A Final Checklist Before Moving Home


From checking the insurance status of your new home to making last-minute arrangements with your removal company and then sending notifications of change of address, there are so many things to keep track of to ensure your home moving is smooth and successful.

Moving home could get stressful and energy-draining if you don’t make all the right preparations. Be sure to draw up a final checklist and tick the boxes as you go.

1. Check that your new home has insurance

If you’re buying a new house, it’s very likely your lender company will require a building insurance as a condition for the mortgage contract.

But whether you’re buying or renting, it is important that you put adequate cover in place to protect your home against loss or damage both during and after moving home.

One you’ve been furnished with all the necessary information about your new home, you should set up an insurance policy that is at least 30 days in advance and schedule it to become operational the day you move in.

2. Check that all the utilities and electrical appliances are standard

Standard and well fixed utilities such as water and gas pipes and electrical connections adds real value to a property and helps the residents or users enjoy more warmth, comfort and pleasure. On the other hand, poorly connected utilities are can be a new nightmare in a new apartment. Besides, substandard or poor electrical connections are majorly the culprit for domestic accidents, and in worst case, house fires.

When moving home, make sure to check in with a friendly and professional electrical service expert in your local area. For example, if you live in the Watford, St Albans area in the UK, Elsy Electrical Contractors come highly recommended.

Electrical connection is a specialist area that you are advised not to attempt a DIY. Instead, hire a well qualified, dedicated and friendly professional to have it fixed for you, so you not only enjoy the comfort and pleasures of a modern and properly wired apartment, but also feel confident that you’re protected from electrical damages.

3. Redirect your post

Except the person or family moving into your old home is a known to you, never forget to redirect any bills or mails to that address to your new address.

You can set up a post redirection with your mail company for three, six or 12 months and even longer for a small fee. Alternatively, call the sender and provide them with an update of your new address or request that you be taken of their mailing list.

If you fail to redirect your post, your bills and mails may not get to you and so remain unpaid, which could damage your credit record. You could also be tracked by a debt collection company. Besides, you stand the risk of falling a victim of ID fraud if stray letters get into the hands of scammers and identity thieves.

4. Notify others

You need to draw up a new checklist of people and important institutions that needs a notification of your new address, so they can update it on their data system or mailing list. Of course, your family, friends and colleagues naturally would top your list, but even more important is your bank, building societies, TV licensing company, credit and store card companies, and utility companies (electrical, gas, water, phone, on-demand subscription, and broadband and TV).

5. Get the moving company in early

Once you have selected your preferred moving company and got a written quotation, arrange for them to come inspect your current home so they can make all the necessary arrangements to safely and securely transport your belongings to your new apartment, including pets and fragile possessions.

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