As experienced electricians, we love to help people transform their homes through new electrical installations. You may be surprised by just how much you can transform your home with the right lighting, heating, or smart installations. At the same time, however, we also understand that sometimes circumstances may require you to relocate to a new home. And while this can be an extremely exciting time in your life, it can also be incredibly hectic and stressful.
We’ve worked with enough new movers to know that even the best-prepared among us can forget to do important things in the run-up to moving day, and even on the big day itself. For instance, here are some important things to do when moving house that not everybody remembers.
Start comparing energy prices for your new home
As electrical experts, we know that a lot of new movers can find themselves spending a lot on energy in their new homes. It’s not necessarily because they’re using more. It’s because of the contract that’s established when you move in.
The energy experts at Papernest have some useful information on the importance of switching energy plans early when moving house. As soon as you’re responsible for the energy reply, you’re automatically put on something called a ‘deemed contract’ with the incumbent supplier (whoever the previous occupant used). These contracts almost always put you on the supplier’s standard variable tariff, which is often their most expensive.
The experts recommend that you find a new energy tariff for your new home prior to moving in based on your current usage. Making the switch as soon after moving as possible can shave a great deal off your energy bills.
Get your post redirected
Leaving a forwarding address with your old home’s new occupant or landlord is a good idea. But that still doesn’t necessarily mean that no post will slip through the net in your new home. It’s better to use Royal Mail’s redirection service. This allows you to get your post redirected to any UK or overseas address for 3, 6 or 12 months. This way, you can be sure that no important documents will get lost in the shuffle.
Make a list of people you need to notify
Your employer, kids’ schools, local council, DVLA etc. are important people to notify. But there are other, less obvious people that need to be notified as soon as you’re at a new address. For instance, if you fail to notify your car insurance provider of your new address, it may invalidate your policy.
Take your time choosing a removals company
Finally, it’s important to take the time to choose the right removals partner. Don’t leave it to the last minute and end up picking a local firm at random. We’ve all done it, and the results are never great!
Take the time to make sure that they offer the services you need, have a great understanding of your local area, and have lots of positive reviews from happy customers both on their website and online platforms.