Smart move - Getting ready for your new home
Having broken down how house buying works, we now look at how you get ready for your actual move. What are the practical things you need to consider? What can you do in advance? How can you take the stress out of shifting your stuff across town?
Preparation, preparation, preparation…
Find out as much as possible about the house you are moving into. If you can, get in there before the moving date to do what you need to do. Measure windows for curtains and blinds. Check where things are, like the stopcock and utilities meters. Learn how the heating works and when the bins are collected. Find out if you need to buy any lightbulbs!
Say hello to your neighbours and advise them of your moving date so you get off to a great start. If you buy with Redrow, you’ll benefit from a tour of your new home and, it’s worth noting, it will be professionally cleaned before you move in. Doing as many of the practical things as possible in advance will lessen the load on the day of your move.
Getting a lift
If you are a first-time buyer moving from your parents’ house, you may be able to move your belongings by car. This would likely prove to be the cheapest option, even if you have to make more than one journey. You could recruit a friend or two to give you a lift with any heavy or bulky items. If you are moving from your own place you are more likely to need to call in the professionals. It may be useful to ask people you know who have recently used a removal company. If they had a great experience it would make sense to consider using the same firm.
Whether or not you go down this route you should get quotes from at least three companies. Reallymoving.com can help you with this (as well as surveyors and conveyancers if you have not already been through this part of the process). Reputable firms will provide a written quotation that sets out their terms as well as their costs for you to compare against others. By checking that the company is a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR), any advance deposit you pay will be protected by the association’s guarantee. BAR also has a free, independent resolution service that deals with any disputes.
Pets at home
Your pet may be even more stressed than you on moving day. Take it by car to your new home and spend time with it to allow it to settle into the new environment. It may be useful to put all its things, such as bedding and toys, into one room if possible. If you can, pop your head round the door to reassure your pet as you continue to bring your things into other rooms. Finally, move your pet into one of the other rooms (along with its things) so you can continue to drop boxes and furnishings into the room you have removed it from.
Order shopping online
Even if you do not do it regularly, it may be a very good idea to order your food shopping online. Food (and other supermarket essentials) is one thing that everyone needs, but having to fetch it on the day may be a step too far. Choosing a delivery slot later in the day means you will be at least relatively organised by the time it arrives, meaning you could quickly stock up your fridge and freezer.
Remember, your moving day can only go according to plan if you have a plan to begin with!