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Everything You Need to Know When Moving House

If you’ve never moved home or haven’t moved in a while, you may not know or remember how daunting things can get. While it’s an exciting time, there are many tasks you need to complete. Some may seem obvious, such as packing and booking the moving companies. Others, not so much.

Our goal is to make things easy for you.

Here at We Buy Any Home, we’ve worked with countless home movers. We know the tasks that need to be prioritised, and the ones people often forget about until the last minute.

This collection of checklists should help you remember everything.

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Here at We Buy Any Home, we deal with all sorts of homeowners.

No matter the type of move you’re making, there are some jobs that’ll be the same. For example, if you’re renting, you’ll need to change your address in the same way somebody who bought a new property will. However, some tasks may be slightly different. Downsizers, for instance, may need to sell excess furniture/clothing/ornaments or put it into storage. Upsizing wouldn’t require the same.

The aim of this moving home checklist is to let everybody know what to expect from their move.

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What to Consider Before Moving Home

We’ll start with the things to consider before you have even bought (or rented) your new home.  Use this checklist to work through your current living situation and consider whether a move, and what kind of house sale, would be best for you. 

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There are four main reasons why people move home: 

  • To move somewhere bigger.
  • To move somewhere smaller.
  • They either want to start renting or buy their first home.
  • You want to move somewhere different, perhaps a better place for your family. 

So, think about why you want to move. As we said – moving is a lengthy process. Even the fastest moves can be stressful. You don’t want to put yourself through that hassle unless you need to.

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Is Moving House Right for You?

Before you decide to move, consider these factors that will majorly impact your buying and selling process.

If you plan to buy a home, you’ll need a mortgage; you should speak to a mortgage advisor or bank about this. While various factors can influence how much you can borrow, expect your mortgage to be a 10-20% deposit (you’ll pay this cash up front) and borrow up to 5x your annual income.  

If you plan on renting, think about how much cash you have available monthly. You should budget around 30% of your monthly income on rent. 

What’s Your Housing Budget?

If you plan to buy a home, you’ll need a mortgage; you should speak to a mortgage advisor or bank about this. While various factors can influence how much you can borrow, expect your mortgage to be a 10-20% deposit (you’ll pay this cash up front) and borrow up to 5x your annual income.  

If you plan on renting, think about how much cash you have available monthly. You should budget around 30% of your monthly income on rent. 

What Do You Need in a New Property?

This will be a personal choice. Think about what you need in your new property. For example, think about the size and location. Remember – your budget will play a role here. You may not be able to get something that meets all your criteria, so think about the things that are most important to you. 

Are You Prepared to Make an Offer?

Once you’ve found a property you like, it’s time to make an offer. 

If you’re renting, just let the landlord know you’re interested. They’ll then determine whether you are the right tenant. They’ll look at your credit score and income. 

If you’re buying, the process is a bit longer. You’ll need to consider the mortgage offer you have in place, and you’ll need to go through an estate agent. When making an offer, consider the local market. Don’t be afraid to offer less than the asking price, especially if the property has been on the market for a while. 

If your offer is accepted, you’ll need to plan a survey for the property. Your mortgage provider and real estate agent can assist with this. If there are issues with the property, you may need to revise your offer (or withdraw it completely).  

Is Your House Ready to Sell?

Selling your home can be slow, so you’ll need to be patient, even if you’ve found the perfect home to buy. While there are many ways to sell your home, people often work with us here at We Buy Any Home, as we can buy your property quickly. Contact us and get a free cash offer.  

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The Pre-Move Planning Checklist

Embarking on a new chapter in your life with a move can be as exciting as it is overwhelming. That’s why we’ve crafted a comprehensive Pre-Move Planning Checklist, designed to simplify your journey from one home to another.

Our checklist is your personal moving concierge, ensuring that no detail, however small, is overlooked. From the moment you decide to move, our checklist guides you through speaking with conveyancing solicitors, landlords, and even setting up your new home’s utilities. We understand that moving isn’t just about relocating your belongings, it’s about transitioning your entire life.

With our checklist in hand, you’re equipped to handle everything from the logistics of packing to the nuances of ensuring your mail follows you to your new address.

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Plan for Your Move

Once you begin the process of moving house, there’s many steps to complete. 

Once the offer has been accepted and the property survey completed, the purchase should move at a more rapid pace, but it can still take a while. The conveyancing solicitor will provide you with plenty of paperwork that needs to be signed. Eventually, you’ll need to exchange contracts for the sale of your property (if selling) and the purchase of your new one. Once contracts have been exchanged, there’s no backing out. You’re committed. 

