14:35 10 March 2013
Spring is traditionally a time for new beginnings, but if you're soon heading off to pastures new you could be feeling a little stressed right now.
While moving home can be exciting, it's certainly not easy. But with a little planning, the process will go far more smoothly. So here's our handy home moving checklist...
Eight weeks to go...
At this point, offers will have been accepted but nothing will have been signed yet, meaning there are no guarantees - however, it's still worth making a start on getting yourself sorted.
Six weeks to go...
You will probably have an idea of when the moving date will be by now and it's at this point that the pace picks up.
Four weeks to go...
The contracts will have been exchanged and the moving date will have been confirmed by now.
You'll then need to notify a number of companies about your change of address, so here's our handy print off and cut out, check list...
Home insurance :
provider Arrange for contents insurance to cover your belongings from the day you move in. You'll become responsible for the bricks and mortar when you exchange, so you will need to have your buildings insurance in place from that day.
Energy supplier :
Tell your energy provider about your imminent house move, but bear in mind you'll need to take final readings before you leave.
Water supplier :
Contact your water supplier and again, give a reading before you leave.
Let your local council authority know the dates you'll be leaving your old home and moving into your new one for council tax reasons. You should also take this opportunity to update your records for any social security benefits you receive.
Internet/Telephone/Television providers :
Inform your internet, television and telephone providers of your move and either transfer your service or shop around to find a better deal, keeping in mind that it may be worthwhile bundling all of the services together. Where telephones are concerned, remember to inform both your landline and mobile providers and don't forget to update the address on your TV licence - failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £1,000!
Tell your employer's HR department of your change of address so they can inform the tax office. If you're self-employed, you'll need to tell the tax office yourself. And don't forget to let your kids' schools know of any changes.
Two weeks to go...
If you think the last six weeks have flown by, you'd better buckle yourself in for the next two.
Once again, you'll need to inform certain companies about your move, here's another print off and cut out, check list...
Financial companies :
Tell your bank/credit card provider/loan company of your change of address.
Life/car insurance :
providers Inform both your life insurer and your car insurance provider of your new address, but make sure your car insurance details aren't scheduled to change until the day you move in.
Post officeRedirecting your post can take up to five working days so get it done now to avoid missing any post at your new place. You can set up a redirect, here.
Let your newsagent and milkman know you're moving - the new occupants may not share your taste in either magazines or milk.
Electoral Commission :
Update your details on the electoral register.
Notify both your doctor and your dentist of your move and de-register if you're moving into a different catchment area. If this is the case, make sure you register with your new practice.
One day to go...
It's time to make sure that you've packed everything up and nothing is left lying about. Also make sure everyone has everything they need for the move.
Once you've done all that, you should be set for a smooth move! One final thought is to get a few takeaway menus together as there's an unwritten rule that the first night in a new house must be spent eating takeaway food while sat on boxes. A bottle of bubbly probably won't go amiss either.
Have you got any house moving tips to make the process a little less painful? Let us know via our forum or on Twitter and you can follow Les on Twitter @LesRobertsMSM
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