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Moving into a new home? We know that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and become focused on where to put your favourite pictures, later regretting to do that all important job. However fear not, with this useful new homeowner checklist, your move will go to plan – you can thank us later! • Compare removal costs. Occasionally, a van and some mates is all it takes but when the job requires a removal company then it’s important to shop around for the best deal. • Take a few days off when it comes to the move. The first few days are a blur of setting things up, unpacking and phone calls so it’s best to have time to spare. • Keep a box of essentials for when you move in. You’ll be thankful when you’re searching for a mug and plate late at night. • Re-direct your post. Use Royal Mail’s Postal Redirection service to ensure that any bills or letters you’ve not changed your address on still reach you. • Get in touch with the gas and electric companies and tell them you’ve moved. In most cases they’ll just transfer your account to your new address. Read the gas and electric meters – taking a photo in case. You may need this in the future if you have to get in touch with them. • Notify your Internet and telephone providers. You will also need to change your address at the bank, the local council, employers, the schools that your children attend and the DVLA. It is a legal requirement to notify DVLA and renew your driving license and vehicle registration. • If you are moving into a new area then notify your GP and register with a new one in your new neighbourhood. • Ensure that your old home is cleaned fully and also give your new home a deep clean before moving in. • Do any home improvements or repairs that you can before you move in. No one wants to be living in a building site. • Change the locks of your new home. Even if you know and trust the previous owner, you don’t know who has access to keys. While doing this, get a few spare keys made and give them to trusted family and friends for emergencies. • Remember that your TV license doesn’t automatically move with you so ring up and ensure you’re covered. • Insure your new property and the goods inside. • Once inside your new home, check that everything is working. You don’t want to unpack and realise you have no electricity or that the washing machine, the previous owners left doesn’t work. This is also a great time to look for the fuse box. • Relax and open that fizz! You did it, you moved in! n Image Credit - bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock.com


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