Today (30th August) is the most popular day to move house. How can you ensure a stress free, seamless and safe move?
According to research from the Homeowners Alliance, today will be the year’s most popular day to move with 6,500 moves expected today alone. In fact, August has been the most popular month to move for the past 12 years.
Whilst Fridays remain the most popular day to move (28% do so on this day) because of the time allowed to unpack before the working week starts again, completions are now more broadly spread throughout the week. The research shows that August is a popular month because of families taking time away from work, and ensuring children are settled before the start of the academic year in September.
So if you are planning on moving anytime soon, whether on a Friday or another day, take a look at our top tips to help make the process as stress free, seamless and as safe as possible.
- Consider whether you really need to move on a Friday. If you don’t, then don’t! Fridays remain the busiest day and, consequently, this means that the risks of delays are greater.
- It can be financially advantageous to move ‘midweek’ – some removal companies will incentivise these days.
- Make sure you appoint a reliable removal company, with whom you have a rapport, and ensure that they have viewed your house so that you can be sure that they have the correct sized van, and number of team members, to guarantee a seamless move. You should also discuss with them what would happen in an emergency situation, such as if the funds are delayed.
- Be sure that your solicitor orders your mortgage advance for the day before completion; we do this as a matter of course but it is a constant surprise to us as to how many law firms do not. You will pay interest on the mortgage advance as soon as it is released, but this is preferable to not completing and spending the night in a hotel!
- Co-operate properly and promptly with your lawyer on the day of completion. “Friday afternoon fraud” is an ever present danger, and most firms will now carry out extensive checks before releasing funds. This may seem like obstacles being placed in the way – but these are for your protection.
- Be organised yourself – ensure that children, pets and elderly relatives are cared for and away from the ‘move’ itself. Moving home is not for the faint hearted!
The final piece of advice from our Head of Residential Real Estate, Melanie Carroll, is “make sure you have a box of ‘essentials’ close to hand; a kettle, mugs, mobile charger, toilet roll and a bottle of something fizzy!”
The Residential Real Estate team at Bolt Burdon takes time before getting started on a property transaction to understand what is important to our clients. As part and parcel of this process, this includes a ‘fact find’ on when our clients want to complete, and why. When we are armed with this information from the outset, it means that we are better placed to deliver results and manage expectations. It also ensures that your moving day is as stress free as possible. If you would like to find out more please contact contact Melanie Carroll on 020 7288 4798 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact one of our other solicitors in the Residential Real Estate team here.