We here at Sixt understand Moving is not the easiest of tasks, we know the thought of trying to box up your whole life into a van can be become quite a stressful and daunting experience. So Sixt have decided to take the challenge of helping our customers move and changing the experience into a smooth and enjoyable transition rather than one that makes us want to pull our hair out!
We will be introducing exclusive new rental packages which will be revealed in the next few weeks. These are tailor made for moving house when you hire one of our Vans We have also created a comprehensive series of checklists, safety and driving tips to ensure you enjoy a smooth move safely! We will be posting another stage of the checklist each week, so keep your eyes peel for our weekly Friday moving tips! If you have any questions regarding moving, be sure to leave a comment and we will endeavour to assist you
As early as possible before your move:
* Arrange your van rental by booking one of our Sixt hire vans on the date you intend to move
* If you rent your current property, allow enough time to give notice to your current landlord. You will find further information in your lease.
* Over the years you generally collect broken or unwanted items in the cellar, the attic or the garage. Don’t forget to dispose of these items before you leave and recycle where you can.
* Prepare a list of items that you will be taking with you.
* If needed, apply for a parking permit for your van or truck.
3 weeks before the move: You should contact the following and advise them of your moving date and new address:
* Your Employer & Inland Revenue: when you notify your local tax office you will need to quote your reference number, this is printed on your pay slip/P60/code notification.
* DVLA: you need to change both your address on the card driving licence and registration ticket
* Council Tax Office: Make sure you notify authorities both in your current area and the one you’re moving to if you are changing districts/counties. www.voa.gov.uk
* Bank/ Building Society & Credit Card companies: If you are moving a considerable distance away it would be a good idea to transfer your accounts to a branch closer to your home. Most credit card companies send a change of address form with their monthly statements, be sure to fill these out at next statement to change your address
* Insurance: Make sure your contents insurance is changed to your new property on the date that you move, you may need to get a new quote for your new home, see make sure you received a quote in good time before you move! Your quote may also change for car insurance if you do/don’t have a garage in your new property etc.
* Telephone/ Mobile Phone: Make sure you contact both providers of your plan to move, also your internet account if you have one with them to notify your change of address and the date you will be needing to switch your phones/internet connection, sometimes your phone provider may need to come and install a phone line in your new home, so make sure you notify them in good time.
* Junk Mail: To stop junk mail you may have been receiving to your old property, you can register yourself with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) this can help you remove your name from up to 95% of the direct mailing lists in the UK
* TV Licence: Your TV licence does not move with you, you need to make sure you notify TV licensing to prevent yourself from facing a fine of up to £1,000 go to www.tvlicencing.co.uk to change your details
* Satellite TV: If you pay for satellite TV, please don’t forget to notify your provider in good time, so you can arrange a date for them to come and set up your satellite dish in your new property.
* Doctor, Dentist & Opticians: If you will be moving out of the local area you will need to inform your Doctor, Dentist and Opticians so you can de-register with them and register in your new local area. If you go for regular appointments at your local hospital, make sure you also notify the hospital so they can transfer your treatment.
* Vet: If you have any pets make sure if they are receiving any treatment, it can be transferred to a local Vet. Also if you are intending to put your pets in a kennel during the move arrange that now.
* School: If your children are changing schools inform your old school when they are leaving and make sure you notify the new school when they intend to start
* Post: Make sure you redirect any post to be sent to your new post for the first three months you move house, to give you time to notify any companies of your move if you have forgot to do so prior, the Royal Mail offer a redirecting service which you can setup online. This takes at least 5 days for the service to be implemented.
* Moving shopping trip: ensure you have bought all the essentials for moving: Boxes, Tape, Carrier Bags, Black sacks, bubble wrap, newspapers, and suitcases
* Library, Gym and any other subscriptions: make sure you notify these of your change of address
* Parking: Do you need a permit to park at your new property? If so make sure you apply now to ensure you wont be fined. If you have a current permit you are cancelling, check to see if you are able to get money back for returning your permit early Plus if there are any other restrictions to parking outside your new property, inform the local authority of your moving plan and of any extra vehicles that will be at the property. Your removal van can be pretty big, it may also be an idea to inform your new neighbours of your moving date so they are not surprised at the removal vans on your street.
* Vote: if your are moving to a new area, you will need to register to vote again with your new council, to ensure you can vote in future elections at your new address.
Stay tuned for more house moving tips next week!