Moving home is always a big change, and it can be a stressful period in…
If asked what to do when moving home, the main attributes you may remember are putting your home on the market, going property hunting, and getting a mortgage. While these attributes are fundamental, there are still so many elements you will need to keep track of and remember when moving home.
Use a Home Surveyor
If you have had an offer accepted on a property, you will wonder whether you need a house survey. A property or house survey is a detailed inspection of a property’s condition. The surveyor inspects the property and tells you if there are structural problems like uneven walls or subsidence. They will highlight any significant repairs or alterations needed, such as fixing the roof or chimney chute. The report from the surveyor also provides expert commentary on the property. From the type of wall to the kind of glazing. If you are purchasing a vacated property, it is also a good idea to get a property preservation specialist to have a look. You do not need to get a survey on the house you are buying. But a survey can help you avoid expensive and unwanted surprises, like an unexpected rewiring job.
Ask the Sellers Last Minute Questions
To make your life easier, get as much information about the property before the seller moves out. For example, what day are the bins collected? Which company supplies the energy, broadband, and home phone. Where is the thermostat, where are the gas and electricity meters?
Redirect Your Post
If you do not know who is moving in the property you are vacating, then look into a postal redirection service to ensure any bills or other mail you have not changed your address on still reaches you. Remember that if mail isn’t redirected, you need to call the sender and either update your address or ask to be taken off its mailing list. It’s essential to do this – any bills you don’t get and therefore don’t pay can damage your credit record.
Update Your Driving Licence
It’s essential to get your car affairs in order as soon as possible. You’ll need to update your driving license to show the correct address. You must do this as you could get fined if you do not update your details.
Tell Your Landlord
If you’re renting, you’ll need to give notice to your landlord. They’ll need to know the exact date you’ll be leaving, so it’s one of the first things to do when moving house. Ideally, your moving date will be the same day your lease ends. That way, you won’t be paying two lots of rent at the same time (or a mortgage and rent if you’re buying).
It is easy to get bogged down with the stress of moving house, and the whole process can be overwhelming, so as well as using this list, ask relatives and friends about their experiences, because they are bound to have their own tips and tricks.