Take your old property meter readings
If you are leaving a property whether rented or your old home, take the meter readings – this should include Gas, Electricity and Water. This will ensure that your final bill is accurate.
Take your NEW water, gas and electric metre readings
Take the meter reading as soon as you get into your new home ready for when you call the utility companies to ensure you only pay for your own use.
Set up your utilities: The ones you need to contact include electricity, gas, telephone, internet, and water.
Accidents can happen
Moving is a hazardous business so make sure you have an easily accessible first aid kit and get the emergency numbers for the area just in case.
Find the fuse box
Find the fuse box as soon as you get into the property and make sure you fully understand how it has been labelled.
Check the house alarm
Find the instructions and ensure you have the code to disable it if it is on
Find the water and gas shut-offs
This includes the main water shut-off as well as shutting off outside water. Locate the gas supply tap. Make sure everyone in the house knows where these are
Check the smoke detectors
Find them all and test them. Replace batteries if you are unsure.
Change the locks
You won’t know how many keys previous owners have had or handed out so this is good practice
Pop round and say hi
Say Hi to the neighbours and apologise in advance for blocking their drive / making a noise which may happen on moving day, much better to get off on the right foot.
Refer back to your moving checklist
Moving checklist – have you contacted everyone that needs to know that you have moved?
12 Jul 2018
What does ‘sold as seen’ property for sale mean?
‘Sold as seen’ generally means that a property is sold without knowledge of faults such as faulty boilers or damp patches. There are a number of types of transaction where a property is said to be ‘sold as seen’ such as repossession properties, properties being sold by a company and properties being sold as part of a deceased Estate.
When a property is ‘sold as seen’ conveyancers can only advise you on the legal title therefore, information such as whether there are any disputes with neighbours and if there has been any work carried out on the property would not be available.
The seller does not have to tell you about any defects with the property because the buyer has bought the property under the principle of ‘caveat emptor’, which translates to let the buyer beware. The seller may not be able to answer questions about the house therefore, it is always a good idea to have both an inspection and a survey carried out on the property. Checking gas, electricity and water supplies may also be a good idea as they may have degraded since they were last used.
If the time between viewing, exchange and completion is going to be a while, then you could consider further inspections closer to the completion to check that more damage has not occurred in the time since the last viewing.
‘Sold as seen’ is very different to buying directly from an seller who has physically lived in the home because if you had any questions about the property, the seller must answer truthfully and to the best of their knowledge. Ultimately, it’s important that you are ok with the state and condition of a property you are buying.