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MOVING TIP #12 – LEAVE A NOTE FOR THE NEW OWNERS OF YOUR OLD HOUSE
When you close the door on your old house for the last time, it’s a great idea to leave the new owners a welcome pack.
Write a card welcoming them to their new home, leave a bottle of wine, and also leave a folder with any paperwork for the house inside such as warranties, guarantees, plans etc…).
It’s also worth leaving a list of useful points about your house such as where the stopcock is, what the alarm code is, any issues that you know of such as leaky tap or faulty switch, and any trades that you use that they may want to contact such as window cleaner and milkman.
It’s a lovely touch, and would be exactly what you would love to see in your new house I’m sure.
If you are thinking that this will take lots of time to do, it may actually save you time in the long run because you won’t have several calls from the new owners asking you about things in the weeks that follow the move.
MOVING TIP #13 – MAKE A CHECKLIST OF NUMBERS TO CALL TO GET UTILITIES SWITCHED INTO YOUR NAME
When you move, there will be a whole host of numbers to call to get your address changed.
Some of these are really important to do on day one – especially if you need things installed or turned on like sky TV, WIFI, broadband, utilities etc…. – so make a list of who you need to call and order them by priority.
MOVING TIP #14 – SET UP MAIL FORWARDING
It’s always worth setting up mail forwarding from your old address, and I advise doing this for 1 year.
A year will see all important dates, so you will know if any relatives or friends don’t have your new address if they send cards to the old one, or whether you have forgotten to change addresses for anything.
It also saves the new owners having to be put out by posting things onto you, which they may or may not do.
TIP – leave a note in your old house to say you have set up mail forwarding, but give your new address and contact details just in case anything should be sent to the old house in error – that way you are covered from all angles.
MOVING TIP #15 – ORGANISE AN ONLINE FOOD SHOP FOR DAY 2
The last thing you will really want to do is move lots of food – especially fresh/frozen food.
You will no doubt have tried to use up as much as possible in the cupboards before moving day, and as such you will have minimal foods once in your new house.
It’s therefore worth taking some stress away and organising an online food delivery** for day 2 of your move. That way you know that you will be able to stock up without leaving the house, and you only have to sort out food for moving day and the morning after.
MOVING TIP #16 – GET SOMEONE TO LOOK AFTER KIDS & PETS
Although you will want your children and pets to feel at home as soon as possible, it’s worth having them looked after for the bulk of the moving day.
You will be stressed and have 101 things to do, and the last thing you will want to deal with is entertaining children, or worrying that they (or your pets) are going to get hurt etc….
Have someone look after them until you have at least some of your new house looking like your home, and then get them back!
Depending on your child, you may want to unpack their bedroom(s) first so that they feel at home as soon as possible, or they may prefer to be a part of this themselves. Whatever you decide, I would definitely advise leaving at least their box that they packed up (see tip #10) for them to sort out, as this will make them feel a part of things.
Oh, we are SO rocking this moving lark! – ready for some tips for the day before you go?…