If you have just bought or are considering buying a new home, then you will also need to plan the process of moving home. While there are many things that you have to remember, planning them in advance will make the whole move easier and less traumatic. So a good idea will be to start planning immediately after you come to know the completion date for your move.
There are some things that take quite a bit of time and hence, its best to arrange them at least a month in advance. Of the date that you are leaving, if you have any landlord or flatmates, you will want let them know. This can mean the difference between getting your deposit back or not, if you are renting, so it’s a good idea to let everyone know your plans as soon as you know them yourself.
You should probably also inform the gas and electricity companies of your knew property that you are the new owner. Mix-ups can be avoided later on by doing this. This also includes calling your telephone company and making arrangements to have your phone number transferred.
You can start packing up your things or getting boxes together. Packing of items like books and photos that can be done in advance will save you hassles later on when the move gets closer. You may want to book some time of work, especially if you don’t think you’re going to be able to arrange the move in a weekend. Having a clearout and getting rid of some old things that have been gathering dust will be another good idea. In fact, moving is the perfect chance to get rid of some of the belongings that accumulate over the years.
You should arrange for transit insurance if you decide you need it as the move gets closer, and make bookings with the removal company. You can tell the post office to redirect your mail and you can also notify the local authority of the change in address for council tax purposes.
You should make sure that all your utility bills are paid up by the date of the move. You don’t want the new owners to be hounding you for unpaid bills once you’ve moved and now is the time to make sure they are accurate. If you have services like milk deliveries, newspaper deliveries and the like you should have these cancelled.
Before you leave, make sure all doors and windows have been locked and that all appliances and utilities have been turned off.