5 things you should do when you first move into a house
After long weeks of searching, viewing and managing, you have finally moved into a new house and you are about to unpack your boxes. Even though it seems like all major stuff is sorted, there are probably still a few steps you will want to take to make your living comfortable and fully enjoyable.
- Do all the safety checks
The first thing to do is to check whether the property is safe and all installations are running smoothly. You should locate all smoke detectors and test them. Check also where the emergency exits are situated in your building. You should be able to lock and unlock all doors and windows safely. Furthermore, make sure you know where the water shut-offs are, as well as water and gas valves. If you can’t find these switches, you should contact your estate agent or landlord directly to ask where they are located.
Lastly, ensure all appliances either provided by your landlord or moved from your old property are working properly and haven’t been damaged by previous residents or during the transportation.
- Contact the energy providers
Take care that all services are up and running, as there is nothing worse than spending your first night in the new flat without water or electricity. Get in touch with suppliers who have been serving the property so far, inform them about the change in the tenancy and set your utilities. From the day you move in, you are responsible for the energy usage in the property. If a person who lived in the house before you haven’t paid the final bill, you may be expected to cover it. Inform yourself about the current tariffs. If you want to switch energy providers read our last post to find out how to do it.
- Get your address changed
And redirect your post! If you don’t know current residents of your old property, you can use Royal Mail’s Postal Redirection service. It will ensure your identity and correspondence protection. You can manage mail redirection in advance or after you move into a new house. If you leave your correspondence unchanged, there is a chance that you won’t receive your energy bills which may cause serious damage to your credit records.
- Clean the entire place
Your landlord is, in fact, responsible for renting a flat in a good condition, but you should still do a thorough cleaning on your own. Do that before unpacking any boxes.
- Get to know your neighbourhood
It is also useful to explore the new neighbourhood and find out if there are any grocery stores, coffee shops, bars, restaurants etc. So once you feel quite settled in the new house, take some time and locate all hotspots nearby.