moving house guide

The Moving House Guide UK

Buying a house can be a very stressful task, moving house even more so. We know that better than anyone at Brycelands so we have put together a helpful guide for moving house in the UK.

This moving house checklist will guide you through the process of moving house efficiently and act as a template for your journey to your next home. Hopefully, by following these 6 top tips you will be able to easily relocate within the UK.

1. Find your budget

When moving, keep in mind the expenses that go along with transporting your belongings. Also, consider the work that needs to be done to your new and old house before you leave. There’s always the possibility things go against schedule, so budget not only for the price of the removal of your items but for the storage of them too. At Brycelands we offer flexible storage with our removal services to accommodate all. 

When you first relocate you might have to pay your stamp duty bill within the first 30 days of moving in if it is for a property costing over £125,000, or £300,000 for first-time buyers. By keeping an eye on your budget you can reduce the stress of worrying about your finances when relocating even if it is abroad.

2. Familiarise yourself with the location

You will need to review not only relevant locations for an average day but those under extreme circumstances. This would include directions to the nearest hospital, the route you will take to work and if you have kids, what schools are available in the area. You should also find a new GP and if you own a pet, you should be aware of any veterinarians in the area and have their microchip changed to the new address. 

The right move should not only be for you, but for your pet too. If you are relocating to a new country you may have time to learn the language or familiarise yourself with some basic phrases.

3. Make a list of who you need to tell

Make sure to notify these relevant people before you leave: your bank, insurance providers, the local council, Electoral Roll and employer. You should also think about your friends and family who would want to know where you are moving to, especially if it is a new area. Additionally, if you are renting you will need to notify your landlord before finalising the move and give them the dates of when the removal process will occur.

4. Research movers

When making your decision on a company, consider not only the price but how reliable they are. You may be quoted a cheap price but how professional is their service? Remember experience is the key to moving, as it will increase the chances of all your belongings arriving safely. Look for removal companies with reliable communication and those that are efficient at handling even your most fragile of items. You should make sure to pick someone who will ensure your property and possessions remain undamaged during the removal process. 

Many companies will offer packing and unpacking services even if you are to relocate internationally, which means trusting them with all your possessions. Make sure to find a company with long-term experience in the industry that offers great support, with fast responses. Here at Brycelands, we have 50 years of experience, so for assured quality service make sure to call us on 0800 772 0799 for a free quotation.

5. Pack efficiently

Make sure you are bringing the necessities. Now that you are relocating you should make an effort to sell unwanted and unused items. With websites such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace, you can sell some of your possessions to increase your budget. Also, with fewer goods in transit, you will increase your chances of saving money on the removal process. It is a great solution to reduce costs and make it easier to organise what you need. 

Do remember to pack items in a fashion you would like to unpack them later, by labelling boxes based on where they go. Imagine what would be placed in each box in order of how often they are used. An example would be making sure you have kitchen utensils together, as you will likely be using them on the first day of the move.

6. Figure out utility expenses

Small details like broadband providers are necessary to think about, especially if you will be planning to work remotely. Other things such as electricity, water and heating should be sorted before making your move. Time management is key since broadband providers can take up to 90 days to set up in your new home.

So, if you have followed our top tips by planning ahead you will have made moving in far less stressful and maintained a clear and sustainable budget. All that is left to do is check your appliances are working and unpack those organised boxes. Now that you have moved in using our moving house guide, take some time to enjoy your new home.