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Top Tips to Consider When Moving House

Created: 16/05/2017

There is plenty to consider when moving home, and while you might think that you have all your bases covered, there is always a chance that you have forgotten a thing or two.

With that being said, we have put together this collection of top tips to consider when moving house, hopefully paving the way for a smooth and successful moving experience.

Electric meter

Find out where your meters are

One of the first things you will want to do is find out where your new home’s meters are. You might want to change water or electricity suppliers and in order to do so, you will need to locate the meters.

Or if you were to employ a handyman service to make changes to your home, they will also need to know this. So before you move in you should ask the estate agents or previous owners where the gas and electricity meters are, as well as asking them about where the main stopcocks are so you can shut off the water should you need to in an emergency.

Know when your rubbish is collected

This may seem like a trivial matter but the question of when your rubbish will be collected at your new property is one that is often forgotten about. Asking what days your bins are collected is a sensible question, especially when you are chucking out stuff you no longer need in your new home.

The last thing you want to do is find yourself with a whole host of items to chuck but have no idea when any of its allowed to be put out. Moving is stressful enough, so make life a little easier for yourself by finding out small details such as this.


Redirect the post

With all that will be going on it is very easy to forget to redirect your post. If you don’t, then you could be receiving bills and other important information to your old property, and not paying for outstanding debts could end up affecting your credit record.

While the new owners of your old home will hopefully be kind of enough to forward on anything that turns up, it’s always best to be proactive and make sure it’s taken care of. You can redirect via Royal Mail for as little as £5.25 a month, and for either a three, six, or 12 month period.

Who supplies the existing utilities?

Another really important question to ask is which company supplies the energy, broadband and phone line for your new home. You might find out that you are happy with the current suppliers but there is a good chance you will want to change at least one of these elements.

Once you find out, you can then shop around until you find the best deals. Like with the metres, the previous owners or estate agents will be able to tell you these details. So make sure to ask in good time and then it will be one less thing to worry about. Changing utilities can often be time consuming so it is always recommended to get on this as soon as possible.


Paint before you move in

Another point to include on your moving home checklist is painting and overall decorating. A little tip is to try and do as much painting, either yourself or your Handyman, before you move everything in. This will save you having to move heavy objects around and will make painting rooms a much easier job.

If you are moving home, it is quite understandable that you will want to put your own stamp on your new home. Websites such as Paint Direct offer a vast selection of different paints to help you give your new home just the look you desire. And doing this before you move in will make moving day just that bit more special.

Moving boxes

When planning your move, deciding all the things that you want to take, and just which belongings will make the trip to the new house, you will eventually come to a point when you need something to pack everything into.

Obviously some larger objects like furniture can go pretty much as is, but all of your various possessions, the different accoutrements that you’ve acquired over the years, will need to be packed safely away. So getting hold of some secure packing boxes is an absolute must.

Sites such as provide everything you need in this regard, such as extra strong double wall removal boxes to help protect your items during the move. With bubble wrap and removal blankets also available, you should be covered for every eventuality. 


Use a removal service

Once everything is packed up, and all other preparations have been made for the big day, you will now be faced with the task of actually moving yourself and your belongings out of your old house and into your new home.

These can often be stressful occasions, but by employing the services of a removal/moving company like Fantastic Removals, you can at least remove some of the burden from your shoulders.

We spoke to Fantastic Removals who kindly offered the following advice:

“Moving house is an experience that can send anyone into an emotional rollercoaster, but with the right preparation, the negativity can be brought to a minimum. To do this, planning early will be your best decision. An early plan gives you enough time to declutter, change the address, pack, organise transportation, and hire the right moving company.”

Fantastic Removals can certainly help make the process easier by offering “full insurance, around-the-clock customer support, free quotes and a variety of customizable moving services. If you’re moving house, you can choose from the specialised man and van service, house removals and office removals service.”

Beyond simply moving your stuff, Fantastic Removals also have a packing and labelling service, and storage should you require it. They also offer end of tenancy cleaning as it’s never a bad idea to leave your old property in the best condition possible. This is performed by the tenancy department at Fantastic Cleaners

This is a great way to make moving a smoother process; letting someone else worry about the heavy lifting, allowing you to focus on other important details.

There are of course many things to contemplate when moving house, but by considering all of the above, and making sure you’ve given yourself plenty of time to accomplish your tasks, your next move should hopefully be a little more manageable.

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