Eventually, the conveyancing solicitor will let you know the moving date (normally 1-2 weeks in advance), and details on where keys will be exchanged.

Conveyancing Solicitor

Once the offer has been accepted and the property survey completed, the purchase should move at a more rapid pace, but it can still take a while. The conveyancing solicitor will provide you with plenty of paperwork that needs to be signed. Eventually, you’ll need to exchange contracts for the sale of your property (if selling) and the purchase of your new one. Once contracts have been exchanged, there’s no backing out. You’re committed. 

Eventually, the conveyancing solicitor will let you know the moving date (normally 1-2 weeks in advance), and details on where keys will be exchanged.

Mortgage Paperwork

Make sure all your mortgage paperwork is in place. Talk to your mortgage advisor or bank about this. Remember – you need to have a firm offer for your mortgage before contracts are exchanged.

Talk to Current Owners or Tenants

This might not always be possible. However, if you can, talk to whoever is currently occupying the property you’re moving to.

Find out things like:

  • When the bins get collected (especially recycling)
  • Whether any electrical or gas meters are located.
  • Whether they have documents for any kitchen appliances they are leaving behind, e.g. warranties, manuals, etc.
  • Who their broadband or phone supplier is. It’ll make the switch much easier.
  • Where they purchased their tiles, wallpaper, or flooring. This is important if they ever get damaged and you need to replace them.

Packing

We suggest that you start packing as soon as you know you’re moving home. You don’t need to pack everything at once. Just pack the things that you are unlikely to need right away. For example – if you’re moving in the winter, pack your summer clothes. You can leave the furniture packing until a couple of days before moving.

Organising a Removal Company

While you can hire a vehicle and move furniture and items yourself, it’s a lot of stress. A few weeks before you move, start getting quotes from removal companies. You’ll find plenty in your area.

Always look into reviews from removal companies before you hire them. You should also ensure they’re insured to carry the goods you are moving.  

As soon as you have a firm move-in date, book the removal company that you’ve selected. You’ll be asked to pay a deposit, with the full balance due once the move is complete.

Organising a Cleaning Company

If you’re moving from a rental, you should pay a cleaning company to carry out your end-of-tenancy cleaning rather than doing it yourself. The cleaning company will ensure that the property is clean enough to get your deposit back.  

You can book these a week or so before your moving-out date, but you can always look for quotes earlier.

Organising Storage

If you’re planning on downsizing, you may have far too many items to fit into your new property. You have two options here:

  • Sell them
  • Put them into storage

If you are putting it all into storage, it’s important that you start looking for quotes as soon as possible. Depending on where you live, there’ll be several storage units that you can rent.

Change Address

You’ll need to start changing your address in the few days before you move. Who you contact will depend on your circumstances, but it’ll be: 

  • Your bank
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC (if a sole trader, or you run a business)
  • DVLA, if you own a vehicle.
  • Electoral roll – it is essential the electoral roll contains up-to-date information. It is a legal requirement.
  • TV licensing (important if you plan on having a new TV at your property)
  • Bank
  • Credit cards
  • Phone contracts
  • Any bills that need paying.
  • Loyalty cards
  • Pension
  • Insurance, particularly car and pet insurance.

Manage Redirects for Post

When you have a firm moving date, head to the Royal Mail website and process a redirect. This will ensure that any mail sent to your old address will be automatically forwarded to your new one. This is particularly important if relocating; it would not be easy to pick up mail from the old home in person.  

Change or Cancel Utilities

Water bills, electricity and gas bills, landline bills, Sky or Virgin TV, broadband, and more must be cancelled. 

In some cases, you can move contracts over to your new property. It’ll save a lot of hassle. Just let the vendor know if you’re planning a switch.  

Property Insurance

Organise property insurance in the days before your move (i.e., when you have a firm date). You must be insured in your new property from the first day.  

Cancel Council Tax

When you change your address with the local authorities, make sure you cancel your council tax at the same time. In most places, this can be completed online.

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The Moving Day Checklist

 

On the day of the move, there shouldn’t be too much to do. Most of what you do will just be you following through on the things you planned for the move.

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Whether you are buying a home or renting, you’ll be told exactly when to collect your keys. Make sure you get them as early as possible in the day.

Collect your keys

Whether you are buying a home or renting, you’ll be told exactly when to collect your keys. Make sure you get them as early as possible in the day.

Take photos of the property when you leave

This serves two purposes. You’ll want to remember the property. However, it also means that you can note any damage, etc. This will be important if you are renting.

Take photos of your property when you arrive

Make a note of damage. Again, important if you’re renting. You want a log of everything that could pose an issue in the property.

Photograph meters in old and new home.

Electricity, gas, and water meters should be photographed. This ensures that you’re only paying for what you used.

