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Moving House

Moving home can be a traumatic time in anyone’s life, and there are certainly many things to consider when thinking of making a move. This information focuses on the help available to older people or those who have a disability, although some of the information may also be relevant to anyone who is moving home.

Fact  Sheets

Help & Care have a range of fact sheets available containing information to help maintain your independence and remain in your own home as long as possible, in particular:

Carers Rights and Assessments

Carers Allowance

Support Groups for Carers

Day Care

Money Matters

Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment

Legal Matters, including Power of Attorney

Care in the Home

Help with daily living


If you would like to receive a copy please contact Help & Care on 0300 111 3303 or download a copy from this website

If you currently have a Social Services Care Manager, or are living in Warden Assisted property these people will also be able to advise and facilitate your move.

 

General advice and information

Visiting a prospective new home

Visiting a prospective new home can be an exciting and enjoyable experience but it is worthwhile taking steps to ensure your own safety while viewing a property. Most Estate Agents, Letting Agents, or Landlords will arrange to meet you at the property and show you around. If possible try to take a family member or friend with you, this also has the added advantage of having someone else to help remember details about the property and possibly ask questions you may not have considered asking the agent.
If no family member or friend is available you may be able to ask for a volunteer from a local volunteer agency, charity or support group, church group, or doctor’s surgery to go with you. Listed below are some organisations that may be able to supply a volunteer to visit with you:

Age Concern

Blandford Forum: - 01258 458250

Gillingham & Shaftsbury: - 01747 853966

North Dorset: - 01258 473038


Packing up and moving out

Draw up a list of the items that need to be packed, those that can be disassembled, and furniture that can go ‘whole’. Don’t forget curtains and blinds, shelves and pictures. The removal company will pack your things for you but this will mean an extra charge, ask for an estimate before committing to this. Below are some points to remember when packing:

• Use sturdy durable boxes.

• Try not to pack in too many items, you may not be able to lift or move the box afterwards.

• Take care when packing breakables. Remember to wrap in tissue or bubble wrap.

• Remember to keep important documents separate (i.e. driving licence, passport and so on), you may need to refer to them before you are able to unpack.

• Don’t forget to check the attic/loft move the items downstairs prior to packing and try to dispose of any unwanted items before moving day.


Electrical Equipment

• Electrical equipment should all be disconnected prior to the arrival of the removal company

• The drums of automatic washing machines should be secured to avoid damage with the proper brackets obtained from the local authorised retailers.

• Fridges and fridge freezers should be washed out with a strong solution of bicarbonate of soda and hot water – NOT DETERGENT. THEY SHOULD THEN BE DRIED OUT THOROUGHLY.

• Equipment such as TVs, Hi-fi, video, DVD players, and computers are best moved in their original packing (if possible). Secure carefully any free moving pieces of this equipment such as the pick-up arm of Hi-fi record decks.

• Don’t forget to label the cables as you remove them from the back of your TV or computer so that it is easy to re-connect when you are putting it back together.


Food Stuffs

• If you have a freezer full of food, try to use it up prior to moving.

• If this is impossible, on the day, pack everything into large freezer/plastic bags so that the items can be lifted out and replaced once the move is over.

• Don’t forget to ask friends to help store frozen items as well. This can be especially helpful as fridges and fridge freezers need up to 24hrs to ‘settle’ following a move before food can be placed back into them.


Contents of garages and garden sheds

• These should be sorted out well in advance and any rubbish thrown away.

• Tools should be bundled together and tied for ease of carrying.

• Dangerous chemicals and liquids should be securely sealed with tape to prevent spillage.


Care of pets while moving home

• When moving, your pet should travel with you. The mildest tempered animal can become upset when it can see the family being moved.

• It will comfort the animal (cats & dogs) if they can have something with a familiar scent on it and can hear familiar voices, rather than travelling with someone they don’t know or having to stay in kennels.

• Humane travel cages or cardboard carry cases (for smaller animals) are available from most pet retailers for a reasonable price and will prove useful later on if you need to transport your pet again maybe to the vet or on holiday.


Access to property

• A few days in advance of the move, ask your neighbours if they would be mindful of leaving enough space outside the property for the removal lorry when parking their cars.

• Be sure to check access to your new property to advise the removal company particularly if you are moving into a flat where access to a lift will be needed if possible.

• Make sure you are absolutely certain of the correct moving dates both from your old property and into your new property and that the correct keys are exchanged beforehand. Good communication with the Estate Agent or Letting Agent/Landlord is essential here.

 

Checklist of people to inform that you are moving – include the date of your move

Try to plan your move as far in advance as possible, and when you are certain of your moving date begin to inform people so that all your necessary bills and correspondence can delivered to your new home and friends and relatives can contact you. It is also important to inform your GP, Dentist, and if necessary Social Services (if you are receiving care) particularly if you are moving out of the area. You may need to register with a new GP and Dentist when you arrive at your new home, and any care needs you have with Social Services may need to be transferred to a new authority. Below is a list of some of the people you may need to inform of your move:

• If you are currently renting, your present Landlord/Housing Association

• Family and friends

• Local authority – for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax, the Electoral Register (for voting)

• Utilities such as water, gas, and electricity suppliers – remember to arrange cut-off and reconnection dates and times.

