At iSold, we aim to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. So here are some top tips to help you on your way.
Unless you have very few personal belongings or furniture, it's worth hiring a removal company. They will visit you in advance to assess how much needs transporting and give you an estimate. They can help with your packing — or you can do it yourself; just remember to label the boxes well and pad anything breakable. Check whether your home and contents insurance will cover you for any belongings damaged during the move.
Moving home is one of the most stressful of life experiences. However, a little bit of forward planning can go a long way towards making your move as smooth as possible. Start by having a big clear out; recycle anything you don't need, or give it to charity. Pack anything you don't use on a daily basis. Put any important documents in a safe place. If you are in rented accommodation, give notice to your landlord.
Inform your phone company and utility providers you are moving out and arrange for them to send you final bills and connect you in your new home. Others who need to be contacted include your local authority (for council tax and electoral purposes), Royal Mail (to redirect your post), your insurance company (to arrange building and contents insurance for your new home), TV licensing, local services (including milk and paper delivery), financial services (your bank, building society, credit card providers, insurers), vet, schools, health providers (doctor, dentist, optician), other service providers (Internet, cable/satellite company), publications, subscriptions, government agencies (Inland Revenue, DVLA) — and your employer, family and friends!
Don't forget to defrost the fridge and freezer, clean the house and pack a box of essential items such as toilet paper, a torch, a kettle, teabags, coffee, mugs, spare bulbs, etc. Leave a "welcome" card for the people who have bought your house, along with a few local takeaway menus and any instructions they may need. Do get a good night's rest!
Finally, turn off electricity, gas and water supplies at the mains at your old address, check all appliances are disconnected and secure all windows and doors before heading to your new home.
Enjoy your new home!