What to do when you first move into a new property

moving in checklist for first time buyers

Moving into a new property is a whirlwind of excitement, especially if it’s your first home. You’ll be itching to unpack and personalise your space, but before you make yourself at home, there are some important bits of life admin to get out of the way.

Tasks to prioritise when you move home include updating your address with relevant organisations, registering with a GP and arranging home insurance. Ensure you are familiar with the safety features and change the locks ASAP. Also, inform utility suppliers of meter readings for accurate billing.

It can feel overwhelming, so compiling a new home checklist while you wait for your moving date is a great idea. A moving day to-do list will also help you feel in control and help make the big day a success.

In this blog, I’ll help you compile your new home checklist, including what you need to do before and on the big day itself.

If you’re still looking for your ideal first home, speak to Bliss Financial for help finding a competitive mortgage. Contact us today for a friendly chat to talk about your requirements.

Your new home checklist

Let’s get started with the less thrilling admin side of things. It’s always good to get these important things out of the way as soon as possible so you can concentrate on settling in and making your new house feel like home.

File all your important documents

House sales come with a load of paperwork, such as title deeds, an energy performance certificate, land registry documents, mortgage agreements, warranties, stamp duty certificates, and so the list goes on.

To ensure these don’t get lost in the move, file them somewhere safe, memorable and accessible.

Make sure you’re covered

It is a legal requirement to have building insurance in place when you buy a new property, which is something your mortgage broker can assist you with. Ensure that your building and contents insurance are in place before you exchange, in case you encounter any problems on the big move day.

Aside from building insurance, it’s also crucial to consider a home contents insurance policy to protect your belongings from damage or theft.

And while we’re on insurance, look into personal insurance like life and critical illness cover, which can pay your mortgage if you have health issues or an accident that prevents you from working.

Set up your bills and plan your budget

This is a meaty subject, so I’ve written a separate guide to bills for first-time buyers to help you prepare for your new financial responsibilities. In brief, your budget should include mortgage payments (obvs), gas, water, electric, council tax, insurance, mobile, broadband, licence fee, loan payments and car costs.

If you’ve used a good mortgage broker, you will have noted all of these costs as part of your mortgage application. Take this one step further and perhaps compile a spreadsheet to keep you on track.

Check utility readings

Before moving from your old home, taking meter readings is a great idea to ensure energy providers do not charge you for the next occupant’s usage. Just snap a photo of your gas, water and electric meter before you head off.

When you move into your new place, once again, note the meter readings to ensure you only pay for what you use. Once you’re more settled, do some homework on energy tariffs, as you may want to switch energy providers.

Who do I need to tell when I move house?

It can be pretty overwhelming when you stop to think of the number of companies and organisations that have your address. It’s a top priority to update them when you change address, and arrange for mail to be redirected from your old address.

Here’s a list of organisations you can’t afford to forget to inform when you move to a new home.

  • Local authority – For council tax purposes. Also, change your address on the electoral roll
  • Banks and building societies
  • Utility companies – Gas, electric and water providers.
  • Insurance companies – This is a biggie as your policy’s conditions are partly determined by your postcode. As well as personal and home insurance providers, don’t forget your car insurance policy provider.
  • Loan providers – Student loan providers, credit card companies, etc.
  • TV licencing
  • GP and other healthcare providers – Register with a new GP and dentist ASAP, as waiting times can be steep.
  • Broadband provider – Give your internet provider plenty of notice so that your TV and Wifi are up and running as soon after your moving date as possible.
  • Friends and family! – This may seem like a no-brainer, but aside from your immediate family, it’s always a great idea to let your friends and wider family know your new address in advance. Or you may wish to wait until you’re settled to deter unannounced visitors on your doorstep!

Change the locks

A bit depressing but essential. Arrange for a locksmith before your moving day to ensure it’s done as soon as possible after collecting your keys. It’s also kind of symbolic and a nice way to mark your new chapter.

Move-in day checklist

On to the more exciting prospect of the big day itself! Here are some essentials to add to your to-do list.

Decluttering, packing and unpacking

Before you start throwing things in boxes, it’s an excellent opportunity for a clear out – old clothes, electricals, books… If they no longer serve you, get rid. If you’re moving in with a partner or housemate, check to see if you have any dupes, like kitchen utensils.

Most people pack their things themselves, but you can get a moving company to do it. Spend a decent amount of time packing, as it will save you heaps of time when you get to your new place. Buy appropriate packing materials and boxes (or see if you can snaffle some from friends or for free on Facebook). Label moving boxes with contents and intended room to make things a bit easier when unpacking.

When you finally get through the doors of your new place, take a breath! Remind yourself of the space before you start unpacking. You will thank past you for labelling things so well! Unpack and place the furniture and possessions most important to you first, like your bedding, sofa, TV and other appliances.

Remember, it won’t all magically fall into place on moving day. You have plenty of time to settle in over the coming weeks. Be kind to yourself!

Safety and security first

Ensure you check and are familiar with all of the safety aspects of your new home. Check the location and functionality of the fuse box, smoke alarms and stopcock (which may be outside).

Meet the new neighbours

Some will want to get inside and close the doors until they’re settled in, but if you can’t sleep until you know who is next door, give them a knock and introduce yourself. It’s a good chance to ask any questions about the local area. If you’re planning any work on your new property, let them know so you get off on the right foot.

Keep essentials to hand

Moving days are hectic, and you don’t want to be caught short. Ensure your essentials are in a separate box and close to hand. Don’t put them in the moving van!

  • Driving licence and ID – For collecting your keys.
  • Toilet roll!
  • Kettle, mugs, milk, tea and coffee
  • Phones and chargers
  • Snacks or lunch
  • Bin bags
  • Cleaning items
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Money – Not so important today with everything on our phones, but it’s always good to have cash for emergencies.

Cleaning

While it’s the last thing on many people’s minds after a hard day, a bit of a clean will make you feel more at home. Spend some time getting things ‘your version’ of clean to make your first night comfortable and to ensure you burn off whatever nervous energy you have left for a good night’s sleep! You don’t have to go mad and clean every room, just the ones you’ll be using in the next day or two.

First night

Your big day has come to a close, and you are no doubt knackered! Treat yourself to a local takeaway or chuck something nice in the microwave. Pop a cork and enjoy the moment. Great job!

Need help with a first-time buyer mortgage?

At Bliss Financial, we take pride in guiding first-time buyers through the ins and outs of owning their first home. We’ll help demystify your mortgage options and take care of the application so you can focus on making your moving to-do list.

Contact us today for a friendly chat and some expert advice.

Conclusion

I hope that’s helped you feel calmer about moving to your new home. Moving day is very exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. Take time to make a detailed checklist of things you need to do before, during and after the move. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be more organised, in control, and won’t forget anything important.

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