Although it’s an exciting time of looking forward and of new starts and beginnings, there are few things in life more stressful in life than moving house. The list of things to do just seems to get longer and it can all get overwhelming very quickly. Take the stress out of your house move by following these clear and simple tips.

Give notice to your landlord

If you currently rent your property, you will need to give notice to your landlord or letting agent. The period of notice you need to give varies. Often, it’s a month but sometimes it’s longer. If you have been in the property for less than a year, you could be in a contract with a break clause. It’s also useful to know what your preferred moving date is before you give notice.

Get removals quotes

Unless you plan on doing it yourself, you should start getting removals quotes as soon as possible. Your budget will determine what kind of removals service you ask for. There are a wide variety of packages out there from basic removals to services that do all the packing for you and even reassemble furniture. Either way, it is a good idea to have a big clear out and a trip to the charity shop before you move.

Finally, if you are doing the packing yourself, make sure you label your boxes clearly so that things are easy to find when you get to your new home.

Check your new home is insured

If you’re buying a new house, you’ll need buildings insurance as a condition of your mortgage contract.  Whether you’re renting or buying, it’s always a good idea to protect your possessions against loss or damage anyway. You can get cover for during the move and afterwards. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you’ve already got insurance, check that it covers you during the move. Obviously, you also need to let your insurer know about your change of address too.

Get your mail re-directed

And as you are changing address, you need to get your mail re-directed. This is really important to protect your personal information from identity theft.

A redirect can be set up in advance of your moving day. A period of 6-12 months is usually long enough for the redirect to continue.

Tell your bank about the move

It is particularly important to tell your bank you are moving. This is because new PIN numbers, debit and credit cards are sent by post. It’s important that they come to the right address. Contact each bank or building society you have an account with. Tell them your new address and your moving date so that they can update their records.

Keep Your Valuables Close

Things can often get lost during the chaos of packing and moving. Keep valuables and important documents and paperwork close at hand and in a safe place so that you can be sure they are easy to locate in your new home.

Record Meter Readings

On the day itself, record your utility meter readings. This includes water, gas and electricity.  Take a photo of each so that you have proof.

These are things to remember when moving house to make the whole process less stressful. Planning ahead will ensure that everything goes smoothly.