With two months until you move, it is time to select your Conveyancing Solicitor. It is essential to get the legal side in place early on to ensure a smooth legal transaction of your property sale/purchase. It is also worth taking some time to research the facilities and amenities of your new area to help the location feel like home to you.
- Get a Conveyancing Solicitor
- Arrange your mortgage
- Research your new area for information about local news and facilities
- Transfer children’s school records and order new uniform
- If you are currently renting, confirm your moving date with your landlord
- Get valuable possessions assessed for insurance and check if your insurance policy will cover your move. If not, your removals company should be able to provide cover – get it early to avoid any complications
- Purchase a journal or file to keep documents and notes on your move – include to-do lists, important numbers, dates and details of conversations
6 weeks before you move
With a little over a month until your moving day, it is time to start clearing out anything you don’t want to be moved to your new home. It’s always best to start by making a full checklist of all your major items so you know what you will be moving and anything that will need to be disposed of before the big day. It will also help your removal company get an idea of the volume of items you will need moved before they visit for a pre-move survey. Remember, the less furniture you move, the cheaper your move will be. But first, get up to 5 quotes from local removal companies for your moving service.
1 month before you move
With 1 month left before you move, you should have had a Chartered Surveyor inspect your new property and inform you of its structural condition. You will now be able to talk to your solicitor about exchanging contracts and finalising your moving date so you can appoint your selected removal company and organise parking arrangements and permits for the removals vehicle at both addresses. You should also consider the travel route to your new home and whether it is suitable for a large removals lorry. Don't forget to print out your moving checklist and stick it on your fridge!
2 weeks before you move
It is now two weeks left until your moving date, where you should be confirming all important details and contact numbers with your removal company and estate agent, schools etc in preparation for your move. If your removal company cannot provide additional services such as un-plumbing washing machines, disassembling/reassembling furniture and packing, it would be a good time to organise these too. On your moving day, it would be useful to have children and pets cared for at a different location if possible – familiar family and friends would be the best option, so begin to ask appropriate people to see if they are available.
1 week before you move
It’s your final week at your old address before moving into your new home, and during this week you should be organising all important documents and ensure they are stored somewhere safe but accessible. Your packing should be almost finished so you’ll be ready to go on the day and your removals firm can start promptly, but make sure you have left out all items necessary for your Moving Day Survival Kit of essentials to get you through your move unscathed.
1 day before you move
It’s your last 24 hours at your old address; it’s time for a final check and walk round the property to ensure nothing will be left behind and everything is packed and ready for transit. You should have a night bag for all members of your family packed to help you all settle in to your new home and have a good night’s sleep, make sure that this is separate from the items going with the removal lorry. Don’t forget to fully charge your mobile phone.
On the day you move
On a day where emotions can run high, it is important to have a plan and know what you need to do on your final morning at the property. Be ready for when your removal company arrives so they can begin promptly and identify whether any boxes need special care or are not to be taken by them. Make sure you take the meter readings for you to give to your providers and leave the keys for the new owner. It’s now time to move to your new home.
Once you are in your new home
Upon arrival at your new home it is important to make your removal company aware of any special instructions and that they know which room the boxes are headed to. Make sure you are happy that everything on your inventory is accounted for before your moving company leaves. But first things first – it’s time to get the kettle on; your family and removals team will appreciate it!
After you have moved in
After months of preparation and planning, you and your family are in your new home. It is important to make sure everyone is comfortable in their new surroundings and start feeling settled in at home as soon as possible. After a busy moving day, don’t try to unpack everything at once, make up the beds and then spend the evening relaxing with loved ones and a celebratory takeaway, and congratulate yourself on making it through the day.