Choosing The Date

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Although your moving date depends on when the purchase of your new property is completed, with a little forethought you should be able to build some flexibility into your choice of moving date.

Which Day Should You Move
Some things, like conjuring up a dry day for moving, are obviously beyond your control, but you do have a number of choices available!

In many cases, completion of a property purchase takes place 28 days after exchange of contracts. However, this time period is not cast in stone. At one extreme, it is sometimes possible to exchange and complete on the same day, at the other, completion can take place up to six weeks after exchange, so long as vendor and purchaser are in agreement. You might like to consider the following:
Bullet Point moving at the end of the month, so that there is some cash in your bank account to pay for those extra items that you are bound to need when you move;
Bullet Point moving on a Friday so that you have a whole weekend available to try to get your new property as straight as possible; if you do this, ensure that the electricity and gas are connected before you move in because a new home without lighting, heating and cooking facilities isn't much fun;
Bullet Point if you have children, move during school holidays to allow them time to explore and become familiar with their new environment, before starting at their new school.

Staggering Moving Dates
For financial reasons, most people choose to coincide the sale of their old property with the purchase of their new home. However, there are advantages in taking possession of your new property a few days (or weeks) before you complete the sale of your old property. If you are having building work or other refurbishment carried out on the new property, this is often more easily accomplished before you move in. Similarly, having new carpets or flooring laid is much easier before your furniture is in place.

If you do decide to stagger your move, you will almost certainly require a bridging loan for the duration. Your bank or mortgage lender can advise you on the likely cost.

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