Unpacking

You can unpack some furniture when you arrive, but moving home is stressful enough. Leave the bulk of the unpacking for the coming days.

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The Post-Move Checklist

 

Once you’re settled into your new home, there are a few more things you’ll need to do. You can do these in the weeks after the move. 

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Only if your property purchase is over £250,000 if you already owned a property, or £425,000 if a first-time buyer. You will need to pay within 30 days.

Pay stamp duty

Only if your property purchase is over £250,000 if you already owned a property, or £425,000 if a first-time buyer. You will need to pay within 30 days.

Contact the landlord

If there are any issues with the property, let the landlord know.

Contact the council

You’ll need to pay council tax. Tell the council. This can normally be done online.

Register on the electoral roll

This should be done within days of moving. It is a legal requirement to be on the electoral roll.

Register with the GP or dentist

You may not need to do this if you are in the same catchment area as before. 

Switch utilities

If you haven’t already done so, switch the utilities over to your name. You may want to shop around for the best deals.

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Booking Moving Services

Always start looking for services in the weeks before a move. It’ll ensure that you can get the best possible prices, and it also guarantees your selected company will be available the day you want to move

 

 

Not everybody will need a packing company, but if you have a lot of hefty furniture, it may be wise to book one. A packing company can dismantle the furniture and, in some cases, reassemble it at your new location.

Packing 

Not everybody will need a packing company, but if you have a lot of hefty furniture, it may be wise to book one. A packing company can dismantle the furniture and, in some cases, reassemble it at your new location.

Man & Van 

A man & van is a method for smaller moves e.g. moving a few boxes and some smaller pieces of furniture. It is often an option for first-time buyers who may not have a lot of furniture, or those moving to a furnished rental. 

Furniture Removals 

If you’ve got a lot of furniture to move (and big furniture), book a proper moving company. Ensure that they are insured for the move, particularly if you have something quite expensive.

Furniture removal companies will often be expensive, but worth the cost. They’ll carry the furniture around for you, saving you a lot of time and effort.

Storage

If anything needs to go into storage (particularly if downsizing), look for storage units. To get a quote, you’ll need a rough size of all the items being stored.

Always choose reputable, insured storage providers. This will ensure your items are in good hands.

Cleaning

For end of tenancy cleans, you’ll need a cleaner. Don’t do it yourself. Always ensure that the cleaner you choose carries out end-of-tenancies, and they are well-reviewed. It’ll ensure that the job is done properly, and give your landlord less opportunity to get your deposit back from you.

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Frequently asked questions about moving home

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Where do I start when moving house? 

Once an offer is accepted, your conveyancing solicitor will guide you through the legal paperwork. In the meantime, you can start to pack some of the items in your home and start looking for quotes on services you may need on the moving day.

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How much is the average cost to move house? 

Depending on the size of the move, it could be anywhere from £300 to £1,000. Prices may be higher if you’re moving a considerable distance.

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How much are the average solicitor’s fees for moving house?

Solicitor’s fees will vary depending on where you live. However, most people can expect to pay anywhere from £850 to £1,500, including VAT, to their solicitor.

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What should I do two weeks before moving? 

You should start the packing process. Once you have a firm date to move, contact removal companies, cleaners, and utility companies. You can also purchase home insurance for your new property. It should be active the day you move in. 

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Who do I need to disclose to before I move house?  

Tell all the companies and organisations you have contact with. This includes your bank, HMRC, credit cards, lenders, the council, DVLA, and the electoral roll.

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Do you pay movers before or after UK? 

Most home movers in the UK will ask for a deposit 7-14 days before the move. You will then pay the full balance once the goods have been delivered to your new home. Be wary of any mover that asks for payment up front.  

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Can you move house in a day? 

Assuming you have packed in advance, most people should have no issues clearing their homes within a day. However, giving yourself a couple of days’ leeway is recommended, where possible. This will ensure no hold-up for the people moving into your property. 

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How can I manage moving stress?

Managing the stress of moving involves planning, seeking support, and maintaining routines, especially for families. It’s beneficial to discuss the move openly, involve everyone in planning, and keep familiar items accessible.

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Are there any strategies for negotiating with moving and service companies to ensure the best rates and services?

To secure the best moving rates and services, obtain multiple quotes, negotiate services and prices, and consider moving during off-peak seasons for potentially lower rates.

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What are the common pitfalls or mistakes people make during the moving process, and how can they be avoided to ensure a smooth transition?

Common mistakes include underestimating the time and effort required, failing to declutter before moving, and not researching movers. Avoid these by starting early, decluttering, and vetting moving companies thoroughly.

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