The countdown begins

Whether you've been through many house moves, or this is your first, we can help make it easier for you.

There are numerous things to consider at different points of the sale process. We have created a simple timeline to help you stay on track and (hopefully) reduce stress levels.

Stage One

This stage usually happens when a sale has been agreed and your offer has been successful. The first important factor to consider is the choice of conveyancing. If not chosen, this can dramatically impede the sale and affect your relationship with the other parties involved with the sale.

What to consider:

  • Choosing a solicitor to deal with your conveyancing.
  • Researching the local area surrounding the property.
  • Make sure your mortgage is proceeding with your broker.
  • Renting? Service valid notice to your agent/landlord and confirm date when your tenancy expires.
  • Do you need to contact schools or colleges for your children?

Stage Two

Depending on the timescale of the move, stage two will generally happen between 4–8 weeks of completion. Stage Two is concerns the logistics of the move, it’s a great time to get rid of any unwanted items currently clogging up your existing home. The most important elements of this stage are to obtain suitable quotations and make sure the sale is progressing with all parties.

What to consider:

  • Clear out all unwanted possessions. You can either donate to charities or visit your local refuse centre.
  • Find adequate removal quotations- make sure you obtain more than one!
  • Are there any restrictive arrangements prohibiting a removal van outside your current home?
  • Once you know which possessions you are moving, you need to obtain packaging materials or ask your chosen removal company.


Stage Three

The third stage happens around 3–4 weeks before completion. It is around this date you should have an idea regarding the week of completion, based on the formal exchange of contracts.

What to consider:

  • Confirm the dates of exchange and completion.
  • Finalise arrangements with your removal company.
  • Start packing items that are not vital.
  • Notify utilities that you are moving.
  • Speak to your home insurance company and prepare to switch.

Stage Four

Typically you are only a couple of weeks until completion. You should have a date and now you need to confirm with your removal company and make arrangements for any special circumstances.

What to consider:

  • Confirm moving arrangements.
  • Cancel all services which relate to your property
  • Notify your bank of any changes
  • De-register from you doctor, dentist etc. if relocation is too far.

Stage Five

The memories will start rushing back in your final week within the property. If you have been there for a number of years this can be a hard week.

Stay positive! You’re nearly in your new home.

Packing should been nearing completion and all plumbed appliances ready for removal. With the majority of the work completed, concentrate on the most important factors.

What to consider:

  • Collect or important documents and valuables and keep them with you at all times during the move.
  • Mark which box goes into which room.
  • Collect all keys for the current property.
  • Arrange redirection with the post office.
  • Tell friends, families and your employer regarding the move (hopefully you’ll have booked annual leave!)
  • Book a time to collect your keys from the agent involved.

Stage Six

The big day has arrived!

Stay calm and be ready for some unforeseen events. Once completion is guaranteed, today is about leaving your home and not returning.

Final checklist:

  • Take meter readings.
  • Leave all keys and arrange them for new owners.
  • Check the property is secure.
  • Make sure all valuables are accounted for.
  • Confirm address of new property with removal company.
  • Collect keys for your new home.

Once you have arrived at your new home, get the kettle on and enjoy the new surroundings!