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What to do and when

Moving to a new home or buying your very first home can be a stressful time. Minimise your stress using our essential checklist:

Six weeks before moving

  • Confirm the date of your move
  • If you're renting, notify your landlord of your moving date
  • Check your home insurance - make sure you have cover from the day you exchange contracts on your new home
  • Obtain written quotes from several removal firms ahead of exchanging contracts . Ask forreferences and check the limit of their insurance.
  • If you're not using professional removers, check for availability of van hire
  • Book extra storage space if required
  • Notify the relevant utility companies of your departure and on moving day take meter readings
  • Start getting rid of possessions you no longer need. Decide which items can be taken to a charity shop, sold at car boot sale, or offered to your friends.
  • If you need new furniture or carpets - order them now and arrange delivery for when you move in.

Two weeks before moving

  • Start packing non-essential items such as books and non-seasonal clothes into boxes
  • De-register from your doctor, dentist and optician if you're moving out of the area.
  • Visit the post office and arrange for your post to be forwarded (you will be charged a fee for this service).
  • Notify your milkman and newspaper shop where relevant that you'll be moving and give them a date you want the service to stop or your new address
  • If you have children or pets, arrange for someone to look after them during the move.
  • Make a list of everyone who should know about the move. Send out change of address cards.
  • Finalise arrangements with your removal company. Confirm arrival times and make sure your removers have directions to your new address
  • Notify the bank of any changes to direct debits and standing orders

Don't just take our word for it - our latest reviews

As a buyer, the estate agent doesn’t really need to be looking after me and my interests but Perry Bishop and Chambers’ team were exceptional.

Perry Bishop and Chambers, Cheltenham, 06/03/2020

My estate agents in the sale of a plot of land were superb. I have bought and sold several houses over time but these guys are the best.

Perry Bishop and Chambers, Cirencester, 23/03/2020

Even in these hard business times of shutdown, we have managed to exchange AND complete on the sale of my property.

Perry Bishop and Chambers, Faringdon, 22/04/2020

Perry Bishop were our agent of choice when we sold our house this year - and they stayed with us every-step of the way! We were really impressed by the professionalism and standard of customer care. Shirley and the team kept us informed throughout.

Perry Bishop and Chambers, Nailsworth, 05/11/2019

Fantastic agents. They have been brilliant all the way through the process of selling our house. Thank you so much.

Perry Bishop and Chambers, Stroud, 03/11/2019

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