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    • DumbMuscle
    • By DumbMuscle 12th Jul 17, 11:55 AM
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    FTB: Exchange (hopefully) this week, completion in 2 weeks. What can I be doing now?
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    • 12th Jul 17, 11:55 AM
    FTB: Exchange (hopefully) this week, completion in 2 weeks. What can I be doing now? 12th Jul 17 at 11:55 AM
    I am a first time buyer, moving from furnished rental accommodation into a house. Is there anything I can/should be doing now or between exchange and completion to make sure the move goes smoothly?

    Everything is in place on the admin side for exchange (10% deposit is with my solicitors, the rest of the money will be transferred by CHAPS once we exchange - I have time to go onto the bank and do that in good time)

    My current list is:
    before exchange
    - Further viewing on the property tomorrow to measure up everything:this will include: getting dimensions on all the rooms (including windows, as they are not leaving any curtains), checking what bulbs the light fittings take, noting where plug sockets are, and measuring up the few bits of furniture that the vendors are leaving behind. I will also introduce myself to the neighbours if they're around. Anything else I should do on this visit?
    - Organising home insurance from the day of exchange (I have quotes, just need to give the word to activate them)
    - Declutter, giving away, junking or selling items I don't want any more so I have less to move on the day
    - Get boxes and start packing things up


    After exchange
    - Massive trip to Ikea to organise furniture! (plus a sofa store, and ordering fridge/washing machine)
    - Buying kitchen essentials which I don't have already
    - Get broadband connection ordered
    - Organise times to get tradespeople in after completion to quote for some renovations (replacing boiler, some roof/chimney work, some decoration.)
    - Book mail redirection
    - Cook a few meals that can be chucked in the chest freezer as soon as I move and easily reheated from there (there are few local takeaways, so I need something to keep me going!)

    Furniture I currently have:
    - Sofa (left by sellers)
    - Chest freezer in the brick shed (left by sellers)
    - Oven and dishwasher (inbuilt in kitchen)
    - Bed (gifted by parents)
    - Dining table/chairs (gifted by parents)
    - Office desk/chair (the one bit of furniture I currently own!)

    Moving is being done by car, and hiring a van to get the items from my parents' house.

    Furniture I am planning to buy:
    - Another sofa/armchairs (depending on exact measurements)
    - Shelving for living room and dining room
    - Storage for the spare room (main bedroom has built in wardrobes)
    - Bedside tables
    - Fridge/freezer
    - Washing machine

    What am I missing either on my "to do" or "to buy" lists?
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 12th Jul 17, 12:53 PM
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    • #2
    • 12th Jul 17, 12:53 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 12:53 PM
    Use google.

    Lots of lists on the internet.

    Or borrow (free) a book on house buying from the library.
    • Lauralou79
    • By Lauralou79 13th Jul 17, 5:58 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 5:58 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 5:58 AM
    I completed 2 weeks ago and no matter how organised you think you are, once you are in the house you realise all the small things you've forgotten!
    • Debtslayer
    • By Debtslayer 13th Jul 17, 7:28 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 7:28 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 7:28 AM
    Write a list of all the places you need to contact to change your address and need to contact to set up accounts with
    Current Mortgage: £114,794.64
    Current Mortgage end date: 2036
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    • davilown
    • By davilown 13th Jul 17, 7:41 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 7:41 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 7:41 AM
    Write a list of all the places you need to contact to change your address and need to contact to set up accounts with
    Originally posted by Debtslayer
    great point - don't forget to go through your direct debits to see who you need to contact as well
    Back in Debt £186,480/£225,000 on a mortgage, Overpayment £96 pm - Aim to be Mortgage free by 2028
    £27000/£27000 paid off Feb 2010 since LBM Jan 2007!
    • Edi81
    • By Edi81 13th Jul 17, 7:43 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 7:43 AM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 7:43 AM
    Electoral register
    TV licence
    Find best electricity and gas suppliers

    Don't worry about doing everything in day 1 but aim to complete all the admin in the first month of moving in.
    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 13th Jul 17, 12:18 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 12:18 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 12:18 PM
    Write a list of all the places you need to contact to change your address and need to contact to set up accounts with
    Originally posted by Debtslayer
    My partner and I completed two weeks ago and when we added up the number of places we needed to change our address on (everything from utilities and driving licences to Morrisseys club card) we totaled 65 places! There are way more than you think!

