Are you moving into a new home? If so, congratulations! You’ve done the hard work by saving up money, finding your ideal property, placing a winning bid and securing a mortgage. You’d be forgiven for getting swept up in excitement − especially given how competitive the market became due to the pandemic. But there are still a few things to bear in mind before you settle in.
Taking care of a few crucial bits of admin before moving day and having a rough plan of action for the first days in your new home will make the whole process far smoother.
Here are six essential things to consider when moving into a new home.
Organise the paperwork
If you’ve been at all involved in the process since having a bid accepted, you’ll know just how much paperwork moving home involves. Your mortgage is perhaps the most obvious document to keep safe – but don’t forget about things like energy performance and gas test certificates either.
Keeping these items safe and organised will make sure you’re covered should anything go wrong in the future.
Set up your utilities
The last thing you want on moving day is to find out your water, heating or power isn’t working. Aim to arrange your utilities as soon as you have a moving date and don’t forget about Wi-Fi, especially if you work from home.
With energy bills set to skyrocket, it’s never been more important to shop around between providers, too.
Unless you’re moving into a new build, it’s likely you’ll have some repairs to make. Your viewings and surveys should have given you a clear idea of what these are, but it’s worth making a list of priorities all the same.
Major renovations will require more planning and investment than cosmetic upgrades, so you might want to be aware of distributing your finances, too.
Plan what’s going where
Depending on how much you’re bringing with you, it makes sense to map out what will go where before moving day. This way you can transfer items directly to their new home, rather than dumping all your boxes only to move them again.
This point is especially important for large, heavy or awkward items, like beds and sofas.
Change your locks
Even if you’re not worried about the previous owner making an unexpected return, it’s still wise to change the locks for peace of mind. This includes all exterior doors as well as windows and gates, if relevant.
You’ll never know who else had a key before, but with new locks installed, it won’t matter!
Have you made a plan? If so, you’ll be sitting back and celebrating in no time!