First of all, congratulations. Now let’s get you set up…
1. Register for council tax
Check your band on the local council website by typing in your postcode as soon as you move in, they’ll tell you how much it costs yearly and typically you’ll get an option to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly. It’s better to register as early as possible, if you leave it and wait for a letter you may get landed with a big bill.
Please note: brand new builds may take longer to register and therefore you might have no choice but to wait for a letter to turn up at your door.
2. Sort out who supplies your electricity, gas and water
Make sure you call each supplier to check rates because this is the best time to search for a good deal before you get sucked in to one that’s already there and easy as it may not be the best value for money. You’ll need to check whether your water supplier takes away your dirty water as well as supplying clean water because you may need to organise two services.
If you can’t find or don’t know who your suppliers are you can go to ofgem.gov.uk and there are contact numbers to call that can tell you who covers your address. Alternatively, if you live in London, the South East and the East of England you can head to ukpowernetworks.co.uk and pop in your postcode and house number/name and they’ll be able to tell you who currently supplies your property.
3. Arrange Wi-Fi
Not many people can go without the internet for long, and you hear horror stories of people moving into new homes and not being able to get broadband for weeks because typically you have to book an installation or book the supplier weeks in advance.
If you want to be extra prepared, organise it when you know the date you’re moving in, that way you can request the installation or switch over to be the day you move in.
Make a note of the numbers you’ll need to know if something goes wrong or if you have questions, which undoubtedly you will at some point. Knowing the number of your landlord (if you’re renting) and a handyman in the area, is a good start.
5. Get your nick naks
It’s quite a good idea to do your first food shop online when you move into a new home because there are generally discounts about, plus the first shop always tends to be bigger because you may need to buy heavier/bulkier bits like washing powder, cleaning products, and kitchen utensils when you. It makes life slightly less stressful if the first big shop is just delivered to your door.
6. Facebook groups
Sign up to your building Facebook groups, and/or groups in the area including buying and selling Facebook groups in your neighbourhood because then you can find out local info, news and events happening and also who is selling what to see if you can nab any bargains. Joining your building Facebook group can help to get to know your neighbours too, always worth doing and handy for deliveries.
Organise and pay for a permit if you need to, or work out where you can park for free in nearby roads if not outside your property. This is also to know for when people visit.