What to do when you’re moving house

Moving can be an extremely stressful time for anyone. From packing your belongings to picking a removals company, moving out can bring out the worst in us. What can you do to make your move as stress free as possible? We’ve highlighted some important things that you’ll need to do when you move.

Moving checklist

Making a checklist will help you get organized and to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Generally speaking, your checklist should be split into 6 weeks, 2 weeks and a few days before the move.

Get rid of what you don’t need

One of the most important things to do is to make sure you get rid of everything you don’t need. This will decrease the amount of things you have to move. It will also help with de-cluttering your new place. You can donate old clothes and appliances to nearby charities.

Contact the council

Let the council know the date you are moving out. This is to make sure that the council stops charging you council tax for your old address from the day you move out.

Find a removals company

At 6 weeks out you should be shopping around for quotes from removal companies. Always get a written quote from companies when you can and always check their insurance policy. To save time, go on a comparison website for removals to get the best deal.

If you’re opting to do this on your own, you can hire a van or ask friends to help out.

Contact your utilities company

Let your gas, electricity and internet provider know when you’re moving out. This is to make sure that they stop billing you the day you move out. It’s also possible to transfer your ownership to the next property you move in. Contact your utilities provider to see if they can help you transition smoothly. Gas and electricity providers will need you to submit a final metre reading on the day you move out so they can issue you a final bill.

Book time off

Make sure you book time off work on the day of moving. This is so you can spend the whole day moving without worrying about having to go into work. Our suggestion is to try and move on a Friday so you get the weekend to sort your new place out.

Schedule an end of tenancy clean

Most, if not all, landlord and agencies will require you to clean the property at the end of a tenancy. You will need to return the property to the way that it was at the beginning of the tenancy to get your cleaning deposit back.

Some people like to hire a professional cleaning company to carry out an end of tenancy clean. This is normally done when the property is emptied.

You may also want to make sure your new place is cleaned. If you are renting, it’s important to check if the inventory check list corresponds to the state of the property when you move in.

Author: Rachel Smith, www.serviceoctopus.com. Service Octopus is UK’s first comparison website and booking platform for cleaning related services such as end of tenancy cleaning.