We created this guide on moving home tips because in 2015 alone, a study completed by the GOV.uk site showed that there was 1252 people looking at purchasing a property after living in their current home for three years or less.

That’s 8 families or individuals a week that potentially need some good, reliable advice on moving property, and that’s exactly what inspired us to create the moving home tips list that you are currently reading.

Information: You can download this list of moving home tips as a PDF here and receive 10 bonus tips!

Of course, if you have moved property in the past, you will have a pretty good idea.

However, there are many out there that are a little unsure – we are here to change that.

Between myself and my partner Dan, we will talk you through a comprehensive list of moving home tips, checks and procedures that you can use immediately to help make your relocation as stress free as possible.

Organise Yourselves to Prevent Stress

You can click these category links below to navigate directly to the area of the article that you would like to know more about.

Considering we have created such a large list, it’s certainly going to save you a lot of time scrolling through the page.

I have listed these tips into the following categories:

  • Step One: Before Your Move
  • Step Two: Pre Moving Preparation
  • Step Three: Moving Day
  • Step Four: Tasks to Complete ASAP
  • Step Five: Bonus Points

Moving Home Tips Step One

Step One: Before Your Move

You can use all of these following moving home tips to help you further understand some of the jargon that surrounds moving property. This is the very first batch of points for our moving home tips check sheet.

#1 Ask Sellers Questions
When we completed research for this article, almost every reliable source confirmed that contacting and communicating with the existing home owner was one of the best things you can do at the early stages of moving.

This gives you an invaluable opportunity to answer some small, but important questions.

Silly things, about the property that you may not be aware of such as previous installations and local transport links.

If you’re struggling for some useful questions, the Money Saving Expert has some great suggestions.

#2 Compare Removal Fees
Many families and individuals consider using a professional removals company.

In large cities, a man and van in London can be heavily utilised and they can certainly help make transporting large items a lot easier.

We advise that you contain at least half a dozen removal companies in your area so that you can get a good comparison on prices.

Most removals will charge by the hour. You can get quotations instantly from websites such as ReallyMoving.co.uk.

#3 Save Yourself Money on Gas & Electric Bills
When you move home, it is the perfect opportunity to potentially save £££’s on gas and electricity.

When you arrive in your new home, don’t be tempted to stay with the current suppliers.

Do your research and have a look at the options that are available to you. You could end up saving £100’s on heating and electricity if you switch supplier.

In some cases you could even earn yourself some cashback!

#4 Consider Your Conveyancing Solicitors
Unfortunately, you cannot purchase your home or any other property without conveyancing. However, this is one of the moving home tips that can save money.

Property conveyancing is the legal process that transfers the legal ownership of the property and documents from one owner to another.

Now any qualified solicitor is able to complete this for you, but we would encourage to err on the side of caution.

Do your research and find a solicitor that specialises in property conveyancing. There are 1000’s of property solicitors out there, of course, all charging different prices.

The most expensive will not always guarantee the best service or quickest completion so choose wisely.

#5 Be Patient and Take Your Time
If you are moving home for the first time, it’s easy to get drawn into the excitement of owning your own home.

It’s important that you be patient when searching for the perfect property.

Most buyers will all have different tastes and budgets. However, for first time buyers, purchasing a new build property on a shared ownership is often the most popular form of purchasing because it is more financially viable.

If you have your heart set on a particular location, whether that be more employment or simply because you like the area, take your time before you make a deposit payment.

Once it has been submitted – you’re not getting it back…

#6 Make Sure You Are Flexible
Flexibility when moving home can be a huge benefit for a number of reasons.

The flexibility of working hours and general availability can be what lands you your dream property.

Unfortunately, the property market is incredibly cut-throat. The longer you wait around, the high chances of missing out on your preferred move.

The entire system is quite contradictive really (You shouldn’t rush into a decision, but if you’re not quick, you miss out… madness!)

#7 Create a Documentation Box
Now these are incredibly useful and will help you when you move.

