Your Moving House Checklist

Your Moving House Checklist

Moving home can be an exciting yet stressful situation and there are a lot of tasks to do, plans to make, and things to keep track of as the day draws closer. 

To help, we’ve created a simple handy moving house checklist of all the things needed to take care of before the big day! 

 

2 months before moving house 

  • Confirm the date of your move with your conveyancers and the house sellers, especially if you find yourself in a chain and need to wait a while for all other transactions to be completed. 

 

  • Find an RICS chartered surveyor – such as Torus Chartered Surveyors – to conduct a home survey for an expert’s inspection of your new property’s condition. 

 

  • Inventory your items and decide what you are taking, ensuring that all valuables are covered by your removals company for insurance purposes to avoid any complications.

 

  • Start collecting packing material such as different sized boxes and bubble wrap, labelling what to put in each and where your belongings will be placed in every room of your new house.

 

1 month before moving house 

  • Contact service providers – utilities, banks, HMRC insurance and pension providers, your employer, children’s school, landlord etc.  informing them you are leaving and providing a new address to help cancel and rearrange your services as smoothly as possible. 

 

  • Pack all the non-essential items in the first month before moving house that you can store temporarily in your current home, or look into hiring self storage units if needed. It’s also the perfect chance to de-clutter and clear out anything that isn’t worth keeping. 

 

  • Order any new furniture, carpets and fittings (including appliances) if you’re looking for an upgrade, with a set out flooring plan to keep you organised. 

 

2 weeks / 1 week before moving house 

  • All important information, possessions and documents are kept in a safe and accessible place, from drivers licenses, passports and house deeds to jewellery, phones and credit cards. 

 

  • Arrange child / pet care so they can be looked after during the day – make sure to give enough notice to friends and family if they can assist.  

 

  • Book professional cleaning services if you want to have your new home looking ‘spick and span’ for when you move in. It’s also worth getting a plumber to help with removing any dishwashers and washing machines you plan on taking. 

 

  • Prepare an essential moving day kit for things you will need on the day and night, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, duvet and bedding, medicine, chargers, and snacks should you get hungry. 

 

  • Schedule a time to collect the keys to your new home and return the keys back to your landlord or estate agent for your existing property.

 

The day before moving 

  • Final checks of your current home, ensuring that nothing is left behind and everything is packed up, ready to go for the next day. 

 

  • Pack an overnight bag for all members of the family, including PJs, toothbrushes, towels, loo & kitchen roll, kettles & mugs for coffee and tea etc. 

 

  • Gather all keys of your existing home for an easy handover. 

 

Moving House Day 

  • Record your final utility meter readings – water, gas electricity, gas – then turn them off. 

 

  • Give instructions to the removal company, directing them on which items are fragile and what you are taking in the car so they are not accidentally loaded in the van. 

 

  • Secure all windows and doors. 

 

Inside your new home 

  • Place boxes and furniture in their allocated rooms, making sure all items are accounted for. 

 

  • Check all the utilities are up and running, taking a picture of the current readings.

 

  • Do a basic run through of the house and garden in case the previous owners left any items, as well as giving the entire property a deep clean before you start to unpack. 

 

  • Check all keys work for doors and windows. 

 

  • Sit back, relax and enjoy your new home!

 

We hope this moving house checklist helps you on your journey to a new home and if you require professional home surveying services  in Manchester, get in touch by calling us on 0161 929 7892 or info@house-survey.co.uk and we’ll be happy to assist with your enquiry.

New Build or Old Build Home: Which is Right For Me?

New Build or Old Build Home: Which is Right For Me?

It’s the age old question when it comes to purchasing a house: Do I choose a new build or old build home? Well, that really depends on what you’re looking for in terms of key factors such as style, budget and location.   

Some people prefer the quintessential charm and stability of an older existing property, whereas others want a more modern, low maintenance home that’s ready to be moved into. 

If you’re still deciding whether a new build or old build home is right for you, we’ve put together a useful list looking at the pros and cons of each to help you find the perfect place to call home. 

Pros of a new build house

  • A blank canvas

One of the main appeals to buying a new build is that you can customise it however you wish, without the need of renovation work. 

If you are purchasing off-plan, some house builders will give you the option of choosing your own fittings, furnishings and colour schemes too. 

  • Energy efficient

New build homes are designed to comply with the latest building regulations. This means better insulation for the walls, floors and loft, double-glazed windows and modern appliances are standard to make them as energy efficient as possible. 

  • 10 year warranty 

Most new homes in the UK come with a 10 year warranty and insurance guarantee – something you don’t get with existing properties. 

A warranty may provide cover on any major structural defects or construction issues, from faulty pipes or electrical wiring, to unsealed windows and any issues with the house’s foundations,  roofs and ceilings for example. 

  • No housing chain  

With a new build property, the buying process is hassle-free as there are no housing chains to hold you back from moving in, so you can unpack and enjoy your new home straight away. 

Cons of a new build house

  • New Build Premium

Like new cars, houses are normally sold with a hefty “new build premium”; this is an element of value which is essentially lost as soon as the house is occupied. A premium of around 10% is quite normal when you compare a brand new house to a very similar one which has been occupied for a few years, (although this figure can alter drastically from development to development). 

  • Delays

Mortgage offers are usually valid for up to six months, however if there are unexpected delays or problems regarding the construction of your new build home, your offer may expire. 

This can change the move-in date to be a couple of days or weeks behind schedule. People may also have to find alternative accommodation in the meantime, which will lead to extra costs on rent and storage. 

