7 Things We Usually Forget When Moving House

Moving home is a stressful time and having as many items as many of us do, it’s quite easy to forget to arrange a small, but vital, detail before leaving to your new home. So, what are some of the things most people forget to take care of when moving home? First on the list is:

1. Preparing Box of Essentials

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Boxes everywhere!

With so much packing materials in your home and time running against you, you can easily forget the most important box in the entire house. The first night box. You might think it’s not a big deal, but unless you want to open up all the boxes labelled with “Kitchen Items” just to find your toothbrush after the man and van service, you’d better think again.

The good news is you can easily prepare this box just several days prior to your moving day… unless you’ve already packed most of your essentials. Anyway here are some examples of what you should most definitely include in your first night box:

  • Toiletries – shaving cream, razor blades, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap. Modern life would really stink without these items won’t it?
  • Towels – no explanation needed here.
  • Children items – favourite toys, pyjamas, blankets and clothes. Moving with children is a whole different category on its own. Check out this post on Moving With Children to make sure you’ve properly prepared your youngsters.
  • Eating utensils – the best option in this case is to use plastic silverware and just throw it out when you’re done.
  • Snacks, tea, coffee and water.
  • Pet food – If you have a pet that is. By the way did you prepare your cat, dog or gold fish for moving? If not better get familiar with some tips on moving with pets.

This is just a sample and you can add lots more items in your essentials box. Always remember to put your first night box last in the moving van so you’d have easy access to it later.

2. Informing Institutions of Your Move

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You might forget to tell your friends or family about your move and that’s perfectly okay. You’ll just update your social media profiles and things will be back to normal once again. However forgetting to notify important institutions of your move might lead to some serious headaches.

Like for example you might have to pay an extra month or too for electricity you no longer consume at your old house. Or you might need to go to your dentist and suddenly realise you’ve forgotten to inform him of your new address. The list goes on and on, but what’s important is not to forget about this important step of your relocation.

There’s a lot of institutions to inform, so to best make sure you get all of them check this list of institutions.

3. Writing Down Gas and Water Reading

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What could be easier than writing down your meter reading? Probably forgetting to write down your meter readings. As simple as it may seem a lot of people forget to do this because of the simple fact it’s usually done the last day at your house several minutes before leaving for your new home. It’s such a minor detail and that’s what makes it so easy to forget. Well, try not to forget.

4. Arranging Parking Space For The Moving Vehicle

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It doesn’t matter whether you’ve hired a professional man and van in Islington, just rented a van which you will drive or you plan to use the services of a big removals company for the relocation.

Parking space as close to your property as possible is important as it will save you time and efforts when loading items.

You might think several meters might not make much of a difference, but just wait until you have to move a heavy item like a sofa or a cabinet. You’d wish you had parked inside your own living room. And hiring movers doesn’t mean you’ll get off easy either. Yes, they are stronger and better trained, but will still need more time to load if their van is parked a block away. This in turn will result in you paying more money. If you live in London you know moving services are paid by the hour. The longer the moving team spends on your property the more money you will pay.

There’s this popular misconception the movers are those who need to find parking space for their van. In reality this is false and the contrary is actually the truth. You as a client and a resident of the London area you live in, need to contact your local council and inform them of your relocation. Or you might just ask your neighbour for a spare parking permit. Either way it’s your responsibility, so try not to forget.

5. Defrosting Freezer

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It doesn’t matter whether the freezer belongs to your or your landlord. It has to be defrosted and here is why.

  • When it belongs to you – If this is the case you have to defrost the freezer several days before moving out. It’s important the inside of the device is perfectly dry when being loaded inside the moving van otherwise it will leak and possibly damage some of your other items.
  • When it belongs to your landlord – It’s unlikely somebody would move in your place right the next day after you’ve move out. For this reason it’s recommended the fridge is turned off as to not consume any electricity while the property is empty.

So, you have to defrost it in both cases. Just remember to do it in time(several days prior to moving day).

6. Hidden Valuables and Spare Keys

Pack the hidden valuables before the move
We all have spare keys and values hidden somewhere around our property. Today’s world can hardly be called safe you know. So to a detailed check under your bed or behind your kitchen wardrobes several days before moving home.

You might just find a treasure you forgot you had.

7. Redirect Mail

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It’s so easy to forget this, but please don’t as it’s your personal information we’re talking about here. Try to have your mail redirected about a week before your move. There will be a small charge for this services, but, as they say, better safe than sorry.
Be sure to check the Royal Mail website for more details.

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