Hey everyone – I’m Hannah! I’m currently in the process of moving to a new house, and I wanted to share some of the details of the process with you. Not a typical Marmalade blog – but from helping me to move my stuff, to changing over details – there was actually a lot of stuff that my car was used for! So, if you’re in the process of moving to a new house too, here are some things you’ll likely use your car for too. Some aren’t as obvious as others!
Say hello to the stress
Learning to drive and passing my test was the most stressful thing I’ve ever done – up until, of course – moving to a new house! It’s such a long process, and most of it is actually out of your hands. Unlike learning to drive where I had control, almost anything can happen in the process of moving and packing is a nightmare! But it’s all worth it when you’ve moved in – and my car was a lifesaver when moving day came.
I thought to choose my first car was stressful but moving to a new house definitely tops it. People in work were beginning to question whether I had bought a house to move into or if I had decided to live in my car. My Suzuki was filled with boxes, cushions (lots of cushions) and clothes, and my passenger for two weeks before the move was a light fitting. Having blackout windows made it less obvious that I’m a bit hoarder but it also reassured me that my stuff was safe when leaving my car unattended.
Using my car for the move
The most precious thing to move safely was our little cat. We had to make a few journeys between the old house and the new house, so I made sure she was right by my side during the final trip all strapped in safely – it made her feel safer and made me feel better about moving her into her new house!
As much as I would love to say my little Suzuki Swift managed the full move on its own – it didn’t. My fiancé rented a van to put all of the furniture and big boxes in which was essential, but having my car was so helpful! It was the little things that needed moving, or the quick trips to pick up the small things that my car came in really handy for. I think if I didn’t have my car, it would have been so much pressure to pack everything up in the one or two trips with the van! Knowing I had my car meant there was no real stress if I’d forgotten anything.
Of course, when you move to a new house you have to change things over to your new address. Bank details, post and most importantly for me the ones relating to my car!
Things to remember when you move house
This is such a tedious and boring thing to do but it is super important to remember. Firstly, I had to change my details with my insurance company. I didn’t realise how important this was until they explained that my insurance could have been avoided if, for example, my car had been stolen outside of my new house. Sometimes this can change the price of your policy – you may have to pay more or you may be due some back – there’s also sometimes an admin fee, so make sure you’re aware of how much it’ll cost you.
Secondly, I had to change my details on my licence, you have a few weeks to do it, but you can get fined after that! I was worried I’d have to pay for it but luckily it was free! And actually really easy. Just go online and change it and they’ll send you out a new one. You’ll need to hand your old one in or you could be fined (you may be without ID for a while so make sure you do it when you’re not going to need it!) This is also a great opportunity to update your photo (for all the expert selfie-takers) there is a charge of £17, but who can put a price on not getting embarrassed with an old ID photo at the night club?
Oh, and of course your V5C certificate or logbook. If you can’t find it then it’ll cost £25 for a new one, so keep it safe! Nobody wants a £1000 fine for being lazy!
The final thing I had to change was my address on the direct debit for my tax and guess what, you have to ring them! It’s free but get ready for that hold music we all know and love. The sooner it’s all sorted the sooner you can just focus on the fun stuff like decorating and buying more cushions!
Anyway, I’m off to unpack, see you when I’ve unburied myself out of all these boxes!
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