So, you’ve bought and sold a property at the same time – no doubt a significant achievement - but you will also need to be prepared for your move as a seller, which is a different experience from if you are purchasing as a first-time buyer.
You not only have to complete everything in time, you could also find yourself having to pay late and last-minute fees if you don’t keep a close eye on your to-do list. In addition, you need to ensure you’re ready for moving day itself.
To swerve any issues, here at Kings Group we have outlined five key tips that can help to make the moving process run more smoothly...
Make sure you’re organised
The moving process can take up to several weeks on average, so it’s therefore a good idea to kick into gear and give yourself time to prepare as early as possible. To make this possible, use a checklist and divide your tasks into weeks, giving yourself regular little deadlines and one main deadline.
This is a practical way to ensure that you can keep on top of important tasks and itemise everything you need. And, of course, nothing feels more satisfying than ticking tasks off your list.
Declutter, declutter, declutter
Next, you will need to take stock of your belongings and decide what you no longer want or need. Not only will this help when it comes to packing, it will also give you a chance to free up space in your new home.
As a general rule, if you come across something that has not been worn or used in over six or so months, it might be time to get rid of it. Naturally, you won’t want everything to go to waste, which is where selling any unwanted goods on sites like eBay can come in very handy.
Structure your packing
Packing typically requires the most time and effort – as a result, you should begin at least a few weeks before the move. For this, gather the necessary tools and materials – packing tape, bubble wrap, marker pens, zip tie bags, labels and boxes – and sort your items into boxes related to rooms.
What’s more, having an ‘essentials’ box for important documents such as birth certificates, passports and other important information will help you to locate them easily and protect them from being stuffed in a box full of wires or clothes.
Hire the right removal company
Unless you have generous friends and/or family who are willing to transfer all of your belongings, it is likely you will need to hire the services of a reliable, professional removal company.
Be mindful that when comparing quotes, you need to do so based on the ratings, service and feedback of each company rather than just the price. If possible, try to find a firm local to your new home, as they will already know the ins and outs of parking in the area.
After your move
Once you have moved in started to settle, you will need to account for each item on your inventory and check for any missing or damaged items.
In addition, you should notify important contacts of your new address to avoid any confusion. The Royal Mail’s Postal Redirection service is something you should consider, too, which will ensure that all bills or other mail that you have not changed your address on will still reach you. The service redirects posts for three, six or 12 months.
While moving home can be stressful – especially if you are selling a home at the same time – some preparation can go a long way to making the process less of a bind.
To find out more about the services we offer in North London, East London, Hertfordshire, Essex and the surrounding areas, you can contact your local Kings Group branch today.
In addition, we offer a free instant online valuation tool to allow you to see how much your home could be worth on the current market.