Head over to one of your local stationary stores and purchase a small box that is large enough to store small items and documents.

You will want to store important information here such as utility bills, birth certificates, passports, any contracts, conveyancing documents and anything else that you will need to keep safe when you move.

If may also be worth keeping a small knife in the box for when you arrive. It will become very useful when unpacking.

#8 Don’t Leave It To The Last Minute
Leaving important parts of moving home to the last minute is an incredibly risky game to play.

Make sure that you have contacted and booked a removal company, a plumber (for disconnecting any dishwashers and washing machines), cleaners and anything else that you deem necessary.

#9 Understanding Purchasing Options
Realistically, there are three main ways of purchasing a property.

These are via a traditional mortgage and deposit, cash purchases and through shared ownership.

Research each purchasing option before you commit to one.

Now obviously, buying a home with cash is the most beneficial (if you can afford it).

However, traditionally most people purchase their home by placing a deposit and making an offer with a mortgage.

#10 Choosing an Agent
There are many estate agents here in the UK.

Unlike our friends across the pond, you do not need a real estate licence to sell property in the UK.

However, your choice of estate agent when looking, purchasing and selling a home is crucial.

Just like solicitors, experience is key here. You want to work with someone that has a lot of experience within the property industry and knows how it works inside and out.

Estate agents such as Alexander & Co are a great example of how to manage expectations and property.

#11 Budget Planning and Decisions
This is simply one of the key areas you need to focus on.

You wouldn’t just walk into a shop and buy an item without looking at the cost implications would you?

Buying property is exactly the same and your budget has a significant impact on your reliability and affordability to banks and lenders.

Use budget planners and affordability calculators such as this one on Platform.co.uk and Nationwide to see what your realistic budget is for purchasing a property.

Another great tool is the mortgage calculator on the Halifax website.

#12 Health and Safety Considerations
Before you start talking numbers, start to do a little digging first.

Ask the current homeowner for the gas safety certificates for the boiler.

If they are unable to produce at least three recent certifications, it could suggest that the boiler is faulty and may require a repair or a full boiler installation.

Also ask them to show you any electrical certificates too.

Unfortunately, electrical systems can become vulnerable over time. Make sure that they have been tested recently and passed.

If not, you may be able to use this as a negotiation tool for the property price.

#13 Landlord Responsibilities for Tenants
If you are considering renting out a spare room, it’s worth looking into your potential responsibilities as a landlord.

You will be held responsible for any gas safety certificates, electrical tests, general hygiene for rooms and more.

You see the full list of responsibilities for landlords here.

#14 Your Rights as a Landlord
Landlords have as many rights as private tenants do.

If you let out a spare bedroom, make sure that you know what you are entitled to.

However, even though the room you are renting is in your property, you must agree with your tenant before entering the room. You no longer have the right to simply walk straight in and treat it as your own.

#15 Purchasing Deposits
Before you can even start thinking about owning a property, you will need to have a deposit available to place down on your preferred property.

Traditionally, those that want to buy a property will need to provide a 10% deposit of the property value and a 90% mortgage. For example; if there is a property valued at £125,000, you would need to submit a deposit of at least £12,500.

However, in recent years, these strict rules have changed.

Some properties are now able to be purchased with a 5% deposit and a 95% mortgage.

This would mean the following for our example. The property value will remain unchanged, but the deposit value would drop from £12,500 to £6,250.

Information: You can download this list of moving home tips as a PDF here and receive 10 bonus tips!

Moving Home Tips Step Two

Step Two: Pre Moving Preparation

Use the following tips and tricks in the days leading up to your move. Some of these may well be best utilised at least 2-weeks before your penultimate night in your current home.

#16 Get Your Post Redirected ASAP
Make sure that you have contacted The Royal Mail before you have moved home.

The last thing you need is for private and potentially confidential information being shared with the new owners of your previous property.

#17 Give Your New Home a Clean
This is one of the best moving home tips because its so beneficial!

