Peter Watkin’s top 5 do’s and don’ts when moving home

It’s an old saying that moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do in life, it’s right up there with divorce and supporting the England football and cricket teams.

It must partly be due to the emotional investment we all make when we buy a new home. It is not just a financial investment or often even just a place to live, it can be the focal point for our future dreams and aspirations, our first home together, the place for our children to grow up or where we want to retire and enjoy a more relaxing life.

Whatever the reason for moving we have put together a short list of important do’s and don’ts as you plan your sale:

  • DO search out as much documentation as you can. Your buyer will want to see the guarantees and documentation for the windows you replaced, the new boiler, the conservatory and the extension.
  • DON’T plan a holiday. The home buying and selling timescale is uncertain. If you plan a holiday, it is odds on that it will turn out later to be inconvenient. Better to promise your self a nice relaxing break when the move is all over.
  • DO make sure that your passport is up to date. You’ll need it for the holiday but also because it is the most useful item to prove your identity to your Estate Agent, your mortgage lender and your Solicitor.
  • DO check your home building insurance. Don’t be tempted to cancel it when you exchange contracts because it should remain in force until the day you move out but also check to see if the house you are buying is covered free of charge between exchange of contracts and completion, many policies offer this.
  • DON’T worry. Let us do the worrying for you. Most transactions get there in the end. We will do our best to make the process as smooth as possible and where there is a hitch, we will give you timely and sensible advice to get the transaction back on track as soon as possible.

At AmicusLaw we have local property specialists who are always available to help you plan your next move.

Contact Peter Watkin at our Taunton office on 01823 462525 or email

Please note our Minehead Office has recently relocated to 1 Bancks Street, Minehead TA24 5DJ. 

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