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Things to do before you move in

By Heather Mellican

Just bought a new home and can’t wait to move in? Make sure you tick these things off before you walk through the door.

Connect your internet and energy: Internet providers are often booked weeks in advance so make sure this is organised at least three weeks before the move. Also have your energy switched over into your name.

Change your address: Notify the post office of your new address and ensure all your details are updated with your car insurance and registration, the electoral roll, your bank and any subscriptions.

Pack an un-packing box: Create a box with all tools needed to construct furniture; this may include allen keys, screws and screwdrivers. Having these items in the same place will save you time when setting up your new home.

Cover yourself: Contact your insurance provider to arrange your house and contents insurance. End your current home insurance policy the day after you’ve moved out and have your next policy start the day before you move so you’re covered on moving day.

Leave it to the professionals: Have your home professionally cleaned before you move in. Have your carpets steamed and your bathroom and kitchen sparkling so you don’t have to worry after you’ve filled it with furniture.

Don’t forget the spare key: The stress of moving day can sometimes mean keys go missing. Have a key cut for every member of the family and make sure you have more than one set.

Couple moving house — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Pack for the first night: Save yourself the stress of searching through boxes and set up a box dedicated to your first night with basic toiletries, toilet paper, clothes and bed linen.

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