Moving day checklist for buyers and sellers

Moving day checklist for buyers and sellers

Moving to a new home can be both exciting and stressful. To ensure a smooth transition, it’s essential to stay organised and plan ahead. Here’s Bell Ingram’s comprehensive moving day checklist tailored for buyers and sellers:

Before Moving Day:

Confirm Moving Date: Co-ordinate with your solicitor, estate agent, and removal company to finalise the moving date.

Notify Utilities: Inform gas, electricity, water, telephone, internet, and TV licensing providers of your move and arrange for disconnection or transfer of services.

Change of Address: Notify banks, insurance companies, healthcare providers, DVLA, employer, and other relevant parties of your change of address.

Arrange Removal Services: Book a reputable removal company well in advance. Obtain quotes, confirm the details of the move, and discuss any specific requirements.

Pack Essentials: Start packing non-essential items early. Label boxes clearly and pack a separate box with essentials for immediate use upon arrival at your new home.

Redirect Mail: Arrange for mail redirection with the Royal Mail to ensure you receive any post sent to your old address.

Arrange Parking: If applicable, arrange for parking permits or suspensions to ensure adequate parking space for removal vehicles at both your current and new property.

Finalise Cleaning: Schedule professional cleaning services for your old property if required. Ensure your new property is clean and ready for your arrival.

On Moving Day:

Confirm Removal Details: Double-check arrangements with the removal company, including the arrival time and any specific instructions.

Pack Essentials Bag: Prepare a bag with essential items such as toiletries, medication, important documents, snacks, and a change of clothes for each family member.

Utilities Readings: Take final meter readings for gas, electricity, and water at your old property. Record the readings and contact the utility providers to close your accounts.

Check Property Condition: Conduct a final walkthrough of your old property to ensure everything is in order. Note any damage or issues and inform your solicitor.

Hand Over Keys: Hand over keys to your old property to your solicitor or estate agent as per arrangements.

Supervise Removal: Oversee the removal process, ensuring all items are loaded safely and securely onto the removal vehicle.

Lock Up: Secure all windows and doors at your old property before leaving. Leave spare keys and relevant documents for the new occupants as agreed.

After Moving Day:

Unpack Essentials: Upon arrival at your new home, unpack your essentials bag and set up basic amenities such as bedding, toiletries, and kitchen essentials.

Check Utilities: Verify that gas, electricity, water, and other utilities are connected and functioning correctly at your new property.

Inspect Property: Conduct an initial inspection of your new home to ensure everything is as expected. Note any issues or concerns and address them promptly.

Update Address: Update your address with relevant authorities, organisations, and service providers, including banks, insurers, healthcare providers, and the DVLA.

Settle In: Take time to settle into your new surroundings and familiarise yourself with the local area. Explore nearby amenities, schools, and transportation links as needed.

Dispose of Packing Materials: Dispose of packing materials responsibly or arrange for recycling or disposal services.

Thank Your Removal Company: If satisfied with their service, consider leaving a positive review or providing feedback to your removal company.

By following this comprehensive moving day checklist, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free transition to your new home. Happy moving!

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Joanne Stennett

Joanne Stennett

Estate Agency
Tel: 01463 717 799

About: Joanne heads up the Estate Agency team in our Beauly office and is focused on ensuring her clients have a positive experience when they list their property with Bell Ingram. From country houses to farms and estates, she has been marketing prime residential property in the Highlands and Islands for over 17 years. Joanne is well known in the local area, having developed excellent relationships with buyers and sellers. Interests: Residential Estate Agency, Rural Property Sales.

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