Guide to planning your move

We understand that it can be hard to know where to start when buying your new home. Once you have found your dream property, and an offer has been accepted, your survey has been carried out and the buying process is underway, we have some hints and tips to consider when planning your move.

When the estate agency and solicitor you are using inform you of the proposed exchange and completion dates, you will be able to start to consider:

  • Get a home insurance quote, remember building insurance is compulsory
  • If you have children, look to register them at a new school/nursery in the area
  • Order any new furniture you require
  • Consider if self-storage will be required, get quotes, and then book
  • Decide if you want to hire a van to move yourself, or use a removal firm, get quotes and then book
  • Arrange for your post to be redirected
  • Inform friends and family that you are moving and forward your new address
  • Sort through belongings to streamline ready for the move (recycling centres, charity shops, selling)
  • Gather packing materials, and start packing
  • Inform your gas/electricity/phone/council tax/TV Licence/satellite/cable/internet providers, that you are leaving, and if you can transfer over details to your new home and receive any discount. Or investigate and arrange contracts with new providers
  • Inform companies that hold your home address that you are moving and provide your new address. For example, mobile phone, credit cards, bank/building society, pensions/investments and government funded benefits

Once you have moved:

  • Take meter readings and inform your utility suppliers
  • Update car details (driving licence, vehicle registration document and insurance)
  • Register with a local doctor
  • If you have any pets, register with a local vet
  • Update your details on the electoral register
To help the viewing process go smoothly please download and complete our viewing checklist.

We have a home move checklist that can be downloaded here to help you along your way to a smooth move.

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