I used their cost of moving calculator to help us understand what the costs of moving actually are. I can't pretend I like the numbers but at least we are going into the process with our eyes wide open! I put in the "worst case senerio" values. So for example the highest budget we could stretch too, the lowest we could sell for and opting for a full survey. I think it just highlights that moving isn't always the easy answer and sometimes it may be worth looking into how to extend your home instead.
The Home Movers Hub is full of lots of helpful moving advice. I particularly like the checklist of people to inform once you have moved. Speaking from experience it is always worth double checking that companies have done what they say they have. We found that we were being charged for phone connection at our old house even though we had been told that it had been disconnected.
If you are unsure about what value house you could afford then the Mortgage Calculator will give you an idea as well as the best deals available at the moment.
There is also a home bills checker that will give you an idea of the cost of home insurance, energy and broadband in your area. We plan to move locally so I thought I would put our details in just to see whether it corresponded to what we are currently paying. The guidance for our home insurance was on the top end of the scale so it is worth us doing a price comparison when our policy is due for renewal.
It is a real help to have such information to hand. Moving house is stressful at the best of times, but to know where to go for checklists and advice helps alleviate that pressure a little bit.
Have you moved recently? What is the best advice you have?
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