This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own
I have made the first step in selling my flat and I am equal parts excited as it sparks a new chapter in my life, but I’m also nervous as I’ve been in that flat for 7 years and it was my first place on my own so it’s a big step for me. I had the valuation done earlier this week so I am waiting on that then it’s just some paperwork, descriptions and images and it will be on the market, eek.
As I’ve made the first step in the process I’ve been starting to think and make a list of all the things I need to do before moving house which I know is going to get expensive. I want to document my process of moving and everything to do with it so here are the things I need to sort out before moving.
Organise a moving company
I have mixed feelings about the actual packing and moving process. We’re quite lucky in that we’re going to be moving into my parents house so our everyday stuff will be coming with us and we will be hoping to store all of our tech and higher value items which we won’t use on a daily basis in either my nans or my parents house. The rest of the stuff will be going into a storage unit so for all of these bits we will need to hire a moving company so getting removal quotes is something I need to do as we don’t want to spend out too much money moving all of our furniture around.
Research, compare quotes and hire storage facilities
While we’re living with my parents the whole premise of this is that we can save money and try to boost our renovation money so we don’t want to be spending out more than we need to. A storage facility is something we definitely need for our furniture and other items which just won’t fit anywhere else but I don’t want to be spending more money than I need to. When we get close to having a date I need to research storage facilities and compare the costs so we pick the right place.
Set up mail forwarding to my parents address
As we’re moving to my parents we can get all of our mail forwarded as early as possible to ensure that nothing gets missed. A few months before I need to set up a redirection on my mail so anything which falls through the gaps doesn’t still go to my old flat as I don’t want to miss anything especially bills etc.
Tell my banks that I have moved
As I am going to be applying for a mortgage sometime in the year after moving I need to make sure that my banks have all of my up to date info so ensuring that they know I’ve moved back home is essential as it tracks my housing history.
Cancel my internet, contents insurance and TV License
The above costs are things which when I move I’ll no longer need so I’ll want to cancel my broad brand provider a month before I move as it may take that long to cancel and get rid of. For contents insurance and my TV license I just need to contact the relevant places and cancel them so I no longer get renewals or continued communication from them. It’s going to be nice having less direct debits every month once all of these things are cancelled.
Call my electricity and water providers and give final readings when I move
When we have a date for moving I am going to contact my electricity and water providers to let them know and find out the process for when I move out. It’s likely that I will need a final metre reading for both which may involve the companies having to come out so I want to plan this in advance so that I don’t get any unexpected bills months after I move out.
Have you ever moved? Have I missed anything from my list?