The New House Checklist: What To Do When You First Move

Moving to a new home is one of the most stressful processes that you will put yourself through and with that, things can slip through the net. It’s stressful when you do it for the first time, moving out from your parents house or a shared accomodation. But when you move from a previously bought home to a new one, it can be even harder.

The amount of ‘stuff’ you acquire from living in a home, and then up-ing and moving can feel quite frightful. This, along with many other factors, can be what slow some people down when it comes to moving.

However, moving should be something to celebrate! This is why I have penned today’s article. Let’s take a look at some of the areas that you must cover as you move home, hopefully making things a little easier and clearer for you.

Giving notice to your landlord (when applicable)

This first point isn’t going to be applicable to all of you, but if you happen to be renting it should go without saying that you need to give the appropriate notice to your landlord.

Under a lot of tenancy agreements, you’ll have a period of notice. Furthermore, this notice period can usually only be activated at certain points (usually after 12 month or 6-month blocks). Bearing this in mind, you need to make sure that you time your notice accordingly.

Sometimes, you might have to compromise and perhaps move into a family member’s home if you are already near the end of your tenancy. If this is the case, you might need to lean on something like Safestore Manchester to store some of your belongings whilst staying with family.

Moving your utilities over

Of course, on most parts your new home will have working water, gas and electric. However, there’s every chance that this will be on a poor deal, meaning that you will be paying through the nose for its usage.

It means that you need to contact these providers on the first day of moving into your property, give them a meter reading and put yourself on an acceptable tariff.

Then, there are the internet and other utilities. This is something that doesn’t tend to be automatically switched to you, meaning that you may even have to contact a provider before moving to organise the installation.

Moving your belongings

Now this is one of the trickiest, because we all tend to have those large furniture pieces that somehow got into our homes in the first place, and now need to move into a new space! Yes – we’re talking about that awkward L shaped sofa…

This is where you need to look at what would work for you. If it’s easier, investing in storage units could be worth that money while you are in the moving process. Your belongings are kept safe and away from being ‘under your feet’. You can rest that they are looked after in a locked away unit, ready for when you are ready.

If you’re moving abroad, this is where it’s worth looking at something more large scale. Ideally, you’ll benefit from shipping containers, which are air and water tight units which can safely take your items from one country to another. They also double up as storage units for if you’re working on a much bigger moving process – like moving office buildings if you are part of a large work organisation.

If you are planning on oversee’s moving, or need the most reliable and safe storage units, look at Gap Containers for more information.

Organising your post

This is where you need to decide if you are going to inform everyone who has your current address that you have moved, or if you take advantage of some sort of redirect service. Quite often, the latter is a good temporary solution while you get things in order.

Something that is often forgotten about is the post when moving house. Sure, your nearest and dearest might be aware that you have moved, but what about everyone else?

Gather your essentials bag

Finally, let’s talk about essentials. On the day of your move this might involve your toothbrush, kettle or even a sharp knife to cut through all of those boxes you have packed.

Either way, these items need to be accessible. You might think that you have packed your belongings in a completely strategic way, that’s going to make them easy to find. Unfortunately, by the time everything arrives in your new home, they probably aren’t easy to find. This is where your essentials bag can come to your rescue and really provide you with that ease and efficiency you require.

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