How to move home after a successful property sale

17/07/2015

OK, so you’ve sold your house and are now ready to move into a brand new one. Exciting times, right? Yes, but the final part of the process doesn’t come without its own set of possible issues, unfortunately.

Moving house is often cited as being up there with divorce and family bereavement for the most stressful life events. Fear not, though, there are a number of things you can do to ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible.

The DIY approach?

First things first, you need to work out whether you want to move your possessions yourself or turn to the services of a professional outfit. If you’re not overloaded with possessions, you might feel able to opt for the DIY approach. If this is the case, make sure you get the right van – if it’s too small, you’ll end up doing more than one trip, if it’s too big you’ll be paying for a load of space you don’t need.

If you would rather hire a removal firm to save on hassle, make sure that the company is a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR). Also, organise this at least two weeks before moving day, just to be on the safe side.

Keep a checklist

The humble but handy checklist comes into its own when you are moving home. Your to-do list can seem endless, so it helps to tick things off as you go – this also helps to make the lead-up to moving day much less intimidating. At this time, it’s also a good idea to make a list of all your possessions so you don’t leave anything crucial behind.

Plan your packing

It might sound like a total pain and a hardship, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be quite therapeutic, especially if you are able to get rid of certain junk items that have been clogging up your house as you go. It’s the perfect opportunity to declutter – either by chucking unwanted items, passing stuff onto charity shops or selling things via sites like eBay.

It’s useful to have a system in place where packing is concerned. No matter how early you start, it will take longer than you think – so give yourself plenty of time! Labelling boxes helps to keep everything nice and organised, and make sure you have strong boxes and bubble wrap to keep those more fragile items safe.

Don’t overfill, give extra care and attention to your more valuable items, and never leave packing to the last minute! Trust us, it’s not a fun experience.

Inform the necessary people

You shouldn’t merely tell your friends, family and work colleagues about your move; there are others who need to be told, too. Your doctor, dentist and opticians will need to be made aware of your new abode, as will the DVLA, the Inland Revenue, the water, gas and electricity companies you use, your phone and internet provider, and any bank, loan companies and credit card companies you have a relationship with.

Remember, this list is not exhaustive, so it’s prudent to double check if you need to give anyone else your new address before you move out.

For more advice on buying and selling property in Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas, please get in touch with Mishon Mackay on 01273 821 800. As part of our service we offer an instant online valuation to give you an accurate estimation of your property’s value in our current local marketplace.