First Things First
Start with the Top 10 Tips for A Stress Free Move guide.
At Balmer Wilcock we have created this ‘Moving Home Checklist’. Why not download a copy and keep it handy throughout the process. It covers all the important tasks and milestones along the way, from getting started, to moving into your new home, to you getting your keys and thinking about having a house warming party.
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With no complications, the national average for home move is around 12-16 weeks to go through from offer acceptance to completion.
Great news, you’ve found your new home and your offer has been accepted. Let’s get going!
- Instruct your solicitor as it is essential to get the legal side in place early on to ensure a smooth transaction.
- Find out what to consider when choosing a mortgage, and then arrange your mortgage.
- If you have children, contact their schools and request to transfer their records and order new uniforms.
- If you are currently renting, confirm your moving date with your landlord or estate agent.
- Get valuable possessions assessed for insurance and check if your insurance policy will cover your move.
- Download a copy of the Balmer Wilcock ‘Moving Home Checklist’.
6 weeks before you move
With a little over a month until your moving day, you may want to start clearing out anything you do not want to be moved to your new home. Having a good clear out will save you money on your removals, and make unpacking easier!
- Figure out which survey you need and how to choose a surveyor. Your mortgage advisor will be a great source of advice for this.
- Make a full inventory of your possessions
- Decide what to take to your new home and where you’ll put them. A floor plan of your new home will help. If you are buying from Balmer Wilcock our properties have professional floorplans as standard.
- Use the Top Ten Tips for Top 10 Tips for A Stress Free Move & Guide to Purging Your Posessions.
- Check the parking restrictions for large removals vehicles at your current home and at your new home. Your removals firm may need to apply to the Council for permits.
- Consider if you want Balmer Wilcock to arrange a house clean once your packed up and moved your belongings. Ask your dedicated Sales Progresser for a cleaning quote.
1 month before you move
It’s getting close!
You’ll now be able to talk to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and firming up your moving date. Your dedicated Sales Progresser will be able to assist with this as they will have knowledge of the wider sales chain you may be in and all the other respective buyers, sellers and solicitors.
- Speak to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and finalise your moving date, and liaise with your dedicated Sales Progresser.
- If you haven't confirmed a date with your removals company, check their availability. As removals companies may charge a premium during busy times like bank holidays, Fridays and in the summer, see if you can be flexible.
- Work out a route for your moving day - consider the route for the removals firm and if there are any low bridges or weight restricted areas.
- If you need storage facilities your removals company may be able to offer or recommend them.
- Organise to have your house cleaned once you’ve packed up and moved out. Ask your dedicated Sales Progresser for a cleaning quote.
- Don’t cause yourself added stress but you may be able to consider ordering furnishings ready for arrival at your new home and book carpet fitters if any carpets need replacing. Have regard to what you’ll do with these items if the moving dates changes!
- Use Balmer Wilcock’s Guide to Packing and start packing non-essential items and least used rooms.
- Clear out the loft, shed, and other storage and outside spaces - clean any gardening equipment you want the removals company to transport.
- Get in touch with Homeshop to notify relevant utilities companies and switch home insurance to your new home, and order your new home broadband, TV and Media package.
- Check that everything you are taking with you in the car fits
- Book overnight hotel accommodation if the journey is a long one - many hotel chains offer regular promotions where rooms in less popular locations can be booked relatively cheaply.
2 weeks before you move
At this stage in your move it’s all about confirming important details in preparation for your move.
- Finalise details with the removals company – confirm times, emergency numbers, parking and directions.
- If relevant, check you have enough medication for the moving period.
- Arrange child and pet care for your moving day – give friends and family enough notice if you need help.
- Book people to carry out services if your removal company is not providing them e.g. house cleaning, dismantling of flat pack furniture, plumber for the dishwasher and washing machines.
- Safely dispose of all flammable materials and liquids that require specialist treatment – your removal company cannot move dangerous liquids.
- Cancel local services you receive and settle outstanding bills. Remember to consider any subscription boxes or magazines, along with newspapers, gardeners, cleaners, window cleaners or oil deliveries.
- Run down freezer foods and other perishables that will not transport well.
1 week before you move
Are you excited or nervous? Or both?
It is now your last week in your current home, and during this week the priority is organising, finishing packing and getting ready to go.
- Liaise with your dedicated Sales Progresser, as they will have great advice and important information on how you will go about dropping off and picking up keys on your moving day.
- Keep all your important documents together in a safe and readily accessible place.
- Prepare your Moving Day Survival Kit which will contain everything you need to get you through your moving day.
- Don’t forget about outdoor toys and garden equipment.
- Make sure all boxes are labelled for the rooms they will go into at your new home.
- Get together all sets of keys for your current property, not forgetting any spare sets you may have given to family, friends or neighbours.
- Contact your local Post Office or Royal Mail online and arrange a Redirection Service.
- Defrost your fridge and freezer, making sure that you allow enough time for them to completely dry out.
- Return any borrowed items you might have forgotten about, such as tools to neighbours or library books etc.
- Give away plants and flowers you will not be taking with you to family, friends or neighbours.
- Wash and dry bed linen and clothing that you often wear.
- Work through the Balmer Wilcock Change of Address Checklist.
The day before you move
It is your last 24 hours in your current home.
- Take time to walk around your house for a final thorough check to ensure you leave nothing behind.
- Pack a night bag for the family so you have your toothbrush, pyjamas, washbag and towels handy, and have your Moving Day Survival Kit ready for tomorrow.
- Ensure your mobile phone is fully charged.
- Confirm times with friends and family if they are helping you with anything.
- Make sure you have contact details in your phone for your conveyancer, Balmer Wilcock Sales Progresser and removal company.
On the day you move
On a day where emotions can run high, start by having 5-10 minutes on your own for quiet contemplation.
- Take all utility meter readings for water, electricity and gas. We recommend taking a photo of the meters with your mobile phone.
- Strip the beds and pack your bedding and curtains.
- Put fragile boxes and items going with you in the car to one side, so your removals team do not pack them amongst all other boxes and items.
- Ensure someone stays until your moving firm have finished packing to check the packing inventory. Ensure all items are accounted for, as you will have to sign as confirmation.
- Leave all the sets of keys as arranged for the new owners.
- Check all windows are secure and switch off all utilities.
Once you are in your new home
Upon arrival at your new home:
- Check that all the keys for the property work.
- Get the kettle, cups and supplies from your Moving Day Survival Kit. Set up a coffee and tea station with water and snacks for when you need a break.
- Confirm to your removal company which boxes and items are going where and any special instructions.
- Make up all the beds, and put some towels to one side for after your relaxing bath or shower later on.
- Account for each item on your inventory and check for any damaged or missing items. Only sign it when you are happy.
- Read utility meters in your new home – take photos on your phone to keep them safe.
- Don’t try to unpack everything all at once.
- Order a take away as a treat and let somebody else do the cooking, pour yourself a glass of wine or beer and relax.
After you have moved in
After months of preparation and planning, you and your family are in your new home!
- Plug in your telephone and larger appliances such as fridges and freezers.
- Use the boiler and heating to make sure you know how to use it so you can relax later in a warm house and take hot shower or bath.
- Perhaps settle younger children into a room with some toys and treats.
Here are some other things you may wish to do:
- Let the older children organise their own rooms. It’ll be all part of the adventure for them and takes the stress away from you.
- Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to your new neighbours. They will likely have great tips about the area.
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