Moving in together is one of the most exciting things you’ll do, but it can be stressful if you do not plan ahead. However, we have compiled our top tips to ensure that you make the most of your experience. You only get to move into your first home once, so make sure you get organised and enjoy it – you’ve earned it!
Put together an essentials box filled with everything you’ll need for moving in day including; cleaning products, toilet roll, coffee, teabags, sugar and snacks for your helpers – don’t forget the kettle!
The essentials – It won’t be much fun without them!
One of the first things you’ll need to do is set up is your gas, electric and water. Make sure you arrange this as early as possible, as you will want to have everything up and running from day one.
You should also take a meter reading as soon as you move in to make sure your bills are correct, otherwise you could end up paying for the energy used by the previous occupants!
If either of you have owned a property before, you’ll also need to settle any outstanding balances. Just take a final meter reading before you move out and call your providers.
Tell your bank
The last thing you’ll want to deal with is a new card or PIN number being sent to the wrong address! If it was used for fraudulent purposes you would also not be covered by your bank, so advise them of your new address as soon as possible.
The easiest thing to do is to compose a standard letter, which we have put together for you here. Your bank statements are also a great place for noting any other companies you’ll need to inform.
Redirect your mail – it’s hard to remember everyone who has your address!
You can easily redirect your mail online via the Post Office. There may be a small cost for doing this, but it’s a small price to pay to avoid becoming a victim of fraud!
Update your online accounts
Ensure you add your new address to your online shopping accounts as soon as possible, otherwise someone else might benefit from your recent purchases!
Set up your television subscription (don’t forget your TV license!), broadband, landline and mobile phone contract in advance. You will often need to wait a few weeks to have these installed, so we recommend booking this work in as soon as you receive your moving in date.
Electoral roll – make sure you’re registered
Credit providers use the electoral roll to measure your eligibility for credit, so make sure you are firstly registered, and that your details are up to date!
Don’t forget your car
Your car insurance, V5C vehicle registration certificate and driving license all have to be updated – preferably before your move.
Be sure to also tell your insurer how your vehicle will be parked at night, as you may be able to save yourself some money! It could work the other way, but not notifying them in time could result in your claim being turned down, if you need to make one.