So, you’ve accepted an offer on your home and although you must still navigate the legal process it is good to be prepared and start getting organised.
HAVE A GOOD SORT OUT
Go through every room and get rid of anything you no longer need. There is no point packing and moving items that you will have to discard later and it will save you lots of time when you are unpacking in your new home.
Start collecting packing materials - boxes, newspaper, bags etc.
Most agents have floorplans on their marketing particulars. Using this floorplan as a key, you can colour code your packing boxes for your removal firm to indicate what goes where.
Recruit help. Ask friends and family to lend a hand. ‘Many hands make light work’.
Here at The Personal Agent we have our own dedicated removals division. With over 25 years experience, your belongings are in safe hands. If you are not moving into your new property straight away or perhaps you have bulkier items that you are not taking with you, we have an affiliation with Storage King and are able to offer preferential rates to our clients.
- In most cases a simple phone call or email will suffice but be aware that some service providers may require notice periods to move a supply or cancel contracts.
- If you are in rented accommodation you will need to give notice to your Landlord, check the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement.
- Your local council will need to be informed of the date you will be moving home and they will require this in writing.
- Gas & Electric – most providers have a dedicated ‘moving home’ department but they will need a meter reading and this should be taken on move day.
- Water companies and TV Licensing must also be informed of your moving date so that they can re-calculate a final bill.
- Post - It can be a relatively easy to set up the instruction to redirect your post, so to be on the safe side visit the Post Office website.
- Deliveries – inform your newsagent and milkman of the date you wish your deliveries to stop.
- Change of Address Cards – whether physical cards or e-cards, let all your friends and family know your new address.
- Non-essential organisations – subscriptions, gym memberships, clubs, mail order and internet shopping etc. But don't worry there will always be someone that you don’t remember!
Buildings insurance must start on your new home from the day you exchange contracts so compile your quotes. Other policies such as life, motor, medical, pet etc. also need to notified of your new address.
THE BIG DAY
- Book time off work. Many completions happen on a Friday giving you the weekend to move but a few more days will help.
- It’s a good idea to have someone take care of the children or any pets so that they are not under foot on moving day.
- Completion takes place when the money has been received by yours/your seller’s solicitor. You will get a phone call from your solicitor once this has happened but also the Estate Agent will call you to let you know the arrangements for dropping off or collecting keys and a rough idea of time.
- With everything packed away it is a good idea to have a separate box of items that may be more urgently needed; toiletries, change of clothes, bed linen and towels. Also organising a box for the kitchen is a good idea containing tea, coffee, milk, mugs, cutlery, and the kettle. If you are staying in the same area, a couple of takeaway menus might prove useful and a celebratory bottle of bubbly (won’t need a bottle opener either!)
- It may be useful to have a mini-toolkit including a screwdriver, allen key, knife, tape, light bulbs, and candles.
- Keep important numbers with you, such as the solicitor and estate agent.
- Charge mobile phones
- Put valuables and documents in a safe place
Don’t forget to read the meters