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Moving home is a substantial undertaking, with so many tasks to accomplish, boxes to pack, and alterations to be made. If you are preparing to relocate, here are a few last-minute things that may be easy to forget amid the hustle and bustle of packing and general moving ‘admin’.
Make Sure You Know How Everything Works
An important task that often gets forgotten in all of the excitement of moving is double-checking that you understand all of the ins and outs of your new house. While you may have asked detailed questions during your viewings, it’s still a good idea to talk to the seller again before you move in, to make sure you understand how everything works. For example, you will need to know where the stopcock is in case you need to turn the water off. You should also ask about things like the thermostat – where it is and how it works – and the property’s gas and electricity meters, as well as any other queries you may have about the general maintenance of the home.
Consider Your Money-Saving Options
If you can exchange keys before you need to move into your new home, you may want to consider making some alterations in the interim period. For example, with the cost of living crisis continuing to affect the country – particularly in terms of energy bills – you might want to see where you can make some cost-saving changes – perhaps by having a heat pump installed or trying out a new energy provider.
Label Your Boxes Correctly
A simple but effective way to make moving home more efficient and stress-free is to label all of your boxes as you pack them so it’s obvious what’s inside. This will help you and your removal men when it comes to placing particular boxes in different rooms – and if you need any items more urgently than others, it won’t be hard to locate them.
Get Your Insurance Sorted Right Away
While you probably don’t need any reminders to get your new home insured – ideally before you move in – there are other types of insurance that may get forgotten in the hustle and bustle; your TV insurance, for instance. If you have a pricey flat screen, it’s probably a good idea to get it insured before moving day, if you haven’t already, as there is always a risk that something could happen to it during the relocation process or while it is waiting to be put in place in your new home. There are plenty of insurance policies available from different providers, so you can choose the policy that best suits your needs.
Redirect Your Mail
Finally, don’t forget to get your mail forwarded to your new address. With so many address changes to make leading up to the move – from the DVLA to HMRC – you will likely forget at least one, which means that some mail will go to your old address. Fortunately, getting mail redirected is easy to accomplish, so you shouldn’t lose any correspondence along the way.
Keep these things in mind as you prepare to move home. It could help to reduce stress and minimise your checklist of things to do.