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10 Things You Need to Know About Moving House

10 Things You Need to Know About Moving House

It is said that moving home is one of the four most stressful things that can happen in your life. However, ultimately it is a positive experience as you are moving somewhere new and exciting.

Here are ten things you need to know about moving house which, when planned and implemented carefully, can make the experience virtually stress free.

1. Book Your Removal Company Early

Even before you finalize a moving date you can research removal options and ask any companies to quote. Removal businesses are in high demand so as soon as your move date is finalized, if you have the preparation out of the way, you can immediately book their services.

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2. Create a Master List

It is surprising how many people you need to inform that you are moving house, so if you create a list it makes it more likely that you won’t forget anyone. You can also add to it as you go along. Include all your friends and family; banks; insurance companies; the electoral register; utility companies; Council Tax; the Inland Revenue; any subscriptions you receive; and anyone else who contacts you regularly.

3. Health Providers

Don’t forget to inform your dentist, optician and doctor you are changing address. If you are moving to a new area you will need to find new providers, which means registering with a GP. If you take any regular prescription medications ensure you pick up enough to cover you during the changeover period.

4. Utility Companies

Inform all your utility companies you are moving house and on what date. You will also need to read your gas, electricity and water meters before you leave your home for the last time, plus read those at your new address when you arrive. Make sure all the necessary companies have the readings so they can complete your final bills. Also, don’t forget about your landline, broadband and mobile phone bills. You don’t want to be paying for services that someone else is now using.

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5. Insurance Companies

It is important to get in touch with your insurers as recalculations may need to be carried out. With home and contents insurance this will depend on your new property size and location but a move may also alter your vehicle insurance. A new postcode, off-street parking or garage availability can all make a difference to your premiums, whether positively or negatively.

6. De-cluttering

Moving home can be the perfect time to de-clutter and rethink about how you want to live. Clear out anything unwanted and either recycle it; sell it; or pass it along to a charity. However, also remember that if you need to order anything new, like furniture or white goods, these can have quite a long lead time in terms of delivery, so the earlier you plan the better.

7. Packing

Ask your removal company for boxes and packing material as early as possible, or collect your own, and then as you de-clutter you can pack what you want to take with you. The more organised you can be with this the easier it will be to unpack at your destination. Label each box with the room it belongs in and include a short description of the contents.

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8. Redirect Your Post

Royal Mail offers a paid service whereby you can redirect your mail for 3, 6 or 12 months. This is vital as there will always be companies and individuals you forget to contact and this gives you peace of mind you won’t miss anything important.

9. Ask and Tell

When you move into a new home there is always vital information you need. For example, what day the rubbish is collected; where the water stopcock is; and where you can find the utility meters. Money Saving Expert offers a great list of questions you might not even think to ask. Gather this information from the people who live in the house you are moving into and get a list of the same information together for your buyers.

10. Moving With Children and Pets

Finally, don’t add to the stress on move day by also having to care for young children and pets. Older children can help with the move but it is better to make sure infants have someone to spend the day with if possible. Move day can also be stressful for pets so confine them to one room or to their carriers as early as possible. You don’t want to be chasing your cat around the neighborhood five minutes before you are due to leave.

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Once everything is packed and on its way, the only other thing to remember is to know exactly where the box is which contains the kettle and cups. You will definitely need a cup of tea on arrival.

Featured photo credit: Ryan McGuire via imcreator.com

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Last Updated on February 25, 2020

Face Adversity with a Smile

Face Adversity with a Smile

I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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  1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
  2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
  3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
  4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
  5. Smile and get cracking.

The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

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