• Your GP, Dentist, Social Services Care Manager

• Your Bank, Building Society, Credit Card companies, Store Card, loan or Hire Purchase companies

• Insurance (life, car, household contents etc.) companies, Pension companies

• Telephone and TV channel suppliers (Sky, Virgin Media, British Telecom), and mobile phone companies

• The DVLA (if you own a car)

• Blue Badge Scheme (local town hall if you have a permit)

• Any pre-paid arrangements with local pharmacists if you medication supplied on a regular basis. Some meal providers if you have your meals delivered.

• Care agencies who may do shopping or housework for you

• Milkman/woman if you have your milk delivered

• Local newsagent if you have newspapers delivered

• Any clubs or support groups you belong to who may send you mail

• The Post Office to redirect mail. You will be charged for this and can choose how long you wish this service to last, anything form 1 month to 1 year.


Form filling and money matters

When you decide to move home this can mean a lot of extra correspondence to deal with involving filling in forms or understanding money matters. Once again a volunteer from a local agency may be able to help you. Contact the following organisations if you would like someone to help you:

Age Concern

Blandford Forum: - 01258 458250

Gillingham & Shaftsbury: - 01747 853966

North Dorset: - 01258 473038

 

Benefits

If you need help and advice about benefit matters contact the Pension Service on 0345 6060265 or log on to www.gov.uk to arrange for a Visiting Officer to visit you at home.

 

Help finding low cost items of furniture

In the North Dorset Area the following companies collect a wide variety of items to recycle. For further details contact:

Furnicare Re-Use Project

The Mill
Boden Street
Chard
TA20 2DD
Tel: 01460 68221 – open on Mondays & Tuesdays 10am – 3pm, other times contact branch at:

Yeovil Office: 01935 433416 – covers area from Street in Somerset to Blandford in Dorset.www.furnicare.co.uk

Furnicare provides furniture, electrical and other household items for people on low incomes. We collect unwanted and re-usable household items for checking and resale at affordable prices to people on benefits or whose income is £15,000 or less per year.


Your Choice

Unit 9
Richmar Trading Centre
Butts Pond
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 1AZ
Tel: 01258 471665

Your Choice will take good quality items to help people in need furnish their home. Items include:

• White goods – fridges / freezers, washing machines, cookers, microwaves

• Beds, bedding, curtains, wardrobes

• Dining suites, three piece suites, curtain tracks, carpets

• Cutlery, pots and pans, bric-a-brac, food mixers, toasters

• Music centres, DVD players and DVDs, videos, televisions

• Computers / printers

• Garden equipment / DIY equipment

 

Other useful information

British Gas Energy Trust – Dorset’s Healthy Homes Project

Loans and small grants to help towards energy efficiency improvements such as heating, help with fuel bills, debt relief orders and other needs. For further information contact Joanna Keats on 01305 216403 or 07421 994591, email: bget@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk


Energy Saving Trust

Tel: 0300 123 1234
www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Advice about energy saving devices and products within your home. Information and advice about how to apply for grants to help you meet the cost of making your home more energy efficient.

Furnicare Re-Use Project

Unit 1a & 2 Lawrence House
Southgate Road
Wincanton
Somerset
BA9 9EB
Tel: 01963 34565 – open on Mondays & Tuesdays 10am – 3pm, other times contact branches at:
Chard Office: 01460 68221 – covers area from Chard, Somerset to Honiton and Wellington in Devon, to Lyme Regis and Bridport in Dorset.
Yeovil Office: 01935 433416 – covers area from Street in Somerset to Blandford in Dorset.

Furnicare provides furniture, electrical and other household items for people on low incomes. We collect unwanted and re-usable household items for checking and resale at affordable prices to people on benefits or whose income is £15,000 or less per year. Membership is £2 per year and once approved, members are issued with an annual membership card and can buy from any of our 3 stores in Chard, Wincanton and Yeovil. Our service is open to people from North and West Dorset, we currently have members
from Gillingham, Shaftsbury, and Sturminster Newton areas, our Chard depot has members from Bridport and Lyme Regis. Proof of being in receipt of benefits is required.


Health Through Warmth (HTW)

HTW is an RWE Npower community initiative set up by npower in 2000 working together with the NHS and National Energy Action (NEA), the national fuel poverty charity. HTW offers help to vulnerable people living in England and Wales who have long term, cold related illnesses and need assistance to fund and install heating and insulation in their homes. For further information contact:

Npower Health Through Warmth Team

Tel: 0845 070 2809
Fax: 0845 120 7195
Email: healththroughwarmth@npower.com
www.npower.com/health-through-warmth


Public Health – Dorset Healthy Homes Scheme

Tel: 0300 003 7023

Assistance with cavity wall and loft insulation. Applicants need to be over 65, suffer with a cardiovascular or respiratory illness, or live with a disability, be on certain benefits, be pregnant or have a child under 5. Contact for more information about qualifying criteria.





 

 

 

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