What do you do in the months and weeks leading up to your move, aside from packing up? Is it just the furniture and stuff you take when you move? Those are just 2 of the most common questions that first time home buyers ask me when they finally start to wrap up their lives as renters.
There are so many tasks to do on the day you move out, but there are also lesser known preparations which must be accomplished before that day even comes such as:
Taking a long, last look on your meters
Before moving out, never, ever forget to pay for the water, gas and electricity that you actually used. Take a picture of the meter readings and send them to your utilities provider right away, otherwise you’ll be billed for another person’s utility costs.
Getting your mail redirected
Although many consider “snail mail” as an outdated mode of communication, some companies and government offices still use traditional mail to deliver important documents to individuals.
That’s the reason you have to inform the Royal Mail ASAP of your new address before you even move in to your new house, so that when you finally settle in, you’re still going to get important mail delivered at your doorstep.
Royal Mail officers say that informing them of the move 6 or 12 months before it actually happens is enough lead time for their personnel to make necessary changes. You can set up your mail redirect through Royal Mail’s website.
Moving your digital TV and broadband subscriptions
Based on my experience, most utility companies offering broadband, landline, and digital TV services allow you to transfer your existing package at a new area without any extra fee, provided they offer services to your new location.
But you have to ask your service provider months in advance if they could really transfer the service or package you have. If they can’t, they’ll offer you an alternative package or give you a refund on your outstanding contract.
When I was helping out my daughter move into her first house, we failed to avail of any of these alternative options, because we only notified the company of her move 2 weeks after she moved in. Our lack of diligence cost us a few pounds, that’s why I highly suggest that you learn from our mistakes!
Disclose to the banks that you are moving
Inform banks, building societies, insurance companies, or other financial institutions that you deal with about your impending move to help them update their database. Writing a letter to your bank, telling them about your new address and the exact date of your move is an accepted method of notification.
There are two benefits you can reap if you report a change of address to your bank promptly. First, they can easily reach you and your family in case of emergencies. Second, and I believe more importantly, it’ll stop them from sending out sensitive information like new credit cards, as well as PIN and account numbers into the hands of wrong people.
No matter how tight your schedule is, never forget to accomplish these tasks before you move out. So your transition from renting into homeownership will be as smooth and hassle free.Tags: first time home buyers, move in to your new house, move into her first house, move out, moving out