Moving House: Moving Home the Easy Way
If you are new to moving house, this handy guide is just for you. Before you leave your little nest, follow these guidelines to help you move into your new home with ease.
Change your address
Remember to submit a change of address to all the places you usually get bills from. Another good idea is to notify the post office of your change of address, and ask them to forward your mail to your new address until you have sorted it all out and settled into your new home.
Don't forget the utility bills
The last thing you want is to move into a house that has no water or electricity. Make sure you visit the municipality and have your connections transferred as soon as you move into your new house. These include the water and lights bills, rates and taxes, as well as your telephone line.
Compile a list of emergency numbers
If you are new to an area, put together a list of all doctors, dentists and hospitals as well as local police stations and fire brigades, etc. Should you ever be in need of any of these emergency services, you won't have to worry about finding these services.
Keep it tidy
Whether you are moving from one rented home into another or selling your home, always ensure that you have spring cleaned the house before the new owners/tenants move in. Hire professional carpet cleaners and a garden service to make the home look neat and presentable for the new owners.
Keep a record
For the first couple of months in your new home, it may be a good idea to keep records of all the papers associated with both your old and new homes. These papers, which include contracts and receipts may come in handy and keep you out of any unnecessary conflict situations. If you are buying a new home, keeping the details and sales agreements from previous owners is a good idea and if you are selling, keep the details of the new homeowners on record.
Notify your friends and family
Remember to notify your friends and family of your new move. The last thing you want is our insomniac aunt from across the street banging on your new tenant's door at three in the morning. Even better, why not have a farewell party at your old home and a house warming in your new home?