Moving house can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s lifetime. In a recent study of 2,000 adults by E.ON, 62% of people voted moving home their most stressful life event. Research shows the average person in Britain moves five times in their life with each move causing over three months of stress. Does it have to be that way? Is it possible to minimise the stress involved and make moving house an organised and exciting time?
Our team of property experts at House Buyer Bureau have compiled this handy moving out checklist to help things run smoothly.
Moving out Checklist
1. Redirect Your Post and Change Your Address
For 25% of those polled in the E.ON survey, remembering to redirect post and the address listed with all relevant providers and companies is one of the most stressful aspects of moving out.
To reduce the stress of worrying about lost mail, don’t leave this until the last minute. Create a list of all the service providers and companies with whom you need to change your address and number them in order of priority. In the top spots, you should have your bank, the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) and your employer. Remember, it’s a legal requirement to have the correct address on your driver’s licence. Failure to update your address with the DVLA could result in a £1,000 fine. Also, update your delivery address with any companies you regularly order goods from. You can do this in minutes via the company website.
Set up a redirect with Royal Mail to make sure any post that slips through the net and winds up with the new owners of your old home makes it back to you. Redirects can be put in place for three to 12 months and cost between £33.99 and £66.99 for one person.
2. Get Insurance for Your New Home
Anyone buying a new home should be offered various types of insurance by their mortgage provider. Buildings insurance is often a condition of a mortgage offer. Make sure you set up your new home insurances to start when you move in. If the moving date changes — especially if it is brought forward — don’t forget to bring the policy start date forward too.
If you’re moving into rented accommodation, it’s advisable to take out rental contents insurance to protect belongings in your new home.
Don’t forget to get insurance for the move too. This will protect you if your possessions are lost or damaged in transit.
3. Take Final Meter Readings and Inform Your Suppliers
When moving out, contact the suppliers of utilities, internet and television services to let them know you’re moving on. It’s a good idea to put this in writing with a clear date of termination.
You should also take final meter readings and submit these to the gas and electricity suppliers. Many providers now provide online client portals making this quick and easy. Even if you wish to stay with the same provider in the new property, it’s important to end any contracts tied to the property you will no longer be living in. This precaution will prevent you from being landed with bills after you move out.
4. Update Your Details on the Electoral Roll
If a person fails to update their details on the electoral register, they could lose their vote. The government sends out a form asking for the details of residents in a property before an election, but you should get in touch with them as soon as you move.
The government website has a “Register to Vote” service you can use to change your address online.
5. Organise Your Packing
Whether you’re transporting your own belongings or using a removals company, it’s important to pack them carefully and keep everything organised. This will significantly reduce the stress of unpacking and finding a home for everything at the other end. It will also reduce the risk of damage.
Invest in some strong boxes, bubble wrap and tape. Don’t forget to label every box. Labelling will help you to quickly sort boxes into the appropriate room in the new property and to prioritise what needs unpacking first.
6. Take Photos to Aid Re-Assembly
If some items of furniture need taking apart for transport or technical equipment needs disconnecting, take photographs to make re-assembly easier. For example, a computer is likely to have multiple leads connected to the monitor, speakers, microphone and more. A quick snap of the set-up will make putting it all back together a breeze.
7. Book Time off Work
Many people try to squeeze a house move into a weekend or the one “moving day” permitted by an employer. This can make moving out extremely stressful, especially if you have kids and pets in tow or if you’re moving a long distance away.
Allow yourself enough time to make the house move comfortably. That doesn’t have to mean taking two weeks off and only returning to work when you’ve unpacked every box. But allowing time to transport belongings, set up basic utilities and make the space habitable will save you a lot of hassle and stress. Perhaps consider using a local babysitter or kennels to care for children and pets for a few hours while you get settled.
One of the major stresses involved in moving out is having to keep to someone else’s schedule. Selling on the open market often means the date of completion is not ideal for both parties and there is a rush to move out before your buyer moves in. Using a house buying service such as that offered by House Buyer Bureau puts you in control of when you move. We can arrange for the completion of the sale in a time scale to suit you — and there will be no-one itching to move into your home the second you load the first box into the removals van.
House Buyer Bureau is the UK’s favourite house buying service. There are no legal or estate agency fees and we offer the most competitive cash price for your property. Contact us today to get your cash offer.