THESE ARE JUST A FEW MOVING TIPS TO HELP OR REMIND YOU OF SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER. DON'T FORGET TO CLICK THE USEFUL LINKS
Send out change of address cards or letters to:-
Insurance providers (home, contents & life) / solicitor / stockbroker.
Inland Revenue / DSS / your union.
Many utilities require at least two working days' notice. Be sure to arrange reconnection at your new home.
BT: call 0800 800 123 at least 2 weeks before your move.
Notify your mobile phone provider.
Gas. Arrange a final reading at your old house and reconnection at your new one. Check for refunds due to you.
When arranging supply at your new home consider competitive gas suppliers. Check the http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ website for price comparison details of suppliers .
Electricity. Arrange a final reading at your old house and reconnection at your new one. Check for refunds due to you. When arranging supply at your new home consider competitive electricity suppliers. Check http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ website for price comparison details of suppliers
Water. Check for refunds due to you. Check http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ website for price comparison details of suppliers
Find out whether you can get Cable TV.
TV licence Make sure your licence covers your new adress
Arrange for the Post office to have post forwarded from previous address.
Medical services: register with a new doctor/dentist as soon as possible, and request any records/test results to be sent to your new doctor. Don't forget to transfer your pet's records to a new vet. Find doctors & dentists in your new area.
Insurance companies or agents.
Check your policies to make sure they still suit your needs.
House contents insurance. Check whether you can get a refund on any unused existing policy.
If you have changed address, you must tell DVLA to update both your:
- Driving Licence
- Vehicle Registration Certificate
Premium Bonds. To change the address on the Premium Bonds, the holder(s) must complete and
return their holders card or write to Premium Bonds, National Savings and Investments, Blackpool,
FY3 9YP. Fill in the form with your holder card, or notify the Bonds and Stock Office. Your post office
will supply an addressed envelope.
Local bank. Ask them to tell you which branch is nearest your new address.
Credit card companies.
Save As You Earn/National Savings Certificates Address: Savings Certificate and SAYE Office Milburn Gate House, Durham, DH99 1NS.
Pack non-essential items and clothing.
Start running down freezer contents.
Clear the loft.
Find out new school dress codes and order uniform(s) if required.
Find out about Cubs / Scouts / Brownies / Girl Guides etc. groups in your new area.
Two weeks before
Check you have adequate prescription medicines to cover the moving period.
Safely dispose of all flammables e.g. Paints, Gas Bottles, Cleaning Fluids and Oils.
If your removal company is not making arrangements for you, book people to carry out services e.g. Removing light fittings, House Cleaning and dismantling of Hi Fi / Computer / Printers etc. and TV / satellite equipment. If doing it yourself, don't forget to insert transit screws where necessary.
Cancel local deliveries and services, for example newspapers, gardener, cleaner, milk delivery, fuel or oil.
Prepare a "Moving Day Survival Kit": all the vital things that you will need on the day of your move, for example: sheets, towels, toiletries, phone, alarm clock, change of clothes, a torch, scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, instant coffee/tea or a coffee maker, kettle, water and soft drinks, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pencils and paper, local phone book, masking and/or PVC tape, bin liners, shelf liner, aspirin or ibuprofen, some basic tools, a bottle of bubbly & glasses.
One week before
Put your documents in a safe place
Don't box important papers like passports and driving licences, jewellery and money: keep them with you during the move. Keep all moving-related documents together.
Make sure all boxes are properly labelled (I.e. the room they're going in to in your new home).
Prepare detailed directions and an itinerary with emergency numbers for your moving company.
Settle outstanding bills with local retailers. Pick up dry cleaning, and return library books and rented videotapes.
Take pets to the vet and get copies of their records.
Give away plants not being moved.
Make arrangements to pay for your move.
Clean outdoor equipment and toys, drain any fuel from your lawn-mower and other machinery and ensure that water is drained from hoses.
Defrost refrigerator and freezer. Make sure they are completely dry before moving to avoid mildew.
Wash and dry all linen and clothing.
Prepare your washing machine for moving: disconnect power and water, check if Transit Bolts need to be fitted.
Check through your medicine cabinet and dispose of unwanted drugs, via your chemist if necessary.
If your clothing is to be transported on hangers in a clothing carton, ensure all clothing is securely fastened on the hanger and that they are all facing the same way.
The day before
Walk through your house one last time to make sure everything is accounted for.
Strip the beds.
Keep linens in a box that travels with you, so you can use them the first night.
Make sure you have the keys to your new home, or have arranged to collect them.
The day of the move
Record all utility meter readings (gas, electricity, and water).
Stay until your movers have finished.
Check the traffic for your journey with keepmoving.com
Take one final look around to see if you forgot anything.
Before leaving check that all windows are secure and water, gas and electricity supplies are switched off. Keys, together with any documents relating to the property or equipment remaining at the house, should be left at a nominated point.
You may be asked to sign a packing inventory/list: check carefully to ensure that you are happy with the content. You will be asked to check and sign it again at delivery.
Give movers the directions to your new home, and an emergency number where you can be reached during the move.
In your new home
Make sure you are present when the removal crew arrives so you can guide them around the house confirming what is to be moved and any special instructions.
Check the unloading of your items and account for each one on your packing inventory. Check carefully for any damaged or missing items.
Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.
When you change address, you need to update your new details on the electoral register or you may lose the chance to vote in future elections. You are not automatically registered to vote even if you pay council tax. Visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk to find out how.
Tips and tricks
Always pack the beer on the truck first
That way the Crew will empty the Truck before they
Get to the beer
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