With so much to think about in the lead up to your move, it’s very easy to overlook a few important things which don’t feel like priorities at the time, but soon become quite pressing pretty quickly if missed off the list. Such as having a phone line and broadband in your new home, for instance. Or thinking that you’ve not seen many bank statements for a few weeks…until you realise that they’re still going to your old address.
Which is why it does pay to prep in advance and get the personal admin side of your move sorted well before you get the keys to your new home. And by taking a little bit of time once your moving date is confirmed to get your ducks in a row, you’ll save yourself hours (and a lot of stress) later on.
My first tip is that I find it’s a good idea to get a post redirection in place, even if you’ve been super-efficient and informed everyone you’re moving and given them your new address. Why? Well, sadly identify theft is on the increase, and whilst you might have told the bank, your credit card company and pension provider that you’re moving home, sometimes something important slips the net and ends up in the wrong hands. But, if you have a post redirection in place to your new pad, then you’re covered and don’t have to worry that crucial correspondence won’t reach you. It’s really easy to arrange a post redirect online via the Royal Mail website, and only takes a few minutes to sort, but it’s well worth the time spent.
Whilst we’re on the subject of important documents, before you start to pack your house up ready for moving day, it’s worth hunting out passports, birth and marriage certificates, copies of your Will and any other important paperwork to do with any pensions or investments etc. You know where they are, in that ‘safe place’ you put personal documents that need to be kept out of sight, either tucked in a box under the stairs or at the back of the airing cupboard. Which is precisely why it’s so easy to either forget to take them with you, or for these things to end up in the bottom of a box, without anyone realising it. Until you need them in a hurry…and don’t know which box they are in.
So instead, once you’ve got all those important bits together, pop them in a clearly marked folder and then, on moving day, keep them stashed in the car (rather than in the lorry) then make it a priority to find a new ‘safe place’ for them in your new home as soon as possible.
Finally, let’s talk about your phoneline and broadband. This is one it’s best to get on the case with as soon as you possibly can, because in some new homes you may need to allow yourself extra time to get everything organised in case the property isn’t connected to the telephone exchange and you need to get a new line into the property. Most providers, such as BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk will allow you to book your new phone line, broadband and other services up to 90 days in advance, but this can vary depending on your location and the property you’re moving to. So, as soon as you get your exchange date, it’s worth getting on the case to inform your service provider and get the engineer booked, if you need one, to set up the connection into your home. This definitely isn’t one to leave to the last minute, and it’s also worthwhile keeping tabs on your order by checking the week before and the day before your booking to make sure that your order hasn’t got lost in the system or cancelled by accident. Which we all know shouldn’t happen but sadly, sometimes does…
Sounds like a lot to deal with? Well, perhaps think of it like this. A few minutes spent getting organised in advance on the personal admin side is a whole heap easier (and cheaper) than having to reapply for your lost passport two weeks before your holiday. I speak from previous experience…
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