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Who to notify

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If you're moving house, it's important to inform the relevant people of your departure. Use our handy checklist to ensure no-one is forgotten.


  Services and utilities  
    Tick:     Date:
Water
Gas
Electricity
Telephone
Post office
Cable/satellite and internet service providers
TV/video rental companies
TV licensing
     
  Financial  
Banks
Building societies
Credit card companies
Council tax department
National savings and premium bonds
Your employer
Insurance companies
Pension companies
Inland revenue
Social security
Solicitor
     
  Health  
Doctor
Dentist
Optician
     
  Motoring  
DVLA
Breakdown recovery company
Vehicle registration
Vehicle insurance
     
  Others  
Friends and relatives
Subscriptions
Milk delivery
Newsagent
Sports club
Library
Schools/colleges

 

 

 

Moving

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Careful organisation and forward planning can minimise the stress of moving house. Use our moving checklist in conjunction with our Who to notify checklist to guide you through the six weeks leading up to to moving day.


  Six weeks before the move  
    Tick:     Date:
Confirm the date of your move
If you're renting, notify your landlord of your moving date
Check your home insurance - make sure you have cover from the day you move in to your new home. .
Obtain written quotes from several removal firms. Get references and check the limits of their insurance.
If you're not using professional removers, ask friends to help.
Book extra storage space if required.
Notify the relevant utility companies of your departure.
Start getting rid of possessions you no longer need. Decide which items can be taken to a charity shop, sold at car boot sale, or offered to your friends.
If you need new furniture or carpets - order them now and arrange delivery for when you move in.
     
Two weeks before moving
Start packing non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes.
De-register from your doctor, dentist and optician if you're moving out of the area.
Visit the post office and arrange for your post to be forwarded (you will be charged a fee for this service).
Notify your milkman and newspaper shop that you'll be moving and give them a date you want the service to stop.
If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them during the move.
Make a list of everyone who should know about the move. Send out change of address ecards.
Finalise arrangements with your removal company. Confirm arrival times and make sure your removers have directions to your new address.
Arrange a time to collect the keys for your new home from the estate agent.
Notify then bank of any changes to direct debits and standing orders.

 

Packing

Use moving house as an opportunity to sort out your possessions. Throw away your rubbish and separate items that can be given to friends or charity shops. Get boxes well in advance from local shops or supermarkets, and save newspapers for wrapping breakables. For more advice, take a look at our packing tips article.

If you're moving your belongings yourself, start by hiring the right van - too small and you may need to make a few journeys, too big and you may have problems parking. It's often cheaper to book vans on weekdays. But if you move at the weekends you may be able to make the most of special two-day hire rates.

Professional removal companies

Unless you have very few possessions, call in the professionals to help you move house. It will relieve some of the stress of the big move. You can arrange for it all to be done for you, and pay for the privilege, or you can do the packing yourself but leave the heavy stuff to the experts.

Checklist

  • hire a removal company at least two weeks before you move
  • use a removal company who is a member of the British Association of Removers
  • get at least three quotes before deciding which one to use
  • check if the company offers a discount on a weekday
  • check the fine print in your moving insurance
  • make a list of your possessions so you can check if you've left anything behind

It will help if you let the company know the following things:

  • the amount of furniture you're moving, so it can choose an adequately sized truck and plan the number of journeys needed between your old and new home
  • a rough guess of how many boxes the company needs to pack, so it can estimate how long it will take
  • the exact time you want the team to arrive
  • clear instructions and directions to your new property
  • arrange a parking space for the removal van
  • always tell the removal firm well in advance of pieces of furniture which won't go through the door
  • make a plan of where the furniture needs to go in your new home

 

 

 

Buying

Checklist

Buying checklist

 

You've found the place of your dreams, your offer has been accepted and you're waiting for the legal paperwork to be cleared. Although most of the work is carried out by solicitors and estate agents, it pays to keep a track of each stage of the purchase.


    Tick:     Date:
View house
Offer made
Offer accepted
Property taken off market
Obtain offer from mortgage lender in writing
Appoint solicitor/conveyancer
Arrange survey and set date for it to take place
Agree on an exchange date
Organise funds for deposit and bills
Organise buildings and contents insurance from exchange date
Exchange contracts and set a completion date
Arrange to pick up the keys to your new home!
     

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

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