Moving house,Mutual Exchange, Some tips to think about before you do

Moving house can be one of the most stressful things to do in life,and so many things can go wrong (as i have found out most recently whilst trying to move house ) we were all set to move,i had gone up the day before our move so i was there for when the van arrived,i decided to pop round to the people i was exchanging with to sort out swapping our keys,on turning up to the house they seemed a bit reluctant to let me in,when i went into the home i found walls with massive holes in them,the toilet missing from the bathroom,dog poo on the bedroom carpet,and no running water. This was definetly not the same property we had seen a few weeks ago,our van and my husband turned up (the people we were moving with were still trying to pack their stuff ) my husband took one look at the damage and the note left on the kitchen side saying we would need to call a plumber to sort out the no water issue and said absolutely no way would we be moving into the property,directed the van to go back to our old property and we left (thankfully we were not due to sign the tenancy until that afternoon.) 

If your exchanging homes make sure you take a good long hard look at the house your moving to (many things can be hidden by furniture,pictures or curtains and blinds.If there is nothing to hide they wont mind you looking behind to check the walls and windows 

check skirting boards,sockets and window ledges are all in good repair ( we found 2 bedrooms had the skirting's missing and the back door was rotten,but was hidden by curtains and furniture)

Get the best possible price on a van i found  ANYVAN were really good,just fill in what you would be taking from each room in your home then removal company's around the uk send you their best quotes to do your move.Make sure they are insured and there are no hidden costs.

Best places to find boxes for your move,i found our local shop was the best,they saved them for me after a delivery,i also found some in a few skips outside a buisness,another good way to get free boxes is to join Freecycle and put up a wanted ad for any boxes and bubblewrap,i did also buy some double walled extra large boxes on ebay i got 10 for £10.99 which was a bargain.Mark every box with what's in it and what room its for so the removal men know exactly where to put it.

Make sure you keep a pen and paper handy on the day of the move to get the latest reading from your gas and electricity meter,also if your on a water meter make sure you read that too.(and make a note of the phone numbers you ill need to give the readings.

Another little tip is when ringing up your phone provider to cut off your landline & broadband and organize it to be switched on at your new home,ring at least 10 days beforehand as i left it until the week before and the nearest date they had to get my phone and broadband back on was a week after i had moved in (way too long without internet)

Wishing all those who are getting ready to move a smooth,minimal hassle swap.

Remember if you dont fully check the property any damage will be down to you as a new tenant because you sign to take the property as it is.



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