When choosing to move house, both locally and outside your local area, there are plenty of things to consider. Not to mention, it is an exciting time in your life and is the beginning of a brand-new chapter in your story.
That being said, there may well be some people reading this and beyond who are moving to a new house for the first time and have no idea where best to start. If you have found that you are falling into this category of people, then you are in the right place at the right time.
Compiled below is a helpful list of some of the best tips to follow when moving house locally. Whether you are venturing down the road from your existing home or are moving to the opposite side of town, we have confidence that you will find something applicable and helpful here.
Moving Your Belongings Safely
When moving to a new house, the last thing that you want is to be settling into your new abode, unbox one of your items, and find that it has been damaged in transit. More so, if it is something that holds high levels of sentimental value to you.
When moving to somewhere else in your local area, nothing is stopping you from using the services of a removals service, particularly for the oversized items in your home. While that is the case, you also have the opportunity to move some of your belongings yourself.
It can be somewhat tedious moving your belongings back and forth between properties, particularly if you find there is an issue on the initial move-in date, which means that you are no longer able to do so.
Using local storage options like that of Safestore when moving to a new home gives you the chance to access your belongings as and when you need to while finishing up the odd jobs in your existing home. Not to mention, this option eliminates any risk of belongings getting lost or becoming damaged while being constantly moved from one property to the next.
Changing Your Address
This goes without saying, but it is crucial that you update all the relevant bodies about the change of address. If you are intending and able to keep your children at the same schools when moving house – in other words, if you are still within the relevant catchment areas – then you will want to ensure that the school have up-to-date emergency details.
The same goes for updating any energy providers and related bodies, like that of banks and any doctor surgeries. While we are confident that this is something that most people would be doing anyway, there is no harm in mentioning it here, as we are sure that you have a million and other things to be considering.
While most energy plans are transferrable – you may be able to move it with you to your new address – this is not always the case, and you should certainly look into whether your current energy plan offers this before moving to your new home. Ensuring that you have updated the relevant bodies means that you will not be met with any unwanted bills further down the line.
When notifying local authorities, this is probably a little easier than that of contacting a national energy provider and is also something that should be done sooner rather than later. Once more, we are confident that this is something that most of you will be aware of anyway, but that is also worth mentioning for those who may well be moving for the first time ever.
We hope that you have found this short list of tips helpful and that you feel confident going forward in the moving process!