Moving Home Checklist discussed by Ashington Removals & Storage in Newcastle
Whenever you move home it is an extremely busy time, you might be a first time buyer and have never moved before or you might have moved several times before but your work or family commitments are hectic and whatever situation you are in its always a good idea to have your own Moving Home Checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything throughout your moving process.
Working your way through a Moving Checklist will help you feel in control of everything, enable you to focus on what needs to be done when it needs to be done, and enables you to carry on with your everyday life with as little stress as possible.
Moving Home Checklist – Preparing to Sell Your Home
Moving is an expensive thing to do and there are lots of costs that you should factor in to check you can afford to move to make sure it is the right thing to do for you to do and before you make the first step. You should always understand how much equity you have in your home before you do anything else so look at similar properties which have sold in your area to get an idea of how much your home could be worth and then contact your mortgage company to find out how much they would be willing to lend you. You can then look online at homes in the area you want to move to see what you can afford to buy. Always make a list of your must-have’s for your new home that you don’t want to or can’t compromise on as well as the things that are would like’s to have that you are willing to compromise on and keep looking back at it. It’s really easy to get carried away when you are viewing properties and fall in love with a newly renovated or beautifully decorated home that doesn’t tick all of your boxes.
When you have done this you should then create yourself a moving budget and add in conveyancing/legal fees, estate agent fees, remortgaging fees, EPC fees, stamp duty and removal costs. This will be a check that you can afford to move before you start looking for your new home, putting your house on the market and making firm plans.
Next, tidy and declutter every room and space in your home that you can. If you have lots of belongings out in every room then it doesn’t show off your homes full potential. A lot of potential buyers can’t see past clutter or decor when they view a home so it’s always best to have as much of a blank and tidy canvass as you can. Freshen up your kitchen and bathrooms with a deep clean, give any rooms that are looking a bit tired a lick of paint, add a splash of colour with some cushions and throws, wipe down windows and doors, clear out garages and tidy up the garden. Also, think about storage solutions you could use to make your home look tidy without overdoing it, a simple cabinet or toy box will hide a lot of things. All of this will make your home more appealing and allow estate agents to see its true value when they value it.
Next, arrange for 3/4 Estate Agents to come round and value your home. Be aware that some estate agents can attempt to market your property for less than it is worth for a quick sale so always get a minimum of 3 valuations from different estate agents in your area. Ask them to confirm their fees, contract lengths, if they will be responsible for viewings and how they will market your home so you can compare them all. When you have done this you will be in a position to decide which estate agent you want to go with and how much you want to market your home for, always remember this is your decision and they can recommend a price, however, you don’t always have to go with this. Before you sign a contract with an estate agent always try and negotiate on their fees, by having a minimum of 3 estate agents value your home you will have an understanding of the fees being charged in your area so this makes it easier.
When you first put your house on the market you should speak to your mortgage company to get a new mortgage ‘agreed in principle’. Always remember that you may not always get the full asking price for your property and you need to add in all the costs of moving; conveyancing/legal fees, estate agent fees, remortgaging fees, EPC fees, stamp duty and removal costs.
Some people don’t start looking for their new home until the sale on theirs has been agreed, however, some people will start looking and viewing straight away. Often sellers won’t accept an offer on their home unless your house has sold and it can be heartbreaking if you fall in love with a house and it sells before yours has.
Moving Home Checklist – Documents Needed
It’s always a good idea to collate all of your properties legal documents as soon as your home goes on the market so they are ready when it sells. This means you know you don’t have anything missing and aren’t chasing things up at the last minute. These should include:
1) Proof of Identity Documents that prove your name address. These can include a recognised photo ID, either a driving licence or passport and a utility bill or bank statement from the last 3 months for your proof of address. Its always a good idea to be organised with this as most people have online accounts now and don’t receive printed versions through the post.
2) Leasehold/Shared Freehold Documents depending on the type of property you own. If the property is leasehold, you will need a lease and a share certificate is required for shared freehold homes.
3) Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document which is legally required when you are selling a property in the UK. Your estate agent can arrange for an EPC assessment of your home before they market it as they need to provide the energy efficiency of your home in your property’s information pack for any potential buyers to see.
4) Property Title Deeds are your original property title deeds. These official documents state the chain of ownership of your home. If you don’t have the original deeds then you can check whether they are digitally registered with HM Land Registry under your name, or they can often be held by your mortgage company.
5) Fittings and Contents Form (TA10) enables both parties to reach a clear agreement of what will be included in the sale of your home. The form states if any or what white goods, light fittings, wardrobes, curtain poles and curtains are included as part of the sale. The document is presented with information on a room-by-room basis to ensure a thorough disclosure of all the items you are leaving to the buyer. If you have a garden or any outdoor space then the TA10 will also specify the contents within these areas.
