There are many reasons for relocating, whether it is for a new job, love or to be nearer to family. Relocating can be stressful, with many logistical details to consider, from leaving your current property to getting everything moved. To help you, we have put together a handy guide for relocating, take a look at our advice below…
Finding out about the area
Relocating can be a daunting task, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area you are moving to, don’t forget that our branch staff are local experts and will be able to share their knowledge with you and find you the ideal home in a location that suits you. They will also be able to share with you places to go, local demographics, as well as advising you of local schools and catchment areas if necessary. Also things like, the nearest postbox to post all your new address cards, local pharmacy if you/your family take medications – you can register with a local doctor on the internet by visiting the NHS website.
Before the move
- Have a clear out, if you have things you haven’t used in the last 12 months then get rid. There are many useful websites for selling unwanted goods such as eBay, Gumtree and Music Magpie as well as charities such as the British Heart Foundation who can collect unwanted furniture.
- Notify your utility suppliers and anybody who needs to know that you are moving. But also remember to check out the average prices of utilities in the area you are relocating too, so that you don’t get a nasty shock when the first bill arrives, it will be a bonus if it works out that you will pay less.
- Go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and try to use what you have in the run up to your move instead of buying more groceries and filling your cupboards even more! If you have unopened and in date items that you simply just do not want, don’t throw them away, there are plenty of foodbanks who will be grateful for the donation.
- Get quotes and make sure you have budgeted for everything including your removals and any bills that may pop up including cleaning costs and storage.
- Don’t leave it until the last minute – start your packing early as this will give you more time to spend with friends and family before your move. Don’t have your leaving party the day before you move!
After the move
- Hold an open house and invite your neighbours round, its good to try to create a community for yourself, you never know you may need someone’s help to pop in a feed the cat, or leave your key with.
- Make friends with your colleagues and find out what there is to do in the local area and if there are any work activities – maybe they all go bowling once a month?
- Joining a local gym, club or sports team is a great way to meet new people.
- Explore, there are so many apps including near me and many more that will help you explore your local area.
- Look out for the local paper, leaflets and community boards, they are full of information about local clubs, societies and groups that you can join.