Moving house can be a significant upheaval. Especially when there are young children involved. They say buying a house and moving home is not only the most expensive thing you do. But also the most costly. It doesn’t have to be as stressful as you imagine, though. Here are five things to remember when you move into a new home.
Have a plan
So you’ve bought a new house. It’s all exciting. But now comes the stressful bit of moving. You have a few weeks before the move date so first things first is to have a plan. This will help you be more organised in the days leading up to the move. If you have young children will you ask family or friends to look after them while you move? Or will they be around with you? Think about what distractions you might need to keep them occupied. Think about packing as soon as possible. Little and often may be the key to avoid you feeling overwhelmed.
Pack carefully and by room.
As you begin to pack it’s best to have a system. Pack by room or pack the things you want together for a specific room. The best advice would then be to label the box with the room you want it unpacked in. This will save you hours in your new house figuring out which box is for what room. It will also aid in the process of unpacking. There will also be boxes with things in that you need straightaway. Things like a kettle and toaster perhaps. So label the box accordingly so you can those things unpacked as soon as possible.
Remember to change your address
As you are moving, it’s advisable to notify anyone who has your address of your new one. This goes for friends and family as well your bank. Other things that require a change of address that a lot of people forget is their driving licence. A useful thing to do is place a redirection on your mail. It’s easy to forget who you have and haven’t told. So as post arrives from your old address you can make the phone calls as you go along.
Think about the bills you need to change and set up
Once you have safely exchanged and you have the keys in your hand now would be the time to inform the companies you pay the bills to your change of address. If you plan to move you account across, then this should be seamless. If you want to close your account then now would be the time to do so. Keep a note of any metre readings at your old address on the day you leave so you don’t end up owing money that isn’t your responsibility. You may want to consider something new in the house like a different broadband or TV provider. .
Get family and friends involved.
Finally, get as many people involved as you can. Many hands make lighter work and the house move will feel like a much easier process the more help you have.
Be sure to make a list of these things to remember when you move into a new home, and your move should go a lot easier! Happy moving!