Our tips to help keep you in
control on moving day...

At Steven Oates our aim is to help you make the correct choices and best decisions when it comes to finding your perfect home in Hertfordshire so here are our top tips to ensure you find your perfect home. 

1. Communicate - Keep in touch with your Conveyancing Solicitor and Estate Agent, ensure they are all prepared for completion day, and remember they are working for you. Inform your Conveyancing Solicitor of anything that could be an issue, no matter how small, they can judge if they need to do anything to ensure a smooth transaction. 

2. Avoid same day exchange and completion - If you’re in a chain of people moving this is not recommended as it would only take one person to have an issue with the exchange for all your plans to be void. Allowing a week between exchange and completion will also give you time to make final arrangements now a definite date is known such as setting up a Royal Mail postal redirect service – which takes up to five working days – informing your removals company, booking time off work etc.

3. Ensure all the required funds are ready - You should ensure your Conveyancing Solicitor has all the funds needed from you to close on completion day. Try to include in your budget an amount for other costs like changing locks, domestic connections, other miscellaneous fees and service charges etc. 

4. Book a professional mover early - Professional removal companies deal with the property business on a daily basis, they can give you advice and they will be able to help guide you through some of the moving hurdles. They will ensure all your things are out of your home on time before the next property owners obtain possession and ensure they get your belongings to your next home safely. They can be booked in advance and a date confirmed once it is agreed with your solicitor. Reserve a parking space if necessary. 

5. Pack up your belongings way in advance of move day - Removals company can help with packing and can pack up your entire house in a day or two or, to reduce costs, you can pack your belongings yourself. Do start this at least a week before your move. Pack your breakables carefully with bubble wrap, or old t-shirts and curtains etc. to avoid breakages. Label all the boxes with the room they will be going to in your new house to help your removals company.

Moving Day...

1.Child and pet care - Children will want to be involved in the move, but it can be a distraction for you and unsafe environment for them. Pets also will be distressed and confused, so asking someone to help look after them on the day will allow you to concentrate on your move. If the children are old enough to help, find age appropriate tasks for them so they can feel part of the move. They could help make beverages if old enough, or help with the final clean up and say goodbye to their old house. 

2. Meter readings - Before you leave, get a final meter reading of all your metered services and call the relevant suppliers to inform them of the numbers so you can settle up the final balance and close the account ready for moving. If you don’t do this you could end up in disputes with the new owners and it’s just added stress when you could be relaxing in your new home. 

3. Pack an overnight bag as if you’re going away for the weekend - This will help you on your first night and day once you arrive in your new home to help you find clothes and toiletries that are otherwise packed away. 

4. Essentials box packed and transported with you - Essentials box to include; kettle, cups, tea and coffee, milk, sugar, loo roll, snacks, phone charger, small radio, tape, pens, scissors. These will be still needed in your old house and the first thing you will want to find in your new house! Remember your removal team will need refreshments too! 

5. Final checks and clean - Make sure you are fully prepared for the day ahead. Go through each room of your home and ensure that you have not forgotten anything. Do leave your old home in a clean and tidy condition for the new owners; if you have time before the move a spring clean is recommended. It is a good idea not to pack the vacuum cleaner and give the house a good clean once it is empty. 


1. Make up your new beds in the new house first - When you’re tired later and you can’t face anymore unpacking, you can hop straight into a comfy bed and get a good night’s sleep. This way you will feel revived and ready to crack on again in the morning! Putting up curtains in the bedrooms is a great start. 

2. Your first meal - Who knows how many helpers you will have and you are bound to have worked up an appetite. To be very organised a grocery delivery would be one less Helping you to find the most ideal pathway for your financial goals Whether you are looking for a residential mortgage as a first time buyer or home mover, a buy to let mortgage or want to remortgage your property we can help you find the right solution for you. cravenfinancial.co.uk job, but you need to ensure that you have your kitchen organised by the time it is delivered. Budgeting for and locating a local takeaway delivery company is a great idea, so when you get hungry in the middle of building the beds and wardrobes you can have a welcome break without taking too much time off! 

3. Home insurance - This may be the last thing on your mind, but do ensure your policy has started and everything is covered for your new home. It would be awful if you your foot goes through the ceiling whilst unpacking and your home insurance policy has not been updated so you’re not covered. 

4. Meter readings - As when you left your previous home, take meter readings of all your metered services, record the numbers and call the relevant suppliers to ensure your services don’t get cut off, there are no outstanding balances on these services from the previous owners and they have your new details. 

5. The neighbours - Having good neighbours can be a great benefit. As well as making new friends, you can reciprocate keeping an eye on each other’s homes, take in deliveries if you are not at home etc, so it’s more than worthwhile to establish a good relationship with them.