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Moving Flat Checklist

Moving Flat
Has the time come to change the place you call home – if so check out our moving flat checklist to help you remember all of those things that you might want to get done to make it go as smoothly as possible!

Who to inform

We must say there’s plenty to think of when it comes to moving to a new flat, so get started by making a list of all the people you’ll need to inform about your new address. And get ready, because there’s quite a few of them.

The following organisations and government bodies will need to know that you’re moving home and on what date. In general, try to think of everyone who has your address. They might include the following:

  • Local Authority for final statement of council tax
  • The Electoral Commission to make changes to the electoral roll
  • TV Licensing authority
  • DVLA – for changes to your driving licence
  • HMRC or Department for Work and Pensions, depending on the type of job you do and benefits you might receive
  • Banks and building societies
  • Pension providers
  • Savings and investments companies
  • Insurance providers (car, home, life, phone, pet, etc)
  • Utilities providers (water, gas, electric)
  • Landline, mobile phone and broadband providers
  • Dentist and doctors’ surgery
  • Work and school (if you have children)
  • Leisure centre or gym, if you are a member
  • Charitable organisations that you support
  • Hobbies/associations you are part of
  • Friends and family

When to start packing

The secret to making a house move go successfully is to be prepared, well organised and get started as soon in advance as possible, whether you’re buying or renting a property. Begin with the things you don’t use often, these can be packed into boxes first.

So, perhaps box up what’s in the loft, or spare room, for example. And remember, try and be ruthless as you go – especially if you are downsizing.

Have a look at which items you no longer require, which can be taken to a charity shop, sold at a car boot sale, or given to friends. It doesn’t necessarily have to go to the tip.

How to make moving day go smoothly

So, you’ve got the packing sorted, had a soul cleansing clearout and told everyone who you need to that you’re moving on. How can you make your moving day itself go smoothly?

Let’s face it, it’s not likely to be a walk in the park, but there are lots of things that you can do to make your life easy by knowing about them in advance. Here are some other good things to add to your moving flat checklist…

Remember, for example, to find out where the water stopcock and gas and electricity meters are in your new home, where any instruction manuals are kept and what day/time the bins are collected.

And if you’re really clever, find out what paint is used on the walls and where the tiles come from – because it’s that sort of thing that will help if you see some touch ups that need doing.

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If you’re considering a flat move and would like to find out more about our delightful, modern apartments to rent in Leicester city centre, get in touch today.

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