When you are moving home with a family there are a lot of different things to consider. When you have moved into the house, there are even more things to think about and get organised with. Not only do you have to get all of your belongings unpacked and into the place that you want to have them, but you need to think about how life is now going to be in the new home. With children this can be even more stressful as you think about schools and clubs and making sure that life is as normal for them as possible. So with all of that in mind, here is a list of some of the things that you need to make of when you move into a new house, so that the transition can be as smooth as possible.
Bin collection days
This is probably one of the least glamorous things to be thinking about, but when you move into a new home, it is going to be pretty much essential to know when the bins are collected. So many places now have fortnightly collections rather than weekly, or have different bins go out on different days. So it is vital to know when yours is, as it can be the worst when you miss a bin day. Plus, being a new person to the home, you’re likely to have some more waste and rubbish to be collected than normal, so you don’t want to miss a collection.
List of important numbers
There will be new people that you need to contact when you move to somewhere new. Having a list stuck on the fridge, or just in your phone, is really important. For example, with children, you will need the numbers of their school or nursery, as well as the number of the GP where you have decided to get registered. Local tradespeople that can help you are important too, such as the number of a local recommended plumber, a local pest controller, and other people that can be helpful. It can be a good idea to ask neighbours for advice, but local Facebook groups are a good place to start, as then you’ll be able to choose from a variety of pest control vendors, plumbers, and other tradespeople that people living in the local area recommend.
Mail redelivery service
If you have simply moved to a different part of the country, then setting up a mail redelivery service is a really good idea. You might not have time to let everyone know about your new address before you leave it, so setting up a mail redelivery will give you some time to be able to let friends, family, banks, and other companies know of your new address. It does cost a small amount to set it up with Royal Mail, but it can be done for several months which makes a big difference as you’ll already be stressed on top of the house move.
There are some parts of the country where some services are unavailable, such as fibre-optic broadband, for example. If this is you, then you need to think about getting in touch with the local utility companies that service your area, to make sure that you are able to get your utilities set up, but also get the best deals for what you can, in the area that you live in. There are some areas of the country that are best serviced by a particular company, so that is always good to know about. Knowing about who you need to pay the water bill to makes a difference as well. All of these things are probably not something you will have given much thought to before moving, so it is important to get it all done as soon as you move in, if you’re not able to just before.
On a similar note, having the details of your new local council is important. This is important because you will be able to find out a lot of information about your local area, as well as your home, from council tax bands, how to pay council tax, where local recycling centres and household waste sites are, to name a few of the services. This is likely to be the case of just a simple search online, but it can answer a lot of questions that you might have about living in your new area.
There are so many great things that can come from moving to somewhere new. You just need to be prepared and ready for when you get to your destination.