There’s no denying the allure of living and working in London, which is probably why nearly a quarter of a million people move to the capital every year! If you’re new to the area, however, it may seem a little bit daunting moving home. We want to take the hassle out of your move to London, with this easy checklist. Simply print it out, stick it on your wall and make sure you’re fully prepared before, during and after the big move.
The Paperwork Stuff
Regardless of whether you’re renting or buying, there’s plenty of paperwork that’s going to need to be done; usually before you move. Below are all of the documents you’ll need to get signed, sealed and delivered for your house move:
Property paperwork – There will be contracts to sign whether you’re buying or renting, so make sure you’ve read them through (invest in a solicitor if needs be) before signing and handing them over.
Insurance – If you have home insurance then make sure you inform the company of your move, to ensure you’re fully covered from the day you move into your new property.
Utilities – All your utility companies are going to need prior warning about your move, so give them a call and let them know the moving date and new address. If you’re moving to London from another country then shop around for the best utility providers, for your new home.
Banks and other organisations – Just like your utility providers, you need to let everyone know you’re moving home. The bank will want to see proof of your new address, which you may not be able to provide until you’ve moved. Make sure you let everyone you have dealings with (yes, even the credit card companies) that you’re going to be moving to London.
Packing Up and Moving
Depending on where you’re moving from, packing up and moving can be one of the most stressful parts of the whole operation. Those moving from another country will have to search for a moving company that will ship your things over, whereas those moving within the UK will have it a little easier.
Here are some tips and tricks to help make packing up and moving run smoothly:
Get rid of what you don’t need – Before you start filling boxes with junk you haven’t used in 10 years it’s best to have a sort through your stuff. Make piles of things you want to take, things you can sell and things that can be given away or thrown out. This will make the whole packing experience so much easier.
Book your removal firm – Always ask friends and family, if possible, for recommendations on removal firms. You can also use reviews online to make your decision. Bank holiday weekends and Fridays are the most popular times to move house, therefore making them more pricey. Try to pick a midweek slot if you can.
Keep pets and children away – However much you may think it’s a good idea to let the little one help you move home, chances are they’re going to either slow down the process or get injured. Either that or they’ll be bored out of their brains! Ask a friend or family member if they can look after your children for the day. The same applies to pets.
So, you’ve moved everything into your new London home and your city life can finally begin. After the daunting task of unpacking that is. Whether you’ve bought all your worldly goods to your new home or are starting from scratch, here are the things you need to remember:
Sort out the important things first – However keen you may be to set up the TV and surround sound, it is important to get the useful things out of the way first. After the kettle (obvious first choice in London), you need to set up something to sleep on, something to sit on and something to eat on.
Have another clear out – When you’re unpacking you may find that some of that junk has slipped through the net, which means it’s time for another clear out. Again, make piles of things to keep, things to sell and things to get rid of.
Save time and energy – Have a look at all the different ways you can save time and energy whilst moving home. Whether that’s investing in a removal company that packs and unpacks boxes for you or outsourcing your flatpack furniture assembly. The fact is, moving house can be stressful so always keep an eye out for ways that stress can be reduced.
If you are moving to London soon then we wish you all the best of luck on your new adventure. The capital is a truly wonderful place to live, even if it does seem a bit hectic at times. Remember, if you want us to help you with your move and assemble that pesky flatpack furniture, then we’re simply a call away.
We Love Flatpacks – Flatpack Assembly and Handyman Service. Call 020 8226 4925 to see how we can help with your moving chores.