Getting Ready to Move


What a relief!  Finally you’ve exchanged contracts and your house/flat purchase is in the bag.

There will now be a short interlude between Exchange and Completion, typically lasting a couple of weeks (this will have been agreed in advance usually between 1 and 4 weeks from Exchange). 

But after allowing yourself a few moments’ peace, the looming onslaught of the final furlong becomes only too apparent.

Suddenly there’s a hell of a lot to get organised in a very short time. Once contracts have been exchanged, the agreed completion date is now set in stone.


Getting moving

It’s important to contact your chosen removal firm as soon as possible to confirm the booking. The paperwork should then be signed and returned promptly.

It’s a good idea at this stage to agree an approximate timetable with your removal firm so that the people buying your house know your schedule on moving day.

Also you need to ensure that the removal company has easy access to both properties. Providing a layout plan showing the rooms in your new house will make it a lot easier to identify the correct destination for all the various items.

It’s worth checking in advance that the massive removal lorry will have sufficient space to park as close to the front door as possible. If there’s no off-street parking, it might be an idea to arrange for cones to be placed to reserve a super-sized parking space.

If you’re not moving directly into your new home, you may have to consider temporarily hiring storage facilities for your furniture etc. Obviously the more stuff you’ve got, the more this is likely to cost.

As a rough guide, the contents of a typical 2 bed house would probably fill up to 4 containers, whereas an average 3 bedder can fill as much as 6 containers.


Our next blog – coming soon …….

DIY house moving


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