How to avoid delays when moving house

Buying a home is undoubtedly a long process, with the average house sale taking around six to eight weeks to complete (with many running over this period by a considerable amount of time); and so ensuring that you do everything possible to ensure the process is as smooth as it can be should serve as your number one priority if you want to avoid delays.

With this in mind we’ve put together this essential guide on what you should and shouldn’t be doing, from the acceptance of your offer to the moving day itself.

Getting ready to move

Communication, Communication, Communication

From the very moment that your offer is accepted you should remain in constant contact with your Conveyancing Solicitor as well as the Estate Agent. Should you come across any issues get in touch with your Conveyancing Solicitor immediately, regardless of whether you deem it to be small or otherwise.

Avoiding a same day exchange and completion

If you’ve found yourself within a chain of people then avoid same day exchange and completion at all costs as even one problem within your chain can upset your own plans.

You should also bear in mind the more practical of tasks, such as setting up a Royal Mail redirect (which takes five days in itself).

Have your funds at the ready

You won’t be presented with your Solicitor’s final bill until completion day, so be sure to have at least 0.5% of your final home price readily available, or more if you know that there have been additional costs incurred.

Booking your moving service in advance

Moving an untold number of items come moving day can be the singular most stressful element to plan when moving house. Take the pressure off by using a professional removal service.

Getting moving

Children and Pets: Arranging Sitters

Both Children and Pets can cause issues come the frantic moving day. Be sure to relieve yourself of this additional pressure by arranging baby or pet sitting services.

Additionally, if your children are of an age where they’re able to help, jot down a list of tasks for them to do so they can be part of a smooth running move day.

Don’t forget your meter readings

Many people completely forget to take their meter readings prior to leaving, which can cause both significant and ongoing issues come the time when they remember. Be sure to jot yours down and send them off to your suppliers as soon as possible.

Packing for a weekend away

Be prepared for arriving at your new home. It’s unlikely that you’ll get unpacked and settled within a day so having essential items, such as your toothbrushes and toilettes, to hand can be a life (and hygiene) saver!

The ‘Essentials’ Box

Mark out your essentials box that is to be kept close to hand. Items to pack within this include: milk, toilet roll, kettle, tea and coffee, snacks, phone charger, small radio, pens, scissors, takeaway menus for the new house.

Making your final checks and having a clean around

Before your leave check each room one last time to ensure you have everything. You should also leave it in a ready state for the new owners by having a good clean throughout.

Moving day!

Prioritise the bed making in your new home

The first task to undertake is to make up the beds ready for falling into at the end of the day!

Food delivery

Popping to your local supermarket should be the last item on your list of chores. Instead you should opt for your shopping to be delivered, or put it off a day by ordering in a well-deserved take away!

Organising home insurance

Be sure to have your home insurance in place before you’ve even stepped foot through the front door; the last thing that you want to happen is a mishap that sees a loft floor go through or some other similarly unwanted damage.

Meter readings (again!)

Similarly to taking your old meter readings you should ensure that you take your new ones as soon as your arrive. This avoids any disputes when the bills cross over from the previous owner’s name to your own.

Say hello to the neighbours

Once you’re settled in you should consider introducing yourself to your new neighbours. This can be great for when, in the future, you go on holiday and need an eye kept on the house, or even when one of you has a party.

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