This can potentially be a bit of a banana skin as some sellers may be a little reluctant to allow you into the property before completion.

However, as long as they have plenty of notice and are not currently living in the property, they shouldn’t have too much of a problem.

Contact a local cleaning company and arrange for a full, top to bottom spring clean.

Unless you want to do it yourself of course…

#18 Get Yourself Organised
Now that the sale of the property has been agreed, it’s time to start getting yourself into shape.

Don’t panic! There’s no need to hit the gym.

However, you will need to start packing and organising your boxes and possessions unless you have arranged for a packing service to do this for you.

Make sure that the boxes have been correctly labelled and secured. Organise them into categories or even rooms so you know exactly what is going where.

#19 Get Yourselves onto the Electoral Roll
Just because you were registered to vote in your old home, doesn’t mean that you are in your new one.

Make sure that you have registered yourself to vote from your new property.

You can sign up for the electoral roll here.

Remember, voting is a serious business. If you don’t vote, you have no voice.

#20 Make Money from a Spare Room
We touched on this briefly earlier in the article. However, there is no reason why you cannot make a little extra cash by renting out a spare bedroom.

Be careful though, there are a number of responsibilities that are required of a private landlord. Before you commit to it, make sure that you are ready to take on the mantle.

#21 Plan a Pre Move Visit
This is great if you have young children.

We will go into further detail a little later in the article but it can be great for settling nervous kiddies.

It also provides you with an opportunity to take any last minute measurements for furniture that is being delivered or that you are considering purchasing.

#22 Plan and Create a Moving Day Survival Kit
Property guru, Phil Spencer suggests in his article about moving property that the little things matter – and he’s certainly right.

Pack a small box with some of your everyday luxuries to help you get through your move.

Consider a cup, teabags, coffee, a small kettle and maybe even some light snacks?

You will be surprised how comforting a fresh cup of coffee can be when you have been on your feet moving all day.

#23 Prepare and Organise Your Children
Me personally? I love the idea of involving the children in a property move.

However, we can appreciate that having them around can cause a number of unwanted distractions.

If you prefer to get the bulk of the move completed without them around, ask a family member such as a grandparent or close family friend to keep an eye on them whilst you unload and organise the new home.

#24 Make Arrangements for Cats and Dogs
Just like children, pets can easily get in the way and slow down your progress.

Again, why not ask a family member or a close friend to have them for the day.

However, make sure that the animal is comfortable around them. If they do not know them too well, they can become nervous and start to act out of character.

#25 Clear Out and Move Unwanted Items
Moving home is the perfect time to tackle that cupboard full of historic items that once meant something.

Everyone is guilty of it and those that say they don’t have a loft, a full of storage items is a liar!

#26 Get Plenty of Rest
Sleep is incredibly important if you want a productive and successful day.

Research has proven that a good night’s rest can help you recharge your system, waking you feeling totally refreshed and ready for the day that lies ahead.

A team of researchers at the University of California had this to say on the matter for an article on sleep written by the Sleep Council here in the UK.

We need at least six hours of sleep a night to recharge your batteries and learn new things the next day. Light dreamless sleep which can take up half the night allows our brains to recharge our learning capacity.

#27 Any Specialist Treatments Needed for Furniture or Flooring?
This is another great question you need to ask the existing owners.

You don’t need to worry too much about getting this sorted before you move in, however, it’s certainly worth asking when you meet them for the last time.

Certain wooden items need special treatment in order to keep their appearance. Failing to look after items or specific flooring can result in repair costs or even full replacements.

#28 Ask for Any Existing Paint Cans
Again, another cheeky request, but one that is worth asking.

Save yourself some wonga and ask the soon to be previous owners if they have any leftover paint that has been used.

Not only will you save money but trying to find the exact shade they purchased will become difficult, especially if it was purchased a few months ago.

#29 Ask Where Bathrooms and Kitchens Were Purchased
Now 99% of kitchen and bathroom installers will provide a warranty as standard.

