Moving home can be a difficult juggling act. Our house move checklist can guide you through the steps to make your move stress-free and simple.
Here’s everything you need to consider when moving home, in 17 easy steps.
Remember to leave your old property as you would want to find your new property.
There are lots of utilities and services that need to be told about your change of address. Here’s who you need to tell before you move and those you must tell shortly after:
|Service or supplier||Before moving||After moving|
|An Post mail redirection|
|Insurance||Contents insurance||Life insurance|
|Buildings insurance||Health insurance|
|Government offices||Social Security Benefits (DSP)||TV Licence|
|Local Property Tax (LPT)||Register of Electors|
|Financial services||Mortgage provider||Current accounts|
|Loyalty or store cards|
|Gym or sports clubs|
|Discount travel cards|
|Friends & family|
Note: Most utilities and communication services advise a change of address notice no more than 30 days in advance.
Legal & estate agency fees make moving house costly, but there are other expenses to consider. You may also need to factor in these costs:
The actual move can cost as much as €1,000 if you live in a family home, are moving to another part of the country and hire removal men. If you want help with packing up and disassembling your furniture, it will cost even more.
Doing it yourself is cheaper, but may not be the best choice if you are in a house move chain and short of time. The price of hiring a large van or Luton van will cost around €100 per day. It is worth shopping around and obtaining quotes from several firms.
Another cost to watch out for are early termination fees. If you have to change your energy or broadband provider because your new house is in an area not served by them, be careful you are not stung by early exit fees.
It’s worth jotting down all your additional costs, so you don’t end up with a cash shortfall and end up in overdraft or using your credit card.
This depends on whether you choose a removal firm who are fully insured or hire a man with a van who is not insured.
If you opt for a fully insured removals firm, then any damage caused by the removal firm will be covered. However, they will suggest that you cover any single items that are especially valuable.
If you are doing it yourself, you will need to check your contents insurance policy to see if you are covered for moving home. Some insurers offer cover as standard and for others it is optional. If in doubt, call your insurer and inform them of your plans.
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