Member Advice on Moving House
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Well I thought I would give you all interesting insight into what I have been doing over the past few days. Yes, I said DAYS not WEEKS! If you've ever lived in a rented property, you will know that whenever it comes to moving everything moves very quickly and the shock of it all can often be a little over powering. Thus, here is my version of what you should do and what not to do when you are moving!REASON FOR MOVING
This is an easy one in most cases, the majority of us move for one of the following reasons:
a) We need a big (or even a smaller) property to live in.
b) We need to move closer to our place of work
c) We are relocating do to a new job opportunity
d) We are relocating as we start University
e) An increase or decrease in our income has caused us to move
f) The area we live in my have deteriorated.
g) We want to move closer to our families.
FINDING A NEW PLACE TO LIVEThis can quite often be a very laborious task, but in my case it was very easy because I had already been made aware of a very nice place, that was soon to become available in the city centre. Prior to the car incident I had cast it of as a nice place to live but I was happy where I am. As soon as I found out I need to move fast, I was straight on the phone and before I had time to think about it I was viewing the property and saying "Yes, I will take it". I arranged a meeting to sort out the tenancy agreement and start paying the rent ect and I walked out of the place astounded that I was actually moving home within a couple of weeks.
I would just like to mention at this point that for those of you who are thinking of moving for whatever reason and are looking for a rented property there are a number of ways you can go about this:a) Find out what day your area's local newspapers publish the property guides. There can often be quite a few good deals in it and if you call on the day of the papers release you can often be one of the first to view the properties.
b) Check out the property search facility on Fish4Home.co.uk. They allow you to put in the minimum and maximum amount you are willing to pay on rent. This allows you to find properties you can afford in the areas that you are looking for.
c) Also, ask in you local estate agents, they often have properties 'to let' as well as to buy!
Well, I hope that gives you a few more ideas.HOW TO MOVE
This is the best part……
…..First there is the packing, yes it seems pretty obvious, but don't realise how much stuff you can accumulate over time until you have to actually try and pack it all to move. Then, it dawns on you, have beds that all have to be unscrewed and bundled into nice neat little packages and you need lots of boxes to prevent all you small items getting lost and you fragile stuff getting broken. [Hint: If you ever have a "box shortage", you local supermarket can often be quite help if you ask them nicely to give you some boxes.] Also, it always good to label all the boxes, as you pack them to make it easy to unpack at the new address.
BILLSThis eats up so much of your money, you probably wont be going out for a while when you first move. Unless you own you home you will probably have to pay money on the rent or mortgage for the period of time that you have to give notice on the property. This is all fine and dandy, but if you have to pay a bond and a months rent in advance to secure your next property as well in this same time period it can all get a bit expensive.
Then, you have to set up the Gas, Electric and Water at the new property as well. If you are anything like me, this means paying bills at two address for awhile as you have to get the new property decorated before you can start moving in (because it is so much harder to fit a carpet when you have all you furniture in the room!). Setting up the new bills can often be rather frustrating, because you often have to phone Transco first to find out who supplies the Gas and Electric. Then, it they are supplied by the same company you have to go through the usual palaver of finding the reveal meters, with meter readings and serial numbers (if necessary). All this costs you a small fortune in calling credit, as you spend most of your time on hold listening to random music. However, the Water board seem to have got it right in my area, you simply call them up on their number. They then inform you if there is a queue, allow you to leave your name and number, so they can call you back. Completely hassle free it's wonderful.KEEPING IN TOUCH
The easiest way to make sure that you don't forget to inform anyone (who is important) about your new change of address, is to have you mail re-directed. You simply go to your nearest post office and ask for a mail re-direction form. The form is very straight forward to fill in. You need two forms of identification, one as proof of you address and one as proof of identification with signatures for every different surname being re-directed on the form. You then simply pay for the service according to whether you want the re-direction to last 3,6 or 12 month for each surname present on the form. It is important to remember that they need 5 working days, from the day that you actually hand the form back into them, in order to set up the direct debit.For those of you who don't want to pay the extra expense or like me have friends or family who only ever meet you in person and speak to you on the phone there are some alternative methods. First write a list of all your friend, family and people who contact you by mail (eg your bank). Then, you can inform them all of you change of address in any of the following ways:
a) For friends and family you can often phone them, e-mail them or send them a postcard with your new details on.
b) If you are a member of University or certain clubs and societies, they often have have internet based accounts that allow you to change any of you personal details on-line.
c) Business like banks will often change you address for you at the branch with the relevant proof of your new address, eg the tenancy agreement or proof of house sale.
d) Many other place will simply change you address over the phone.
EFFECT OF MOVINGWell as you can see it's a real emotional roller coaster, but never loose sight of the important things "why you moved". It will help you remember why you are putting yourself through the trauma.
I hope this will be of some help to a few of you in the few and explains why I have been a little scarce on the site recently. I have no regrets though, moving is great because you get have a whole new life, new experience and most importantly new décor!Thank you for reading and take care,
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