What needs to be done before the day of completion?

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Moving home is an exciting time, but amidst all the excitement it is important to stay organised when planning your move. There is a lot to think about, so here is a reminder of some of the things to be done before the day of completion.

Arrange removals

When arranging your removals, we recommend waiting until contracts are exchanged so that you do not loose the deposit or have to pay a cancellation fee.

Calling around removal companies in advance, obtaining quotes, checking their availability will help you to stay organised.

As soon as you’re exchanged, you will receive confirmation from your Solicitor and/or estate agent and at that point we recommend booking your removals as soon as possible.

Contact Service Suppliers

Contact Service Suppliers (i.e. Gas, Water, Electricity, Telephone & Broadband) to arrange for the reading of meters at your current address and the continuity of service at your new address.

Arrange re-direction of mail

It may seem like an extra chore but re-directing your mail will ensure you receive all of your post, without having to tell everyone directly that you have moved. Re-directing your mail involves filling out a re-direction form which are available both online and at post office branches.

Settle outstanding bills

Settle all your outstanding bills in respect of your current address (paper bill, window cleaner etc)

Notify all interested parties of your new address

Notifying all interested parties of your new address and your moving date, including the following (as applicable):

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Bank/Building Society
  • Employer
  • Service Suppliers
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Insurance/Pension Companies
  • Inland Revenue
  • Local Authority
  • Dentist and Doctor
  • DVLA
  • Hire Purchase/Rental Companies
  • Schools/Colleges
  • TV Licence Authority
  • Professional Associations
  • Motoring Organisations
  • Clubs and other Associations

For more advice and answers to our frequently asked questions about the conveyancing/moving process please click here to read our Conveyancing Guide. 

Alistair Everett

Partner and Head of Conveyancing

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