Helping you move

Moving home can mean lots of upheaval, but with Abbeyfield you can be sure that we will make it as painless as possible. We'll also try our best to help you settle into your new home.

Once you have decided to make this move there are a few things that you need to do.

If you currently own your own home

You will need to market your property. We suggest you contact 3 local estate agents to get an idea of the market value and fees, also consider the way they will market the property and what they are currently selling  within your area and price range. You should also source a solicitor to act for you on the sale and purchase, again get quotes on the services before you decide.

If you are currently renting

You will need to consider the notice period that you will have to give your current landlord and tie this in with the date you will be able to move to the Abbeyfield House/Development.

Once you know the date that you will be moving

You will need to advise your utilities, such as:

  • Council tax
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water

On the day you vacate your home, you will need to read the relevant meters and note these for the final accounts.

You may also need to advise the TV licence, Sky, Telephone and any other services that you receive.
Advise your bank/building society of your new address and others such as pension providers.

You may want to consider arranging for your mail to be redirected for a suitable period,  this can be arranged through the post office.

Advise your doctor or dentist that you are moving.

If you are relocating to a new area, you will need to register with a new doctor and dentist.  We will be able to assist you with this if necessary

Once you have your moving date

You will need to arrange a removals company, we suggest you get at least 2 quotations for this and decide how much help you will need.

If you are downsizing

You may want to ask a friend or relative to help you work out what you can take with you and then arrange to either sell or give away the pieces you cannot take. If you prefer , you can ask Abbeyfield to help you with this.

If you are buying in a new development

you will need to consider:

  • Curtains and tracks.
  • Carpets will be fitted
  • Fitting shelves, towel rails etc, check what is included in the sale.

Arrange a home visit

It is a good idea to arrange a home visit to your new home at least a week before you move in to check where things are and to familiarise yourself with the layout and facilities.

Ask a friend or relative to be available to you on the day, or advise the Abbeyfield staff who will ensure they are there to assist you as required.

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