In the excitement of moving house, how can you make sure you’re remembering everything in the run up to the big day? Put your mind at rest with this list of things to do when moving house.
After you get an offer accepted on a home, you’ll probably have a hundred things to think about. From finalising details with your solicitor to arranging your mortgage, there’s a ton to arrange.
To help you on your way, we’ve put together a moving checklist to help you tick off all the small (and large) essentials to keep things under control before the big moving day.
If your mortgage is confirmed and your offer has been accepted, what happens next? The list breaks the home buying process down to give you an idea of when you might want to tackle each step, but remember: no two house moves are the same. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!
Get your moving date and the time and place you can pick up your keys confirmed as quickly as you can. You would typically speak with your solicitor to get a provisional move in date agreed with the seller’s solicitor.
This can sometimes be tricky as it hinges on so many different things (surveys, mortgage delays etc.) and any hold ups from the seller’s end can have a knock on effect.
Give your council plenty of notice so they can cancel your council tax bill. You may have to pay to the end of the month but your local council should be able to confirm if your overpayments will be refunded.
Let your utility companies know you’re moving as soon as you can. They may be able to move your deal to your new property and might want to send someone out to take a meter reading.
Get home insurance quotes for your new home. You might want to check your existing and new policies to check if you’ll be covered during your move.
Contact your provider to cancel your existing contract or to find if it can be ported to your new home. Booking in a new installation can take up to two weeks or even a month at busy times.
Ring around as soon as you have your moving date, or even a ballpark idea of your date, and check availability. Do you have the insurance cover or correct licence to be able to drive a removal van yourself?
Book as early as you can. If you’d like to minimise your time investment as much as possible, you might want to check out removal companies that can provide and pack boxes too.
If you’re looking to start a family after moving in to your new home, finding nearby nurseries and schools could be an important part of your move.
If you’re packing yourself, arm yourself with boxes, lots and lots of boxes. You’ll also want newspapers, bubble wrap, marker pens, strong brown tape and several pairs of scissors. Shop for your packing essentials online, pop into your local supermarket or check out fulfilment companies.
Keep a notepad by the door and take note of the providers who send you post. This will give you a list to work from when you change address.
You can also arrange to have your post redirected by Royal Mail for up to three months after your move- important for keeping your personal details safe and avoiding fraud.
Some of the larger home essentials have surprisingly long lead in time, so it might be a good idea to start shopping for bigger items like beds, mattresses and sofas about now.
Things should be getting really exciting now, but chances are you’ll still have a big to-do list. Here are some things you might be thinking about just before your move.
Now that your move date is nigh, it’s time to change your address with your other providers. These include:
To help moving day run smoothly and to save you from rummaging through your entire removals van on your first night in your new home, set one box aside with:
It’s nice to leave your old property looking clean and tidy for its new buyers, so be sure to hold back a few essential supplies for a final clean before you leave.
The big day is here! You’re ready to get your keys and start the next chapter of your life as a new homeowner. What else might you be thinking about on the day? (Besides celebrating)
Remember to take meter readings before you leave your old house – snap a picture on your phone to keep the details clear – and do the same thing when you arrive at your new property.
It’s always nice to meet new folks – and knowing a few friendly faces can come in handy if you realise you’ve forgotten anything during your move!
You’ve come a long way since those first home viewings and saving for a deposit, but the long process is now over. Now you can focus on doing up your new place and more.
We’ve got more guides below for you to check out that can give you inspiration for your new home. Congratulations!