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Advice for Becoming a New Homeowner

Getting onto the property ladder and purchasing your first home is an exciting and daunting milestone in equal measure. The moving process as a first-time buyer requires patience, forward planning and a lot of organisational skills, so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. But worry not, this article will map out the important procedures that new homeowners should be aware of to help make things just that little bit easier.

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Updating records

Something you’ll certainly need to action before the big move is to inform the relevant people of your address change. Firstly, be sure to register for a Royal Mail account online in order to set up a mail redirect from your current address to the new property; it’s vital that any important documents or sensitive details don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Banks, insurance companies, employers and any financial business that you’re registered with will also need to be made aware of your new permanent place of residence to ensure all records are kept up to date. Other, less pressing contacts – that are not to be overlooked nonetheless – include healthcare services, recreational subscriptions such as local gyms and clubs, and general utilities linked to your property, who will all have your file on record. It’s worth writing a list of all the various people to inform that you can tick off as you go to make sure nothing is missed.


Setting cash aside

Despite every best intention to get ahead of the game as a first-time buyer and budget accordingly, certain unforeseen circumstances which require you to stretch your pocket slightly further will inevitably crop up. So it’s best to be prepared and set aside some extra cash for any unexpected hiccups; that way you won’t be caught off guard and forced to eat into your existing budget! 


Getting from A to B

Removals companies are on hand at any time to offer advice to current and prospective homeowners, but once you’ve got the moving day secured it’s best to allow 4-6 weeks to book in. Slots during busy periods such as school holidays and bank holidays tend to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to consider your dates carefully. Do your research and pick a reliable and trustworthy removals company. Barnes of Lincoln understand that moving into a new house can be a minefield task, which is why we take care of household removals, packing and storage so that you don’t have to. 


Do some research

Once you’ve done all the hard work and got the important admin out of the way, the fun part begins! Moving into a house in a new area and neighbourhood presents a wealth of exciting opportunities, so get involved and make plans to ensure you feel settled in no time. Join local community pages online; pencil any upcoming nearby events in the diary; follow your hobbies and find a club or class; make a bucket list of all the top eateries and watering holes on your doorstep – it’s all about enjoying the new opportunities that buying your first house affords you! 

If you’re moving into your first home, you’ll require the services of a professional removals company to make the process as simple, convenient and efficient as possible. Barnes of Lincoln are here every step of the way – with over 90 years’ experience you can rely on our friendly and skilled staff. For more information on our household removals and packing services across the UK, get in touch with the team today to arrange your free quotation.   

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