Stage 1 – 6-8 weeks before move date
Before you think of physically moving possessions you will need to have started the administrative process:
Start the Conveyancing Process
Once you have made an offer to buy a property OR you have received an offer for your property you will need to start the process of legally transferring ownership of the property (this process is known as conveyancing). This work can be carried out by 3 persons:-
If you carry out the conveyancing for your house move yourself make sure you do plenty of research. It will save you money but the safest option is to hire a professional.
- A Solicitor
When choosing a solicitor look for one who specialises in conveyancing. Your mortgage lender may have their own solicitors but they may well not be the cheapest.
- A Licensed Conveyancer
This is a specialist property lawyer who can carry out all manner of legal work pertaining to property law. Find a Licensed Conveyancer.
Choosing the right solicitor or conveyancer is imperative since legal work is often the most common cause of delays in the moving house process. Remember you don’t need to visit your solicitor (which could mean taking time off work) this can be done online now through e-mail.
Conduct an EPC evaluation
Having an EPC or Energy Performance certificate is now a legal requirement if you are buying or selling a home.
Stage 2 – 3-4 weeks before move date
Once you have begun the buying or selling process legally, you will then have to start thinking about the logistics of moving house. Since you're house move is not just about possessions but also about your personal and social contacts there is much to consider when making a checklist for moving house.
NOTE: you must wait until the contracts have been exchanged before you start to uproot yourself from your current house. Once you have exchanged contracts and have a completion date your house move becomes a certainty.
Start the Packing Process
- Compose a list of your possessions. This will help you have a clear map of what needs moving and will help you in the packing process.
- If you choose to pack your possesions yourself you will need to obtain packaging material. There are many providers on the internet now of good packing boxes. Once you have an idea of what needs packing you can order boxes and other material. The Removal Market also provides very competitive quotes for packaging material.
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- If you need help packing you can ask your removal company to provide a packing service. Nearly all removal companies now provide this service for an extra cost. Remember to clarify with the company what exactly needs packing. You may only need help with certain items such as wardrobes or pianos. See our Packing Tips for a detailed guide to packing.
Stage 3 – 2-3 weeks before move date
Once your packing and removal arrangements have been made you can concentrate on services, utilities, bills and other administrative work that needs doing. There are many things that you will need to change address for, cancel, redirect etc.
NOTE: We have tried to think of everything you will need to cover during your move but there still could be things specific to your situation we have missed. You can always add these things to your moving house checklist later.
Register to Vote on the Electoral Roll
You will have to register to vote from your new address with the local authority. You can do this online by filling in a simple form on The Electoral Commission's website.
- Driving Licence
Notify the DVLA about your change of address so that they can update your driving licence.
V5C Registration Certificate (Log Book)
Complete section 6 of your log book to get the address changed on your registration certificate. For further advice see the DVLA Website.
Notify your insurance company of your new address.
No doubt you will have researched local schools and colleges in your new area beforehand. Remember to notify your childrens current school and the new one of the moving date.
Stage 4 – 1 week before move date
Things to tick off your moving checklist as your move date approcahes.
Ensure you have all your important documents (passports/birth certificates/insurances etc) together and safe. The number people who lose important documentation during a house move is sky high.
Finish off packing your possessions and mark your boxes. Produce an inventory list of what goes into each box. It is the only way to be sure of where your personal belongings are exactly.
As strange as it sounds you will need to start eating the food in your fridge/freezer. This is because two days before you move you will need to defrost the freezer and the food will inevitably perish.
Stage 5 – 2 Days before move date
You will need to empty and defrost your fridge/freezer a couple of days before you move.
Make sure your valuable documents and possessions are secure in a separate box/bag to avoid losing them.
Prepare a survival pack for your first day in your new house. Anything could happen on the day of the move so be prepared. Things to include could be:
Stage 6 – 1 Day before move date
A day before your house move you should be ready to move house. There may be some last minute things you need to finish off but on the whole your house move preparations should be complete.
Pack anything that is left except items that you will need on the day of the move.
Have an "essentials and snacks" box ready for the day ahead. Things you will need include:
This will be a busy day but your preparation will now pay off.
Go through the house in the morning ensuring everything is packed and ready to be moved.
Note down the final meter readings for your Gas/Water/Electricity.
During the move
Always try and oversee the move and stay until the removal men have left.
Stage 8 – In your new house
Check that the removal men unload all your boxes and goods and place them where you need them to be.
Note down the meter readings for the utility companies.
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