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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 March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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