Amidst the excitement of moving home, it’s very easy to overlook so many things. Unfortunately, so many of these can lead to long-term hassle. The only way to pull it off is to get organised, and creating a checklist, or series of checklists, really helps you stay sane. I also found setting aside blocks of time to do tasks like updating people of my new address, rather than hoping they will happen in time, helped massively.
Here are 10 quick and simple tips to ensure a smooth transition to start the next chapter of your life in style.
#1. Analyse different agents
Of all the additional fees that you’ll face, the estate agents and solicitors are the ones that will hurt your pocket most. Therefore, speaking to a number of people before committing to a service can provide the key to lowering those costs. We saved a fortune using an online agent, and were really happy with the service we received.
#2. Consider home survey options
If you’re buying a new build property, spending huge sums of money on a survey seems pointless. In these cases, opting for a basic survey will suffice. After all, many of the slightly more expensive services won’t even check the roof and other out of sight areas anyway. At the other end of the spectrum, ensure the surveyor has experience with older buildings.
#3. Look out for financial entitlements
New buyers will have probably taken advantage of Help-to-Buy ISAs already. However, it may also be possible to waive the stamp duty tax on your first purchase. There are limitations, but it’s always worth checking your situation. If this isn’t an option, there may be others available.
#4. Consider the physical move
Relocating your possessions is a major hassle whether you’re moving across the country or across the street. Given the other stresses you’ll encounter on moving day, using Shiply to find furniture movers is advised. Aside from the emotional benefits, this ensures items arrive in great health.
#5. Prepare the kids
Moving is emotionally difficult for adults and kids, but with the right support early on kids often are the ones who settle first. Try to get them excited by showing them local attractions that you will visit and making promises about their rooms. Visit schools if you can, many will offer a taster session or day. If you’re not moving too far away, hosting a sleepover can also work well. Help them gather friend’s contact numbers, emails or addresses.
#6. Find cheap service providers
From cheaper energy rates to cost-effective home insurance, cutting the costs of those services will make a huge impact. Likewise, taking advantage of deals for new broadband and TV customers can generate a noticeable saving.
#7. Research the neighbourhood
When buying a new home, you’re essentially investing in a new way of life. Checking the amenities, travel links, and other features is equally vital. This will allow you to prepare for life in the new location with far greater authority.
#8. Think about locksmiths
A safe home is a happy home, which is why protecting the property is vital. In my last home a child appeared on the doorstep with keys a few days after we moved, and I felt a bit creepy giving my new neighbours the keys to their house – I had forgotten the old neighbour had given me them – a few months after they moved in. You never know if the previous owner of your home lost a set of keys or who they gave spares to.
One of our doors wouldn’t lock properly when we moved. We also cut our insurance bill dramatically by getting window locks fitted. The Locksmiths directory is a handy resource for new locks. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
#9. Transfer your bills
While it is possible to get letters forwarded from the old address, it’s better to transfer all of your accounts ASAP. This includes changing your details for the electoral register. Fail to complete some registrations may even lead to fines, so it’s best to do them all. Now.
#10. Book time off work
Most people will take off the moving day and leave it at that. In reality, you’ll need more than one day to get settled to the point where it’s liveable. If you move on a Friday, keep the weekend free. If it’s in the week, take at least 2-3 days off for the move. You’ll appreciate it in the long run.