When you are moving home, it is easy to become focused on the big stuff – things like packing your home, making sure that you have the mortgage in place and the removal men booked in. But there are also lots of other tasks to be done at different stages of the moving process that can cause big problems if they are ignored or left until the last minute.
Dealing with utilities
One thing you don’t want when you are moving home is to arrive at your new property and find there is no gas or electricity. Nor do you want to be paying the bill for your old home after you move out. Therefore, preparing the utility company or companies for the move is something that should be done as soon as you have a confirmed moving date.
Once you have notified your existing supplier that you are moving, you can consider if you want to stick with them for the new property or transfer to someone else. You may want to check with who currently supplies the property, in case there are any queries around the date of moving. On moving day, take a reading from your old property as you leave for the last time and take a meter reading from your new property as you first enter. You will be required to submit these for accurate bills.
Changing phone and TV services
While not quite as important as gas and electricity, the service for phone, broadband and the TV can be a very important service to sort out. If you deal with a single company for all three, then the process can be a bit easier. Sky, for example, have a Home Move service designed for TV only or for Talk and Broadband customers to ensure service is switched over seamlessly.
You can also use the Sky contact number from mobile if there are any problems on the day, such as delaying the installation of a new satellite dish or even that the service isn’t working. That way, if you have your landline with them, you can still get in touch with them to sort problems before it is connected.
Other companies have similar systems such as BT and Virgin Media that make moving home much easier. It also means that on the first night in the new home, you can all family to tell them you are in and even watch a little TV to relax after all the boxes are in place.
Other things to remember
There are a few other legal changes of address to make ahead of your move to keep everything correct. The address on your bank accounts is one of them, as well as any insurance policies you have on your car, life insurance and such. You also need to change the address on any driving licenses and also with your GP or any other hospital services. And don’t forget to update the details with your children’s schools including any new contact numbers.