Setting the date

While moving house is a difficult process, it needn't become a logistical nightmare.
The key to making your big move go as smoothly as possible is a willingness to be flexible.


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Most people try to arrange for the completion of their sale and purchase to take place on the same day. This is not always realistic. The length of the chain you are in will often determine the date you move. If you are a first-time buyer and there are 10 or more buyers and sellers ahead of you in the chain, you will probably have little choice about the date. There isn't much you can do about this.

Completion is a stressful time for everyone involved. A little diplomatic savvy will help you find a completion day that suits everyone.

Tip: Get your solicitor to help. He or she can talk to the others in the chain and sort out a mutually agreeable date.

Avoid fridays

Fridays are the most popular day to move. People think, not unreasonably, that it will give them the rest of the weekend to unpack and settle into their new home. However, it is not necessarily the most practical day to move.

Because Friday is so popular, your solicitor may be snowed under with other clients' completion documents and may not be able to act on your behalf as quickly as you would like. Movers and removal firms are also heavily booked on Fridays so you may not get the company of your choice. The best option is to book in advance in order to get exactly what you need. Many companies offer extra advantages if the client books in advance.

If there is a problem with the plumbing, gas or electricity it may be difficult to get someone to come out over the weekend (and it will most likely cost more).

Make plans to get a couple of days off work if you can and schedule your move during the week. It could save you a lot of time, money and hassle.

Tip: Try to move on a weekday (excluding Friday). Removal firms and solicitors are less busy at this time, and it gives you at least one working day before the weekend to sort out any problems.

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