The period following a move can be very stressful. You’ll have a range of obligations to meet, and steps to take to turn the house into a home. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important.
Consider your Energy Supplier
The amount of energy you consume may be different in your new house than it was in your old one. It might take longer to get to temperature in the mornings, causing you to spend slightly more over time. The boiler might mean a significant difference between the new place and the old one. Whatever the factors at play, it’s vital that you assess how much you’re spending and consider how making a switch can save. Smart meters allow you to monitor how much you’re using in real time, making it easy to assess your expenditure.
Contact the DVLA
The address on your driving licence will need to be changed – but so too will the address on your vehicle’s V5C logbook. Fail to do this, and the DVLA will continue to send reminders to pay your road tax to your previous address, which may ultimately cause you to fail to pay it.
Settle Kids and Pets in
Children can easily feel lost and disoriented in the wake of a house move. If you’re planning to redecorate, then it’s worth starting with their rooms. That way, you’ll give them the best possible chance of feeling at home. The same applies to pets – although in their case, a great deal less effort is required.
Introduce yourself to the Neighbors
Being on speaking terms with those living nearby may come in handy should disaster strike – and it’ll ease any disagreements you might have further down the line. Neighbors can make the difference between a pleasant new life in a new neighborhood, and a painful one – so make sure that you’ve put in the effort.
Doctors, Dentists, Vets
Everyone in your house will need to be able to receive medical care. This isn’t the kind of thing that you’ll want to be sorting when an illness has just descended. Find out where your nearest GP is, and make sure that you’re registered with them. Then do the same for dentists and vets. Of course, convenience isn’t the only factor you’ll want to consider when choosing a practice – so make sure you’ve taken stock of the reputation of everyone.
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