6) Property Information Form (TA6) is required when selling your property and it gives your buyer detailed information about your property. The form includes everything from any current tenants, through to boundaries, along with any ongoing complaints and disputes with neighbours which you are legally bound to disclose.
7) FENSA Certificates for Windows and Doors are certificates supplied if you have had replacement doors or windows since 2002.
8) Replacement Boiler Certificates are needed if you or a previous owner has replaced the boiler in your home. Gas safety certificates and service records are also needed to show the age of your boiler, any warranties and its service and safety records.
9) Electrical Certificates certifying that any electrical work (rewiring or electrical replacements) within your property have been completed by a qualified and certified electrician.
10) Alterations and Extension Documentation are needed of you have added an extension to your property or made any significant structural alterations. This proves to your buyer that you gained any required building regulation approval and planning permission before the changes were made.
Moving Home Checklist When your Home has Sold and your Purchase has been Agreed
Choose and instruct the conveyancer you want to use straight away so they can start the legal processes and searches
Ensure a survey is arranged in the early stages of the legal process as these will often throw up things you weren’t aware of which need negotiation on for both your current and new property.
Schedule a weekly call with your conveyancing solicitor to check for updates, issues and progress and ensure your sale and purchase remain on track.
Arrange like for like Removal Quotes with 3 Local Removal Companies
Moving Home Checklist for the Weeks Leading up to your Move
Sell or ‘advertise for free’ any furniture or items you don’t want to take with you
Put any items you want to keep but don’t want immediately in your new home and that can’t be stored anywhere into storage
Start to pack belongings that you won’t need over the next few weeks. Keep out essential items only, minimal kitchen items, clothes and belongings:
- Use strong sturdy boxes
- Pack heavier items at the bottom of boxes
- Wrap fragile items using soft furnishings to protect them if needed or wrap them in bubble wrap
- Tape your box openings with strong tape
- Label boxes clearly
- Pack boxes by room as this will help you when you are unpacking in your new home
Moving Home Checklist – When you Have a Moving Date Agreed
Confirm your moving date with your removal company
Make arrangements for children and pets on your moving day
Contact Energy Suppliers; Water, Gas and Electric
Contact; TV License, Internet, TV and Telephone suppliers
Contact Doctor, Dentist, Opticians
Notify; Insurance Policies, Banks and Credit Cards
Arrange your post redirection service with Royal Mail
Collate all of the keys for doors and windows in your home
Moving Home Checklist – One Week Before Moving Day
You should be near to finishing your packing now but if not then you should have a final push
Take any light fittings down that you are taking with you and leave in just the bulbs
Run your freezer down and eat up as much of your frozen food as you can
Moving Home Checklist – Two Days Before Moving Day
Defrost your Freezer and Fridge
Pack a Moving Day Survival Kit (kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, biscuits, snacks, plates, cutlery, soap, towel, pyjamas and anything else that you think you might need)
Dismantle any furniture that you don’t need
Moving Home Checklist – The Day Before Moving Day
Take any curtains, curtain poles, blinds etc down
Tape your remote controls to the backs of your TV’s so. they don’t get lost anywhere
Dismantle any final furniture that you can
Start to clean as many rooms as you can
Moving Home Checklist – Your Moving Day
Dismantle beds ready for your removal company to load
Put your Moving Day Survival Kit in your car
Pack bedding and essential items you will need on your first day in your new home
Start to clean each room as it is emptied
Check meter readings and make a note of the readings to advise the relevant suppliers, take photos of your meter readings on your phone as paper can be easily lost on busy moving days
After removal team has emptied the house, check through to ensure everything has been removed
Switch off lights
Have a final check of every room including garage and garden
Hand your keys over to your Estate Agent
Other Moving Hints & Tips
The most important thing to do when you are moving home is to create a moving plan with dates, a ‘to do’ list and files to keep all your documents together.
If your Children are Starting a New School Moving Home Checklist
Do some research online to look at the schools in the area, look at Ofsted Reports and any reviews that are available.
Join local Facebook groups and ask people for their advice and opinions on the schools in the area. Always remember that everyone will have a different view and experience so you have to take on board all of the comments and make your decisions which schools you want to call.
Call the schools you are considering and ask if they have spaces available, and if they have you can ask them if you can visit them to be shown around as this will give you a really good feeling if you think the school will suit your child.
When you have chosen the school you want them to go to and you have a moving date, speak to the headteacher and complete the required forms on your local council website. Keep the headteacher updated on this as it progresses.
When a place for your child or children has been agreed then book them in some ‘settling in’ sessions so they can meet their new teacher and the children in their class. Most schools will know how they can support a child to settle in their school and will talk to you about this if they don’t then you can ask them about this when you first visit without your child.