However, if you don’t know where the items have been purchased from, you could find yourself spending a lot of money on repairs and maintenance.

#30 Protect Your New Home
Unfortunately, there are many domestic burglaries in the UK.

In fact, there was 675 cases of reported robbery or theft from personal property between January and September in 2016.

There are many things that you can do to protect yourself and home.

CCTV installations are a popular way to do this. There are many forms of installations available too with systems that can fit most people’s budgets.

Information: You can download this list of moving home tips as a PDF here and receive 10 bonus tips!

Moving House Tips and Checklist

Step Three: Moving Day

It’s moving day! Use these points to make sure that you have everything ready for moving into your new property.

#31 Utilise and Bask in the Glory of Freebies
More often than not, when people move home, they tend to purchase new furniture and other household items.

However, not everyone can always afford to buy new items.

Fortunately, useful sites such as Freecycle and Freegle are there to help.

Web communities on social networking sites such as Facebook can also provide a useful selection of items that homeowners are willing to give away.

Before you commit to buying new items, it is certainly worth having a look through these options.

#32 Double Check Your Council Tax Bands
When you have moved in, it’s worth getting to know your new neighbours and once you feel comfortable around them, ask them about their council tax bands.

Make sure that you are on the same one as them. Approximately 400,000 homes in the UK have been allocated the wrong tax band.

You can challenge this and potential receive a rebate.

#33 Consider Purchasing the Freehold
This is more for those that are going to be renting a property.

Some freeholders charge ££££’s in maintenance fees. However, by purchasing the freehold, you can save a significant amount of money on maintenance and insurances.

For a little more information, read this guide to buying your freehold.

#34 Make Sure You Have the Right Packing Equipment
When you really start to get into packing your items for your move, you will be surprised at how quickly you can rattle through it.

Masking tape, cardboard boxes, bubble-wrap, packing paper and a marker pen.

All-important items for packing your property correctly and safely.

Use bubble-wrap and packing paper to provide a cushion for delicate items such as glass, crockery and anything that you consider to be valuable.

#35 Avoid the Gym (Especially Leg Day!)
One of the funniest moving home tips but the last thing you want to worry about is aching muscles and cramps.

That’s exactly what will happen if you plan on hitting the gym hard the day or the day before you move in.

From experience, a previous customer of ours had this to say.

I went to the gym the night before I moved out of my parents place. I can honestly say it was the worst mistake I have made. When I needed to pack and unload my boxes, I just couldn’t. My legs were like stone.

#36 Get the Right Transport
By this point you should have pre-booked your transport unless you have your own.

You will need a removal van, preferably a Luton-Van as they tend to be able to hold a lot more.

Remember to pack your items intelligently. Place your larger, heavier items at the bottom and stack your lighter boxes around them.

#37 Avoid Long Journeys Before Moving Day
Also linked to rest and sleep in a way.

Make sure you don’t travel long distances and do a lot of driving the day before or even on the day of your move.

This is advised because driving can take a lot out of you, consistent concentration can be tiring and lead to a delay in unpacking your items as you rest.

#38 Children’s Items – First or Last?
Neither.

Please, please, please do not be tempted to pack your young children’s items at the last minute.

It does make sense to try and keep things as normal as possible when moving but you need to be able to get them to move on.

Gradually pack up their items and make sure that they are the first to be unloaded and unpacked.

Organising a child’s bedroom as soon as you arrive can provide an element of consistency. If they see their items back in their usual environment, they will be able to settle far quicker.

#39 Consistency is Key (With Children)
Don’t be tempted to wash and apply new bedsheets to children’s beds.

The smells can provide a comforting scent of familiarity which can help them settle and sleep better.

To a child, their bed is a comfortable and safe place, don’t change that immediately.

#40 Involve Everyone
Children can be very curious creatures. Try to keep them involved if you intend on having them with you during the entire moving process.

Little things such as placing items in the new property can help them feel valued and give them an element of control.

