Moving and setting up your new home is a big step and can be expensive.
There are lots of things that you need to think about, such as paying your rent, furnishing your new home and paying for removals.
YHN offers a range of additional services that can help you settle into and enjoy living in your home. These include:
- 24 hour alarm, response and support services to help older or vulnerable people to live safely at home from Ostara.
- Affordable furniture packs from NFS.
- Help to maintain your garden from YHN’s Garden Care team.
- Help for veterans to adjust to civilian life from YHN’s armed forces outreach service.
- Benefits, budgeting and tenancy advice to help you manage your tenancy.
Tips to help you prepare
Think about your finances
Moving home can be expensive - Before you move is a good time to review your budget to see what you have coming in each month to ensure you can afford your commitments. Our budget planner tool is free to use and can help you create a personal budget plan in minutes.
Save, save, save - Start saving for your move as soon as possible. Even putting aside the smallest amount can make things easier later on.
Paying your rent - As a social landlord we will not ask you to pay a deposit, but you will be asked to pay your first week’s rent when you sign up for your new home so it's a good idea to save now so you can do this.
Making your rent payments- We offer a number of different ways to pay your rent so before moving in it is a good idea to think about the payment method that works best for you. Your rent is charged weekly on a Monday to your account and payments should be made in advance of the rent being due. If you want to pay over a longer period (eg. fortnightly, four weekly, or monthly) you must contact us to make this arrangement.
Research your home and area
Think about the area and property to make sure they're both right for you. It's sometimes a good idea to visit the area at different times of the day before you express an interest to make sure that the area is suitable for your needs. When considering a move to a new area it's worth thinking about whether the facilities and amenities you need are nearby. This might include things like:
- Community facilities such as libraries or community centres.
- Healthcare services like doctors and pharmacies.
- Public transport links.
- Schools and nurseries.
- Support from family and friends who live nearby.
Managing your tenancy
Once you've moved into your home it's a good idea to keep reviewing your finances to make sure you're getting a good deal on things like your energy bills and weekly grocery shop. Our money advice page provides some useful tools to help you manage your household finances, including a budget planner, benefits calculator and energy saving tips and advice. If you're struggling to make ends meet and pay your rent and other bills please get in touch with us straightaway so we can help.