As Donald Trump moves into his new home in the White House it may be a good time to look at what useful advice we could give him and others moving at this time of year. The day your new property you purchase completes (or as in the case of Mr Trump you move into your new rental property) should be an exciting day – one you have probably been dreaming about for some weeks or even months.
In order to make the day go smoothly, and to ensure the following days and weeks are comfortable the key is to plan and prepare in advance. There are a lot of things you need to consider so the best place to start is making a list. Firstly once a completion date has been agreed you will need to book a removal firm (it’s a good idea to check before you exchange contracts that they will be available on your chosen move day). If you are moving yourself you may need to hire a van. You will need to inform your utilities companies (including electricity, gas, water, telephone, and any internet TV or media suppliers (at your old and new addresses) of your moving date. You should have arranged insurance for your new property – don’t forget to cancel your old policy!
Make a list of all the people you need to inform of your new address including, banks, credit card companies, friends and family. We very strongly recommend you take advantage of the Royal Mail redirection service it will help protect against identity fraud. Other people to notify will include local council (for tax), TV licensing, DVLA for your vehicles and driving licences, doctors, dentists and employers. A comprehensive guide can be found on our website at www.house-hut.com/guide-to-buying-a-property.
You need to plan what to do about pets on the day and also possibly small children – it will be a very busy day and you don’t want the complication of pets going astray. The selling agent should contact you in advance to let you know where you can collect the key to your new home on the day. You will probably be required to show some ID so remember to leave it out.
Moving is a good time to have a clear out too – do you really need all those old items? Try and run your food stocks down especially freezers prior to moving. It’s a good idea to plan a few days off work after moving to settle into your new home. Friday Is the most popular day to move – but it’s also the hardest and most expensive day for removals! Try and pack as much as you can before moving day (unless the removal firm are doing it all for you). Start collecting boxes in advance and buy some packing tape. Don’t forget to label the boxes – it really helps later. Remove pictures, shelves and light fittings you are planning to take (remember you can’t leave a bare wire so have a replacement ready).
When packing remember to leave out things you might need quickly in your new home including phone chargers, wallets and purses, a tool kit with screw drivers hammers and spanners may come in very useful, a kettle, some cups and drinks.
On the actual day the time of completion will be dependent on how quickly the solicitors transfer the money and if other people are in the same change. Typically it will be between 10 am and 3 pm but you won’t be given an exact time in advance so it’s important to keep a phone switched on so the estate agent and solicitor can contact you.
Finally hope for good weather on the day – but be prepared for what happens if it rains!