Your house-moving checklist – Rest Less

The actual process of moving all your possessions from one home to another comes with its own costs that are easy to overlook, especially if you haven’t moved for several years.

For example, you’ll have to pay removal costs if you plan to hire professional movers to safely take your belongings from A to B. It’s worth getting quotes from multiple companies and checking reviews online to find movers who you can rely on. The British Association of Removers (BAR) approves and helps regulate particular companies that they consider trustworthy, and is a good place to get price estimates.

Make sure you check that any removal firm you’re considering using is insured. If not, or you’re moving your belongings yourself, then it’s a good idea to consider removal insurance, which can cover the cost of any belongings that get stolen or damaged during the moving process.

Think about whether you’ll need to pay storage costs too, if it’s a drawn-out move and you can’t move straight into your new home from your old one. As with removal firms, it’s a good idea to compare prices and security arrangements, and figure out how long you’ll need storage for (as this will affect the cost).

If you’re moving out of a rented property then you’ll be expected to leave it clean (check your contract if you’re unsure). If it’s a large property, or you simply expect to be too busy to clean it yourself, then it could be worth hiring a professional cleaner to make sure the property is left in a suitable state (if not, then your landlord may be able to charge you for cleaning costs, which may well be more expensive). If you are bringing your fridge and freezer to your new house, make sure to empty and defrost them so that they are completely dry for the move.

If you need to redirect mail to your new address then you can do so with the Royal Mail Redirection service for periods of 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Even if you let everyone know your new address and change it on your relevant accounts, there’ll usually be a few companies or people you receive post from that slip through the cracks. Setting up a redirection can ensure that anything that does will be automatically sent to your new place.

Finally, walk yourself through the moving day or days in your head and think about any other costs that could add up. For example, do you have pets that you might need to pay to have looked after while you move? Will you want to make a big grocery shop (or if you won’t have the time straight away, will you need to order takeaways for a day or two)? Keep all these things in mind, as they can soon mount up.

Author: wpadmin

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