Moving Guide for First Home Buyers

6th June 2016

Tips for how to move house. Moving house as a first time buyer can be daunting. See tips for what to pack ahead, how to choose a removalist and more.

Moving into your first home is a special and exciting time, but you’re going to have a lot on your plate, too. That’s why we’ve put together this insightful guide—to help first home buyers over the pitfalls and potholes of moving, and straight into the pleasure of owning their very first home.  

4 Weeks to Moving Day 

It’s likely you have many belongings to move to your new home. It’s possible that a good pair of mates with a van can give you a hand with the bulky stuff, but this is neither feasible nor possible for everyone.  

That’s why it’s recommended to obtain information and quotes from reputable professional moving companies at least four weeks out (or even earlier if possible). Any quote you receive should be free of charge with no obligations attached. Customer reviews from third party websites are an excellent way to assess your options, and it’s crucial to work with a provider who treats you with honesty and respect whilst communicating clearly. For more information, take a look at this guide on Choosing a Reputable Moving Company

A moving company that has your back is the number one way to reduce the stress of your first home purchase, but there is more you can do: 

  • Update your residential address with the post office and relevant entities, and make the necessary adjustments to insurance policies
  • Get clear about your new utility providers, and cancel contracts with providers who won’t be following you to your new address
  • If you’re moving neighbourhood, healthcare referrals from your doctor will give you confidence in your new area
  • Come up with a meal plan to make use of all food in your current fridge and freezer
  • Maintain a folder of all relevant moving documents and important files
  • Begin an itinerary list of items to move, as well as a more general moving checklist 

 

2 Weeks to Moving Day 

There’s a bit of wiggle room here regarding when you tick off these tasks. As you get closer to your move-in date, you’ll want to finalise arrangements with your moving provider, or double check with your friends if they’re still available.  

Now is the time to get serious about the packing process. You have a few options here that will depend on your budget. Professional packers can take a great deal of stress out of the packing process, but with the right materials and knowledge this is something you can do yourself. You’ll need to purchase packing supplies, including: 

  • Boxes
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Protective plastic wrap
During this period, you should be well into the process of determining what you do and don’t need to take with you from your current residence. Purchasing your first home is an excellent opportunity to get rid of much of the clutter you may have accumulated throughout the years.  

Last but by no means least, if you’re moving a long distance, then you may need to consider vehicle and pet transportation services. Pay close attention to the accreditation and reputability of your moving partner here, as you don’t want to take any risks when it comes to security, safety, and reliability when it comes to your furry friends, or your pride and joy. 

 

1 Week to Moving Day 

With the big day just one week away, you’ll want to finalise your packing, and double check you’ve figured out everything mentioned previously.  

It will help to create a master list of all your packed goods. Number your boxes with a marker, and detail what each box contains so you can be sure you know where everything is. 

In your prior discussions with your moving company, you should have locked in a move-in date. If you haven’t done so, get on this ASAP! 

The Big Day 

The big day has finally arrived, and your new life as a first-time home buyer is all set to begin. It’s now time to disassemble your beds and pack them into your moving vehicle. If you’re using a professional moving company, you’ll be free to focus on other important things, like: 

  • Triple checking you have everything you need 
  • Clean your new home if necessary. Whilst empty of belongings, this task is much easier 
  • Inspect your new home to be sure that everything is in order 
  • Make sure that all utilities are operating correctly 
  • Instruct your movers on where to place your items 

 

Once The Dust Settles 

You’ve done it, congratulations! Now is the time to put your feet up in your new home. But make sure that: 

  • You’re receiving all mail as intended 
  • Your home insurance is in place 
  • You’ve successfully detached yourself from the utility bills of your previous residence! 
  • Written by a Guest Writer from Kent Removals & Storage

Written by a Guest Writer from Kent Removals & Storage