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, 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:
- Getting a home insurance quote from our trusted partner RSA. Remember, buildings insurance is compulsory when applying for a mortgage
- If you have children, look at registering them in a new school or nursery in the area
- Ordering any new furniture you require
- Considering if self-storage will be required. If so, get more than one quote to ensure that you're getting the best price.
- Deciding if you want to hire a van to move yourself, or use a removal firm, get quotes and then book
- Arranging for your post to be redirected
- Informing friends and family that you are moving and forward your new address
- Sorting through belongings to streamline ready for the move (recycling centres, charity shops, selling)
- Gathering packing materials, and start packing
- Informing your gas/electricity, phone, council tax, TV licence, satellite and internet providers that you're moving home and if you can transfer over details to your new home and receive any discount. Or research and arrange contracts with new providers
- Informing 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 grab photographs whilst you're at it as proof and then 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.
This list is a guide and is not an exhaustive list.