The time has come, you’re just about to complete and you’re packing the last of your boxes. But what do you need to do when you moving in to a new property?
Here’s our guide to help you with a stress free time when you move in to a new house
First things first, you need to make sure you have all the information you need from the sellers. Here are the top questions you need to ask
- Where is the main stopcock in case you need to shut off the water?
- Where are the gas and electricity meters situated?
- Do any of the surfaces need special cleaning products?
- What days are the recycling and bins collected?
- Do you have any warranties or instruction manuals on the electrical items being left in the property?
- What company currently supplies the Gas, Electric, Phone, TV and Broadband?
- Where is the thermostat?
What do you need to do when you get to the new house?
This of course is no reflection on the previous owners but you’re going to want to make your own mark on the house. And who doesn’t want a nice sparkling house to unwind in after a long day packing?
Introduce yourself to your neighbours
Saying hi to your new neighbours is a great way to settle in and get to know the neighbourhood.
You can find out any vital information you may need to know about the local community as well as some insider secrets.
Change the locks
Make sure that you’re the only person with access to your new home. Whilst the sellers maybe 100% trustworthy you don’t know who else has access to a key. Avoid any embarrassing situations by arranging a locksmith sooner rather than later.
Test the smoke alarm
Your safety is important, don’t risk going to bed without checking that all smoke alarms are tested. If not then you can replace them before they are needed. Also, it maybe a good idea to just check all the windows are fully operational, in case you need a way to get out of the property.
Take meter readings
Check your meter readings and call the utility company to let them know that you’re the new owners. You also need to make sure you take the readings before you leave your old property.
Check the fixtures and fittings are there
Go through the house and just make sure that everything included in the sale price is still there. If not, contact your estate agent who can guide you on the next steps.
Moving home doesn’t have to be a stressful affair. Just making sure that you’re organised and have a good plan in place is all you need to do.
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