Moving house can be a stressful time, but there are some essential things that need to be done before you put your feet up! Knowing the location of your stopcock and what to do with your TV licence could save you time and money in the long run.
We’ve created a quick and easy checklist that will put your mind at ease and allow you to settle into your new surroundings in no time.
New property checklist:
One of the first challenges you’ll face is using a variety of different appliances in your new home. Test run every appliance from the washing machine to the oven to make sure there are no nasty surprises!
You’ll have so much rubbish from your big move that you won’t want to miss your first bin collection. Go online to your local government website to find the full timetable for your area.
Gas and electricity meters
It’s an easy thing to forget, but remember to check where your gas and electricity meters are located in the house and take a meter reading on the first day in your property. This can help keep a track of how much gas and electricity you’re using and save time when the meter readings are due!
Whilst you’re in the midst of moving, the last thing on your mind might be ensuring the insurance is up to date and valid. Make sure your insurance policy covers you from the day you move in!
It’s always a good idea to change the locks when you move to a new property, you never know how many people have been given a spare key. The initial cost might put you off, but the peace of mind is worth every penny.
The stopcock shuts off the water to your property, so before any impromptu DIY takes place, it’s a good idea to find the stopcock and avoid disaster.
Find out the providers of your energy, broadband and water supplies so you know what to expect when the bills start to arrive. Your solicitor would normally ask for this information on the pre-contract enquiries prior to completion, so it’s worth double checking.
Don’t just tell friends and family of your new address, remember your doctor and dentist! It’s equally important that you change the address on your driving licence and council tax, forgetting these can land you with a large fine of up to £1000!
Once moving day is over, you may start to feel a chill in the air. To avoid cold feet, find the thermostat and set it to the temperature that suits you best.
Your TV licence doesn’t move with you! Make sure that you purchase another TV licence for your new property so you can start watching the programmes you love and avoid a fine!