Building up to and on their first-day talk to them about how they are feeling so you can reassure them, take a photo of them so they have a first-day picture, speak to their teacher at the end of the day and see how they have got on. Have a family meal and talk about how they feel their first day went, what did they enjoy and was there anything they didn’t so you can talk about it and maybe let their teacher know if you think it is relevant when you drop them off the next day. Ask them what friends they made and would they like to invite anyone round for tea one evening after school.
Prepare your Children for Moving Home Checklist
When you are moving house with children get them involved when you have found your new home. Depending on your child it may not always be a good idea to talk about moving house too soon as it can be unsettling for them.
Talk to them about moving and the exciting things they can look forward to; new bedroom, a bigger garden, new activities, new parks to explore, a new school where they can make new friends. Re-assure them that they can still keep in touch with their current friends on days out, phone calls or letters. Acknowledge it will be a bit new and a bit scary starting a new school but exciting topo and ask them to talk about how they are feeling about it. Plan in settling in sessions in their new playgroup or school so they will know what to expect on their first day, weeks and months as they settle in.
Visit the area you are moving to as a family before your move date, go to the local parks and have coffee and cake so they start to get a feel for it.
If you can, and it’s not too far away you can think about starting them in some new clubs before you move; football, rugby, brownies, cubs etc.
Get them involved with planning their new bedroom, colour schemes and layout.
On your moving day unpack their things first so they can get settled in their new room, home and use the garden too.
Ask them to help you with anything you think they may want to get involved with when you are getting sorted.
Keep in contact with their existing friends and community when you move as this gives them the security that they still have their support network around them.
Have a ‘moving in day’ family meal so you can relax and start to enjoy your new home together, use the time to talk about the things they and you all can look forward to.
About Ashington Removals & Storage
We are a family-owned and run business and we have years and years of experience of home, office and commercial removals in Newcastle and the whole of the North East.
We will ensure your move goes efficiently as we have an experienced and professional team of movers who will pack your home up in the days leading up to your move and, or will move you efficiently on the day of your move, leaving you to enjoy the excitement of moving home. We understand there is no such thing as a “standard” house move and that each one is different so we can adapt our services to suit your requirements.
We offer various removal services and adaptability on the amount you want us to do in the lead up to, and on the day of your move. Our complete packing and moving service enable you to leave your move to us or you can pack yourself and our team will load, move and unload for you on the day. If you want to pack your own belongings we can supply you with sturdy boxes and clothes storage containers a few days before you move which will make packing a lot easier.
We can supply you with a competitive and exact moving quote and will arrange a visit from one of our experts to talk over your moving requirements and budget. Our experienced team member will visit you at your home at a time to suit you to discuss your moving needs and give you an in-depth summary of the services we can provide.
What are your Removal Options with Ashington Removals & Storage?
You pack and we load and unload your belongings
You can pack your belongings and dismantle your furniture yourself in the weeks and days leading up to your move and then use us to load your possessions, drive them to your new home, wait outside until you get your keys and then unload your boxes. We will use as many vehicles as we need to on the day to ensure your belongings can be unloaded in one go as soon as you get your keys so you can start settling in.
We come in and pack your belongings the day before your move and then load and unload your belongings on your moving day
One of our teams will come to your home the day before you move and they will wrap and pack all of your belongings. They come back on your moving day and load everything into our removal vehicles, drive to your new home, wait outside until you get your keys and then unload your boxes into the rooms you want them in. This option removes the stress of packing in the weeks and days leading up to your moving day and you don’t have to find the time you need to wrap and pack everything yourself. You often have a lot more things to pack than you realise and it is a time-consuming job which often ends up being quite stressful. When we come to your home for your removal survey we will know how long it will take our team to pack your belongings and always leave ourselves enough time to do this. This removal service enables you to carry on with your daily life without boxes being around you and the stress of packing in the weeks and days leading up to your move, as well as you having access to everything you need at any time as you haven’t packed it already.
We come in and pack your belongings and dismantles your furniture the day before your move and then load and unload your belongings on your moving day
Our full removal service includes all of the above as well as us coming in and dismantling your furniture the day before you move, leaving your beds and bedding for you to use. We come in on the day of your move to dismantle the last pieces of furniture and load and when you get to your new property and you have the keys we unload your boxes and put your furniture back together again, all ready for you to unpack your boxes. This is the full removal service and really helps make the weeks before and the day of your move stress-free. If you calculate the time it takes you to pack your belongings yourself and to dismantle your furniture in the weeks leading up to your move and again on the day, it’s the best and most reasonably priced removal service you can opt for.
If you use our Moving Home Checklist you will be well on your way to a stress free move and if you need a professional and reliable Removal Company then contact us today on 0191 2449311 and one of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have or we can arrange a removal survey at a time to suit you.