Moving Home Tips
Here at Attwells Solicitors we are committed to stress free conveyancing, we do our upmost to speed up your transaction and pride ourselves on being great communicators.
To help our clients move with ease we have created a how to guide. This provides you with useful information regarding utility suppliers, how to change your broadband and great packing tips.
We have put these in order of time, starting from when you first begin your conveyancing journey.
Give notice to your landlord
This will depend on your contract. However, it is always worth giving as much notice as possible. Your conveyancer will be able to offer you more advice regarding moving dates. An average completion takes 8 weeks at Attwells Solicitors. However, this does depend on the chain you are in therefore please allow for hiccups and discuss your conveyancing progress with your conveyancer.
Finalise your moving date: When do I start packing?
As mentioned above your conveyancer will keep you up to date with the progress of your transaction. Once contracts are signed, you will then arrange a moving date.
Once you have a moving date you will need to inform your landlord if you are renting. This would be an ideal time to book time off work, book a removal service or ask friends if they are available to help you. You may also wish to arrange childcare or a place for your pet/pets to stay.
If you decide to use a removal company then check whether they offer additional services such as insurance and storage. Make sure that the removal company belongs to the British Association of removers. Book your van at least 3 weeks prior to your moving date.
If you are moving yourself now is a good time to start collecting boxes, your local supermarket or local shop maybe able to supply you with some. We would recommend you start packing decorative, out of season and other items you rarely use.
Make sure you label the boxes and keep your Fixtures Fittings and Contents Form to hand. You would have completed this form prior to signing your contract, therefore you are contract bound to leave the items agreed upon in this form.
How to move your broadband?
Nowadays most people don’t have a home telephone. However, you will have a landline if you have broadband. Depending on where you are moving to you may not need to change your broadband provider. We would recommend you call your broadband provider up as early as possible to discuss your options. BT require at least 2 weeks’ notice and may have to install a new line.
Two weeks to go! Don’t panic
Start running down your freezer and cupboards, items such as tins of baked beans or shower gel can take up a lot of room. It may also be worth measuring furniture to see what will fit down the stairs or out of the front door. Some flat pack items are not designed to be taken apart, so please be mindful. Equally you may only need to partly dismantle some items, for example taking the legs off your bed.
How to notify or change your utility suppliers?
Firstly, you will need to check who supplies your new home. You can find this information out via www.findmysupplier.energy. U Switch also offer a postcode searching system, so you can find the best deal for your needs.
You need to call your gas and electric supplier at least 48 hours before you are due to move. They will ask you for your moving date and your new address so they can send you a final bill.
On the day we recommend you take a photo of your meters - gas, electric and water. This will offer you proof of usage with a time and date should you need it.
Once you have moved you can call them supplying them with your final meter reading or you can inform them of this via their website.
How do I move my Sky or Virgin Media service?
You will need to call your digital tv provider. Both Sky and Virgin will require your moving date and new address to check coverage. You may also be asked to clear your outstanding balance. Sky charge an up-front one-off payment of £35 for installing your Sky TV on a weekday, a weekend is slightly more costing £50. It’s also worth noting they charge for missing your appointment, cancelling or rescheduling on the day too. This is £25 and will be added to your next bill.
Virgin Media charge a £20 movers fee to transfer your service to your new address.
The day is approaching fast! I’m moving this week, what do I need to do?
Prior to the big day finish off packing non-day-to-day items. Keep all your boxes in one room and if possible, note which ones are heavy. If you have any direct debits linked to your old home cancel them, likewise remember to cancel any regular orders, such as newspapers or milk.
Changing your address?
When you move, you’ll need to inform several organisations as well as family and friends of your move. Your place of work, your bank, insurance, pension and credit card providers will all need to know. Along with your council (for council tax), the nice people at TV Licensing, your doctor and other health care providers, the DVLA and benefit providers such as Working Tax Credits.
The Post Office do offer a useful re-direct service, alternatively you could provide your buyers with a bundle of pre-paid envelopes to forward any mail. This method would be suitable for letter, however parcels could be an issue, so remember to change your eBay account, Amazon and any other online shopping providers.
The day before your move – What should you do?
The day before your move you should defrost your fridge freezer. Place towels and a bowl to capture the water. Please let your appliance defrost naturally. Once you have moved your fridge freezer you will need to let it stand at least 30 minutes, 1 hour to be safe. This gives the gases inside time to settle.
We would also recommend disconnecting large appliances such as washing machines - remember to fit transit bolts if required.
Another great tip is to pack a survival box for your new home. Including items such as a kettle, tea/coffee and a toilet roll.
On the day of the move
You will need to turn off electricity, gas and water supplies at the mains and take a final meter reading as suggested above. If the property is going to be vacant for a while drain the water system too. Finally lock all windows and doors, make one last check and say goodbye to your old home!