Tips for Moving into Your First Home – Things to Have Prepared
Moving into your first home is an exciting experience for anyone. Whether you’ve just got married, you have a new job or it’s a life goal you’ve been dreaming about since childhood, you’ve paid a deposit, signed the paperwork and suddenly, it all feels very real. To ensure a smooth, stress-free transition to your new home, we’ve put together a few tips for moving in.
The easy bit
Provide all relevant people with your new address at least 2 weeks before you move in. As well as friends and family, notify utility companies, banks, the HMRC and your employer. You can find checklists online to help determine who needs to know.
Have the house surveyed
Although it isn’t a legal requirement to have your new house surveyed, it’s advised that one is carried out before closing with the seller.
Home surveys are a good way to avoid unexpected repair costs further down the line. It will give you an idea of how much money you’d need to invest in repairs after you buy it. Some surveys will include a home valuation, giving you the chance to decrease your offer if it comes back lower than the initial asking price.
A RICS condition report is the cheapest survey and doesn’t include advice or a home valuation. Instead, it will examine the condition of the property, identify any risks, legal issues, and urgent defects. This is ideal for new builds or homes in generally good condition. For older, slightly rundown properties, a RICS HomeBuyer Report or a RICS Building Survey would be more suitable, although a valuation isn’t included.
Items you never knew you needed
Let’s say you’ve previously rented a flat that didn’t have a garden, and so you had no need for a lawn mower, but your new house has a garden and you still don’t have a lawn mower.
Make a list of things you may need that you didn’t before. Everything from a garden rake to a household tool set, there will be something you don’t have that you didn’t even know you needed. Make sure you purchase these items over a few months to help spread the cost.
Invest in quality furniture
It’s tempting to kit out your home with cheap flat pack furniture. But you’ve already spent a huge amount of money buying your new home in the first place, so why should the investment stop there? It’s likely you’ll be spending more than a few years in your new home, so furnish it with quality items which can be transported to subsequent houses. This will save you money further down the line.
Purge your possessions
Moving to a new house gives you the perfect opportunity to declutter. You don’t want to be bringing more than you need. Save some space in the removal van and get rid of bits and pieces you no longer want, need or use.
A ‘first day’ box
It’s unlikely that you’ll unpack and put everything away on move-in day. To prevent you from rifling through huge boxes for toiletries, towels or toilet paper, pack up a box of essentials. Crockery, cutlery and bin bags are among popular essentials that you’ll most definitely need within the first 24 hours.
Rylands Removals have been making moving home a stress-free process for customers for years. We take the utmost care when transporting your belongings and our dedicated team are always happy to answer any queries. We are flexible to all needs and we will tailor our services to fit around you. To book in removals or storage, or if you would like further information regarding the services we offer, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We operate throughout Manchester and nationwide.