    When viewing the house for the last time check all of the sockets and any appliances that are staying work, run the taps, flush the toilet etc. Also check the quality/working order of any fixtures and fittings being left. It might be worth locating the stopcock and fuse box just in case.

    You should be able to check only but it's always worth a look to see when your rubbish & recycling collection is. We had lots of boxes and packing materials, but we moved in on the Monday and the collection was Wednesday so it managed to accommodate what unpacking we had done.

    It may also be worth having a separate box of cleaning supplies so you can give the place a once over when you arrive - it should be in a reasonable state but again just in case. And it's always a good idea to have a tea/drinks/snacks supply box easy to hand so you can have a well-earned tea break when moving.

    Honestly having your proactive outlook and being organised will help. Good Luck!
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • G_M
    • By G_M 13th Jul 17, 12:19 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 12:19 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 12:19 PM
    Write a list of all the places you need to contact to change your address and need to contact to set up accounts with
    Originally posted by Debtslayer
    Lots of lists like this on the internet too.

    No need to re-invent the wheel.
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 13th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
    One recommendation - if you have one near you, Wilko are often cheaper than Ikea and the quality's usually really good.


    Can highly recommend their white dinner service at £6 (http://www.wilko.com/all-dinnerware/wilko-functional-dinner-set-white/invt/0263286). No chips, cracks, breaks or damage in over four years. And their hiball glasses (50p) also seem unbreakable and last forever. Great size too (http://www.wilko.com/glassware/wilko-hiball-glass/invt/0316135).


    Good luck!


    Jx
    2017 wins: Opera tickets; film preview; lipstick; Ideal Home Show tickets + afternoon tea & bottle of Champagne; 2 cases of NKD; notebook; bath rack; books; film Premiere; Broadchurch DVDs; lipbalms; hamper (food/wine/Echo Dot/Jo Malone goodies)
    • SuboJvR
    • By SuboJvR 13th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
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    SuboJvR
    I am a first time buyer, moving from furnished rental accommodation into a house. Is there anything I can/should be doing now or between exchange and completion to make sure the move goes smoothly?

    Everything is in place on the admin side for exchange (10% deposit is with my solicitors, the rest of the money will be transferred by CHAPS once we exchange - I have time to go onto the bank and do that in good time)

    My current list is:
    before exchange
    - Further viewing on the property tomorrow to measure up everything:this will include: getting dimensions on all the rooms (including windows, as they are not leaving any curtains), checking what bulbs the light fittings take, noting where plug sockets are, and measuring up the few bits of furniture that the vendors are leaving behind. I will also introduce myself to the neighbours if they're around. Anything else I should do on this visit?
    - Organising home insurance from the day of exchange (I have quotes, just need to give the word to activate them)
    - Declutter, giving away, junking or selling items I don't want any more so I have less to move on the day
    - Get boxes and start packing things up


    After exchange
    - Massive trip to Ikea to organise furniture! (plus a sofa store, and ordering fridge/washing machine)
    - Buying kitchen essentials which I don't have already
    - Get broadband connection ordered
    - Organise times to get tradespeople in after completion to quote for some renovations (replacing boiler, some roof/chimney work, some decoration.)
    - Book mail redirection
    - Cook a few meals that can be chucked in the chest freezer as soon as I move and easily reheated from there (there are few local takeaways, so I need something to keep me going!)

    Furniture I currently have:
    - Sofa (left by sellers)
    - Chest freezer in the brick shed (left by sellers)
    - Oven and dishwasher (inbuilt in kitchen)
    - Bed (gifted by parents)
    - Dining table/chairs (gifted by parents)
    - Office desk/chair (the one bit of furniture I currently own!)

    Moving is being done by car, and hiring a van to get the items from my parents' house.

    Furniture I am planning to buy:
    - Another sofa/armchairs (depending on exact measurements)
    - Shelving for living room and dining room
    - Storage for the spare room (main bedroom has built in wardrobes)
    - Bedside tables
    - Fridge/freezer
    - Washing machine

    What am I missing either on my "to do" or "to buy" lists?
    Originally posted by DumbMuscle
    Be sure to update your driving licence ASAP with the DVLA. This one is punishable with a hefty fine if not done!

