Our moving house checklist provides an overview of important things to remember when organising your move, from the moment your mortgage offer is accepted to the day you get the keys.
8 weeks before moving house
Your offer has been accepted and moving day is on the horizon. Hurrah!
At this point, it’s time to make sure the legal side of things is covered so that when it comes to exchanging contracts and setting a moving date, everything goes smoothly.
Be sure to organise a chartered surveyor to inspect the property first for any issues before signing the final agreement and sealing the deal. There’s no set timescale when it comes to establishing a moving date.
Your moving date will depend on a number of things, including what stage of the mortgage journey the person you’re buying from is at, as well as the person you’re selling to. In mortgage-speak, this is often referred to as as the ‘chain’.
At this stage, it’s a good idea to start researching (and possibly visiting) some of the facilities and amenities in your new local area to get a real feel for what it’ll be like to live there.
- Arrange a solicitor/conveyancer and a survey for your new property.
- Make sure you have buildings and contents insurance as soon as you exchange contracts.
- Once you have a moving date, confirm it with your current landlord if you’re renting.
- Check to see if your contents insurance will cover items during the move (your removals company might provide cover).
- Book time off work for the move and arrange a school transfer if you have kids.