Moving house can be a nightmare. Not only do you have to worry about sorting through and packing up everything you own, there’s also all the people you have to inform that you’re moving so you can stay in touch. If you get this wrong, you can end up missing important letters, emails and phone calls, so it’s really important to plan for this in advance. Here are some of our top tips to help take some of the stress out of this process.
Keep your phone number
Most of us are used to the idea that when we move mobile phone networks we can take our number with us. But what about our landline numbers when we move house? Although it is not always the case, if you are moving locally you may be able to keep your existing phone number.
It all depends on whether your new home is in the same telephone exchange area as your old one. If it is you should be able to get your number transferred over for free. However, if you are moving exchanges you will have to have a new number. You may sometimes also find that you are issued with a temporary phone number for the first few weeks in your new home so it’s important to make sure people are aware of this. It may be easier to have calls directed to your mobile temporarily to avoid confusing people.
Get your post redirected
With so many people to inform that you are moving, it is almost inevitable that some people and companies will slip through the cracks. To make sure you don’t miss any important letters or packages it is well worth getting any of your post that goes to your old address redirected to your new one. It is usually possible to get post redirected from any UK address to any other UK address or abroad.
Royal Mail currently charge just £24.99 for a three month redirect which is a small price to pay for peace of mind! It is worth noting that Royal Mail charge per surname, so for most families this means only having to pay one fee to cover your entire household.
It is also important to realise that this only covers post delivered by Royal Mail, so will not cover packages carried by other delivery companies such as Parcelforce. Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ and Royal Mail Signed For™ can be redirected, but only within the UK.
Sort out your internet
These days an internet connection is a necessity rather than a luxury. This makes getting online as soon as possible after a move a priority for most of us. The important thing to bear in mind is that you usually have to book several weeks in advance to get your new home connected by your service provider. It is therefore a good idea to ring your internet provider as soon as you know you are moving and find out how far in advance you need to book. Even if your move date ends up changing it will usually be a lot less hassle to cancel an appointment that end up having to do without access to the web for several weeks because you waited to make arrangements.
The team here at Intransit have helped thousands of homeowners and businesses move over the 17 years we have been in operation. Our experience means we can help make your move as painless as possible, so if you need advice or would like to make a booking, please call today on 01225 759200. Alternatively you can fill out our contact form and we will get back to you promptly.