Moving house can be an exceptionally stressful time, especially with a family in tow. With so much to remember, if you’re anything like me you’ve got such a reliance on lists that you’ve got lists for your lists. Whether you’re already in, or the big day is just around the corner, here are a few things you really don’t want to forget
Find Everything: One of the very first things you want to do is find the stopcock for the water. If the house has been standing empty for any length of time, then there is a chance that you’ll spring a leak once you turn on a faucet. Even if you don’t, it’s just a useful thing to know. It’s beneficial to find the thermostat and your meters pretty quickly too; you can always ask the vendor as one of your last questions to them.
Health: You’ll need to register with a family dentist and doctor almost straight away. If anything goes wrong, you won’t want to be rushing around trying to sort out registration at a later date. Do your research before you choose any medical practitioners, though. Ask new neighbors for their recommendations, and ensure that the doctor you choose accepts your healthcare plan.
Insurance: You’ll need to have your buildings and contents insurance finalized before you move into your new home. Many vendors and mortgage lenders require this before they will allow the sale to complete. Use price comparison websites to ensure that you get the best deal for your new property and aren’t paying for additional features that you’ll never use. Be sure to change your address with existing insurance companies, such as your vehicle and health insurance – this is a legal requirement.
Utilities: When you arrive, take an initial meter reading to send to your supplier. This is so that they know only to charge you for usage after this point. It will save you time and money, and reduce the likelihood of confusion and lengthy discussions with utility companies over who owes them what money.
Unpack: Try to quickly unpack once you’re in your new home, even if you plan on rearranging everything after a while. You won’t start to settle in until everything is out of boxes, and you can’t see where you want everything until it’s all in the room in front of you. It’s tempting to leave things in boxes that you don’t really need to return to later, but you’ll struggle to work out how much new storage you require if you don’t unpack everything.
Meet the neighbors: Perhaps most importantly, make new friends and join the community! These people will be unparalleled in their local knowledge, and most people will be happy to help you out with anything you need. You’ll feel much more settled when you know your new neighbors. (Don’t be like me who has lived in the same neighborhood for thirteen years and still barely knows the names of a handful of people!)
It may be exhausting and stressful, but you can do this! Just make sure you’re organized and proactive, and it’ll all go swimmingly. Good luck! 🙂
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