There are many reasons why we move house. Most often it’s because of our work, changing jobs, upgrading to a better location, finding the right schools for our children, marriage and divorce, inheritance, and so on. They say moving your home is one of the most stressful events in life – and there are always so many things to consider. However, depending on your reasons for moving, there are various factors to consider that will make your transition smoother and settling into your new home quicker.
Things to do before you move
The problem with moving is that many things have to be planned in advance, so it’s best to make a list of what needs attention well before the actual moving day. It is always important to assess the location of your prospective new home. How far to the local shops, doctors, dentists, etc. What transport facilities will you be needing, and their proximity? And if you have young children, you will be looking at schools both for quality and proximity. Animals will also require specific consideration. It’s no good taking a cat to a busy road, or a dog to a tiny yard.
These of course, are the big issues. There are numerous smaller considerations that often escape attention ahead of time.
Start to declutter in advance: get rid of those items that have been taking up space and not in use for the past 6 months. Sell online or donate to any of many deserving charities. If you are downsizing, it is always best to declutter before you move to a smaller place and feel overwhelmed by trying to fit oversized furniture into your place.
The electricity and rates accounts: you need to ensure that these are disconnected in your name at your old address on a date selected, and reconnected in your name at your new address on the day you take possession. Even with the pre-paid system, always best to check that it is registered in your name and that there is no outstanding debt.
Change of address: you’ll need to send out a host of change of address notices to banks, insurances, friends and family, car registration, subscriptions, or any regular mail that you receive. At least a month’s notice is suggested.
Children and pet sitter: you will need to have someone in charge of looking after children and pets on the day that you move, so that you can concentrate on the packing up and loading of removal vans. Best to move pets to a boarding facility before moving day.
Miscellaneous box: always keep one box when packing for items that are hard to label. Also put things you will need as soon as you arrive at your new destination in this box.
Update your insurance: remember to contact your insurance provider to ensure you’re covered for the duration of the move. Your current home insurance policy should cease the day after you’ve moved out and your new insurance policy should start the day before you move in. In this way you dovetail the insurance to ensure coverage during the transition.
House cleaning: book a cleaning service for both places. It’s a good thing to thoroughly clean your house once the furniture is packed up. And do the same with the new house before you unpack. That way you can get to see if there are any particular problems that need attention, such as stains on carpets or marks on the walls.
Advance book your internet connection: this is really useful – having your connection set up in tandem with your arrival in the new home will save weeks of frustration waiting for technicians to arrive.
Pack a night box: this should have all the things in it that you need for your first night and saves you digging frantically around in boxes for pyjamas, soap, towels and toothpaste!
Things to do after you move
The locks: should you change the locks? Probably a good idea. You don’t know how many people may have copies of your keys. And while you’re about it, make sure that you have enough spare sets for members of the household – and a spare set for a friend in case of emergencies.
Service providers: it’s a good idea to get a list of recommendations from your new neighbours of good local service people in the area, such as mechanics, electricians, plumbers, etc, in case of issues that may need to be dealt with urgently.
Financial commitments: make sure that the new rates in your name tally with the previous owner’s payments, and that your household premium remains in line with previous charges, provided all possessions remain the same. (This could be dependent on the area and security features installed.)