7 Things to Remember when you Move House
At Jane Wood & Associates, we’re here to help you with the process of finding your new home to keep your experience of the London property market as smooth and easy as possible. Once we’ve found you the perfect new home, you’ll need to focus on actually moving, which brings with it a host of new challenges to overcome. From small oversights to large physical tasks, there are various things people always forget which makes moving that much harder.
We’ve listed some of the most commonly forgotten parts about moving so you can take it all in your stride and move home like a pro.
Label your boxes
Labelling your boxes makes moving so much easier, but so many people forget to do it. Use a marker pen and note down which room the box will be going in, as well as writing what’s in there. It’s essential to mark any boxes as fragile if there’s a risk of shattered glassware or crockery, and it’ll help the moving crew to take good care of it.
Pack up with the correct materials
If you’re using a removal company, take all the hassle out of sourcing the right amount of suitable packaging and have them calculate exactly which boxes and how many you’ll need. If you’re certain you want to do all the packing yourself, we recommend buying high quality boxes, bubble wrap and paper, rather than picking up old fruit boxes from the supermarket.
Don’t pack things you’ll need on the last day
You’ll need a change of clothes, toothpaste and tooth brush (minimum) on the day you move, so try to make sure that you don’t pack them up in advance. Other things you may need include your laptop and passports. Keep them in a separate bag and put the bag somewhere where it won’t get put onto the lorry with everything else.
Organise storage for items that won’t fit in your new house or you don’t want
Carefully consider the space you have in your new home, especially if you’re downsizing, before planning your move. Anything you don’t want in your new home or you don’t have space for (especially if you’re temporarily in rented accommodation or decorating) should be put in storage. Sorting storage out ahead of time will save time, money and a considerable amount of stress.
Pick up all the keys for your new house from the previous owners
This may seem a little obvious, but check in advance with the old owners that they’ll be handing you all the keys you need for your new home. This includes not only doors, but windows, sheds, garages, garden gates and conservatories. Additionally, once you’re in your new home it’s a good practice (and required by many insurance companies) to have all your locks changed.
Check you’ve cleared out your entire home
Before the moving van leaves, do a thorough walk-through of your property, checking all your cupboards, drawers, loft space and any outbuildings. Check you have everything that’s hung on the walls – clocks are commonly left behind for this reason.
Cancel your utilities
It is important to make sure you inform your utility suppliers of your move. Take final meeting readings for gas, electricity and water – a photo can often be the simplest and quickest way to record the information. At the same time make sure your local council tax office also knows about your move.
Inform everyone of your move
Once you have a move date, go to the Post Office for a redirect form to ensure you receive all your post. Additionally, let all your friends and family know your new address and date of move so they don’t end up at the wrong house!
Here at Jane Wood Property Associates, we understand just how time consuming moving home can be, which is why we work hard to make things as simple as possible for you. To find out more, call us on +44 (0)207 602 8779 today.