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Our Guide to Moving House

Moving home can be a long and arduous process, physically, financially and mentally. It can also end up producing a lot of waste and rubbish as you sort through your possessions and decide what you want to take with you on the move.

Therefore, to help keep yourself and your possessions in working order, we’ve compiled an easy to follow guide for moving house which will mean you spend less time worrying about what to do and more time simply getting on with it! 

You’ll also find some useful tips on how you can effectively dispose of the waste that will undoubtedly occur as a result of moving house with the help of our residential skip hire services. 

Who Do I Contact?

Firstly, there will be a lot of people, including companies and organisations who you will want to contact about moving house. This isn’t just important for redirecting mail. Many organisations and databases need to be kept up to date with where you’re living, which can even be a lawful requirement in some cases.

The Post Office has a mail-redirection service which can be used. However, we also recommend telling more important companies of your move directly, such as your bank and your gas and electric companies. 

So who needs to be told about your move? Go through our checklist and make a list of who needs to be informed, when by, and what their contact details are. 

Government Bodies 

  • Department for Work and Pension
  • DVLA (before moving – as you may need your license for van hire and identification)
  • Electoral roll
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Your local authority (regarding your final statement on council tax)
  • TV licensing

Utility Companies

Gas, electric and water suppliers all need to be contacted when moving house. Tell them the exact date you’re moving and also take meter readings the day you move out.

Health Care Providers

The organisations which you receive healthcare from need to be made aware of your new address. Also, contact your new local NHS doctor’s surgery so that you are registered as soon as possible. 

Work and School 

Both your employer and your child’s school will require your new address. This is especially important when you are put down as the emergency contact. Your work may also send important documents and copies of your payslip to your house, which makes it extra important to keep them up to date with your present address at all times.

Insurance Companies

Inform your contents insurance provider when and where you’ll be moving. Also, double-check what is and isn’t insured during the move as you may need to take out additional insurance for this if necessary. Such companies include:

  • Car insurance, including breakdown cover
  • Home insurance
  • Pet insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Health insurance

Finance Companies

This is vital as many financial institutions use your home address to verify security. Financial institutions who need to be contacted include:

  • Credit card companies
  • Banking and savings account providers
  • Investment funds
  • Pension services

Other Regular Bills

Any company which you pay a regular bill to needs to be contacted and informed of your move. Such companies are likely to include home phone, broadband, cable TV and mobile phone providers.

When Do I Start Packing?

The earlier the better. Initially, pack as many non-essentials as possible in the weeks running up to the move to spread out your workload. 

We also advise planning where your furniture will go in advance to speed up the moving process. It’s worth bearing in mind that you may need to order additional storage cases for the move as well.

Then, have a few essential items (e.g. toiletries, one set of clothes) ready for the day itself which can fit into a small bag.

What Don’t I Want to Bring?

When going through the packing process, you’re likely to realise that there are a lot of items which tick both of the following boxes: 

1) Items that you no longer want

2) Items of little-to-no monetary value

These items need to be disposed of and are likely to be outside of the remit of your local rubbish bin collectors. In this situation, it is worthwhile to invest in the service of a waste disposal specialist. Also, bear in mind the items which can be donated to charity. Most households get delivered a bag, which gets collected by the charity the following week, making it super easy and convenient for you. 

Do you have a large amount of rubbish, clutter and other unwanted items you wish to dispose of? Total Waste Services offer a highly efficient, price-effective and environmentally-conscious residential skip hire and waste removal service which could provide the solution you’re looking for.

One of the major perks of working with a professional waste removal company is that they can offer a wide range of options, depending on the amount of waste you have to dispose of. Our staff are expertly trained to be able to inform you which waste disposal option is best suited to your specific situation.

Our domestic waste removal company, operating in the Manchester and Liverpool area, offers an efficient, affordable and eco-friendly solution. With just one call, our expert customer services team will be able to advise you whether to skip hire, wait and load service or grab hire is the best option for you.

The wait and load service is a speedy solution, which comes with the added perk of the man-with-a-van service, which is perfect for those who require extra help loading bulky and heavy items. 

In terms of residential skip hire, we have access to a wide network of yard skip suppliers, meaning we will source the most price-efficient solution which suits your specific needs. Skip hire can also be a great option for those moving houses, allowing you to throw away items as you go along with the packing process.

Common Types of Waste Caused by Moving House

There are multiple forms of waste caused by the house moving process, often more than people might expect. This is primarily due to many individuals owning more items than they expected and also wishing to buy new items for their next property. Some of the many types of waste commonly caused by moving house include:

  • Unwanted furniture
  • Old bedding and mattresses 
  • Cutlery, cooking utensils and plates
  • Childhood items and old toys
  • Garden waste
  • Unwanted food
  • Attic clutter and long term storage items

The Final Steps
Finally, there are a few things worth checking that you’ve done before the moving job is finally finished:

  • Prepare a briefing sheet for the new owners, such as guidance on key information regarding your house, how to operate the boiler, alarms and other key utilities.
  • Label keys and leave them in their corresponding locks.
  • Be sure to remember to pay the stamp duty bill within 30 days of moving if the new property cost is over £125,000 or £300,000 for first-time buyers.
  • Get the locksmith to change the locks in your new house. 

How Can We Help? 

Do you need help clearing unwanted items, clutter, bulky furniture and other waste from your old home? Do you also want to ensure that you’re doing your bit for the planet?

Total Waste Services are renowned for an eco-friendly approach and are the best option to ensure that your unwanted items are being handled in the right way. Alongside an efficient household waste removal service, we also strive to send as little to landfill as possible. Specialising in sustainable waste management, this means we’ll always sort through your waste to ensure items get reused or recycled. 
Total Waste Services are here to help. Please call and contact our friendly team with any further enquiries.

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