Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving House
Moving to your new home can be what you’ve thought and dreamed about for years. You may be moving to an avenue you’ve always wanted to live in, or perhaps a house with a garden big enough for your ambitions. It’s one of life’s special events.
Needless to say, however, moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. If everything goes right, you’ll be exhausted but happy. If something goes wrong, on the other hand, it can get your adventure at the new house off to the wrong start. Our job is to make things perfect for you.
At Grants Removals we have many years of experience at making the process as painless and enjoyable as possible. Over time we’ve helped hundreds of families with their moves and noticed a lot of the mistakes they tend to make. We don’t want you to make the same mistakes, so here is the first of our ten very important pointers on what we hope you won’t be doing on the big day!
Mistake 3 – You Don’t Tell The Right People You’re Moving
Have you remembered to change the address of your TV licence? Do your gas and electricity suppliers know? Your bank? What about the Inland Revenue?
This is a list of the organisations you need to tell about your impending house move:
- The Post Office, so that you can arrange a letter-redirect service to your new home.
- The utility companies: gas, electricity, water, telephone and Internet.
- Your bank, building society, pension provider and any company with which you have loans or investments.
- Credit card and store card companies.
- Inland Revenue — see www.hmrc.gov.uk for a list of offices.
- Local council, so that you can stop paying council tax at your old house and begin at your new one.
- Subscriptions to magazines and charities.
- The schools your children attend.
- If you’re a driver with a car, you need to tell DVLA about the move, so that you can renew your driving licence and vehicle registration document.
- TV Licencing. Were you aware that your licence doesn’t automatically move with you when you move house? If you forget to tell TV Licensing about your new address, you may risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1000. Make sure you’re covered by going to www.tvlicensing.co.uk or call 0844 800 5850 (or 0300 790 6065) and follow their instructions. They’ll ask for your TV licence number and new address.
- Take a few minutes now to jot down the details of the organisations mentioned above.
- Write an entry in your calendar or set up a reminder on your phone or computer to get in touch with every person that needs to know you’re moving at least two weeks prior to your move.
- If in any doubt about how your preparations are going, call Grants Removals on 020 8640 6885 or quote form
“This is an easy one to manage, but only if you remember to do it in time. Start thinking of who you need to tell about the house move as soon as you have a date and you’ll be half-way to a successful start to your new life in just 10 minutes.”