You’ve found your dream home, exchanged contracts and sorted your mortgage. All that’s left to do is move in. That’s the easy part, isn’t it?
Confirm the date of your move
First things first, you’ll need to get your moving date officially confirmed. Whether you’re renting or buying, speak to your agent or solicitor to get the date confirmed.
Get quotes on your removal costs
When it comes to removals, it all depends on what’s practical for your budget and the size of your property.
If you’re moving into a small property, or if cost is a large factor, it’ll probably be cheaper to rent a van and get a few friends to help. However, that can easily add to the stress of moving day, so make sure it’s right for you.
Have a big clear out before you move
This is the perfect time to go through your old things and decide what is and isn’t worth keeping. Before you start boxing everything up, go through your old clothes, electronics and furniture. Decide what’s worth keeping and what can be dropped off at the local charity shop.
It’ll save you a lot of time, effort and backache if you cut down on the number of things you need to move to your new home.
Contact your utility suppliers
Let all your utility suppliers know that you’re planning to move out – electricity, gas, phone and broadband suppliers will all need to know when you’re leaving the property.
Chances are, you’ll be moving your phone and broadband across to your new property. Give your supplier as much notice as possible, as moving service may take several weeks.
You may have to wait for your internet connection to be set up at your new property, so make sure you download anything important you might need, like appliance instructions, directions, and those films you’ve been meaning to watch.
If you find yourself without internet when you move in, try turning your phone into a mobile hotspot. It’s not a long-term solution, but it will help you keep on top of things.
Finally, take a final meter reading in your property and pass them on to the right suppliers. Taking a picture of the meter might help, as the photo will have a timestamp, proving exactly what the meter reading was when the photo was taken.
Make a list of where everything is in your new home
Most people wait until there’s a gushing radiator before they work out how to switch the water off – make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Ask the sellers of your new property exactly where the following things are:
- Stopcock (valve for controlling the main water supply)
- Instructions for appliances
- Gas and electricity meters
- Fuse box
If you’re selling, make a list of where all the important things are in your home, and leave it for the people moving in.
They’ll really appreciate you going the extra mile, and it may come in handy if you need to ask them for a favour (like posting those shoes you bought online and sent to the wrong address).
Pack everything and label boxes
Hopefully you’ve had a clear out, so this should be a bit easier.
When you’re packing everything up, label all the boxes properly. Make a list so you know exactly what’s inside each box after the journey. Make a checklist of what’s in each box, so you don’t have to root around whenever you’re trying to find something.
Grab the essential for moving day
You’ll need the essentials for the first night in your new place, so it’s best to make a box or two with the following things to hand:
- Kettle, mugs, tea, milk, coffee, sugar
- Cleaning products, plus vacuum cleaner and bin bags
- Phone and laptop chargers
- Loo roll, kitchen roll
- Duvet and bedding for the first night
- Temporary furniture – deck chairs etc.
- Television or radio
And make sure you keep all your important documents, like your passport and mortgage paperwork, where you can easily find them.
Move in to your new home
Once you’ve unloaded everything, do a deep clean of the property before you start unpacking. This is definitely the easiest time to scrub tiles and clean carpets.
- Unpack room by room, starting with the kitchen
- Check all the utilities are up and running
- Make sure you have keys to every door, window and cupboard
- Find out what day your bins are collected
Finally, take the rest of the night off. Find a local takeaway, order something delicious and put your feet up – you’ve earned it!
Make your move easier, download Vision’s Moving Checklist!
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