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Ridley & Hall’s Top ‘Moving’ Tips
So, you’ve gone through the Conveyancing process and now the moving date is agreed by all relevant parties or, ideally, you have secured your moving date by exchange of Contracts. Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful events of our modern lives so hardly surprising you may inadvertently forget the obvious. Hopefully, we can help with the following tips for your move:-
Organise your time off work or otherwise set aside the day for your move
You will be required to move on the completion date if you are selling and buying on the same day. If you already have your onwards accommodation and have undertaken a sale only you can move in advance of the date and leave your property empty on the day and a buyer with, for example, an overlap of rented accommodation can move after the completion date itself. Remember, solicitors don’t usually open for conveyancing on weekends and completion will be between Monday to Friday.
If you are relying on a removal company for your move, you should have ensured availability and made a provisional booking in advance of exchange of contracts and following exchange telephone the removals company to confirm the date.
Check your home/contents insurance covers you for any damage during the move or that your removal company has cover for this contingency.
It may be worthwhile making arrangements for children and pets for the day of the move. It will be easier on you come moving day if they are having fun elsewhere!
Confirm your moving date and your new address with your utilities
For your metered services, on your completion day, take your final meter readings and telephone them through to your relevant suppliers. This will ensure that your final bill for the property you are leaving is accurate and you won’t be billed for services not used by you. Similarly, if purchasing or simultaneously selling and buying, ensure you take meter readings and pass them to the utilities in respect of your new home. Your conveyancer should have provided you details of the gas and electricity suppliers (where available) and this information is now standard on forms completed by sellers.
Clear out what you don’t need (moving home is a great catalyst to clearing out all those unwanted or unused items). You can pack what you won’t need in advance of your move. It is a good idea to mark your boxes with some detail as to what they contain. You’ll be glad of this when you want to find the kettle!
Clean as you pack – there will be less to do at the last minute.
Remember, you don’t want to be moving things you don’t have to. Eat your way through the contents of your store cupboards, fridge and freezer – though, not all at once. It will be easier than moving them!
Leave your home in good condition
Check that all the fixtures and fittings which you indicated to the buyer on your fittings and contents form are staying in the property. If in doubt, refer to the form you completed at the start of the matter.
As the rooms become cleared of boxes, clean and hoover one final time.
Leave the new owners some light bulbs in situ and make sure the notes and keys for the new owners are left (with one key either passing direct upon legal completion taking place or otherwise left with the estate agent for release to the buyer). You might even want to leave them your favourite take-away details for the buyer’s first night! If passing keys direct, do not do so until your conveyancer has confirmed receipt of purchase monies.
Practicalities on the day!
Make sure you have a box of moving ‘essentials’ which might include :-
- Kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, plates and cutlery;
- Cleaning materials such as cloths, detergents, dustpan and brush, vacuum cleaner and dustbin bags
- Toilet tissue, kitchen towels and tissues
- Torch, light bulbs, pliers, screwdrivers and tape – for when the box splits!
- Pens, papers and post it notes
Don’t forget to check the services are all connected and take meter readings.
Identify the whereabouts of trip switches, water stop-cocks, fuse boxes and utility meters.
Your buildings insurance should have been put on risk at exchange of Contracts but check that your contents insurance is set to be placed on risk when you have moved if not taken with you from your former home.
Put the boxes in the rooms you intend the items to remain in. It’s a good idea to start with any foods you weren’t able to eat and then the bedroom so you have somewhere to sleep particularly if you don’t finish in one day.
Be aware of safety issues – check doors, windows and locks, check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Know your emergency escape route should you ever need one!
It then simply remains for us to wish you a smooth and organised move! If we have handled your conveyancing, then your appointed residential conveyancer, Alison Mason, Adam Fletcher or Mark Thornton, will be in touch with you to confirm the completion formalities have taken place on the day.