Moving house can be a stressful time, and there are too many things to keep in mind. People generally forget about something before they start packing, but it is also common that they fail to take care of their new responsibilities related to their new property. To help you avoid the same mistakes, below you will find a list of things most people forget to take care of after they move house.
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Taking Meter Readings
Once you enter your new home, you are going to be legally responsible for the bills. If the previous owners have provided you with their reading, you will need to check this against the electricity and gas supply meter readings when you move in. This means that your suppliers will not make you pay for the use during the period when the house was empty. For example, a flood light might have been using electricity before you moved in, and this can be added to your bill if you are not careful.
Making Homes Pet-safe
When you move with pets, you need to make sure that they are safe in the new house. Don’t let cats out for a few weeks, and keep dogs safe. Check for gaps in the fence where your pets can escape, or you will spend the first few days chasing after them. If your new home doesn’t have a cat flap, get one installed, but keep it locked until your moggies are familiar with the house inside. A cat flap is one of the essential things for homes with cats. Don’t forget about it.
Changing the Locks
Even if you have the keys from the previous owners, you might want to change the locks just in case. It is a small investment, compared with the risk of other people having access to your house. Contractors in the past might have made a copy of the keys, or one might have been lost and found. Don’t forget to stay safe and change the alarm codes as well.
If you think that it is your buyers’ job to send over your post, you are mistaken. You don’t want to do other people’s admin work, so don’t expect them to collect and send your letters. Instead, once you know the date of your move, get in touch with the postal service and sign up for a redirection account. If you plan on relocating to Guernsey, you can still get an international postal redirection set up in your name.
Registering with New Doctors
Once you move, you don’t want to travel miles for a check up appointment. Get yourself signed up with the local surgery, and ask your old doctors to send over your medical records. This way, you can book appointments and get important tests done from the day you moved in your new home.
Make your move smooth and pleasant by taking care of the above tasks after you buy a new house. Stay safe, avoid paying other people’s bills, get all your important letters, and make sure your pets can settle down as quickly as possible.