Buying Checklist

It's easy to get overwhelmed at the prospect of buying a new home and getting to moving day. NHF have created this handy checklist to ensure you don't miss anything.

Buying Your New Home  Tick  Date
Viewed property
Offer made
Offer accepted
Property taken off the market
Obtained offer from your chosen mortgage lender in writing
Appoint a Solicitor / Conveyance Team
Arrange for a survey to take place to the new property
Local searches arranged
Agree on an exchange date
Organise funds for a deposit and bills
Organise buildings and contents insurance (Why not get a quote from Homenet?)
Exchange contracts and agree on a completion date
Arrange to pick up the keys for your new home!
Six Weeks Before The Move    
Confirm the date of your move
If you are renting, give notice to your landlord
Check your home insurance - make sure you have cover from the day you exchange contracts.
Get some written quotes from removal companies - remembering to check if they cover for any damage that may occur during the move.
If not using movers, start buttering up some good friends and family for help.   
Start to notify utility companies of your departure and your new address
Start decluttering - get rid of the possessions you no longer need.
If you will need new furniture or carpets for your new house then start ordering and get them delivered for the day you move in or the day after - some furniture pieces can take up to 12 weeks to be delivered.
Two Weeks Before The Move    
Start packing non-essential items such as books, DVDs etc.
If you are moving out of the area then make sure you re-register at the local doctors and dentist
Arrange for your post to be re-directed from your old address to your new address.
If you have children or pets, you may want to arrange for someone to look after them during the move.
Finalise details of the move with your removal company. Confirm arrival times and make sure your movers have both addresses and that there will be space for the van.
Arrange for a time to collect the keys for your new house from the estate agent.
Notify the bank of any changes to your account and address

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