Things to do before moving in a new home
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There is a lot to consider when you’re moving into a new home. And while we often consider moving steps like packing and unpacking to be the only major things standing in the way of fully settling in, it’s actually the things that you do before you move that makes all the difference.
Not sure if you should move alone or use a professional moving company? We recommend checking out this article: Do it yourself VS Removals company.
Here's a list of things that you should do before moving into a new home:
1. Have a full house inspection
Since you move into a new house, there are likely to be issues that you didn't notice at first.
Make a list of things you want checked and hire a professional to do the inspection for you, but be there to make sure everything is checked thoroughly. This way if anything needs fixing you can talk to the seller to take care of the cost prior to closing a contract.
2. Check for nearby schools
If you have children, or plan on having children, it's important to see what school options you have in the area. Finding a good school is crucial, but moving close to one is even better. This helps you and your kids drive/walk small distances to and from school.
Being healthy is important and since you are moving to a new area, you should also search for a new family doctor. You can search for the closest GP surgery here: NHS GP surgery finder
4. Update your old address with the new one
Not sure where to start? Here's a basic checklist on which companies you need to notify of your new address:
- gas and electricity
- car insurance
- phone, cable and internet
- other utilities
- your employer
- online shopping sites
- food delivery apps
5. Change the locks
It is always good practice to change the locks on your new home. Even if you’re not concerned about the previous owner, you never know who might have a key. So if you want peace of mind, it is indicated to hire a locksmith or, if you know how to, change the locks yourself.
6. Get rid of useless possessions
Now might be the time to empty your old garage or that storage closet full of objects that nobody used in ages. Might as well try to sell some of them for some extra cash.
7. Look around the neighborhood
Check the area for shops, pharmacies , ATMs, bus stations, grocery stores and since you already checked the house, you might as well look around the neighborhood for a bit and see how safe it seems.
If you feel bold enough, go ahead and ask some of the neighbors what they think about it as well. As a bonus, you’ll see how friendly the community is. Nobody wants grumpy neighbors.
8. Remaining bills
Make sure you settle all your remaining bills. This way you get rid of all surprise payments after you move to your new home.