Your property is sold, you have found your perfect new home and your date of entry is arranged. What an exciting time. It can also be a stressful time trying to remember all the little things you need to do yourself.
We have put together a check list to help you along your way.
- Book time off work and arrange for someone to look after your children and pets
- If you are moving out of the area do you have a new school / nursery in mind for the children and a new doctor and dentist
- Contact Eastwood District Council (if this is your local area) giving them your date of moving and forwarding address for your Council Tax
- Arrange to forward your mail to your new address through the Post Office
- Get quotes from a few removal companies – they can pack some, all, or none of your belongings, whatever your prefer – or organise friends , family and a van ! Ask the companies if they can drop off packing boxes / paper if you are wanting to pack yourself
- Make sure there is going to be a parking area for the ‘van’ on removal day – you may have to ask neighbours to leave space for you
- Give notice to cancel papers / milk etc
- Collect together all your spare keys from friends and family
- Arrange to cancel / transfer your insurance policies for contents / building
- Change address on your TV licence
- Give notice to your broadband provider / inform them of your new address – you can usually port your package to your new home if you are moving within the same area
- Contact your bank, building society, DVLA, employer, sports clubs and associations, mobile phone provider to change your address
- Arrange when & where to collect the keys for your new property
These can all be organised in advance – the sooner the better – leaving you time for packing and clearing out !
Moving day :-
- Pack essentials for the day / night ahead – food / drinks, kettle, mugs, plates, cutlery, bedding, towels, clothes, toiletries
- Take your important possessions with you – jewellery / passports
- Take final readings of gas and electricity and advise the companies
- Turn off the water if the property is to be empty for a while
- Leave instruction manuals for appliances, particularly central heating / hot water
- Remove all rubbish – don’t fill your council bin as you won’t be there to put it out and away on ‘bin’ day
- Leave any spare kitchen / bathroom tiles and paint that match
- Leave details of who supplies electricity / gas / broadband
- Leave details of where the water stop cock is
- Leave window keys / garage keys / spare house keys with labels on them and a note of your alarm number
- Pass a key onto your estate agent or solicitor
- Clean your home from top to bottom, remembering the dreaded cooker and fridge / freezer. If necessary arrange for a cleaner to come in after the property is empty.
- It’s nice to leave a card / flowers for the new occupants welcoming them to their new home.
- Collapse exhausted in your new home – oh & remember to collect the kids / pets !