Brits are moving house every 23 years on average and, with UK life expectancy now at 79 for males and 83 for females, a Briton can expect to move at least three times in their lifetime.
The cost of moving house is not easily avoided as experts are often required to support and even just the physical element is estimated to cost £1192.67. Moving house is often described as more stressful than the death of a family member or divorce it's important to take steps to try to reduce that stress or hopefully even avoid it altogether.
Boiler Plan, who specialise in the installation, repair and service of boilers, have conducted extensive research into simple tricks and tips that can help reduce the stress of moving. They have also highlighted some of the key ‘life admin’ tasks that Brits often forget because of the big move, which could otherwise land you in hot water, out of pocket and even breaking the law.
1) When moving house Get your mail redirected
Getting your mail redirected to your new home is often at the bottom of your list of priorities, but you could miss essential bills and information and perhaps even more importantly, ‘New House’ congratulations cards! The Post Office provides a redirection service which re-directs your mail for a small cost. Informing all your utilities and acquaintances you’re moving at the same time, can save effort in the long run.
2) Organise your moving day essentials i.e. milk, tea bags, a kettle
Moving house is thirsty work and forgetting to leave your kettle and cups unpacked can be the icing on top of the stress cake - so make sure tea and coffee-making facilities are easily accessible.
3) Ensure pets and kids are cared for on moving day
Children often find moving house exciting, while pets can find it overwhelming, so making sure they are looked after and away from the house move can be a big help. With lots of heavy boxes and open doors, keeping them out of the way will keep them safe. Don’t forget to update your pet’s microchip and name tag, and make sure to support them in adjusting to their new home.
4) Pack effectively
Sounds simple, but many house movers don’t realise that packing effectively makes the process of unpacking in their new home much easier and far less stressful. Use packing cubes, vac bags and clear labelling to make packing seamless. Ensure your moving boxes are sturdy and able to take the weight of your contents. Label each box with the room it should be unpacked in.
5) Take final meter readings
Often, house movers are so excited to get into their new home that last minute admin is forgotten about. Taking final meter readings is essential to ensure you don’t get landed with a surprise bill. Your last meter reading will be used by your supplier for your final bill, so ensure that an accurate reading is taken on your last day to avoid paying for energy you haven’t been using.
6) Change your details on the electoral register
Updating your details on the electoral register is perhaps more important than ever due to the uncertain political climate. You can register to vote on www.gov.uk and you MUST re-register when you move to a new address or you may not be able to vote.
7) Move your TV licence
It is a legal requirement to have a valid TV Licence when viewing live TV and certain catch-up services. It is, in fact, a criminal offence to watch live TV or BBC iPlayer unless you have a valid TV licence. Without one, you risk prosecution and could be issued with a fine of up to £1,000 plus court costs. Updating your TV licence takes just a few minutes and should be on the list of admin tasks you tick off on moving day.
8) Get your new boiler serviced
With cooler months just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to ensure the boiler in your new house is serviced. You should have your boiler serviced annually to ensure it operates safely and efficiently. The previous tenants or house owners may have never had their boiler serviced, and so it could have fallen into disrepair without their knowledge. For peace of mind, organise a service the week you move in to ensure it runs effectively when you switch it on.
9) Check your new home is insured
Whether you’re renting or buying, house insurance is essential to ensure your possessions are protected against loss or damage. Items could get damaged in the physical move, so getting insured 30 days in advance and putting it into motion the day you pick up the keys is a good idea.
10) Apply for a parking permit
If you’re not lucky enough to have a drive or free residential parking, you will need to apply for a parking permit ahead of the move to your new home. You will need proof of residency to apply, so your tenant agreement or proof of ownership will be required. It’s usually just a one-off yearly payment and having one in place before you move will ensure you don’t get costly parking tickets.
For more information on boiler servicing and repairs visit Boiler Plan.