THE 4 THINGS EVERYBODY FORGETS TO DO WHEN THEY MOVE HOUSE
The average Brit moves house an estimated eight times in their lifetime. Although this gives them plenty of practice, an enormous number of people overlook basic details when they’re moving house.
Whether it’s changing their address with their bank, switching their telephone number or leaving the house in a less than desirable state, it may lead to frustration and even danger in the long run. If you’re thinking of moving house soon, read on- you don’t want to make any of the following mistakes:
1) Get in touch with their telephone provider
Since we live in a mobile-dominated world, this is a more forgivable mistake than it would have been ten years ago, but it still holds potential for trouble. Your phone number isn’t just the key to your landline, it’s also the source of your home broadband. Ideally speaking you should organise this well before the move, notifying your telephone provider of your new address and the date of the move.
If you’re moving within the same phone exchange, e.g. Lincoln 01522- you may be able to keep your old telephone number; your phone provider will let you know if this is possible. If it turns out you can’t keep the number, you can arrange for your calls to be redirected through to the new telephone number. If your provider is BT, get in touch with them at BT’s Contact Number; they’ll be able to set it up for you.
2) Change address with their bank and utility providers
Going by anecdotal evidence, this is one of the commonest mistakes of all, with letters being sent to previous occupiers years after they’ve moved. Not only is this extremely risky- do you really want to give complete strangers access to your bank details?- but if you don’t respond to letters from your bank, they are within their rights to retain your bank card the next time you use the cash point. The same applies to your water and electricity providers; why end up paying for services you’re not using?
Don’t let matters reach that stage. Go into the bank shortly beforehand- give them your new address details and the day of the move. Ring up your utility provider- or, if you’re registered with online billing, you should be able to change it quickly and easily yourself.
You can even regard this as a chance to wipe the slate clean and start up with an entirely new bank or utility provider. Try shopping around on websites such as Moneysupermarket– they’ll allow you to compare the major utility providers so you can get the best possible deal.
3) Pick up after themselves
Before you go, scour the house from top to bottom: empty all the cupboards, clear out the shed. Make sure you’ve shredded all confidential waste so unscrupulous people can’t get their hands on it, take any books back to the library, check for small but important items like jewellery or spare car keys. Once you’ve handed the keys over, there’s no going back!
If you find that you’re left with old or worthless furniture, don’t leave them as an unpleasant surprise for the new owners. Find out if your removal service offers furniture disposal; companies such as Bellwoods will happily get rid of your unwanted furniture for you, even more, problematic items like pianos.
4) Clean up!
Put yourself into somebody else’s shoes for a moment. How would you feel if you let yourself into your new home, only to find the windows unwashed, the work surfaces filthy and stained carpets? You’d be horrified, so why inflict this upon the people moving into your house?
Before you leave, make sure that your home is as clean, tidy and hygienic as you can possibly make it; if you’re properly organised, you should still have enough time. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to reach such high standards, employ the services of a professional cleaning firm. Mollymaid offers end of tenancy cleaning services; to find a cleaner in your area, enter your postcode.
Once you’ve completed these top four tasks, you can rest assured that you’ve dodged some of the most common mistakes movers can make. Hopefully, that should allow the move itself- not to mention the days to come- be comparatively stress-free!