There are so many things to think about when you move to a new place, it’s only natural that one or two things slip through the net and are forgotten about until they become an issue.
If you want to keep on top of things, follow these to keep you on the right track.
Transfer utility contracts
You’ve sorted the packing and the removals company but no one wants to find they don’t have power and water when they move to a new place. Let the energy companies know as far in advance as possible and show around for the best deal. Let them know the exact dates you are moving so that you aren’t being charged for times you’re not living in either your new property or old.
Don’t forget the other important contracts too such as your phone line, internet, and cable packages, and Netflix. They may not be as important as gas and electricity but not having them, even for a few days can have a huge impact on your life.
Change your mailing address
Most correspondence is done online now, but you still want your address details updated. You don’t want important correspondence going to your old address where someone else lives. Arrange a mail redirection service for a few months in case there are any you forgot about.
Arrange a pre-move clean
On the day you move, you don’t want to spend time cleaning. You just want to start unpacking your things and making it feel like home. Arrange for a specialist company to come in a few days before and do a deep clean of the entire property. It’s one less thing to worry about and you don’t have to spend your time cleaning up someone else’s mess.
Change the locks
It’s always a good idea to change the door locks in your new home as soon as possible. After all, how many people have a key? You don’t know that the keys you were given were all the ones that existed. Previous homeowners may have given keys to the house in the past. You don’t know how trustworthy those people are, and you certainly don’t want them in your house.
To be safe, have a professional locksmith change all of the door and window locks for you so that you know for certain who has every key.
Know where all the emergency cut-offs are
Get to know your property, so that in the event of an emergency, you know where the important stuff is. Make a point of finding the water shut-off, electricity circuit breaker, and gas shut-off. It’s better that you know in advance rather than search around in an emergency causing more potential damage.
Even for a very organized person, moving to a new home can test those organizational skills to the limit. It’s best to start planning everything as early as you can so that you can see in advance if you’ve forgotten anything. Some early preparation could save you a lot of time and money later on.
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