|July 27, 2021||No Comments|
At Edinburgh Letting Centre, we strive to help people find the perfect rental properties in this beautiful city. But whether you’re buying a new home or renting, the process of moving can be equal parts exciting and daunting. There’s so much to keep in mind that even the best organised among us can feel woefully unprepared. Most of us are aware of some of the things we can do to save money and make the process a little easier. Like starting to pack non-essentials nice and early, or taking the time to compare removals companies well in advance. But there are some things that could improve your move that may be less obvious.
Let’s take a look…
Not everyone knows this, but when you move into your new home you may find that your energy bills are significantly higher than they were in your previous home. Even if you use the same amount of energy. This is because whenever you move into a new home, you’re automatically placed on a ‘deemed contract’ with the previous occupant’s supplier. According to the energy experts at Papernest, this can drive up your bills significantly after moving house. When you’re on a deemed contract, you’re automatically moved to the supplier’s standard variable tariff. This is almost always their most expensive. Start saving money as soon as you move in by switching to a new tariff.
There are a lot of people to notify when moving to a new home, from your employer to your kids’ schools to your local council to your broadband provider. But no matter how well prepared you are, someone may slip through the net. And that means that important post could get lost in the shuffle when moving. Fortunately, Royal Mail offers a redirection service to ensure that you don’t lose important paperwork.
You’re eager to move into your new home. But before you ‘sign and recline’, make sure you’re totally familiar with the terms of your tenancy agreement. For instance, are there any restrictions on pets that you need to be aware of? Have you accounted for everything listed on the inventory? Is there any damage in the property that isn’t mentioned in the inventory? If so, you need to let your landlord / letting agent know as soon as possible!
Finally, as well as notifying the DVLA of your new address (so you can get a new driving license) you’ll need to make sure your car insurance provider updates your address. Failing to do so could invalidate your policy and leave you vulnerable in the event of a mishap on the road.