It is something we all strive for, and as you get older and move further up the property ladder, you eventually reach the point where you have the necessary resources to design and build your dream home. One might have to wait a few decades to be in such a position, but with the kids all grown up and with families of their own, you and your partner can realise something you have been planning for many years. Assuming the property is almost finished, and the big handover day is only a month away, here is a checklist to ensure everything goes smoothly.
- Utility Connections – It is possible to overlook such an obvious step, and with modern solutions, a single provider can connect you up with gas, electricity, water, and even your telecom needs. Ideally you want to contact a national provider, and with smart meter companies, you can be sure of the latest solutions. They can also assist you with any extra connections you might like to add, and with all your utility needs taken care of, you can focus on moving the contents into the new dwelling.
- The legalities – Property handovers usually involve solicitors, or perhaps in the case of a new house, the builder will hand over the keys and invite you to inspect the property. One must not forget to have all the utilities disconnected at your old residence, as well as arranging for everything be hooked up at the new home, and with that dealt with, all you need to do is ensure that all the companies who provided you with essential services, such as the plumber and gardener, are either given the new address, or the service is terminated.
- Furnishings and Fittings – Of course, it would be nice to fill your dream home with new furniture, but this might not be practical, and once you have decided on what existing items to include, you can build on this over a few years. Fittings, of course, will have to be new, and if your budget is on the low side, you might like to browse some decent second hand stuff.
- Security – It goes without saying that the new property should have adequate security, and there is a range of solutions for the homeowner, which would include CCTV or perhaps infra-red motion detection, and if you contact an established provider, they would be able to advise you on every aspect of home security.
- Screening – This is one thing that is often overlooked, and you don’t want to find yourself in the position of having no screening on the night of your arrival. This can easily be sorted out by an a online search a few weeks before the day of the move, and with a range of blind styles, your screening needs will no longer be an issue.
With all the utilities arranged and the removal date fixed, your dream home will be the start of a new chapter in your life, and the one that is the most enjoyable.