A Smooth Move
After the initial excitement has died down of choosing your new home and having your offer accepted, comes the stark realisation that you now have to go through one of the most stressful periods of your life. The Move! Don’t let your enthusiasm be crushed by endless paperwork and cardboard boxes. Follow these simple steps for a hassle-free relocation.
- Don’t think you must take everything. If you haven’t thought about something or worn something for 5 years then do you still need it in your life? Try not to be overly sentimental and cut the clutter in your life. Don’t just transfer the entire contents of your current home to the new home, use the move as a good reason to have a proper clear out. Trust me, it’s good for the soul! For Swansea Skip Hire, visit http://pendragoncarmarthenshire.co.uk/
- Let your energy suppliers know your moving date and remember to take final meter readings on the day. This can easily be done on their website usually. You don’t want to end up being billed for someone else’s usage.
- Don’t overlook your TV licence. This is a simple mistake to make but can prove to be a costly one. Let the licensing company know your date of move to ensure you have cover in place as soon as you move in. You wouldn’t want to be caught out during such a busy time.
- In the week leading up to move day, try to eat most of what’s in your freezer as you’ll likely lose most of the food in there during the move. It might mean serving up some odd meals for a few days. Alternatively, ask a friend or family member to store the food for you.
- It’s almost impossible to inform every organisation of your change of address and there’s bound to be some you’ve overlooked. Have Royal Mail re-direct your mail so you don’t lose any important information and also to protect yourself from identity theft if your post gets into the wrong hands.
- Essential organisations to inform include: DVLA, HMRC, your bank, your employer, local council for council tax, car insurance company, home insurance, energy suppliers, broadband supplier, doctor’s surgery and electoral roll.
- Five weeks before the move date, research and hire a removal company unless you have friends or family with access to vans. Shop around and be sure to receive as many quotes as possible and check online reviews.
- Don’t forget to label your boxes. Trust me, it will make life a lot easier and quicker when you come to unpack in your new pad. Use a marker and also write which room it’s intended for. This will help both you and the removal firm.
- A great tip is to create an essentials box so at the end of a long day, you don’t have to root through a ton of boxes just to find your slippers and the teabags! Items such as toiletries, a loaf of bread and tin of beans – anything you might think you’ll need straight away should go in this box.