Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can go through, whether you’re renting or buying. As well as finding somewhere new to live, packing up all of your belongings and moving them to the new place, you also have to worry about redirecting post, sorting out your bills and your new commute to work.
Here’s some tips for making it all a bit easier..
Research the new area
Whether you’re moving across the country, or just a few miles down the road it is a good idea to research the new area you will be living in. You’ll want to find the quickest route to work, the best coffee place, the best takeaways and the nearest supermarket. Take time to have a wander around your new area before you actually move there.
Set up a postal redirect
The last thing you want when you’ve endured the stress of moving house is to find that your important mail has been going to the wrong address. Before you’ve had time to change your address with the banks etc. make sure you set up a postal redirect to ensure that everything arrives to the right place.
Sort out your household bills
Don’t leave it until you’ve actually moved in to sort out your bills. Find out which companies are responsible for providing the gas and electricity at your new place and make sure you call them to tell them you’ve moved. You’ll need to do the same for your old address too, you don’t want to be left with the companies chasing you up for the bills from the new occupants. You’ll also want to make sure you have your internet and phone line sorted so you’re not without wifi when you first move in. There are plenty of places to save on your broadband online, so make sure you use them.
Introduce yourself to your new neighbours
It’s always handy to be on good terms with your neighbours, whether it’s so that they can take in parcels for you when you’re out or to keep an eye out on your property when you’re away and vice versa. Once you’ve moved in and have got yourself settled, just pop round and introduce yourself, maybe invite them round for a cup of tea if you feel like you’ll get on well with them.
What tips have you got for moving house?