5 September 2014

Moving home can be one of the most exciting times in your life, finding a brand new apartment or house and perhaps even buying for the very first time can all to the excitement. However, it can also prove to be one of the most stressful periods in your life too. There are many potential hurdles you might come across during your move that, if you don’t know about them in advance, may be difficult to surmount. This guide will help you understand what some of these are, and help you on your way to a ‘fuss free’ move.

Many people stress about packing their belongings up, so it’s best to make sure you get boxes and packing materials well in advance, and ensure that you separate the things you want to keep, and the things you no longer need.

Hiring a professional removal company can also sometimes help with this as they can often bring their own packing materials along, relieving you of some of the stress. Always make sure though, that you’ve hired a removal company at least two weeks prior to your moving date. You don’t want to be ringing around for one the day before you have to leave your house.

As a buyer you should be aware that sellers have to complete an inventory of fixtures and fittings that details exactly what to expect in the house. When you move, the first thing you should do is double check this list and make sure that, if you think something might be needed which isn’t on the list, you have it. The last thing you want is there to be no fridge, or oven on your first night. It’s also always advisable to move with a pack of spare light bulbs for your new property.

One part of the house buying process which seems to be the hardest to follow is conveyancing. This is the transfer process by which the ownership of the property transfers from seller to buyer, and includes a number of checks and searches. There’s a bunch of jargon involved in the conveyancing process and you should read up on it through Saga’s handy conveyancing guide, which dispels a number of myths around the process.

So, whilst it may seem daunting at first, this guide will hopefully make your house move go smoothly.

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