utilities meters are placed (and taking photos of the readings on your first day), checking the thermostat and setting the temperature, checking smoke alarms and also noting where the fuse box is.
7. Label up your boxes
When you’re packing everything up, labels on boxes will help save you an incredible amount of time at the other end. Labeling the boxes with a brief description of what's in them and which room they need to go into at your new home will make things easier for you and will help you to receive a more efficient service from your chosen removals company.
8. Let Companies, Friends and Family know you're moving, including;
Your place of work
Your bank, insurance, pension and credit card companies
Council Tax, Utilities, Finance Companies, Phone and Internet Provider
Doctor, Dentist, NHS
Driving License with the DVLA
National Insurance / DSS offices
9. Possibly the most important..............
Don't forget the essentials you'll need for your first night in your new home. These include Tea and Coffee Making, Pots and Pans, Loo Roll, Bedding, Temporary Furniture (Chairs etc), TV, Bed and the phone number for a good takeaway ready for dinner time!
10. Move in and Clean!
Cleaning is easiest when your new house is empty, so it's advisable to do this before unpacking. Afterwards, you can start to unpack, room by room. Make sure you have all your essential items like keys for all windows and doors and don't forget to check your bin day (we all get caught out with this one from time to time!)
Now it's time for a nice drink and a takeaway - after all that hard work who wants to cook?. Sit back, relax and enjoy your new home.
If you would like assistance moving home in Derby and the East Midlands, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.