Top tips on moving into your new house

Moving house is known to be one of the most stressful experiences you can face, and especially if it's your first step onto the property ladder, it can be something you approach with dread. While it may be wrong to suggest that moving day could ever be enjoyable, there are several things you can do to ensure that the experience runs as smoothly as possible and without unnecessary stress.

Pick your moving date

Decide on your moving date as early as possible – as soon as contracts have been exchanged is best. If you can, avoid moving on Fridays and bank holidays as removal firms are in high demand on these days and may charge more.

Call in the professionals

You may feel like you can handle transferring your possessions and furniture on your own, but it's much easier and less stressful to hire a removal service. Get recommendations on removal firms from friends or family, or speak to the British Association of Removers (BAR), who will be able to supply names of approved companies in your area. Prime Location recommends making a scale plan of each room in your new house for the removal team so they know exactly where everything needs to go.

Clean up

Save yourself another job by hiring a professional cleaner to get your new home sparkling clean before you move in. Some removal firms arrange this as part of their service, so check what each company offers when you're shopping around.

Check everything works

As soon as you get into your new home, check everything is working, such as the water supply, the lights and the gas supply. Ensure that all items that were included in the sale such as carpets, curtains and light fittings are there – if anything is missing, contact your solicitor. You should also photograph any serious faults that were missed in the original survey and alert your surveyor so they can be repaired.

Insure your property

You should aim to insure your new property as soon as possible, so that you're protected from theft and damage to your home. You can read more about your building and contents insurance options at InsureMe-on-Line.

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