NEW BUYERS CHECKLIST: GETTING YOUR NEW HOME READY FOR MOVE IN
Congratulations! You’ve just bought your first home and it’s time to plan to move in. Unlike with rented accommodation, there’s often a bit of a wait before you can move in to your new pad – but luckily this is the perfect time to get everything in order before moving day. Check out our handy checklist to make sure you’re ready to move into your new home:
1. Confirm your move in date
The contracts are signed, the money has changed hands… It’s time to work out when you’ll be able to move in. You don’t have to move in on the day you exchange, and often you may not want to if you need to organise furniture deliveries. Agree your move in date as soon as you can – then use that as your countdown and plan backwards from that day.
2. Think long term
You might be surprised to find out how long it can take for larger sized furniture items to arrive. If you’re not moving with your own furniture, start ordering your larger items at least a month in advance as they can take several weeks to organise. The first things you’ll need are a bed, mattress, sofa, table and chairs – so remember to organise those first.
3. Change your address
In the lead up to your move, start letting important people know your new address. From your driving licence to your friends and family, start letting people know where they’ll be able to reach you. Don’t forget to register to vote too, it’s often the one people forget until election time! It’s worth setting up a mail redirection service with Royal Mail for any correspondents you forget to update –there’s always a few.
4. Contact your utility suppliers
While changing your address, make sure to let your energy suppliers know you’re moving. You may want to transfer your account or start a new one – you should discuss this with your supplier. Either way, you’ll need to take a meter reading on the day you leave your property, and the day you move into your new home.
5. Book your smart meter installation
When moving into your new home, we know money might be tight – and with so much to do, it’s easy to forget tasks like submitting your meter reading. That’s where a smart meter comes in. A smart meter could help you save money. Smart meters come with an in-home display that shows how much energy is being used in near-real time. You can see what you're spending in pounds and pence, making managing your household bills much simpler. You also don’t need to worry about submitting an end of tenancy meter reading on the day you move out – after you’ve informed your supplier of your move out date, your supplier can take your final meter reading from your smart meter automatically.
Find out how to check if your new home already has a smart meter installed.
6. Ask the previous owners those little house-specific questions
Where’s the stopcock for the water supply? Where are the gas and electricity meters? What day do the bins go out?! When moving in to your new home, there’s so much to think about – so take the stress out of the first few weeks and find out all those little details now. Make a note and store it in a drawer for when you need it, you’ll be so glad you did.
7. Keeping things safe and secure
It’s time to start thinking about insurance – once you take ownership of the property it’s yours, so remember to get insurance from the day of completion. You’ll need both contents and building cover - It’ll protect you in case anything happens to the building before you move in.
8. Start packing
It’s time to start packing! It can feel like a daunting task, but it’s easiest if you take it one room at a time. Start with the things you won’t use in the coming weeks, like books or winter clothes. When dismantling any larger items, put the screws and fittings in a sealable bag and tape them to the side – that way you’ll know how everything matches up when you reassemble it in your new home.
9. Sort a first night box
When you’re packing, don’t forget to put together a box with the things you’ll need when in your first few days. Things like toothbrushes, chargers, temporary furniture, fresh clothes, long life milk, teabags and toilet roll will come in really handy in those first few days! Make sure you also put all your important documents like your passport and mortgage paperwork somewhere you can easily find them.
10. Give it a final once over
When the boxes are packed and the removal van is organised, you’re almost ready to move in! Before you make the big move, go round to give your home a final once over and clean out the cobwebs from the places you might never see again until you move out – from behind the sofa to under the bed. You’ll be glad when your home is clean and ready for move in!
Request your smart meter
Do your bit and contact your energy supplier to request a smart meter at no additional cost.
Simply type your energy supplier into the box below and we'll connect you.