Checklist of tips for moving house, home moving ticklist, things to remember

posted 17 Aug 2010, 10:15 by Phillip Rushforth   [ updated 5 Jan 2012, 10:41 ]

Checklist - Things to remember when moving home:

 

 

1.    Have a plan for your house move, including your goals, timeframe for completion and preferred area to move to.

 

2.    Do your research - get to know the process and start visiting the areas that you are interested in moving to – people in local shops are an invaluable source of local ‘gossip’.

 

Buying:

3.    Get a good understanding of your finances, including the value of property you can afford. Shop around for a mortgage that suits your needs (comparison sites on the internet can be very helpful) and if necessary obtain a copy of your credit report.

 

4.    Consider what are your ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’ in your new home. Which of these are realistic in your preferred area and within your budget?

 

5.    Make full use of the national property websites like rightmove.com and primelocation.com in your house hunting. You can subscribe to email updates of houses matching your search criteria.

 

6.    Once you find a house that you like and want to put a offer in for, get a House Survey to help you understand the condition of the property. If there are faults in the condition, request quotations from tradesmen, so that you know the cost of fixing these.
 

7.   The House Survey will often be in addition to a ‘Mortgage Survey’ or ‘Evaluation Report’, which frequently does not give you depth of information about the condition of the house.

 

8.    Know the ceiling price that you are willing to offer for the house and make a fair initial offer. If your survey shows faults in the condition of the property then make sure the price you offer reflects this.

 

9.    Have a ‘Plan B’ in case things do not progress as you would expect.

 

Selling:

 

10. Find an agent to market your property.

 

11. Have a house survey to assess its condition. Address any issues found, so you can achieve your target selling price and avoid problems in striking a deal caused by house condition.

 

12. Provide the buyer with a copy of the House Survey report, if favourable. This information supports the buyer in reaching an informed decision and helps avoid wasted time.

 

13. Show off your house to maximum effect: let the light in and ensure that everything is spotless, without clutter.

 

Moving:

 

14. Get written quotes from several removal firms. Obtain references and check the limits of their insurance. Book them at least 4 weeks before the required moving date.

 

15. Notify your clubs, associations and subscription providers well in advance of your move. Cancel in time to avoid paying for months of fees for services you will not use.

 

16. Take final readings from the utility meters, and note new readings as you move in.

 

17. Inform the following of your move: Banks, Finance Companies, Insurance Providers, Utility Providers, Council, Inland Revenue, your Doctor, Dentist, Optician, Employer, Education Providers, TV Licensing. Retrieve any necessary paperwork, transfer details and de-register as necessary.

 

18. Sign up for mail redirection with the Post Office.

 

19. Book storage if required. Check that home insurance is in place for the day that you exchange contracts on your new house.

 

 

then Celebrate!

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