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Buying Guide

Ultimate Moving in Guide

You’ve completed all of the paperwork, got your hands on the keys and it’s almost time to start enjoying your new home. At Keepmoat Homes, we know moving house can be an incredibly stressful time - in fact, it’s been named as the third most stressful thing a human can go through in their lifetime.

Chances are, you’re looking for ways to make moving in a little easier, faster and maybe even a little less harsh on your bank account, so we’ve shared our ultimate moving in guide which is designed to take the weight off the whole process.



Before the big day

Transporting Your Items

If you’re moving out of an old home, or have been purchasing key items in the run up to receiving your keys, you might need to arrange for a removal van to transport your belongings from one house to the other.

For those not moving too far from where you currently live, there’s always a possibility of seeing if you’re able to fit everything into a car, which would save on the pennies - but for those who are moving a fair distance or have some big, heavy items that need transporting professionally, make sure you get a removal van or company booked to help. The last thing you want to do is try and squeeze a chest of drawers into the boot of your car and damage it!

It’s always best to try and book a removal van as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment and give you peace of mind - and remember to get hold of any packing materials that you might need, such as boxes and bubble wrap, ahead of time.



It’s a good idea to declutter your home of unwanted items before you start packing things up properly.

Have a look through your wardrobe, kitchen cupboards or the garden shed and get rid of any old bits and pieces that you’d forgotten you even had. More often than not, you’ll have excitedly purchased a few things for your new house and therefore a lot of your old items and furniture will probably become redundant pretty quickly if not tossed or rehomed.

Decluttering will ultimately save you time in the long run and avoid having to pack and unpack items you no longer use or find places in your new home to store them.



Notifying People

There’s a long list of people and companies you’ll need to notify about your house move. You’ll need to update your details on your driving licence, electoral register, at the bank/any credit cards you own, as well as at your GP, dentist, workplace – and any subscriptions you’ve signed up to.

If you are moving out of an old home, make sure you inform your old utility services like water, gas and electricity about your move and don’t forget your internet provider, TV licencing and home insurance also.

There’s a comprehensive checklist available here to make sure you don’t forget anyone important!



This may seem like the most daunting task, but it’s also the most exciting because it’s when it all starts to feel real! Try and pack your items by room and label the box so that it’s easier to unpack and locate key items when you arrive at your new home. For some space saving tips, check out this website.

Make sure you remember to pack an essentials bag or box with things like your kettle, mugs, tea bags, toilet roll and pyjamas for the first night - the last thing you’ll want to be doing when you arrive is scrambling around to make a cup of tea!

Once everything is packed up and out of the way, make sure you do a final check of all of the rooms – you don’t want to forget anything important!


When you arrive

Unloading & Unpacking

One of the first things you want to do when you arrive is unload the removal van or your car and get all of your belongings into your new home.

To make unpacking easier, make sure that you’re putting boxes into the room where they need to be unpacked to avoid unnecessary clutter in the hallway. This will also allow you to tackle one room at a time.

Unpacking can often seem very daunting, but don’t be disheartened if you feel like you’ve been at it for hours and you only seem to have unpacked two or three boxes. Keep going, it’ll all be worth it in the end – and don’t forget to treat yourself with a couple of biscuits out of your essentials bag to get you through!


Check It Out

When you arrive, make sure you check all your utilities including the water, gas and electricity to ensure everything is working and if there are any problems, you can get them sorted out straight away. You’re also going to want to take meter readings pretty quickly after you move in so you can start on a clean slate with your utilities companies and avoid confusion later on.

It’s also worth taking a look around your new home to check for any snags that might need addressing. At Keepmoat Homes, we offer a 14-day period in which you can report any issues you may have come across with your new home and our friendly Customer Care team will work with you to rectify these.



Enjoy your new home!

You’re all done! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy your new home, get to know your neighbours and do all of the things you’ve always wanted to in your own home like host dinner parties, decorate just as you want and have lazy weekends.


At Keepmoat Homes we want to make your homebuying journey special. Our friendly and dedicated Sales and Customer Care teams are there for you every step of the way to ensure you are kept informed and are happy with your new home.

To find out more or to start your homebuying journey today, visit our website 

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