Of course, the legalities for selling a house aren’t the only things you’ll need to worry about. Principally, thinking about the moving day itself and preparing adequately for the completion date, will ensure everything runs smoothly.
Completion day itself is exciting – but tiring and stressful at the same time. You’ll likely be exhausted when it’s all over. As such, plenty of planning and preparation is needed before the big day arrives.
For a smooth completion day, you need to start packing weeks before your scheduled move. Here are some of our tips for getting it right when it comes to the packing stage:
The sooner the better really. Pack away the possessions you won’t need and box them up. It’d be handy to have a room in the home where your boxes can be stored, to avoid clutter.
It wouldn’t be overly sensible to pack your bedroom items with your kitchenware for instance, so opt for a room by room approach. It’s also wise to label your boxes – it makes it a lot easier when you’re unpacking.
Now’s the perfect time to start clearing out any old junk and throwing it away, or donating, before it starts cluttering your new home too.
It can be all too tempting to cram as many items in one box as possible – but you’ll regret it when it’s too heavy to lift or the box breaks mid-move. Instead, have more, lighter boxes and ease the strain on your back.
If you don’t have too many belongings, it is possible to use a few cars (kind friends or family members come in handy). However, with sofas and large furniture, your best bet is to source a removal company. Compare a few quotes from local businesses and choose the most cost effective option.
It’s also possible to hire your own van. It could work out cheaper – although you’ll then have to worry about loading and unloading the cargo at both ends. Whichever way you want to do it – just make sure it’s booked well in advance to avoid a last minute dash.
You have just a month to go before you’re all set to move into your new home. But the preparation doesn’t stop there. At this time, you should remember to:
When there's a week to go the excitement will be bubbling. You should now have most of your possessions safely packed away, with only the essentials left out.
It’s now worth speaking to the local council to stop your council tax, whilst telling anyone you’ve forgotten previously that’ll you be changing address.
On the day of completion, it can be easy to forget some of the basics – what with everything else going on. If you’re planning on buying elsewhere for instance, here are 10 last minute questions you may want to ask the sellers:
If any of these questions have yet to be answered, now’s the time to ask them. Have the answers you need? Here are the last bits and bobs to consider.