Found your next rental home and playing the waiting game until you can move in? Here are 5 jobs you can be getting on with in the meantime.
If you’re renting unfurnished and ordering new beds and sofas, you’ll need to take measurements at least 6 weeks in advance if you want delivery in time for Move Day. Ask the lettings agent or landlord if the current tenants will let you pop in and get the job done. Pay particular attention to door frames, hallways and turns in stairwells.
Whether you’re switching your current broadband deal over to your new address or shopping around for a better one, bear in most providers require at least 30 days’ notice.
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3. Parking permits and suspensions
If there are parking restrictions at your new address, you might need to apply for a parking bay suspension to ensure you get a guaranteed space outside on Move Day. If you’re using a large removals van, bear in mind you might need two spaces.
Don’t forget parking permits for your own vehicles too, even if they are just temporary ones at first. Bank on at least 10 working days for the relevant local authority to process all parking applications.
By rights, your home should have been professionally cleaned before you take up residence there. But if you’re a stickler for cleanliness, book in your own professional service at least a week in advance.
5. A postal redirection
Sign up to the Royal Mail’s redirection service to ensure you don’t miss important post, such as from the DVLA or HMRC. Costs start at £31.99 and you can apply for stints of 3, 6 or 12 months. It can take up to 5 working days to get the service set up.