    And contact HMRC - you can do this online - to update address.
    • DumbMuscle
    • By DumbMuscle 13th Jul 17, 1:45 PM
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    DumbMuscle
    My partner and I completed two weeks ago and when we added up the number of places we needed to change our address on (everything from utilities and driving licences to Morrisseys club card) we totaled 65 places! There are way more than you think!

    When viewing the house for the last time check all of the sockets and any appliances that are staying work, run the taps, flush the toilet etc. Also check the quality/working order of any fixtures and fittings being left. It might be worth locating the stopcock and fuse box just in case.

    You should be able to check only but it's always worth a look to see when your rubbish & recycling collection is. We had lots of boxes and packing materials, but we moved in on the Monday and the collection was Wednesday so it managed to accommodate what unpacking we had done.

    It may also be worth having a separate box of cleaning supplies so you can give the place a once over when you arrive - it should be in a reasonable state but again just in case. And it's always a good idea to have a tea/drinks/snacks supply box easy to hand so you can have a well-earned tea break when moving.

    Honestly having your proactive outlook and being organised will help. Good Luck!
    Originally posted by NelliePie
    Luckily, 99% of the companies I have accounts with are purely online - so I only have 15 or so that I need to change (and redirection should pick up any others).

    I know where the stopcock and fuse box are - will check various fittings as I go. Rubbish and recycling is less of an issue - I'm moving on a Friday, and will be getting some work done before I can unleash all the flatpack and fully unpack. Honestly, if I ask now I'll just forget... Plus I have a spare room where I can put stuff to forget about it!

    Cleaning supplies are a good shout - I'll make sure they get their own box when packing the current place up. There's a pub just around the corner, so a nice alternative to tea breaks!
    • smallholdingsister
    • By smallholdingsister 13th Jul 17, 3:33 PM
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    smallholdingsister
    I wouldn't rush into buying big things.
    Have you loo paper, lightbulbs, candles and matches?
    • tiredoflife
    • By tiredoflife 13th Jul 17, 3:40 PM
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    tiredoflife
    Agree with Small, don't rush into buying things, especially cheap crap from Ikea. Choose to invest in decent furniture, it will improve the look of your new property no end. It may take a bit more time, but worth it in the long run.

    Also, good call from hazyjo, Wilko's have some great things, yes, Wilko isn't as "cool" Ikea, but much better quality. Having bought a fair few things in the past from Ikea, I'd advise against it unless on a tight budget. Also, a good shout is TK Maxx home, they do some nice things too surprisingly!

    Good luck!
    • GaleSF63
    • By GaleSF63 14th Jul 17, 3:05 AM
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 14th Jul 17, 6:45 AM
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    Have you got any paper light shades?

    You can choose nice ones down the line. But I hate the bare bulb look. So when I know I'm. Moving if I can find any 50p or super cheap paper shades I get a few in for at least the front room and bedroom. To be fair in the bedroom I still have a purple floral one as it ties with the with decor in this rented house. Not worth buying one that goes here as I'm saving to buy.

    A bin and a roll of bin bags. Nothing worse then that horrid stack of tea bags that someone will leave in the corner of the kitchen sink when making cups of tea for people helping you move.

    Don't underestimate the rubbish thing. There is a chance as they leave the house they'll fill the bin. They'll find all those broken hangers use a load of cleaning products (hopefully) empty the kitchen bin chuck the toilet brush etc. Keep the 'clean' stuff separate. Because you could for a week store the clean cardboard etc. But the pizza crusts and teabags don't want to be soaking into the nice carpet or smelling out the house. They may not. Or they may leave in bin day etc. But it's a possibility.

    A bath mat. Hate getting wet socks or tights when I pop back To the bathroom when getting ready for work.

    Teatowls and washed bedding. Last time we moved. I loved my sister as after she and her partner had built the bed she made them both for me. They looked nicer but also when it came to bedtime I could just collapse.

    A bedside lamp. So when you collapse in the bed you can have the lmao on and not have to move to turn off the light.

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