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5 things you need do when moving into your new house

13th Feb, 2014

Moving home is always a stressful time. It doesn’t matter how you go about it, or how efficient you might be at it, it’s always going to be a difficult time.

So there’s really no such thing as a ‘stress-free guide’ to moving. It’s not about making sure you do everything right; it’s more a case of damage control – it’s more about minimising the chances of things going wrong.

But that doesn’t mean your move won’t be successful. After all, every success comes with its own set of struggles. So let’s make it a little easier. Let’s take a look at a few of the important things every home mover should take into consideration when first arriving at their new property.

Change the locks

When you move into a new house you can’t be sure who might have a set of keys; the previous owners, any number of their friends, the estate agency. Once you’ve been handed the keys go ahead and get a locksmith to come round and install new locks. It’s an important first step in any home security plan.

Take meter readings

Make sure you only pay for the water, electricity and gas that you use by informing your energy suppliers of the meter readings at your new propertybefore you move.

You’re normally able to keep the same energy provider when you move, and many companies will have an online form where you can notify them of any change in address.

Give it a clean

You’ll probably find that the previous owners have cleaned the house before leaving – but you’ll still want to give the place a going over before you properly move in.

So before you start to move your things in give the place a clean. If you’re in a hurry, and you’re looking to move in as quickly as you can, you can always rely on the help of a professional cleaning company.


It’s a lot of hassle to decorate a house once everything’s in place, so if you can organise for the house to be decorated before you arrange the furniture and hang your pictures on the wall the easier it’ll be.

Arrange to move your details and accounts to the new address

Your car insurance details, your internet, your TV license, your electoral details… You might be surprised at how many things you need to update when you move, but the quicker you get started on this step, the quicker you’ll be able to settle into your new home.