  • Snagging

Unfortunately, new builds get a bad reputation for a lack of quality. This can be exacerbated during times of high house construction where shortages of skilled trades can result in corners being cut. You may expect snagging issues such as loose tiles, uneven surfaces, scratches to doors and windows, or improper plastering and paintwork. 

It’s best to get a snagging survey done before you move in so that the builder can correct any minor or major defects, saving you money in the long-run. 

  • Identical 

Finally, more than often, new builds tend to lack character in comparison to older period properties. 

This is because developers like to maximise profits by fitting as many houses on one site and ensuring each property is uniformed in the plot space provided, meaning they’re a lot less spacious too. 

Pros of an old build house 

  • Unique style 

From grand Georgian and Victorian terraced houses, to the charm of a suburban 1930s dwelling, old build houses are rich with history and unique features such as ornate fireplaces, stained glass windows and porches that really makes them stand out to buyers.  

  • Location 

It’s all about location, location, location. Modern homes are built on newly developed land that does not have an established neighbourhood, and usually placed on the outskirts of the main town. 

Older properties are surrounded by a community of homeowners who have lived in the area for years. They are also nearby important amenities such as shops, schools and public transport, making it easier to commute to work.  

  • Spacious 

Typically, older homes were built with spacious rooms, high ceilings and big gardens, which is ideal for growing families and to cater to our modern storage needs. 

Cons of an old build house 

  • Renovation & redecoration

When moving into an older existing property, you may want to start renovating or redecorating to make it look and feel more modern, like fitting a new bathroom or kitchen. This is one disadvantage you’ll have to consider regarding your budget.

  • Less energy efficient 

Older houses are commonly less energy efficient than their newer counterparts. Depending on the age of the house and when it was built, there could be a number of reasons – from poorer heating systems which make it harder to heat up an entire house, galvanized pipes that are prone to rusting, a lack of wall insulation or single glazed windows instead of doubled/tripled. 

  • Maintenance costs 

As a result, the cost of maintenance and general upkeep is likely to add up, resulting in higher monthly costs and repair work to fix certain features in order for the house to run like a well-oiled machine. 

So, whether you decide to buy a new build or old build house, the experts at Torus Chartered Surveyors in Altrincham can help you get the most out of your preferred property. 

We provide comprehensive Home Survey services to first-time buyers, existing homeowners and property developers across North Cheshire and Greater Manchester, including Help To Buy valuations, RICS Condition and HomeBuyer Reports, and RICS Building Surveys

For advice and more information, please call 0161 929 7892 or email info@house-survey.co.uk. All enquiries are welcome and a friendly member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Top 5 Factors to Consider When Buying a House

Top 5 Factors to Consider When Buying a House

Whether you’re looking for your first home or forth, navigating the housing market can be a daunting and time consuming process.

After all, this is one of the most significant financial decisions you’ll ever make in your lifetime, so it’s worth doing your research and setting out any priorities on what features are important in finding your ideal house and to ensure there are no hidden issues.

As most are looking to move now with the extension to the stamp duty holiday and new UK 95% mortgage scheme, here are some useful factors to consider when buying a house and to help create a checklist of points for viewing potential homes.

Your budget & mortgage

Before you begin your house search, you should determine your budget first in order to make a decision that will accommodate both your finances and goals.

Look at how much savings you have in what can be used as a deposit, including any extra fees and costs, as well as asking yourself questions on whether you want a home with a garden, driveway or certain number of bedrooms. Once you obtain a mortgage of a certain amount, you will be able to look at properties within your price range.

Tip: Don’t be put off by purchase price if it’s slightly above budget as some sellers are open to offers, so don’t be afraid to step up and ask for a price reduction.

Location & size

Next is all about location, location, location. Of course, we all want a desirable area to live in and it’s important to take into consideration distance from the nearest shops, schools, recreational places, and how easy it is to access travel routes and commute to work.

Depending on your preferences, some homebuyers don’t mind being on the main road, whereas others prefer a quieter setting with a lot on a cul-de-sac or side road.

It’s also worth checking out if there are any ‘up and coming’ areas where house prices are reasonable and expected to increase over time.

Size of lot

One of the most important factors to consider when buying a house is how much space the lot and property has to offer. It’s size can have a major impact on your home’s use and potential, especially if you want to have an extension, or build an outdoor space such as a garage, workshop or summer cabin in the future.

As you view a property, check its dimensions and see how each room will work for you, your partner, or family if it means altering its layout. Privacy is another important element for the length and shape of your garden or driveway.

Home appliances, fixtures and fittings

Everyone wants to get their money’s worth, and for an enjoyable living experience, it’s nice to have quality home appliances, fixtures and fittings.

Taking the time to estimate the age and condition of the washer, boiler, stove or even fireplaces ensures all systems are up to date, and suited to your preferences, in case an upgrade is required. You can also check to see how convenient it will be to use or add certain appliances and smart gadgets, fixtures and fittings to your home, enabling you to customise it the way you want to.

Age of the house

Finally, the age of the house you’re buying can make or break whether you want to purchase it or not. Older houses are known to have a more charming appeal, however in the long-term they may require more maintenance work, so long as your willing to put in the time and budget into renovating. If you’re only interested in a newly-built property, then this can be irrelevant, however, that doesn’t mean you should buy-pass the condition of any property you will be viewing, which is why condition and homebuyer reports are vital for an extensive inspection.

If you’re looking to buy a home, Torus Surveyors can assist you choosing the right type of house survey, explaining house survey costs, and their respective advantages. Contact Torus Chartered Surveyors today on 0161 929 7892 or email info@house-survey.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help.