Information: You can download this list of moving home tips as a PDF here and receive 10 bonus tips!

Moving House Guide and Checks

Step Four: Tasks to Complete ASAP

Now that you have moved in, the next step with our moving home tips is your boxes. They have been unpacked and you are starting to get familiar with your new home, make sure that these tasks are completed as soon as possible.

#41 Organise and Redirect the Old Owners Post
Contact The Royal Mail as soon as you can or as soon as you notice that the previous owners post is still coming through.

Simply, adding “Not Known at This Address” will not stop it.

Under any circumstances, you should never open the old owner’s letters. These can contain confidential and private information.

#42 Reduce Your Boiler Cover
If the boiler in your new home is linked to a central heating system, then consider purchasing boiler cover.

The last thing you need is to come home from a hard day’s work to discover that the boiler has caved in and you have no heating or hot water.

Insurance companies try to make the most of this fear by charging incredible fees. Have a shop around and look into other companies for cover.

You could save yourself £££’s.

#43 Claim a Free Installation and Save!
Good quality wall and insulation can save you up to £300 a year in heating bills.

Receiving certain benefits could get you this installation for free by reading our moving home tips guide.

If you currently receive child tax credits and have an annual income of £16k or less, then you could be eligible. See this guide for further details.

#44 Make Savings on Household Bills
Don’t tell me that you don’t have any internet in your home.

So many households have wireless broadband installed. Contact your current suppliers to inform them of the change of address and use it as an opportunity to negotiate a better rate.

This can be done for television packages, heating, electricity supply and more.

#45 Complete Repairs Sooner Rather Than Later
Notice that something isn’t working quite right? Get it assessed and have it repaired ASAP.

Leaving damaged items to hopefully just “go away” is never a good choice.

If you leave damages for too long, you will end up paying more (meaning no cheeky Friday night takeaways!).

#46 Take Metre Readings
As soon as you move in, take a metre reading from the gas metre and water metre. If you have an electrical metre, check that one too.

Once you have them, contact the current suppliers for the property and give them the updated readings and date.

This will make sure that you are paying for your usage only and not the previous owners.

#47 Bin Collections
Speak to your new neighbours to find out when the bin collections are.

Not only is this a great personal favourite of our moving home tips but it is a great way to get to know your new neighbours and allows you to be better organised through-out the week.

Leaving bins stacked up in the garden or outside your front door can be incredibly frustrating to see and can lead to misconceptions from your neighbours.

#48 Water Stop Cocks and Emergencies
Make sure that you identify the water stop cock just in case you have any unexpected plumbing emergencies.

From experience, there isn’t a worse feeling other than not knowing whether you turn off the water in the event of a serious water leak.

#49 Update Your Driving Licence
Contact the DVLA or visit the GOV.uk website to update the address on your driving licence.

Failing to notify the DVLA of any changes on your driving licence can lead to a fine of up to £1000.

It doesn’t cost anything to change your licence address and is easily completed either online or via post.

#50 Contact Your Insurance Providers
In terms of building and contents insurance, you should have already completed these checks and changes. However, make sure you contact them to inform them of any changes to possessions or addresses.

You will also need to contact your car insurance providers too. Failing to notify them of any changes will result in additional charges for the administration and could even result in raised premiums when you are due for renewal.

Step Five: Bonus Points

If you want to receive a further 10 moving home tips, simply download this guide as a PDF.

Information: You can download this list of moving home tips as a PDF here and receive 10 bonus tips!

Recap of our Moving Home Tips

We hope you enjoyed reading this moving home tips guide. We certainly enjoyed researching and writing it for you.

Remember to split your to-do lists into four key sections. Before moving, pre moving preparation, moving day and tasks to complete on arrival.

Hopefully you found this guide useful, please share it with your friends and family via social media if you did. If you have any extra moving home tips that you would like to share with us, please get in touch!

Thank you again, and we wish you the best of luck with your move!

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