5 Tasks You Need to Undertake Before You Move to a New Home


You’re moving to a new house. It’s a truly exciting time, but scary and very busy for everyone involved. There’s an awful lot to remember and a lot to fit into a very short space of time. It can help to have a checklist of the most important tasks you must undertake before you sign on the dotted line.

  1. Switch your water, electricity, and gas over

Are all your essential utilities switched over? Make sure you have your water, gas, and electricity supply in place and that if you’re switching suppliers, they know you’re moving and who your new provider is.

More often than not, utility companies are very timely and will activate just before you move in, but you need to be savvy and alert them as soon as possible.

The same goes for your phone, television and broadband suppliers.

The latter is incredibly important if you work from home and rely on the internet for work. Make sure that you have your installation in place a good two weeks before you move in. This will allow proper activation and means you can check the lines to ensure your service is working properly.

  1. Let everyone know your new address

When you move, you’ll be letting all your family and friends be aware of new your address, as well as your utility service providers. However, there are also lots of other people you’ll need to make aware as well.

Think about your bank, building society, your healthcare provider, and even updating your car details and driver’s license. Remember to get your mail redirected too, as no matter how careful you are, there will always be one company or service you forget!

  1. Are you insured?

Are your insurance policies all up to date?

Have you put in place all the ones you need for the move and for your new home? You’ll be needing protection for your home appliances as well as contents insurance before you make the move. Check your policy to make sure you’re protected for any damage that might occur to items in transit, as accidents can sometimes happen. 

  1. Get all your documents together

Ensure all your family documents are kept secure and kept together. Birth certificates, social security letters, and any medical records you might have, along with paperwork for insurance and utilities. It’s a good time to shred anything that is long out of date and make sure everything else is securely kept together.

  1. Factor in the DIY tasks you need to look at

No matter how fantastic your new home is, it will always need some repairs to it to make it just so.

Before you move in, make sure any niggling little DIY  jobs are dealt with. Are there windows that stick? Maybe you have locks that are tricky to open or even issues with plumbing or damp and mold. Get on these as quickly as you can, so they’re remedied before you make the move. You’ll be thankful when you’re spending your first night under a brand new roof, and it’ll all be worthwhile.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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