There are many reasons for relocating, whether it is for a new job, for love or to be nearer to family

Relocating can be stressful, with many logistical details to consider, from leaving your current property to getting everything moved. To help you, we have put together a handy guide…

Finding out about the area

Relocating can be a daunting task, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area you are moving to. Your estate agent should be local experts and will be able to share their knowledge with you and find you the ideal home in a location that suits you. They will also be able to share with you places to go, local demographics, as well as advising you of local schools and catchment areas if necessary. Also, things like the nearest postbox to post all your new address cards, local dentist, local pharmacy if you/your family take medications- you can register with a local doctor on the internet by visiting the NHS website. All of these are important to know in advance.

Before the move

Have a clear out, if you have things you haven’t used in the last 12 months, then get rid. There are many useful websites for selling unwanted goods such as eBay, Gumtree and Music Magpie as well as charities such as the British Heart Foundation who can collect unwanted furniture.

Notify your utility suppliers and anybody who needs to know that you are moving. But also remember to check out the average prices of utilities in the area you are relocating to so that you don’t get a nasty shock when the first bill arrives- it will be a bonus if it works out that you will pay less.

After the move

Hold an open house and invite your neighbors round, it’s good to try to create a community for yourself, you never know you may need someone’s help to pop in a feed the cat or leave your key with.

Make friends with your colleagues and find out what there is to do in the local area and if there are any work activities- maybe they all go bowling once a month? Joining a local gym, club or sports team is a great way to meet new people.

Explore- there are so many apps including near me and many more that will help you explore your local area. Look out for the local paper, leaflets and community boards, they are full of information about local clubs, societies, and groups that you can join.

Lastly, enjoy the experience. Whatever reason for your relocation, it’s an exciting new chapter in your life and one that should be memorable for all the right reasons. Take the time to really appreciate the new start and the opportunities it will bring to your life.

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