There are many things you need to consider when moving house. Some of them include carrying out your research, negotiations, and the packing process. Having a moving house checklist is crucial as it will help make moving easier.
Choosing the right estate agent
Many homeowners make a mistake of choosing agents who put their houses on the market for the highest price. It is a good idea to compare the different estate agents and settle for an agency that you trust to sell your house. Find an agent who has sold lots of properties in the area recently.
Research the area you are moving to
Before you put an offer on any property, you should visit the area you want to move to. Make a list of your requirements in order of priority. Some of the things may include commuting distance, schools, shopping centers and more.
There are hidden costs when moving house. Some of these expenses may include searches, land registry fees, removal costs, stamp duty, solicitor fees and estate agents fees. Therefore, make sure you include all the costs.
Choose the right solicitor
When selecting a solicitor, choose the one you feel comfortable with. You are free to choose any solicitor you want and not obliged to instruct the solicitor recommended by your estate agent. A good solicitor should be a specialist conveyancing practitioner, willing to take you through the conveyance process and upfront about fees.
Before moving, you will have to decide whether you will use a removal company or carry out the move yourself. If you decide to do it on your own, you will have to ensure you have enough friends on board to help you. It is also very important to have an adequately sized van which will transport larger items of furniture.
If you decide to hire a removalist company, you have to obtain quotes from local removal companies. Book the company in advance as soon as you decide the moving date.
When pitching an offer, it is good to listen to the advice of your solicitor. Choosing an offer that is too low may see you lose out to a higher bidder while providing the asking price at the outset means that you will spend more than you need to. Find the right offer by discussing it with your solicitor.
Inform your landlord
If you live in a rented property, and you plan to move out, it is a good idea to inform your landlord of your intention to leave. Failure to do this will make you incur additional rent fees.
Make sure you have a household insurance policy in place the day you move in. Look for the most competitive quote by comparing the different quotes offered by insurance providers.
>h2>Inform other people
Apart from close family members and friends of your new address, it is a good idea also to inform the DVLA, the council, utility companies and many other relevant people and departments. Remember to contact the mail service company to have your post redirected.