The New Home Checklist

28 September 2021

Moving Home tips

When moving into a new home, there will always be some things you forget or only remember at the last minute.

Carol Walker-Gunn provides a guide for all buyers, but this new home checklist will help you to tick off things as you go to make your move complete.

Before you book your removals THINK ABOUT YOUR PETS!

Moving house not only causes upheaval to the people moving, but also to any animals who are making the transition. For smaller pets such as hamsters and rabbits, it will simply involve relocating their hutch or cage, but they will need to transported in the necessary pet carriers. For dogs, it is best to get completely moved in before allowing them to roam their new garden and home, so perhaps ask a family member or friend to dogsit for a day or two while you move.

The animals most affected by house moves, however, are cats. If you have a cat that is normally let out during the day or evening, it will initially struggle with the transition and may even be reluctant to head out. If you are moving close to your previous property, there is also a chance your cat will begin returning to the old house to be let in at night, so be prepared to make a few journeys in the first couple of weeks after moving. The RSPCA has advice on how to make a house move as stress-free as possible for your feline friend.

Register to vote

You are not automatically registered to vote at your new address after moving, which may mean you have no say in who ultimately represents you in local and national government, so this needs to be arranged as soon as you move. Furthermore, not being on the electoral register can actually damage your credit score and make it more difficult to obtain credit, due to discrepancies in your registered address. The registration process requires all members of a household over the age of 18 to register individually, and can be done at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Redirect your post

With so much to consider leading up to moving day, it is easy to forget to redirect your post. Anyone moving a short distance will likely be able to pick up mail from their old address with little hassle, but to avoid inconveniencing the new occupier this is best arranged before the move even takes place. For those moving a long way from their old home, this task becomes even more important. Things such as driving licences, bank statements, store cards and magazine subscriptions all need to be altered, but inevitably some things will be forgotten. To ensure nothing gets missed, the Royal Mail’s Postal Redirection service can come in particularly handy.

Utilities

Inform your utility providers that you are moving.

Moving to a new property often entitles you to sign up to new services, so it is well worth looking into the possibilities. Many phone, broadband and TV packages can be negotiated after moving house, and you may even find that being in a new area brings additional technological advantages. Your new home may be in a position to receive better phone signal with certain carriers, while average broadband speeds may also be faster due to the property being close to a local exchange.

On moving day

Make sure you pack a box with essential supplies, tea, coffee, milk, toilet rolls, vase, glasses and a bottle of wine to celebrate!