Moving to Barnes: a Moving in Checklist

When you move into your new home in Barnes, you will concentrate mainly on getting yourself unpacked and settled into your home, this process can take weeks to fully complete and in concentrating solely on this you may be forgetting some other very important things you should do when you move into a new home:

•    Make sure that all of the services you require are switched on, so that you have working water, electricity and gas on the day that you are moving in. Before you start using these, note down the meter readings to avoid you being over charged or charged for someone else’s bill. Keep these meter reading safe as you may need them in the future.
•    Check the main and big things that you have moved into your new home, ensure that nothing was damaged during transportation, check things like your television sets, the cooker and fridge etc.  if you are going to claim for damages you may only have a certain time frame to do so in.
•    Put new locks on the doors, get some keys cut for your direct family.  You may know the person you have bought the house from and be comfortable that they have returned all the keys they have to your property, however, there is no guarantee that a previous owner before the owner your buying from doesn’t still have access to your home.  Therefore it is always a good idea to have new locks installed.
•    Find a good, local and reputable school for your children, visit the school to see what it is like and make sure it is suitable for your children. The sooner you can settle your child or children into school the better, this will help them to settle into the new home, make new friends and get comfortable with the move, furthermore it will give you more time to spend unpacking, cleaning, sorting and settling into your new home.
•    Ensure that any postal redirection services have started redirecting your mail to you, make sure that there are no letters that have been sent to your previous property.  In order to ensure that you receive all your post, make sure you change your address with anyone who needs to know.  Remember that if your letters get send to your old property, and if these letters contain sensitive information, you could be opening yourself up to identity theft, leaving yourself vulnerable.
•    Source a good doctor, dentist, veterinary service and register each of your family members details with the doctor/dentist/vet.  This should be one of the first things you do, especially if you have children, otherwise you may find yourself with a poorly child and no doctors to take them too, this is not the best time to be looking at and having to register with doctors.  Always plan ahead when it comes to medical practices and register with them in plenty of time.
•    Do you need any new services set up, or example, would you like a milk delivery, or a morning delivery of your favourite paper?  To get a better idea as to some of the services available in your new area read through any community newsletters you can find, and understand what is going on in your local area.
•    Register for things like a local library and gym, these things are not essential but it’s nice to get all the registering and paperwork out of the way as quickly as possible.
•    Don’t forget to introduce yourself to your new neighbours, and get to know the people living on your estate little.



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