The Hive moving home guide
Spring and summer have traditionally been the most popular time to move home, and probably will be even more popular than usual this year as lockdown restrictions begin to lift. While house moves were permitted during the latest lockdowns, many people pressed pause on their property purchase plans during the pandemic, so we’ll see the result of that pent-up demand in the coming months.
Stress-free smart home
While it can be incredibly exciting to make your mark in new surroundings, moving is also widely reported as being one of the most stressful life events. Investing in a smart home is meant to alleviate stress, so moving home with Hive or other smart home products shouldn’t create tension - particularly at an already tricky time. The good news is that you can seamlessly move home with Hive.
Moving home with Hive - what to leave
The receiver, thermostat, and signal booster if you have one, of your Hive Thermostat kit all form part of the heating system of the property you’re leaving, so you should leave these behind for the new occupier.
Moving home with Hive - what to take
Your Hive Hub can’t be used by the new occupier of your home, so take that with you so you can install it in your new premises. If you’d like to continue using a Hive Thermostat, you’ll need to buy it for your new home if it’s not already installed there.
You should also take any other Hive smart products with you, such as sensors, plugs, light bulbs, security cameras and any other accessories.
Moving home with Hive - where to put your Hub
If you’re moving with a Nano 1 or Nano 2 Hub, once you have internet service you should be able to just plug it in and go. When it comes to finding a home for your Hive Hub in your new house, position it on a table or shelf near your broadband router, but at least 50cm away from it, in order for it to work at its best. Avoid placing it on the floor, in a cupboard or surrounded by too many other electrical items.
If you’re using Hive Hub 360, then place it somewhere centrally in your home to enable the best connection to your other Hive products. As it’s WiFi based, you’ll need to go through the ‘Change WiFi’ process in the app to set it up for your new home.
Moving into a home with Hive
Whether or not you already use Hive products and services, you may find that there are some waiting for you in your new property. You will be able to control the heating and hot water manually using the thermostat on the wall, but if you want to control it remotely, you’ll need a Hub.
If the previous owners left their Hub, unplug it and dispose of it properly. Your local authority can advise you on local facilities that offer electrical recycling. Replace it with your own, and switch on any Signal Boosters. You can then use this to control your heating and hot water remotely, as well as any other smart products. If you don’t already have one, then you’ll need to buy a new Hive Hub and create your own Hive user account in order to use the other Hive products.