If you’re planning a move into your first place, knowing what to do and how to do it can be incredibly confusing. To save your brain cells for the all-important stuff (like sussing out the nearest takeaway and how long your new commute is going to be), here’s Magenta’s Ultimate Guide to Professional Moving Services.
Probably the first port of call for most people looking for a new place to buy or rent, estate agents are the people who arrange the sale or let of a property. You’ll have seen dozens of different boards up around your home town, so you can either choose to visit one directly, or head to an online portal, such as www.rightmove.co.uk , which will give you a summary of all the places available in your local area.
If you’re buying, it’s sensible to find a conveyancing solicitor – someone who is legally qualified to draw up legal contracts and arrange for the transfer of ownership of the property from the seller to buyer. They will also conduct “searches” – finding out information that could be crucial to your purchase, such as any local planning developments or flood risks.
A property surveyor will provide you will an inspection of your potential new home and tell you if there are any problems like unstable walls, or major repairs required, such as fixing the roof. There are various levels of survey, depending on how in-depth you want the surveyor to go (and how much you want to pay).
Unless you’ve won the lottery, inherited a fortune from a long-lost aunt or have launched a fabulously successful start-up, chances are you will be taking out a mortgage to help you buy your home. There are thousands of mortgage lenders out there, it’s just a case of finding the right one for you and your financial circumstances. You can visit your bank or building society to find out more about their deals, or you can get someone to help you…
….which brings us nicely onto mortgage broker. These guys are the middlemen – the people who will look at your circumstances and work with several mortgage lenders to find the best product to suit your needs.
If you’re cutting costs wherever you can, you can hire a van and bribe some mates to help you move, or you can save yourself the hassle and hire some professionals. Removal firms offer a variety of options for your big day, from simply loading and moving your belongings, to a full packing service, where they will come in and pack all your boxes for you.
Self storage providers
Once you’ve got all those boxes neatly labelled, you might be wondering where you’re going to put them all. That’s where self-storage comes in. Companies like Magenta offer you a secure, safe and clean space for you to store your surplus belongings for as long as you need. Find out more at www.magentastorage.co.uk/why-us/